Chernobyl children take Irish break

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An Irish charity is to fly 1,500 children from the radiation zone around Chernobyl for month-long stays in the West.

The holidays are claimed to give the children on average an extra two years of life. The first of five jets bringing the children from their homes in Belarus and western Russia will begin arriving at Ireland's Dublin and Shannon airports this week.

They will be met by Adi Roche, founder of the Irish Chernobyl Project organisation, and Ali Hewson, the group's patron and wife of Bono, lead singer of Ireland's U2 rock group.