As a group of Dublin City Councillors, we are acutely aware of how the 8th amendment, and Ireland’s restrictive abortion legislation, has impacted on the lives of women across our city. Its presence in our constitution is a hangover from an era when Catholic moralism trumped women’s rights, health and autonomy time and time again. We are delighted to see that era finally coming to an end.
“We welcome the votes taken by the Oireachtas Committee on the 8th Amendment yesterday (Wednesday). In particular, it is a seminal moment that a Committee of the Irish Oireachtas has recommended that women in this country should have the right to choose abortion as they see fit, up until 12 weeks of pregnancy. This is a major step forward.
As a council, we voted some months ago to call on the Dáil to introduce a referendum for the repeal of the 8th amendment. We welcome the fact that that date has moved a step closer.
“We would also like to congratulate campaigners across the city that we represent, who have filled Dublin’s cities time and time and time again with colour, youth, vibrancy and anger, calling for and campaigning for abortion rights for the women of Ireland.
It is the women and men of Dublin whose hard work, for decades, made this happen.
Cllr. Tina MacVeigh (People Before Profit Alliance)
Cllr. Hazel de Nortúin (People Before Profit Alliance)
Cllr. Éilis Ryan (The Workers’ Party)
Cllr. Claire Byrne (Green Party)
Cllr. Michael O’Brien (Solidarity)
Cllr. John Lyons (People Before Profit Alliance)
Cllr. Mary Freehill (Labour Party)
Cllr. Jane Horgan-Jones (Labour Party)
Cllr. Mannix Flynn (Independent)
Cllr. Paul Hand (Independent)
Cllr. Sonya Stapleton (Independent)
Cllr. Patrick Costello (Green Party)
Cllr. Pat Dunne (Independents4Change)
Cllr. Cieran Perry (Independent)
Cllr. Gary Gannon (Social Democrats)
Cllr. Norma Sammon (Fine Gael)
Cllr. Dermot Lacey (Labour Party)
Cllr. Alison Gilliland (Labour Party)
— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) December 14, 2017