Irish families who are expecting babies via surrogacy in Ukraine are being asked to contact Senator Mary Seery-Kearney.

Speaking during the Order of Business in the Seanad, the Fine Gael Senator said she was liaising with solicitors advocacy groups, Minister Simon Coveney and his team in the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Fourteen babies are going to be born in Ukraine between now and May according to the Senator, and she expressed empathy for the Irish families in this position.

The Fine Gael Senator said there are some families that may not have notified their solicitors yet that they intend to travel to Ukraine.

She asked that people contact her so plans can be put in place "for whatever arises".

Meanwhile, those seeking consular assistance, including for surrogacy arrangements and support in Ukraine, are encouraged to make direct contact with the Embassy of Ireland in Kyiv.

A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs noted that a precautionary measure, the Department updated the travel advice for Ukraine on 22 January.

It is recommending that Irish citizens avoid non-essential travel to the country at this time.

"We continue to recommend that Irish citizens living in or travelling to Ukraine register with the Embassy of Ireland in Kyiv, so that the Department can offer consular assistance should this prove necessary."

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