Ever heard of Grace Dyas? You should have. Her recent production Not At Home won Best Production at last year’s Dublin Fringe Festival – and could soon be coming to a town near you. Patrick McCusker caught up with Grace yesterday to find out more and hear about their fundraising campaign to take it on the road.
It’s been thirty four years since the eight amendment was added to the constitution, and it looks like 2018 will be the year we may finally get rid of it. What we’ll actually get to vote on remains to be seen. With the repeal movement so giddily high, it’s easy to forget that removing the amendment mightn’t be enough. Cathy Flynn surveyed campaigners across the island to suss out what battles might be on the horizon.
Tomorrow the American funded zealots are having their rally for constricting the choice of women. Rally for Choice is holding a counter demo to the lickspittle’s zest for keeping Irish women caught in the entrails of their palaeolithic beliefs. The rally kicks off at The Spire at 2PM. Get out and show your support. More information here.
Thousands of marchers blocked O’Connell Bridge for a couple of hours on International Womens day in an impressive and well executed direct action at our archaic reproductive rights laws. Since we were on strike for the day in solidarity, here’s our belated rundown.
We had a chat with #strike4repeal to see what it is all about.
We saw you put a call out for a strike in Ireland, what is your demand?
Aoife: We are demanding that the government give us a date for a referendum on repealing the 8th amendment. The state’s talking shop on this issue, coming on 34 years since the constitutional change, is dangerous and cowardly. The Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act 2013 just criminalised abortion further under the guise of a totally inaccessible ‘legal route’ which, given the case of Ms. Y, would be pretty ill-advisable for anyone to pursue. It seems the government is happy to wait around, delay and bow down to a minority wing of anti-choice zealots; we are not.
Above: #Strike4Repeal call-out for International Women’s Day 2017. #repealthe8th After a weekend where millions around the world followed women in protest against Trump, there’s been a bit of a racket on the Irish social meeja about a #strike4repeal A facebuke page appeared last night issuing a call-out for a non-traditional #strike4repeal in Ireland on Wednesday the 8th of March, which is of course International Women’s Day. They released the below … Read More
The shite weather and bus strikes didn’t deter thousands of marchers who showed for the largest ever March for Choice in Dublin yesterday.
Despite the weather, spirits were high. With many march participants singing and chanting spurred on by the presence of some damn tight drum ensembles. Others were content to just stroll, keeping an eye out for mates usually ran into with ease at pro-choice demonstrations, but now scattered to the winds among thousands for whom this may have been their first demo.
On the back of the huge momentum that has been building in opposition to our antiquated abortion laws, Rosi Leonard imagines a world beyond Repeal, a world where this energy spreads into challenging other aspects of society.
Campaign group Re(al)-Productive Health have called a picket outside a bogus anti-choice counselling service.
The picket will take place at 18.30 this evening beside the Marie Stopes service at number 11 on Berkeley Street. It was announced after The Times published undercover footage of their reporter being falsely advised of increased risk of cancer, future risk child abuse, and detrimental psychological impact as results of terminating a pregnancy.
One of our more backwards and archaic laws gets the puntastic treatment by Emare.