14 June 2017
By Bryan Smyth
A new Cork branch of the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment was officially launched at a press conference in Cork today (14.06.2017). The Cork branch is the first regional branch of the Coalition to be established.
Commenting on the launch, Kathy D’Arcy, member of the Cork Coalition, said: “The Cork Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment emerged from a shared recognition of the need – and the demand – for Cork to have its own campaign on the issue of reproductive justice. The branch is made up of people from all walks of life who have come together because we are all concerned with repealing the Eighth Amendment. It is time for the Government to face up to the very serious harm and damage done by the Eighth Amendment to women all over Ireland, and to call a constitutional referendum.
“The Cork Coalition and our member groups will be running events throughout the summer, including family-friendly fun days, letter writing parties, music and arts events and open meetings. There is a growing base in Cork of people who support repealing the Eighth Amendment, and the Cork Coalition looks forward to bringing these voices to the national stage.”
Also commenting on the launch of the Cork branch was Ailbhe Smyth, Convenor of the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment: “The Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment warmly welcomes the formation of a Cork branch of the Coalition. It’s of huge importance to us that we represent the voices of women and men from every corner of Ireland, and it’s immensely encouraging to see the movement to repeal the Eighth Amendment gaining such momentum nationally and at great speed.”
Cork March to Repeal the Eighth Amendment
The Cork Coalition are organising a march in Cork this Saturday, 17th June, to coincide with the Rallies to Repeal the Eighth Amendment taking place in Galway and Dublin. The march in Cork will commence at 1.30pm at Grand Parade, assembling in front of Cork City Library, and march through the city before re-assembling at Grand Parade. Following the march, a number of guest speakers will address attendees on the theme of ‘After the Citizens’ Assembly, Abortion Rights Now’.
Cork Coalition Members and Supporters
- Atheist Ireland
- Cork Feminist Collective
- Cork Humanist Group
- Doctors for Choice
- Green Party
- Irish Federation of University Teachers
- Labour Party
- Parents for Choice
- People Before Profit
- Rebels for Repeal
- UCC Feminist Society
- The Workers’ Party