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Vigils held around the country for Savita Halappanavar

Thousands attended vigils and demonstrations in Dublin, Cork and Limerick yesterday evening.

Pictured (LtoR) Ailbhe Lynch, Bebhinn O Loinghsigh and Caoimhe Ni Neill joined thousands of people who gathered outside Leinster House in Dublin
Pictured (LtoR) Ailbhe Lynch, Bebhinn O Loinghsigh and Caoimhe Ni Neill joined thousands of people who gathered outside Leinster House in Dublin
Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE attended vigils and protests last night to demonstrate in memory of Savita Halappanavar.

The demonatrations came following news that the 31-year-old died at University College Hospital in Galway last month from from septicaemia contracted during her miscarriage, having been refused a termination.

In Dublin, around two thousand people are said to have attended a demonstration, organised by the pro-choice campaign, outside Leinster House.

During the event, attendees sat down on the street and observed silence in Savita’s memory.

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In Cork, some 400 people held a candlelit vigil for the woman with many people bearing placards calling for the government to make a change in legislation to prevent future deaths like Savita’s.

A small vigil also took place in Limerick with signs asking people to “Remember Savita” and a minute of silence was held for the woman.

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  • Savita Halappanavar Protest in Dublin

    Thousands gathered outside Leinster House last night (Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)
  • Savita Halappanavar Protest.

    Sinead Redmond from the Irish Choice Network at Leinster House, Dublin (Image:Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)
  • Placard at demonstration outside Leinster House

  • Vigil in Dublin

    (Image:Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)
  • Placard in Dublin

  • Never again

    Protestors hold placards outside Leinster House last night (Image:Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)
  • Candlelight vigil in Limerick

  • "Remember Savita"

  • Pro Choice protest in memory of Savita

    Claire Brophy (left) and Sinead Redmond outside Leinster House (Image:Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)
  • Shame

    Protestors hold placards at Leinster House last night (Image:Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)
  • Vigil in Cork

    Demonstrators spelled out Savita's name in candles
  • Candlelight vigil in Cork

It is expected further demonstrations will take place in Belfast and at the weekend in Galway.

The demonstration organisers in Dublin have also called for pickets at Irish embassies across Europe next Wednesday. A demonstration outside the Irish embassy in London was held in conjunction with yesterday evening’s events.

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