Ireland – Don’t trust social media for facts on Eighth Amendment – FG

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Don’t trust social media for facts on Eighth Amendment – FG
‘Just because a friend you trust posts something ... does not mean it is fact’ – Minister

April 25, 2018
Sarah Bardon Political Reporter

Fine Gael has warned people not to trust social media for facts surrounding the referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

A number of senior Ministers held an early morning canvass on Wednesday morning in Dublin city centre, urging people to vote Yes in the referendum.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/don-t-trust-social-media-for-facts-on-eighth-amendment-fg-1.3473981

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What’s Really At Stake In The Irish Abortion Referendum

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What's Really At Stake In The Irish Abortion Referendum
For Irish women, abortion remains both illegal and taboo. As the country faces a historic referendum, Lynn Enright reflects on a nation’s changing mood, and a past decision of her own.

By Lynn Enright
Tuesday 24 April 2018

I was 31 and living in London when I had an abortion. On a grey morning, I took the Tube to the hospital and afterwards, I got an Uber home. My then boyfriend (who is now my husband) gave me a hot-water bottle and my flatmate brought me a cup of tea. My best friend texted me. “I love you,” she said. It was an everyday abortion but it hadn’t been an easy decision. I’d always wanted children and I’d hoped to be in a situation to have them at 31. But I wasn’t. The website I worked at had shut down the previous month and I was broke. I lived in a rented flat, sharing with two others. And my relationship was young and unsteady on its feet. So I had an abortion. Because it wasn’t the right time. Because it felt impossible to be pregnant, impossible to be a mother.

Continued: http://www.vogue.co.uk/article/the-story-of-us

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Ireland – Repeal mural will ‘no doubt’ go up on private wall space, says Taoiseach

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Repeal mural will ‘no doubt’ go up on private wall space, says Taoiseach
However, Varadkar says murals and posters will not convince people to change minds

April 24, 2018
Marie O'Halloran

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil he has “no doubt” the Repeal mural that was painted over on the walls of the Project Arts Centre in Dublin will re-appear on a private building elsewhere.

Mr Varadkar also said he believed the Charities Regulator which issued the instruction to remove the mural by street artist Maser, would have issued a similar instruction had the painting favoured the No side in the abortion referendum debate.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/repeal-mural-will-no-doubt-go-up-on-private-wall-space-says-taoiseach-1.3473018

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Ireland – Obstetricians’ body recommends Yes vote in abortion referendum

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Obstetricians’ body recommends Yes vote in abortion referendum
College ready to train Irish doctors to provide abortion services if referendum is passed

April 24, 2018
Pat Leahy

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, which trains and accredits most Irish obstetricians, has expressed its support for the repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

In a statement, the college said it was ready to train Irish doctors to provide abortion services in the State if the referendum was passed on May 25th.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/obstetricians-body-recommends-yes-vote-in-abortion-referendum-1.3473125

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Irish abortion vote tests Facebook and campaign data

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Irish abortion vote tests Facebook and campaign data

Facebook is rolling out transparency measures during the Irish campaign to see what happens when all users can see political advertising.

By Sarah Wheaton and Mark Scott
4/24/18

DUBLIN — Ireland’s soul-searching debate over whether to change its constitution and allow women to terminate their pregnancies coincides with a ballooning transatlantic scandal surrounding Facebook and the use of personal data in political advertising.

Irish voters go to the polls May 25 to decide whether to repeal the country’s abortion ban. With the campaign heating up, lawmakers hauled Facebook executives before parliament to grill them about how to prevent people’s personal information from being used to manipulate them online.

Continued: https://www.politico.eu/article/ireland-abortion-referendum-may-25-facebook-advertising-save-the-8th-repeal-the-8th/

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Law to replace Eighth Amendment not subject of vote, says commission

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Law to replace Eighth Amendment not subject of vote, says commission
Referendum Commission urges everyone to vote as it launches information campaign

April 24, 2018
Sarah Bardon

The forthcoming referendum is not a vote on the law that may replace the Eighth Amendment, the Referendum Commission has said.

The commission, chaired by Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy, will launch its public information campaign on Tuesday ahead of the referendum on May 25th.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/law-to-replace-eighth-amendment-not-subject-of-vote-says-commission-1.3471834

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Irish emigrants urged #HomeToVote in abortion referendum

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Irish emigrants urged #HomeToVote in abortion referendum
London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign releases video rallying citizens abroad to return for 25 May

Harriet Sherwood
Mon 23 Apr 2018

Irish emigrants are being urged in a new video to travel home to vote in favour of overturning the country’s constitutional ban on abortion in a referendum next month.

The London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign has released the two-minute video, filmed in six countries, to encourage Irish citizens abroad to exercise their right to vote in the historic referendum on 25 May.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/23/irish-emigrants-urged-hometovote-in-abortion-referendum

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Yes campaign hopes to narrow the gap in conservative Roscommon

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Yes campaign hopes to narrow the gap in conservative Roscommon
County has ‘a lot of silent Yes voters who are afraid to say openly they will vote Yes’

Mon, Apr 23, 2018
Harry McGee in Co Roscommon

Roscommon-South Leitrim achieved a brief moment of notoriety after the 2015 same-sex marriage referendum when it was the only constituency in the State that voted No.

It was a marginal thing. Other constituencies such as Donegal South West and Cavan-Monaghan had voted Yes by a hair’s breadth. But that cut little slack when the narrative came to be written.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/yes-campaign-hopes-to-narrow-the-gap-in-conservative-roscommon-1.3470222

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Ireland – Labour complains of ‘concerted’ attempts to tear down Yes posters

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Labour complains of ‘concerted’ attempts to tear down Yes posters
Deputy Jan O’Sullivan gives video to gardaí showing posters being removed in Limerick

April 23, 2018
Ronan McGreevy

Labour TD Jan O’Sullivan has given evidence to gardaí of her party’s Yes posters being pulled down in her native Limerick city.

Ms O’Sullivan claimed there was a “concerted” attempt to remove Labour party posters, which are advocating a Yes in the abortion referendum campaign, and said at least 50 had been taken down in the last week. “There’s very few of them left,” she said on Sunday.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/labour-complains-of-concerted-attempts-to-tear-down-yes-posters-1.3471016

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Ireland – Anti-abortion posters fail to take account of life

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Anti-abortion posters fail to take account of life
The signs risk oversimplifying the issues in the Eighth Amendment referendum

Mon, Apr 23, 2018
Chris Fitzpatrick

As I cycle to work foetuses look down at me from posters high up on the lampposts. They are as big as new-born babies. They tell me that their hearts are beating. They tell me that they can kick and yawn. They ask me to protect them. Their words are meant to hit you where it hurts most – in your heart.

The foetuses on the posters have no mothers. They are advanced for their age. They have grown-up thoughts. They choose their words carefully. They know how to get your attention. They know how to make you feel bad. I cycle on.

continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-referendum/anti-abortion-posters-fail-to-take-account-of-life-1.3470187

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