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Four Irish babies born to surrogate mothers in Ukraine discharged from Kyiv maternity hospital

Babies are en route to neighbouring country to be united with parents

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A woman holds her newborn child in the basement of a maternity hospital converted into a medical ward and used as a bomb shelter during an air raid alert, in Kyiv, Ukraine. Photo: Efrem Lukatsky

A woman holds her newborn child in the basement of a maternity hospital converted into a medical ward and used as a bomb shelter during an air raid alert, in Kyiv, Ukraine. Photo: Efrem Lukatsky

A woman holds her newborn child in the basement of a maternity hospital converted into a medical ward and used as a bomb shelter during an air raid alert, in Kyiv, Ukraine. Photo: Efrem Lukatsky

Arrangements have been made to ensure the safe passage of Irish babies born to surrogate mothers in Ukraine and their parents.

Four Irish babies have been discharged from a maternity hospital in Kyiv and they are being transported to a neighbouring country where they are expected to be united with three Irish couples.

A source with knowledge of the situation said: “Things are progressing well and we are hopeful they will make it back home safely.”

On Tuesday the Department of Justice announced that children aged 16 and under can come into the country without a passport.

When contacted for comment, the Department of Foreign Affairs said it is not in a position to confirm or deny any details regarding specific consular cases.

However, it is understood the four Irish babies, including a set of twins, are currently in transit.

A number of other babies are due to be born in Ukraine via surrogacy before the end of May.

The Irish Families Through Surrogacy (IFTS) group said they are continuing to work with families to ensure the safety, security and privacy of Irish couples in Ukraine.

Justice Minister Helen McEntee said her department is helping families to work through this “unimaginable situation”.

Since she introduced the visa waiver on February 25, more than 140 Ukrainians have arrived in the State.

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