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'We did it': The messages people have been leaving at the Savita Halappanavar mural

Savita’s parents have said that they are “really, really happy” with the projected referendum result.

DSC_1836 Source: Gráinne Ní Aodha

I hope no one has to die like you again, we are so sorry. Let’s do you right finally.
I voted for you Savita, may you rest in peace. You’ll never be forgotten along with all the other women who suffered. All my love xxx
For Savita, you made us fight. Never again.

AS IRELAND COUNTS the votes at ballot boxes from around the country, members of the public have been leaving messages of support at a mural of Savita Halappanavar.

The mural was put up by artist Aches on a white wall on Richmond Street South in Dublin city on the eve of the Eighth Amendment referendum, and gathered a significant amount of attention online.

As people began voting from early on Friday morning, flowers were left at the bottom of the mural, along with ‘Yes’ leaflets, pens and sellotape so that people could leave notes.

One mother handed her teenage daughter a bouquet of sunflowers, and told her to put them at the base of the mural, telling her “She died because of the Eighth Amendment”.

Others took photos, left notes, and read messages left by others next to the mural.

DSC_1832 Source: Gráinne Ní Aodha

Among the notes left by people were slogans and sentiments of the Yes campaign, including ”Trust women”, “Our bodies, our choice”, and ”Never again”.

The mantra “Never again” has been used frequently at vigils held for Savita to argue that women should not be denied healthcare because of the Eighth Amendment.

Others explained to their friends how her story came to the nation’s attention – you can read more about that here.

“It’s heartbreaking we had to know your story,” one message said. Another read:

Stay strong girls of Ireland, this is just the beginning of a long journey.

As the results come in, it looks as though Ireland has voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment by a resounding majority.

The parents of Savita Halappanavar, who had called for a yes vote in the referendum, have said that they are “really happy” with the result.

The Irish Times reports that her father Andanappa Yalagi asked that the draft legislation be called “Savita’s law”.

I want to thank you so much. I want to say ‘Thank you’ to our brothers and sisters in Ireland for voting Yes. It is very important. There has been really a lot, too much struggle for the Irish ladies.
We are really, really happy. We have one last request, that the new law, that it is called ‘Savita’s law’. It should be named for her.

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