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Gene Kerrigan: A woman is dead. Never again, please

Published 18/11/2012 | 05:00

Amid the anger and shock, there are already voices urging cowardice, writes Gene Kerrigan

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THERE was an eerie feeling on Molesworth Street, last Wednesday, at a few minutes to 6pm. People moved towards the Leinster House end of the street, in greater numbers than the usual homeward trekkers – moving purposefully, but in ones and twos. No marching, no chants, no banners. Just people taking some time out to gather at the national parliament and make a quiet, despairing statement of political anger. The patchy sound system was open to anyone who wanted to speak.

Word had gone out on Twitter, but there was little organisation, hardly any preparation. It was a spontaneous eruption of rage over the death of Savita Halappanavar. It might have attracted only a few dozen. Instead, well over 1,000 people applauded speeches that ranged from the eloquent to the incensed.

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