Tuesday 12 December 2017

Irish comedian's period tweet to the Taoiseach makes front page of Buzzfeed

She told Buzzfeed that she would "love RTÉ to cover it"

No reply: Gráinne Maguire is still awaiting a response from Enda Kenny
No reply: Gráinne Maguire is still awaiting a response from Enda Kenny
Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

Navan comedian Gráinne Maguire has made the front page of Buzzfeed with her campaign to tweet details of her period at Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Maguire's tweet was covered around the world since she inadvertently began a campaign in which Irish women tweeted details of their menstrual cycles to the Taoiseach.

Frustrated by the 8th amendment, Maguire told her followers on Twitter that, since the Government felt it had the right to make decisions on women's bodies, then they "might as well know the whole story".

She then tweeted the Taoiseach, saying: "Hey @EndaKennyTD just so you know, I got my period two days ago. Pretty heavy flow at first but now just occasional spotting #repealthe8th."

Period politics: How 'tweet the Taoiseach' made global headlines

A number of other Irish woman followed suit and the 'tweet the Taoiseach' campaign was born, utilising the #repealthe8th hashtag.

The 8th Amendment to the Constitution criminalises abortion except in cases where there's a definite risk to the woman's life.

"I never thought in a million years so many people would get behind it" Maguire told Buzzfeed News.

"I thought it would just be a silly prank I did on my own".

She also told Buzzfeed that she would "love" RTÉ to cover the tweets. "I think the tide is changing in Ireland. Women are refusing to be silent and ashamed, they want equal rights".

Maguire told Independent.ie that she is "still waiting" for a response from Enda Kenny.

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