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Model in topless shoot on Harcourt Street thanks Ireland AM for the "opportunity to tell our side"

Published 13/10/2015 | 16:51

Big brother Housemate Sarah Greenwood joins Miss Bikini Ireland 2015 hopefuls on Harcourt Street who show support for
Big brother Housemate Sarah Greenwood joins Miss Bikini Ireland 2015 hopefuls on Harcourt Street who show support for "Free the Tats" Breast Cancer Awareness Day by removing their bras!
Big brother Housemate Sarah Greenwood joins Miss Bikini Ireland 2015 hopefuls on Harcourt Street who show support for "Free the Tats" Breast Cancer Awareness Day by removing their bras
Miss Bikini Ireland contestants 2015
Hana Ni Mhainigh
Hana Ni Mhainigh

Hana Ni Mhainigh, one of the models involved in the now-infamous bikini photoshoot on Harcourt Street, took to her Facebook page to thank Ireland AM for " inviting us on to discuss the controversy" and allowing the models "the opportunity to tell our side".

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Ireland AM wrote on Facebook that Hana and fellow model Keri O' Brien were appearing on the show to "defend their decision to strip off".

They were joined on-air by the organiser of Miss Bikini Ireland Greg Ryan.

Writing on Facebook, Hana wrote: "We are very happy to have made it into several papers and to have been given the opportunity to tell our side of the stories".

The controversial stunt involved the models removing their bras "in support of 'Free The Tats' day for Breast Cancer Awareness". 

Response to the stunt has been mostly negative, with response to Ireland AM's Facebook page  almost overwhelmingly negative.

Cancer sufferer Paula McDonnell wrote that the shoot did "nothing for cancer awareness" and that it was "sad" to see the shoot "jumping on the breast cancer bandwagon".

"Yesterday i had my 15th cycle of chemo. Im bloated, pale and have dark circles under my eyes. I'm constantly tired and nauseous. To top it off i have no hair, eyebrows or lashes. Im a 36 year old single mom of 3 kids and the fear i live with everyday of leaving them behind is etched on my face".

"These perfect looking girls do not show the reality".

Sinead Farrell wrote "A photo shoot of one women showing off mastectomy scars would have been more powerful than....a cheap and tacky publicity stunt".

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