Pro Choice Campaigners Bring City to a Halt During Major Rally

A major protest march calling for a repeal of the 8th amendment has taken place in the city centre this evening to coincide with International Women’s Day.

It started at the Garden of Remembrance at 5:30pm and wound its way through the city centre to Leinster House.

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A number of groups want the government to a name a date to hold a referendum on overturning our restrictive abortion laws.

 

 

Shortly before the protest began cars had to swerve around marchers on Dame Street when an impromptu stand-off between pro choice and pro life campaigners was held outside the Central Bank.

Speaking ahead of the march, Ailbhe Smyth of the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment said: “The world is rapidly darkening for women’s rights and human rights, and in Ireland, the Eighth Amendment is a profound source of discrimination and national shame.”

She added: “It’s over a year since the last General Election and despite all the promises and commitments, we are no closer to a referendum date. Recent polls further strengthen our view that Irish people want the issue of abortion dealt with.

Earlier today at lunchtime, thousands of Dubliners spent their break demonstrating on O’Connell Bridge

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