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This is what the Youth Defence website looks like today

It displays a message that reads “Vote Yes”.

Updated 4.05pm

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THE WEBSITE OF anti-abortion group Youth Defence appears to have been hacked this morning, displaying a message calling for a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum.

No content is available on the site, but shows a same-sex marriage mural painted on the side of a building on George’s Street in Dublin at the weekend.

The title of the page reads: “Vote Yes.”

Other pages on the website are inaccessible.

The pro-life group usually focuses on “protecting mothers and babies by keeping abortion out of Ireland”.

Its website was hacked previously in 2013 and briefly revealed the email addresses of subscribers to Youth Defence newsletter, a move described by the group as “illegal and utterly pointless”.

A statement from Youth Defence, issued this afternoon, read:

Youth Defence has said that hacking a pro-life website with a message on the upcoming referendum is pointless and stupid.

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