Lord Mayor of Dublin signs Twinning Agreement with City of Kyiv
Published on 28th November 2022
The Lord Mayor of Dublin Caroline Conroy has today signed an agreement to begin a twinning process with the Ukrainian city of Kyiv.
The Lord Mayor and the First Deputy Head of the Kyiv City State, Mykola Povoroznyk, signed the Dublin Kyiv Twinning Agreement during the Lord Mayor’s visit to the 2022 Kyiv Investment Forum in Brussels.
The signing of the document gives effect to the Emergency Motion passed at the Dublin City Council meeting of 7th March this year to express the solidarity of the people of Dublin with the people of Kyiv.
The Lord Mayor of Dublin Caroline Conroy said, “I am delighted that we can now officially begin the process of twinning with the city of Kyiv. I met with Mykola Povoroznyk today and conveyed to him the support of the people of Dublin. I know everyone in Dublin, and indeed across the country, hopes that this unjust war will be brought to an end as soon as possible. Our thoughts are with our friends in Kyiv.”
Following today’s signing, the two cities will work on ways in which the city of Dublin can express its solidarity with the people of Kyiv and how it will support the Irish Government in its humanitarian work with refugees from Kyiv. The two cities will work together on identifying areas where they can strengthen and develop common interests and solutions to challenges.
The Agreement between Kyiv and Dublin includes the wish for development and fruitful cooperation in a wide range of economic, cultural, tourism and other areas of mutual benefit. They will together promote European values of democracy, freedom and human rights and will promote peaceful coexistence in Europe. The two cities will also endeavour to provide mutual support in emergency situations by providing humanitarian assistance and political support.
***Attached please find photos of the Lord Mayor of Dublin and the First Deputy Head of the Kyiv City State signing the agreement***
Notes to the Editor:
The Lord Mayor of Dublin Caroline Conroy was invited to Brussels to speak at the 2022 Kiev Investment Forum. The twinning document was signed during the visit.
Dublin City Council received a letter from Mayor Klitschko of Kyiv on 27th April thanking Dublin for its support and said, "We believe the twinning arrangement will strengthen our union between the City of Dublin and the City of Kyiv."
Legislative basis for Twinning
The setting up of a Twinning agreement is a reserved function of a Local Authority and is agreed by the elected members under S75 of the Local Government Act 2001. The signing of a formal Twinning agreement facilitates the setting up of a long term, trusting relationship. Its form and content are not fixed and may be amended depending on the specific nature of the partnership that is being set up according to partners’ wishes. Twinning can seek to strengthen or develop common interests or express solidarity between the people of the two cities. There may be opportunities to work on problem solving or develop innovative solutions with partners around key challenges.
Dublin Twinning Agreements:
- San Jose, USA and Dublin City Council - 1986
- City of Liverpool and City of Dublin - 1997
- City of Barcelona and City of Dublin - 1998
- Addendum to Twinning Agreement between City of Barcelona and Dublin City - 2009
- Beijing The Peoples Republic of China and Dublin City Council - 2010
(MOU Beijing Municipality of the People’s Republic of China and Dublin City - 2011)
Emergency Motions Agreed at the City Council meeting held 7th March 2022.
Emergency Motion No. 1 proposed by Councillor Daithí Doolan and seconded by Cllr James Geoghegan:
“Dublin City Council condemns in the strongest terms Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, an act of aggression against a sovereign state and an assault on democracy and international law. We extend solidarity to the people of Ukraine. We commend those in Russia who have come out in opposition to the war.
Dublin City Council acknowledges sanctions already agreed and calls on the international community, particularly the EU, to show active solidarity with the Ukrainian people and calls for the strongest possible sanctions to be taken against Vladimir Putin and Russia.
Dublin City Council calls on the Irish government to take action and ensure the IFSC is not used by Russian state controlled companies for the purposes of evading sanctions.
We call for an immediate ceasefire and the complete withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine.
As a State that is militarily neutral and not a member of any military alliance, we believe the Irish government can play a positive role in the EU and on the UN Security Council, against this war and for a negotiated settlement based on self-determination and international law.
Cllr. Daithí Doolan, Cllr. Dermot Lacey, Cllr. Michael Pidgeon, Cllr. Catherine Stocker, Cllr. Cieran Perry, Cllr. Deirdre Heney.
Emergency Motion No. 2 proposed by Cllr James Geoghegan and seconded by Cllr. Daithí Doolan
“That Dublin City Council;
- agrees to initiate the relevant procedures required under [Local Government Act 2001, Section 75] and agree, in principle, pending the legislative requirements being met, to seek to enter into a twinning arrangement with Kyiv, and does so to demonstrate our undivided solidarity with the elected government and people of a free and independent Ukraine;
- further agrees that the Protocol Committee be responsible for overseeing the implementation process of the twinning arrangement with Kyiv;
- resolutely condemns in the strongest possible terms the Russian Federation’s ongoing illegal, unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against and invasion of Ukraine;
- welcomes the decision taken by all EU Member States to support Ukraine in its efforts to defend itself against the Russian aggressors; and
- agrees to fly the Ukrainian Flag over City Hall and the Mansion House as further symbolism of our united stance with Ukraine and our soon to be twinned city of Kyiv.
Signed by: Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland, Cllr Ray McAdam, Cllr Danny Byrne, Cllr Anne Feeney, Cllr Declan Flanagan, Cllr Terence Flanagan, Cllr Paddy McCartan, Cllr Naoise Ó Muirí, Cllr Colm O’Rourke.
It was agreed that both Emergency Motions be taken together. The Emergency Motions were unanimously agreed.