Mixed reaction in Cavan to pro-choice canvassers from North

Polls apart: ‘I hope you don’t get to kill many’; ‘We’re both definite Yes voters’

Jade Farrelly of Cavan Pro Choice and Emma Wallace of Alliance for Choice, Belfast speak to Joe Doherty and Jackie O’Neill (with Ruby the dog) about a Yes vote in Cavan town. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

Jade Farrelly of Cavan Pro Choice and Emma Wallace of Alliance for Choice, Belfast speak to Joe Doherty and Jackie O’Neill (with Ruby the dog) about a Yes vote in Cavan town. Photograph: Lorraine Teevan

The coach pulls away from St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast at 9.30am on Saturday, heading south. Those on board, 25 young women and men, are travelling with the Alliance for Choice to support repeal volunteers across the Border in Cavan.

The accents on the bus are a mix of Irish, Northern Irish, Spanish, Australian and English. We pass just one banner on the journey through the North – facing the Border, it has a big freshly-painted red hand of Ulster and has “No Pope here” on it, ancient prejudice preparing for the future. But as the driver steers us through the steep and narrow streets of Clones we have time to survey the posters on every lamppost. There are a lot of foetuses begging from the womb to be saved by a No vote. Decidedly fewer posters urge a Yes and for women to be trusted.

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