Tuesday 21 November 2017

Oireachtas political staff to protest outside Taoiseach's office and say abortion referendum 'may prove to be isolating'

Some Leinster House staff said they will hold the event ahead of Saturday’s march in Dublin City centre, which is being organised by the abortion rights campaign. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Some Leinster House staff said they will hold the event ahead of Saturday’s march in Dublin City centre, which is being organised by the abortion rights campaign. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Saidhbh O’Callaghan

Staff at Leinster House are today staging an event outside Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's office in support of a repeal of the Eighth Amendment.

In an unusual step, a number of Oireachtas political staff members will publicly declare their support for proposed changes to the country's abortion laws.

In a media statement this morning, some Leinster House staff said they will hold the event ahead of Saturday’s march in Dublin City centre, which is being organised by the abortion rights campaign.

And the group said that the lead up to the referendum could be an "isolating" and "upsetting" experience for some within the Oireachtas.

"The group's objective is also to create a safe and supportive space for Oireachtas staff who have maybe been affected by the 8th amendment and haven't been able to share that with work colleagues or their boss," the group said.

The Oireachtas abortion committee is continuing its hearings ahead of the referendum, which will be held in either May or June.

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