Best Face Forward


This afternoon.

Merrion Street, Dublin 2

Sinn Féin launch its ‘Vote Ye’s poster campaign for forthcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

Above from left: Louise O’Reilly, TD, Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O’Neill, Deputy Dáil leader Pearse Doherty and Sinn Féin President and referendum poster woman, Mary Lou McDonald.

The eyes follow you around the room.

Meanwhile: Support for Fine Gael and Leo Varadkar falls in latest poll (Irish Times)

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One is a manufactured puppet whose biggest hit went ‘bang bang’, the other is Essex-born songstress Jessie J.


Thanks Bertie Blenkinsop

36 thoughts on “Best Face Forward

  1. bertie blenkinsop

    Mary Lou is a good politician and leader, why have they replaced her with Jessie J on the posters?

  2. Jonjo

    Is that the only poster for the referendum with a politician’s face on it?

    Weren’t they the first to jump on Fine Gael using Ireland 2040 to promote their politicians? They’re using this issue to get Mary Lou’s image out there. :-/

  3. ReproBertie (SCU)

    I’d love if it really was a ‘Vote Ye’s campaign designed purely to get people out to vote.

  4. filly buster

    i’d love SF to get into power some how .. but i don’t condone this doubling up of repeal posters as election posters. Mary shouldn’t be on the poster. It’s not about her or the party.

    Ps. on a seperate note, the 500k that the yes campaign have raised, what is it being spent on?

    1. Cloud

      I think I read that since they overshot the poster target by a week and a half, the intention is a leaflet drop to “every home in the country”.

      1. filly buster

        that would be good. I was at a series of talks on different subjects recently and one was on why we should repeal, but it was to a crowd who defo are all 100% guna vote yes. I think they should be getting town halls down the country, and inviting people in to ask them questions and then they can answer and possibly turn some no’s into yes’s. also, Una Mullaly seems to be turning over a lovely profit out of all this. I saw her floggin hats last week, and then her book. No mention of giving it to the cause tho. Get the billboards up n runnin, there’s buckets of cash now. I hate to see people use this worthy cause to turn a profit for themselves.

  5. Truth in the News

    Did Sinn Fein ever canvas their rank and file members as to what were their opinions were…?

  6. The Ghost of Starina

    Absolutely scarlet for them for explpoiting the referendum to push mary lou. Another reason i’ll never vote SF again

      1. Sentient Won

        “Funny how Twitter allows willy pics and boobs,” she cracked. “Funny how Twitter allows paedophiles and other scum. Funny how Twitter doesn’t like my Pro Life pics and blocks them.”

  7. TheRichList

    Repeal might be losing this because lots will vote against Mary. Probably because they are terrorist scum at the end of the day

  8. david

    What gets me is the casualness of life and the smiling faces
    We are talking about the removal of the eight amendment
    This is to protect the unborn and killing a foetus is no laughing matter.
    Its not a referendum to celebrate a good day.
    But of cause this is the repeal mob with their abortion on demand
    I wonder were they smiling as they waged their war up north with their military wings

    1. Anne

      I think there should be more posters with a smiling woman on them. All I see are posters saying ‘I can yawn i can kick don’t repeal me’. Why not ‘I am a woman with a husband and job and friends and family who love me, I am important too’. I read a horrendous story about a woman who was told her baby wasn’t going to live and As there is no abortion in this country forced the poor woman through essentially a nervous breakdown over when the baby was going to die and people at the school gates patting her bump and saying oh so exciting. Nothing short of torture. Where are the posters also of a 10 year old child playing with dolls in her school uniform with the caption ‘I am young and I was innocent until I was raped and got pregnant please don’t force me through childbirth I am only a child myself and I have been through enough’. This birth regardless of the cost to the birther mentality is horrible. Could also do with a ‘I have cancer and can’t be treated properly because I am pregnant – do I not matter ’ poster too.

      1. Aisling

        +1 (Anne)

        I’d highly recommend every one following In Her Shoes as it shows how the 8th actually affects women.

        One of the things that hasn’t been talked about enough is how if you are on medication for depression (or in my case migraines) and it is known to affect pregnancies you have to just come off it. Fine in the case of migraines (well doable) but incredibly dangerous if your treating depression.
        Health issues are incredibly complex and the posters put around the referendum haven’t reflected that. I know they need to be short and catchy, but I’m not sure if they are effective.

  9. scottser

    You probably think we are literally going to call to your house the next time your missis gets pregnant and force her to have an abortion. That you’re a jew adds a lovely paranoia to your rantings. I thought catholics were bad for transferring guilt by hatred and intolerance of anyone who does not confirm to their bilous world view but you take the whole box of biscuits.
    You should do everyone a favour and keep your poocan opinion to yourself.

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