53 thoughts on “Meanwhile, Opposite Holles Street

  1. flipper

    Any time scale you give for acceptable abortions is arbitrary when you examine it logically. Life begins at conception.

    1. Jonboy

      any scale you give for when life begins is arbitrary when you examine it logically. Any non-impregnated ovum or sperm could just as easily be considered alive by your arbitrary definition.

    1. Kim Cardassian

      I presume permission was sought by the protestors from all the women facing enormous challenges walking through those doors of the hospital before they started their round of prayers?

    2. Grainne Gillespie

      Permission isn’t needed.

      It’s not illegal to take photos of people in public and post them to the internet

    1. postmanpat

      ahhh. but nothing ever ends. We are only one cataclysmic economic or environmental event away from a situation where the Catholics pick up the pieces of society and impose the old rule again. People will cling to anything in a crisis, and all us lefty atheist who don’t fall in line will be dealt with . We can all be smug and think we are on the right side of history today. But give it another hundred years and these five protesters could be the hailed as heroes who kept the faith. We are in end game capitalism and the planets heating up. Deep down most people you meet out there are god fearing saps who still baptize their kids.

  2. Daisy Chainsaw

    At least these gowls are across a wide road, away from the people entering and leaving the hospital. They probably stepped over a few homeless people on the way.

    1. garrett

      There’s a constant thread in your posts Daisy, insult those who disagree with you.
      Did your mama not give you enough hugs?

      1. scottser

        well we conducted a gowl survey, swept them with the gowl-o-meter and did a reference check of previous gowl-related history.
        they’re gowls alright.

      2. Daisy Chainsaw

        Mammy Chainsaw (none of your mama/mummy/mom rubbish) is an awesome woman who raised her kids to have their own opinions and the confidence to express them. I’m sure women with opinions scare the bejeebus out of you.

        As for my use of the word gowl, it’s a perfectly cromulent word to describe them when the Broadsheet sweary filters won’t allow me use the words I’d really like to use for those sanctimonious hypocrites.

  3. Cian

    They are across the road from the actual hospital.
    They are not obstructing anyone.
    They have a right to peaceful protest.

    I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. Evelyn Beatrice Hall

    1. Medium Sized C

      Except by protesting there, instead of infront of government buildings or some organisation who have the power to affect it, they are protesting people who are having abortions.

      So it would be:
      “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to bully people in distress”

    2. Joe Small

      It looks like a restrained, quiet protest, away from the hospital entrance and not intending to intimidate pregnant women. I see no problem with their irrelevant protest.
      Pro-choice won, but just because you win a referendum doesn’t mean the losing side disappears. Just look at the UK.
      As long as there is no intimidation or inappropriate protests I have no problem.

        1. Nullzero

          It must be disheartening for you that this issue is no longer at the forefront of the public discourse.
          Is the Repeal geansai starting to bobble and turn to a dark grey rather than black? The hearts on the car stickers turning a impotent shade of pink instead of roaring red?

          If these protesters (meek, inoffensive and miserable as they may appear) didn’t exist you’d have nothing left to rail against.

          The hoards of Iona institute heavies complete with bull horns, MAGA hats and swastika arm bands have failed to materialise outside any of the maternity hospitals, you should be thankful some opponents still exist, even if they aren’t anything like the formidable monsters you’d hoped for.

          1. Daisy Chainsaw

            My repeal sweater and badges will be getting an outing this weekend when I join the 8th annual march for choice because pious hypocrites being allowed to harass the born who they don’t give a toss about and the 3 day waiting period need to be consigned to history like the hated 8th.

            I’m sure you’ll have your swastika and bullhorn dusted off to shout at us.

          2. Nullzero

            I have neither a bull horn nor a swastika. As much as it pains me to break your little heart by saying it.

            The Repeal geansai must be in bad nick at this stage all the same.

            Have you ever thought of moving on like everyone else has?

            You’re the last Repeal protestor in town at this stage. Maybe we could enrole you in an evening class or something like that?

            Bless your cotton socks.

      1. millie vanilly strikes again

        Well said Joe.

        You don’t have to agree, but they are entitled to express their opinion.

        1. Daisy Chainsaw

          If they wanted to do better, they’d be helping born people like the ones sleeping in the park behind the railings where they’re chanting their skyfairy woo. They don’t want to do better, they want to harass women.

  4. Nullzero

    Heaven forbid people should be allowed to assemble and peacefully object to something.
    Abortion in Ireland is a reality, and until we become a totalitarian state so is peaceful protest.

    All the usual suspects screaming in here about the evils of the pro lifers, from those pictures they look like the most harmless introverted people imaginable, let’s lynch them.

    1. ZeligIsJaded


      These imbeciles believe they are harnessing a supernatural power to intervene in the affairs of women !!

      They are harmless, thanks be to the empty heavens!

      But they don’t realise they are!

      If they want to ‘protest’, let them go down to government buildings and summon forth the almighty down there.

      1. Ian-O

        Because in their minds they are doing super daddies work so anyone is fair game.

        In the Game of Gowls, you win or you keep moaning about it for years to come.

        I prefer the Westeros version.

        Anyway, so long as they don’t start approaching hospital users with their message leave them at it. Its unpleasant but also their right.

      1. Nullzero

        There’s no way of proving or disproving the potential existence of heaven as it is by definition intangible. Seeing as we’re being snooty and pedantic.

      1. postmanpat

        No need to be pedantic. He probably means pre-indoctrinated but free to now make up their own mind mid teens to adults. And sadly he is probably right.

        1. Janet, I ate my avatar

          say I look at the hundred people I can remember off the top of my head, I’d say 20 percent are religious

          1. postmanpat

            Most people I know aren’t religious either but 99% of them have their kids baptised or will when they have them or would if they could have/want kids . They all say yes to being god-parents. So the religiosity is still there. Not actively every day but it is still there. Church wedding are still widespread and Father Jack still gets a table at the reception where he is gushed over by the waiting staff disproportionately to the other guest tables. We are in a temporary lull. When (not if ) the poo hits the fan the churches political base is still there to take back the countries it has majority status in.

          2. Nullzero

            What a load of nonsense.
            People (native Irish people that is) baptise their children because if you’re an Irish Catholic (most of today’s parents caught the tail end of religious Ireland) and your kids aren’t baptised you won’t get them into any of the Catholic ethos primary schools which make up the majority of stock of schools in this country. I’ve yet to see a priest dawned over by waiting staff at a wedding. You have a bizarre outlook tbh, none of what you said holds any water or has nay basis in fact.

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