Sunday 17 December 2017

Thousands of people take part in the Rally for Life march

Thousands of people took part in the annual 'Rally for Life' march but were met by pro-choice groups campaigning to repeal the Eighth Amendment
Thousands of people took part in the annual 'Rally for Life' march but were met by pro-choice groups campaigning to repeal the Eighth Amendment

Kathy Armstrong

Thousands of people took part in the annual Rally for Life march today, which called for the Eight Amendment to be saved.

The event was organised by the Life Institute, who do not want our abortion laws to be changed.

Over two hours people marched from Parnell Square through Dublin City Centre before reaching Merrion Square.

As they made their way up O'Connell Street they were met by around 200 pro-choice groups, who lined either side of the road as they passed.

Thousands of people took part in the annual 'Rally for Life' march in Dublin today
Thousands of people took part in the annual 'Rally for Life' march in Dublin today
Thousands of people took part in the annual 'Rally for Life' march in Dublin today
Thousands of people took part in the annual 'Rally for Life' march in Dublin today
Mattie McGrath TD with his daughter Mairin and her 9 month old daughter Cara Rose McGrath
Grace Masterson with thousands of people took part in the annual 'Rally for Life' march in Dublin today
Thousands of people took part in the annual 'Rally for Life' march at Merrion Square Dublin
Thousands of people took part in the annual 'Rally for Life' march at Merrion Square Dublin
Thousands of people took part in the annual 'Rally for Life' march in Dublin today
Thousands of people took part in the annual 'Rally for Life' march but was met by pro-choice groups campaigning to repeal the Eighth Amendment
Thousands of people took part in the annual 'Rally for Life' march but were met by pro-choice groups campaigning to repeal the Eighth Amendment
Thousands of people took part in the annual 'Rally for Life' march but were met by pro-choice groups campaigning to repeal the Eighth Amendment
Thousands of people took part in the annual 'Rally for Life' march but were met by pro-choice groups campaigning to repeal the Eighth Amendment
Thousands of people took part in the annual 'Rally for Life' march but were met by pro-choice groups campaigning to repeal the Eighth Amendment

The All Ireland Rally For Life Facebook page has also shared messages of support from people in places including Boston, New York, Malta and Madrid.

Among those who attended in support of retaining the Eight Amendment were TD Mattie McGrath and Bishop Denis Nulty.

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The Eight Amendment prohibits abortion here by giving equal rights to the mother and the foetus.

Thousands of people took part in the annual 'Rally for Life' march in Dublin today
Thousands of people took part in the annual 'Rally for Life' march in Dublin today

The Citizen's Assembly has recommended that a vote on the Eight Amendment is held and Health Minister Simon Harris has said that he hopes this will happen in 2018.

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