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A massive protest will be taking place on Sunday, during which several Irish singers, including Hozier, are planning to perform.

The event, called Stand for Truth, is in support of clerical abuse victims and will take place in the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin.

Performers at the rally will also include Irish musicians Mary Black, Roisin O, and Liam Ó Maonlaí.

All the singers wish to take a stand against the abuse that has gone on in the Catholic Church and express their support for affected victims.

Several speakers will also be addressing the crowd, sharing their own experiences with clerical abuse and its effects on a personal and societal level. Their goal is to raise awareness of how global the horrific issue has become.

Theatre maker Grace Dyas, poet Sarah Clancy, and executive director of Amnesty Colm O'Gorman are on the agenda to speak to those gathered at the rally.

Colm, also organiser of the event, recently explained that the rally is for “everyone who wishes to stand in solidarity with those harmed by the actions of the institutional Roman Catholic Church. Who wishes to stand for truth, for justice, for love. For the Ireland we must be.”

Stand for Truth is scheduled to start on Sunday, August 26th at 3:00pm – the same time that Pope Francis plans to lead mass in the Phoenix Park.

Following the event, protestors will participate in a silent procession to Sean McDermott Street, where the last remaining Magdalene Laundry is.

“We cannot stay silent as the Vatican uses its power and pomp to forcefully deny the reality of the harm it has done,” Colm explained.

“This week Pope Francis has begged for forgiveness, but it isn’t at all clear what he wants forgiveness for. At no point has Pope Francis or any of his predecessors admitted or taken any responsibility for the deliberate policy of cover-up by the Vatican across the global church. [..]

“He needs to take responsibility for it as Pope, and as head of state of the Vatican City State. The time when the Vatican could force the cover-up of its crimes is long past.

“The Vatican may continue to dodge the truth, to try to bury it in dense and meandering statements. But nevertheless, it is revealed. So we will stand for truth. ”

Almost 3,000 people plan to attend the Stand for Truth rally. If you would like to attend, check out their Facebook page for more information.

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Protests have been organised across the country today in the wake of the not-guilty verdict handed out by the jury to Paddy Jackson and his teammate Stuart Olding.

Blane McIlroy and Rory Harrison were also found not guilty of perverting the course of justice and withholding information.

Public opinion clearly shows an opposing view to the verdict, with the #IBelieveHer trending in Ireland, and now rallies have been organised in opposition to the verdict.

Rallies have been organised outside the high court in Belfast tomorrow, with solidarity rallies being held in Limerick and Dublin at 12.30pm

‘This event is for those who cannot make the rally at Belfast High Court. Brings signs and placards to show your support,’ reads the Dublin rally Facebook event.

‘There is a lot of anger and upset among women who have observed the treatment of the victim in this case and found it harrowing and re-traumatising.’

‘Let’s show our solidarity to this woman and all women who have been mistreated by the justice system and the way it deals with sexual crimes.’

More information regarding the rallies is available via Facebook.

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In an effort to highlight the State's shortcomings in the handling of the Magdalene laundry cases, a rally is being held to honour the survivors this morning.

The Director of the National Women's Council of Ireland, Orla O'Connor, made reference to the government's failings while speaking ahead of the event in the city-centre  today.

"The government have promised there would be consultations with the survivors in terms of how they wanted to be remembered and memorialised and this has yet to happen," she said.

Orla insisted that the NWCI would show solidarity with survivors and urged the government to make a connection with those who have bore the brunt of their unfulfilled promises.

"We are very much in the National Women's Council, standing with the survivors of the Magdalene laundries today to say that the government need to start this, they need to talk to the survivors and see how they want to be remembered."

The rally comes days after campaigners called for the removal of a statue dedicated to the Sisters of Mercy outside a former laundry in Dublin.
 

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