Ireland's Abortion Referendum: Niall Horan Leads Irish Stars Urging Voters To Repeal Eighth Amendment

'Please do right by the great women of our nation.'

Niall Horan is among the Irish stars urging the nation to vote in favour of legalising abortion, as the country prepares to vote in its referendum on the subject.

On Friday, Ireland will decide whether their constitution’s Eighth Amendment - which gives pregnant women and unborn foetuses an equal right to life - should be repealed, making abortion legal in the country for the first time.

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As the nation began heading to their polling stations, former One Direction singer Niall was among those to speak out, urging Ireland to “make another great decision” and “do right by the great women of our nation”.

Cmon Ireland ! This is your day to make another great decision. Please do right by the great women of our nation . 🇮🇪

— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) May 25, 2018

Other prolific Irish stars have been speaking out on social media over the past two weeks, while Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan - who doesn’t have an official Twitter account - recorded a video in favour of the ‘vote yes’ campaign.

Ireland cannot continue to be a dangerous country for women to live in. Please please vote Yes this Friday. #repealthe8th

— Sharon Horgan (@SharonHorgan) May 21, 2018

Is this fucking real?? Jesus Christ Ireland you’re better than this. Trust and support women #prochoice #yes

— Laura Whitmore (@thewhitmore) May 16, 2018

My country is brilliant!! We evolve and change, we grow.. #voteyes #Repealthe8h

— Roisin Murphy (@roisinmurphy) May 25, 2018

Irish women are sharing some of the most intimate and difficult times of their lives during this campaign. To help other people. Their bravery and grace will go down in history. Thank you. #VoteYes

— chris o'dowd (@BigBoyler) May 15, 2018


— Marian KeYES (@MarianKeyes) May 25, 2018

Please #VoteYes on Friday. 🇮🇪

— Katherine Ryan (@Kathbum) May 22, 2018

Keep your nose out of my dick. #TogetherForYes

— Katherine Ryan (@Kathbum) May 22, 2018

Big day for Ireland today. Not normally one for asking people to vote one way or another. But as an Irish son and brother, no state should have the right to tell a woman what to do with her body. #Repealthe8th

— Dermot O'Leary (@radioleary) May 25, 2018

I don't normally believe in having feelings. No good comes from them! And I don't endorse them in others either.
But, about ten tweets into #HometoVote and I'm having an Oprah level event

— Dr Panti Bliss (@PantiBliss) May 23, 2018

Then to cheer yourself up again, check out #hometovoteno. Not a single real tweet. Only No campaign ads begging for anyone to share a real one 😄

— Dr Panti Bliss (@PantiBliss) May 23, 2018

G’wan Ireland. This is a big day, and we’re all thinking of you. #yesyesIsaidyes

— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) May 25, 2018

I try to keep out of politics but this does seem like a very reasonable, civilised approach to a campaign, that at times, has been anything but.

— graham norton (@grahnort) May 20, 2018

Meanwhile, British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran was recently forced to speak out over the weekend, when his song ‘Small Bump’ was appropriated by anti-abortion campaigners in Ireland.

He wrote: “I’ve been informed that my song Small Bump is being used to promote the pro-life campaign, and I feel it’s important to let you know I have not given approval for this use, and it does not reflect what the song is about.”

Sharon Horgan, Saoirse Ronan and Chris O'Dowd have all spoken out
Sharon Horgan, Saoirse Ronan and Chris O'Dowd have all spoken out
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The current law in Ireland means abortion is effectively illegal, with anyone who undergoes the procedure potentially facing up to 14 years in prison.

According to the Ireland’s Local Government Department, more than 3.2 million people are registered to vote. The polls, which opened at 7am on Friday, will close at 10pm, with the results expected to be announced on Saturday.


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