President Higgins and Sabina will join in a global candle lighting ceremony to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the devastating Chernobyl nuclear accident.
The United Nations have declared Monday 26 April ‘Chernobyl Remembrance Day’, in memory of those who gave their lives to stem the catastrophic effects of the disaster and those who suffered and died through the ongoing after effects of the worst nuclear disaster in human history.
In 2017, President Higgins became the first head of state to back International Chernobyl Remembrance Day. In his letter of support for the initiative he referred to the 1986 accident at the No. 4 reactor in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant as "a dark day in human history." (Click here to read the President’s message of support)
- Statement by President Higgins on the 35th Anniversary of the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident (2021)
- President receives a group of people visiting Ireland through Chernobyl Children International (2018)
- Message from President Higgins marking the UN Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day (2017)
- President receives a group of children from Chernobyl and their host families (2012)