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City Hall

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)


Yesterday: REPEALING



Shane Casey writes:

We recently carried out a vox pop on the streets of Dublin city to ask the general public about the fears that some people have on the legalisation of abortion. I think you’ll find the responses interesting.

Dublin Chat Online TV


This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin 2

Members of ROSA (for Reproductive rights, against Oppression, Sexism and Austerity) claiming that 6 out of 10 people in Ireland are now Pro Choice after the latest Red C/Amnesty Poll showed 60% of people now support allowing access to abortion on request until at least 12 weeks in pregnancy.


Rosa (Facebook)

Sam Boal/RollingNews

From top: Members from ROSA (Reproductive rights, against Oppression, Sexism & Austerity) activists ahead of a ‘Handmaids’ lobby at the Dail today to mark the first public meeting of the Oireachtas committee on the recommendations of the Citizen’s Assembly;’ Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone, chairwoman of the committee arriving at Leinster House this afternoon

This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin 2

A meeting of the Dáil Committee on the 8th Amendment to consider the recommendations of the Citizen’s Assembly is taking place.

Liggy, who once ‘took the boat’ writes:

The Oireachtas Committee on the 8th amendment is in session today. 21 men and women meeting in private to debate the findings of the Citizens’ Assembly on abortion rights.

The results of that paper is summerised here:

The conclusion of the assembly’s findings was:

“….there is a strong desire for change and … a belief that all people in pregnancy should be given choice and full rights over what happens to their bodies.”

There is a concern among pro-choice groups that the committee will focus on the most narrow circumstances of the findings of the assembly and try to dilute the clear directive the assembly’s findings have given them.

Hence the protest of the Handmaidens outside Dáil Éireann today:

A choice. That is all that is being asked for. Men can elect to have any cells they want removed from their body. Women should have that same right too. It’s actually not that much to ask for and really belittling to have to ask for it.

Here is the weird thing about choice. You can choose to do something or you can choose to not do it. You can choose to have cells removed from your body or you can choose to see a pregnancy to term and give birth.

The people who do not want to give women that choice are weirdly and ghoulishly obsessed with the contents of the deepest, darkest part of a woman’s body.

As if it is something we cannot be trusted to have autonomy over ourselves. They don’s seem to be as concerned with the cells once they have grown to the point of being born.

There seems to be something about all the crying, puking, shitting, snotting and expense that puts them off.

Amazingly, anti-choice organisations like Iona seem loathe to give any time or trouble themselves about Irish children in poverty, in danger, in need of physical or mental help or the parents who try their best to support them.

Imagine not having to tie down people who have been raped and forcing them to give birth.

Imagine bring able to quickly prioratise the life of a living person in a medically perilous position over a foetus.

Imagine being able to abide by a family’s wishes to turn off a life-support machine rather than using a person’s cadaver as some sort of morbid incubator for a dying foetus.

Imagine 100 people not having to travel to the UK for abortions every week.

Imagine our newspapers and media screens not being filled with the debate about whether to give women a simple choice or not.

What WOULD we do with all that free time?


Previously: ‘I Took The Boat’

This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin 2

Pro Life activists Caoimhe White and Sean Blackwell mark the occasion of the 34th anniversary of the passage of the Eighth Amendment which introduced a constitutional ban on abortion in ireland.

The amendment recognised the equal right to life of the mother and the unborn child and a referendum on the amendment passed by 67% voting in favour to 33% voting against.

Fight, etc.

Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

This afternoon.

Essex Street,, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Artists join forces to shred the Eighth Amendment outside Project Arts Centre ahead of A Day of Testimonies at the theatre tomorrow.

A Day of Testimonies will bring together Ireland’s leading performers and creators to “reflect both the complexity of the issue and the simple truth that women’s health is put at risk because of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution”

Artists include Bassam Alsabah, Aideen Barry, Sebastian Barry, Cecily Brennan, Mary Coughlan, Sarah Cullen, Raymond Deane, Theo Dorgan, Racheal Fallon, Kim Gleeson, Eithne Jordan, Joey Kavanagh, Alice Maher, Paula Meehan, Amy Walsh and more.


A Day Of Testimonies (Project Arts Centre)

Pic: Ruth Medjbar

Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar talking to the media on his way into the Data Conference at the Convention Centre Dublin

Amid the news of a new Taoiseach in the Dáil and the announcement of his Cabinet, the news that Leo Varadkar had confirmed an abortion referendum, seemed to slip through the cracks.

Yesterday he confirmed that the referendum will take place sometime next year.

He said Health Minister Simon Harris would be responsible for bringing forward legislation to allow for the referendum on the eight amendment, which gives an equal right to life to the mother and the unborn….

Varadkar announces abortion referendum for next year (Newstalk)

Rotide writes:

I’m slightly astonished you haven’t covered this at all today..



This afternoon.

Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Students mark the election of Leo Vardkar as Taoiseach with a protest the to repeal the Eighth Amendment ahead of a rally in central Dublin on Saturday


The UK’s highest court has rejected an appeal by a mother and daughter in their legal battle for women from Northern Ireland to receive free abortions on the NHS in England.

Abortion: NI women not entitled to NHS terminations in England