Youth Defence

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 Members of the Citizens’ Assembly casting their vote at its final meeting on the topic of the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution on Saturday. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

There was shouting and screaming. The sounds were shrill. It was Saturday, just passed. I was lying in my bed with the hangover of a 12-hour migraine(...)

The Repeal the Eighth mural outside the Dublin headquarters for the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, at Blackhall place. Photograph: Eric Luke

I am a woman of childbearing age. I am not a practising Catholic. I am not conservative. But I am pro-life. I realise this makes me terribly unfashio(...)

Prof Veronica O’Keane of Doctors for Choice and Dr John Monaghan  and Dr Orla Halpenny of Doctors for Life  at the Citizens’ Assembly session in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Members of the Citizens’ Assembly will be balloted next month on recommendations that they will give to the Government on the future of the constituti(...)

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy: “The assembly has endeavoured to present the legal and medical material in a neutral manner.”  Photograph: Eric Luke

The chair of the Citizens’ Assembly has said it would have been a “serious omission” not to include material from two women who were described by anti(...)

Justin Barrett, the president of the National Party. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The new National Party is in favour of racial profiling and says there needs to be a complete ban on Muslims coming into Ireland. Justin Barrett, a (...)

Justin Barrett, of the No to Nice Campaign at Buswells Hotel, Dublin, in August 2002, before the second referendum on the treaty. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A former activist with the militant anti-abortion group Youth Defence, Justin Barrett is best remembered for his role in the defeat of the Nice Treat(...)

1992: The demonstration against the High Court injunction forbidding a 14-year-old alleged rape victim from obtaining an abortion in Britain reaches Government Buildings. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

As the ‘March for Choice’ rally organised by the Abortion Rights Campaign to take place on Saturday we look back at some of the protests which have ta(...)

David Cameron gambled on this referendum uniting his party and enabling Britain to move beyond the European question. Photograph: Getty Images

It should have been enjoyable for Irish political obsessives to watch this British referendum. It was a massive decision. Big issues of national ident(...)

Photograph: Getty Images

Condoms don’t work, says one school textbook. Students sit through graphic and detailed anti-abortion talks from Life Pregnancy Care and other anti(...)

A screengrab of the website youthdefence.ie on Thursday appears to have been hacked and now features an image of   Joe Caslin’s mural on South Great Georges St.

The website of anti-abortion group Youth Defence has been hacked and its homepage replaced with an image of a mural of embracing men. The image that w(...)

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