Saturday 1 October 2016

Rose of Tralee contestants 'asked about eight amendment opinions', says Cork Rose

Cian Murray

Published 23/08/2016 | 18:03

Cork Rose Denise Collins demonstrates a classroom science experiment to Ó Sé. Picture Credit; Frank Mc Grath
Cork Rose Denise Collins demonstrates a classroom science experiment to Ó Sé. Picture Credit; Frank Mc Grath

Rose of Tralee contestants were asked about their opinions on abortion and the eight amendment during their group interviews, according to the Cork Rose.

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Denise Collins, who wowed the crowd with an incredible fire trick on Monday night, confirmed that Roses were asked to discuss their opinion on the eight amendment during their group interviews prior to the live show.

Speaking on Cork 96fm, she said: "Yes that is true (that we were asked to discuss the amendment). I suppose it is a topic which is in the headlines at the moment and there are talks of a referendum and we're all educated young women and we are articulate.

"We can form opinions on issues like that and we are completely free and open to voice those opinions."

Collins' comments come in the wake of the Sydney Rose, Brianna Parkins, calling for a referendum on the eight amendment during Monday's live show.

She said: "I think we can do better here in Ireland. I think it is time to give women a say on their own reproductive rights and I would love to see a referendum on the eight (amendment)."

The Cork Rose took a more neutral approach while speaking on the Opinion Line on Cork's 96fm.

"There was seven or eight of us and we were asked to discuss it. You discuss the pros, you discuss the cons and I suppose we tried to keep a very diplomatic view on it and not be too one sided.

"As an adult, you have to see the pros and the cons of everything. Even if you feel strongly about something, there are (still) pros and cons to absolutely everything," she said.

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