Tuesday 28 February 2017

Repeal the 8th Amendment meeting in GAA club cancelled after venue received ‘formal complaints’

Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Parnells GAA club
Parnells GAA club

A public meeting discussing the Repeal the 8th Amendment was cancelled after the venue received “formal complaints”.

The public meeting was due to take place in Parnell's GAA club in Coolock Village on Thursday August 25 but was cancelled fours hours before it was due to start.

Cllr John Lyons who was to chair the meeting said it was a “disgraceful denial of free speech”.

“Why did those who complained not come along to the meeting and express their views? We would have been only too happy to discuss the issues with them at the meeting.

“This is an example, yet again, of conservative forces in Ireland preferring to bury these issues so that a new generation of young people are denied the right to discuss them.

“We shall be holding a meeting outside the venue at the gates of Parnell’s GAA and we urge all those who were to attend to come along. Our voices will be heard.”

A spokesperson for Parnell’s GAA club confirmed the meeting was cancelled due to complaints but were unable to comment further.

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