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Eighth Amendment

Face-off as pro-life and pro-choice campaigners protest on Dame St

The ad-hoc protest involved hundreds of pro-choice campaigners who had earlier taken part in the Strike for Repeal protest. / YouTube

PRO-LIFE AND pro-choice campaigners took part in ad-hoc protests on Dame St this afternoon, culminating in the repeal protesters crossing over to face the pro-life side.

A traffic garda has appeared at the scene in recent minutes to discuss the situation with the Strike for Repeal protest organisers.

Asked what they thought of the situation, a pro-life campaigner said: “It’s great, democracy at work.”

Pro-life campaigners left the scene at about 4.30pm.

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Earlier today, an official Strike for Repeal protest began at 12.30pm and saw hundreds of people gather at O’Connell Bridge.

A rival pro-life campaign began at the Central Bank on Dame St at 1.15pm.

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Around 15 – 20 pro-life campaigners are currently across from the Central Bank on Dame St. In the last hour, a large group of pro-choice campaigners gathered at the Central Bank facing them, and began to play loud music and shout through megaphones.

The pro-life campaigners were carrying four banners with photographs of aborted foetuses on them.

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It is believed the protest at the Central Bank by the pro-choice campaigners was an unofficial one.

Protesters moved from the Central Bank and crossed over to meet face-to-face with the pro-life activists. Toward the end of the protest, some repeal campaigners stood directly in front of the pro-life banners, until the pro-life protesters left.

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A number of people with Repeal signs and jumpers appeared out the windows of an apartment above the pro-life activists, and began playing loud music.

Traffic is very light in the area, and the incident is not causing traffic jams.

- Additional reporting Daragh Brophy and Cormac Fitzgerald

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