Strike4Repeal Draws Thousands to City Centre

O’Connell Bridge was brought to a complete standstill this afternoon as thousands of Irish women and men showed their support for a referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

The Strike4Repeal movement was organised as a mass demonstration across several locations after the Government failed to commit to a vote on abortion rights in Ireland.

Marches took place around the city on International Women’s Day, starting with a picket at the Department of Justice and heading towards the Department of Health and the Department of the Taoiseach before gathering at O’Connell Bridge.

Tallaght writer and actor Emmet Kirwan attended the march to show his support for Strike4Repeal, and the ‘Heartbreak’ creator has been a vocal advocate of the Repeal Project.

There was also a strong endorsement for a referendum from Cork, Sligo, Galway, Limerick and Meath with marches through many other towns and cities, as well as solidarity marches in Melbourne, London, Amsterdam and over 50 locations globally.

Chart-topping Irish musician, Hozier, also showed his support by marching with the group to O’Connell Bridge…

Planners on strike*! With unexpected Hozier photobomb. #Repeal8th #Strike4Repeal #IWD17 *On our lunch hour.

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The protest will continue this evening at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin where another large crowd is expected to gather at 5.30pm for the March4Choice.