Sunday 18 February 2018

‘Taoiseach, your silence speaks volumes’ - Irish woman who documented journey to Manchester for abortion returns home

The women documented their journey on Twitter account @TwoWomenTravel
The women documented their journey on Twitter account @TwoWomenTravel
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

An Irish woman who documented her journey to the UK for a termination on social media has called out Taoiseach Enda Kenny and said that his “silence speaks volumes”.

The woman and her friend documented the experience on Twitter account @TwoWomenTravel, which has amassed the support of more than 25,000 people since Saturday morning.

The women aimed to bring to light the journey made by hundreds of Irish women to the UK each year and said they have been “failed” by the Irish government.

“Taoiseach Enda Kenny your silence speak volumes and the world has heard you,” the women tweeted, sharing an image from the plane on a flight home to Ireland.

In a statement released on the Twitter account the women said their aim was to highlight the “ordinariness of the situation” and bring to light the journey 12 Irish women make daily.

“We had to travel because our government insists that we pretend this isn’t happening.

“We defy the Irish government to ignore us and we defy our Taoiseach Enda Kenny to avoid this conversation. We have done this to bring to light the reality of the journey to our sisters, mothers, brothers, fathers, friends, colleagues, and total strangers.

“All of them have shown more empathy support and acceptance than our own government.”

The women have not received a response from the Taoiseach and their journey been the subject of global media attention. They have been the recipients of supportive messages from around the world, including a comment from TV presenter James Corden.

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

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