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8th Amendment protest due to take place during WW1 commemoration

Friday, 9th November, 2018 2:01pm

A banner with the words: '1918 – end of war in Europe, 2018 – start of war in Ireland on the unborn children' will be brandished during a ceremony on Leeside marking the centenary of the end of World War One this Sunday.

The protest objecting to the result of the referendum of the 8th Amendment will be staged during the ceremony by a pro-life group, the Cork Independent has learned. It is one of two separate protest that will be held during the civic ceremony at the Cenotaph on South Mall on Sunday morning.

The group has informed the newspaper that it plans to protest peacefully during the memorial event.  

Spokesman John O’Donovan described it as “utter hypocrisy” that people would commemorate those who died during the war and in the same year vote in favour of removing the 8th Amendment from the constitution. 

The group will gather from 9.30am as the WW1 ceremony is due to be begin at 10.15am. The Remembrance Sunday event is a memorial to mark the Irish who were killed and injured in World War I. 

Lord Mayor Cllr Mick Finn is one of the organisers of the civic event at the Great War Memorial on South Mall.

A separate protest organised by the People’s Convention will hold a protest rally at the National Monument on South Mall at the same time as the Great War Memorial. That group say it is an "anti-war protest rally on the occasion of the centenary" of "an inter-imperialist war".

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