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On March 8 of this year, Ireland played host to the Strike 4 Repeal rally – an event which saw the participation of thousands of people around the country who were determined to see a repeal of the 8th amendment.

And according to the Strike 4 Repeal Facebook page this morning, another one is in the works.

Alongside a video which featured footage of the events which played out on International Women's Day this year, Strike 4 Repeal wrote: "Time's up! Do we trust the government to ask the right question?"

Guiding members of the public towards a pledge, the organisers wrote: "Strike 4 Repeal will be holding a national strike if the Government does not commit to a clear yes or no question on a referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment."

"We are also calling on the Government to provide for free, safe and legal abortion services on request in Ireland. This is essential for all women and pregnant people to ensure their right to reproductive healthcare is guaranteed, regardless of circumstances."

"By taking this pledge you are telling the Government that you are prepared to strike if these requirements are not met. Should it become clear during the Dáil debate on the referendum that they intend to water down our rights, we will contact you with at least one week's notice to announce the date for a national strike."

"Every pledge will send a clear message that we won't wait any longer. Now is the time for repeal and full abortion rights in Ireland."

The post has been shared more than 100 times in less than an hour.



#Strike4Repeal is taking place today, to mark International Women's Day.

Massive crowds gathered on O'Connell Street to rally against the 8th amendment to the constitution.

When by-standing members of An Garda Síochána were asked about the size of the gathering, they replied that it was "far too many to count," though the figure is estimated to be in the thousands.

O'Connell Bridge was brought to a complete standstill, as the peaceful strike assembly took the bridge as their own. 

Chants of "my body, my choice," and "Enda, Enda, we want a referenda" were the backing track to the gathering. 

"We've been really overwhelmed with the amount of people here today," commented Claire Brophy, one of the strike organisers.

"We had great support online and we know that we had great support nationally and internationally, but to see this number is just mind blowing, and I think it sends a very clear message to the government, who must already know by now that what the people want is a referendum and that we wont wait."

The strike began at 10.30am with a picket outside the Department of Justice, before making its way down to O'Connell Bridge by 12.30pm, where crowds swelled as people joined the throng while on their lunch break. 

"I'm here striking to show my support. I've been going to the annual abortion marches every September since they started and it's amazing to see how they've grown in size," commented one pro-choice striker.

"More and more people are aware of the issue of the 8th amendment and the risk that it poses to women's health and lives, the more attention it has gotten over the years between cases like Miss Y and Savita Halappanaver."

"The abortion issue has effected the lives and health of many women and even recently, with the Tuam babies scandal, the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church and the fact that they're advocating for life when actually they have a horrible history with the treatment of women and children," she said. 

"I think Ireland has waged a war on women that our generation can face and seeing all the support coming out today is just amazing."

If you couldn't make it to the strike this afternoon, a March for Repeal is starting at the Garden of Remembrance at Parnell Square in Dublin at 5.30pm this evening, marching to the Dail to conclude the day of abortion rights activism. 


#Strike4Repeal is taking place today, to mark International Women's Day.

Massive crowds have gathered on O'Connell Street to rally against our government's abortion laws.

Many women, men and children are marching in solidarity against the Eighth Amendment, and the views of the turnout on social media is giving us goosebumps.

Here's a round up of the sights, the signs and the people around Dublin today:



Today is International Women's Day, and so it is only fitting that this afternoon, thousands of Irish women will gather on O'Connell Bridge in Dublin to participate in the Strike 4 Repeal

Similar gatherings will be happening all over the country, but before this morning's pickets began,  a few key characters in Dublin's cityscape were already striking. 

On your commute today, you may have noticed that some of Dublin's statues were obscured with black fabric. 

These statues are a symbol of solidarity from the Strike 4 Repeal movement for the 10-12 Irish women who must travel to the UK and further everyday to procure safe abortion practices.

The statues, veiled in black and carrying lightning bolts, the symbol of the movement, are cloaked and striking in alliance to represent how ingrained in Irish society the problem of reproductive rights is. 

In existence but rarely acknowledged, much like the statues, according to Strike 4 Repeal activists. 

The statues were obscured by volunteers of the movement, who were up at the crack of dawn to ensure that the statement would be in place for those who are unable to strike today to see on their way to work.

"We wanted to take a direct action that would make a visual impact," said one activist. 

"Visibility is very important because women who get an abortion in the UK or abroad, they return to a country that is full of stigma where no one talks about it."

"We targeted key monuments to make people aware of the strike. Those who are unable to strike will see the lightning bolt symbol and be reminded of what is going on in town later today," she finished. 

"Let us go out to march today to let out the truth that Ireland is not a safe place for women and pregnant persons," reads a statement on the Strike 4 Repeal Instagram page.  

"That our government is failing us in providing essential reproductive healthcare. That the life of anyone who is pregnant cannot be prioritised because of the 8th Amendment and that tragedies happen."

"That women have been told their physical and mental health must take a backseat. This is what every tourist, visitor, student, and worker to Ireland must know and every Irish person must consider. No more sweeping us under the carpet."

The Strike 4 Repeal movements "Meet me on the Bridge" video campaign has gone viral this week, with over 370,000 views and thousands of likes. 

The strike is happening today, kicking off at 10.30am in a picket at the Department of Justice and culminating in a mass gathering on O'Connell Bridge at 12.30am. 

SHEmazing! will be at the strike, so follow us on Snapchat @shemazingie and keep an eye on our Facebook for live updates. 



As the so-called Citizens Assembly continues to debate the rights of women, one particular drive is gathering considerable pace. 

#Strike4Repeal is taking place on March 8 – International Women's Day – and everyone is encouraged to get involved.

With video in support of the movement being released this morning, people in Ireland are being asked to strike in support of the many women who have to take time off work in order to travel abroad to access abortion services

"We have one demand to the Government," the video, which features seven different women, states, "call a referendum before the 8th of March – or there will be a national strike."

It adds: "We are asking you to show your solidarity… if a referendum is not called, strike."

It furthermore calls for women to refuse to complete domestic work, and to wear black.

"We won't wait," it concludes.

The official #Strike4Repeal Facebook page explains: "This strike is based on non-traditional strike actions for human rights that we have witnessed in other parts of the world.

"In October of last year, thousands of people in more than 60 cities in Poland went on strike to protect their access to abortion, and won."

The strike will not be an industrial strike in the traditional sense, with the movement stating that "we encourage participants to be imaginative in how they approach the the action". 

"If you can strike, do," it adds. "If it’s possible, book a day off work in advance. 

"Stage an event at 12 noon or on your lunch break to remember the 12 women who have been forced to travel for abortion that day, and every day.

"If you are a business owner, consider giving a day off to your employees or completely closing the business on that day, with no cost to your staff."

It concludes: "We encourage everyone to come up with their own ideas for participation on the day.

"Every person who has an abortion has to take at least a day, whether to travel or stay at home. Use this day to stand in solidarity with them, and demand change."

You can find out more about #Strike4Repeal on the related Facebook and Twitter pages – and make sure to watch the video below: