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This afternoon.

Dublin city centre.

The seventh annual March for Choice, organised by the Abortion Rights Campaign,from the Garden of Remembrance, Dublin 1 to Merrion Square , Dublin 2.

With politicians and pro-choice activists, including Minister for Health Simon Harris (pics 5 and 6), Minister for Children,Katherine Zappone (pic 2), Amnesty’s Colm O’Gorman (pic 3) and Dr Peter Boylan, former Master of Holles Street Hospital (pic 2).



Dude, please.

A pro-life protester is blocked by security from the pro-choice rally in Merrion Square.


Free next Monday?

A pro-choice information open evening in Ennis, County Clare…

Eilis Murphy writes:

 The President of the Washington-based Catholics for Choice, Jon O’Brien, said he believes Irish Catholics stand by women and trust them to be moral agents of their own lives.

Mr O’Brien, originally from Dublin, will be the keynote speaker at an open information evening which will launch Abortion Rights Campaign Clare’s campaign to Repeal the 8th Amendment

Also speaking will be Jenni Owen-Thomas of Parents for Choice in Pregnancy and Childbirth,  about how the 8th Amendment affects parents and families in Ireland.

Suzanne Leen and Michelle May from AIMS Ireland (Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services) will give a joint presentation about the adverse effects of the 8th Amendment on maternity services in Ireland….

Abortion Rights Clare  information open meeting at 7pm on Monday, February 19 at the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis., Country Clare.

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This afternoon..

Dublin City Centre and Dublin 2

Scenes from today’s March 4 Choice urging a repeal of the Eighth Amendment organised by the Abortion Rights Campaign.

Pics by Rolling news and Irina Dzhambazova



This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin 2

The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR), an American pro-life organizstion, holds a counter-rally outside Dail Eireann.

Sam Boal writes:

The protesters were told not to show graphic banners with dead fetuses but they did anyway.

Sam Boal/RollingNews


You may recall a post from last year in which Karen Harte and Jessica Maybury, of Girls like Comics, appealed for art and comic submissions for an anthology of stories and art about repealing the 8th amendment.


Next Tuesday.

The MINE Anthology will be launched at the Workman’s Club, Dublin, at 8pm.

Tickets are €8, or €5 for students/unwaged, with proceeds going to the Abortion Rights Campaign.

Previously: Mine of Information

 Crowd at Queen Mary'sSpeakers from l-r Ailbhe Smyth, Dr Leah Desmond, Fiona de Londres, Emma Campbell and Ann Furedi

From left: Queen Mary’s University last night:  Speakers from left  Ailbhe Smyth, Dr Leah Desmond, Fiona de Londres, Emma Campbell and Ann Furedi

Queen Mary’s University, London.

More than 300 people attended an event to to support the campaign to make abortion legal in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Laura O’Neill, of the London Irish Abortion Rights Campaign, writes

We heard from several speakers, who detailed a number of legal cases, including the prosecution of a woman for helping her 15-year-old daughter access abortion pills online.
A Belfast Court has granted leave for a judicial review, but if convicted the mother faces up to 10 years in prison.

Details of the case drew gasps from the audience, which was mainly made up of Irish ex-pats:

Emma Campbell from the Alliance for Choice told the crowd that the current laws are especially unfair on poorer women, who cannot afford to travel for an abortion.

Ann Furedi from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, an organisation which helps women access abortion, echoed her sentiments.

We stand with our sisters in Northern Ireland and the Republic. Women in Ireland need abortion for the same reasons as women in Britain.

She called for the law in Northern Ireland to be brought in line with the rest of the UK so women living in Newcastle, County Down have the same access as women in Newcastle on Tyne”.

Ailbhe Smyth from the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment based in the Republic of Ireland said she was heartened by the “huge crowd” who attended.

She told the audience that she believed a constitutional referendum on the Eighth Amendment would take place in the Republic within the next 18 months.
“The ban against abortion is dangerous and fatal in some cases. It’s great to see a social movement around this. I believe this is a fight we can win,” she added.

Ms Smyth also expressed concerns over the implications that Brexit could have on the 3,600 women, who are forced to leave Ireland to access abortion services every year.

What will happen to these women if border or immigration controls come in? We simply don’t know if women will be able to travel freely. Media reports suggest that this vitally important issue wasn’t discussed when An Taoiseach Enda Kenny met British Prime Minister, Theresa May, in Dublin last Monday….

The Eighth Amendment is a profound source of discrimination and national shame for Ireland and we are calling on our young Irish diaspora to support its repeal. These are young women and men who want – and expect – to return to an Ireland that is just, committed to equality, and where women have the right to make our own reproductive decisions.”

The London Irish Abortion Rights Campaign


Last night.

GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

Carol-singing pro-choice protestors, including Vivien Daly (above), from the Abortion Rights Campaign [ARC] alongside members of the Artists’ Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment and the Resistance Choir host their annual ‘Carols For Choice’ concert.

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Leah Farrell/Rollingnews



Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Cathy at the Abortion Rights Campaign, writes:

Abortion Rights Campaign held a photocall and press conference in the run up to the 5th Annual March for Choice THIS Saturday, September 24th, at 1.30pm at the Garden of Remembrance. This year’s theme is “Rise and Repeal”. It’s great to see so many TDs and Senators come out in support of the march. (There was cake provided…) .


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Would you like to sell beer to music ‘revellers’ this Summer?

And help the pro-choice campaign?

Read on.

The Abortion Rights Campaign writes:

We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us this summer. All volunteers must be 18 years old or over. The work involves working at the bars at some of the biggest gigs and festivals this summery.

When your shift finishes up you get to enjoy the music, have a free pint or two and pat yourself on the back for making a genuine contribution to improving the lives of women in Ireland…

2015 ARC Workers Beer Company summer volunteer session (AbortionRightsCampaign)

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Wellington Quay, Dublin this afternoon.

Can you help?

Grainne, of the Abortion Rights Campaign, writes:

The occupants of 51 Wellington Quay found themselves with the locks changed and an hour to vacate the premise when they arrived to work this morning.
The building which was home to a number of NGOs, a hair salon, immigration advice and an English Language tutor service was evicted in dubious circumstances. All the tenants had their rent fully paid up but seems there was a dispute between letting agent and landlord.
Volunteers and supporters of ARC [Abortion Rights Campaign] rallied round to strip the office bare, and ferried furniture and boxes to attics and garages all over Dublin. It’s not expected that the deposit will ever be seen again.
If anyone had budget friendly offices to rent or would like to donate to the Abortion Rights Campaign please visit us here or email info@abortionrights.ie


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