Sunday 24 March 2019

Irish women who live tweeted journey to the UK for termination 'humbled' by messages of support from around the world

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Repeal the 8th mural at Temple Bar Photo:HunReal Facebook

Patricia Murphy

An Irish woman who documented her journey to Manchester for an abortion on social media has become the recipient of supportive messages from around the world, including a tweet TV presenter James Corden.

The woman and her friend have been tweeting their journey to the UK for the procedure on Twitter account @TwoWomenTravel since Saturday morning, in a bid to highlight their experience to Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

The women will make their way home to Ireland this afternoon and said they are “humbled” by the messages of support they have received.

“Feeling so humbled, catching up on mails in the taxi. This is inspiring,” a tweet from the account read.

The account has amassed more than 22,000 followers since its creation yesterday as the women documented each step of their journey, including a clinic waiting room where they said they met several other Irish women who travelled to the UK for the procedure.

“Forced 2 leave Ireland, @EndaKennyTD joined by more Irish in waiting room, waiting for our loved ones,” the account tweeted yesterday afternoon.

The women said that although they were treated with respect by “warm” staff, they feel failed by the Irish government.

“Procedure was quick & staff very warm. Our love to you all. @EndaKennyTD failed us. You did not.”

The women’s journey has received international media attention and television presenter James Corden pledged his support in a tweet shared with his 7.4m followers.

“Today, @TwoWomenTravel but you're not on your own in this. So many people are with you,” he wrote.

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