Sunday 25 September 2016

Feminist group chained themselves to GPO columns at Easter Rising celebrations

Published 07/04/2015 | 18:06

Three members of the ‘Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A’ outside the GPO yesterday.
Three members of the ‘Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A’ outside the GPO yesterday.

A feminist performance group used yesterday’s celebrations of the Easter Rising of 1916 to call for an alternative proclamation for Ireland.

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The group, ‘Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A’, were dressed in red and pink as they chained themselves to a column outside Dublin’s GPO yesterday and read out their own proclamation.

“Irish men and Irish women and all who live in Ireland, in the name of citizenship promised to us on these steps, we declare the right of all people in Ireland to ownership of their own bodies and to control their own destinies,” the proclamation stated.

 

The ‘Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A’ group famously slapped a pair of women’s underwear on Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s plate at a Fine Gael fundraising dinner in London last October.

Two members of the feminist group presented the Taoiseach with the knickers which had ‘Repeal the 8th’ written on them as they chanted; “Repeal the 8th, repeal the 8th”, referring to calls for a referendum to appeal the 8th Amendment in the Constitution.

The pair dramatically interrupted the £100-per-head event, welcomed Mr Kenny to London and spoke in unison as they recited; “Twelve woman a day have no option but to make the same trip from Ireland everyday.”

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