Two opposing Eighth Amendment demonstrations take place in Dublin

The 'Rally for Life' movement was met by the 'Repeal the 8th' campaigners on O'Connell Street

Two opposing Eighth Amendment demonstrations have taken place in Dublin this afternoon - writes dublinlive.

Both groups took to the streets at 3.30pm. The first movement encouraged a referendum to be held regarding the eighth amendment, while the second called to preserve the amendment.

'Rally for Life' campaigners marched from the Garden of Remembrance and moved down O'Connell Street before going across Eden Quay and up Lombard Street.

It then finished up beside Merrion Square and the Dail.

The march was organised by anti-abortion groups including the Life Institute, Youth Defence, and the Northern Ireland group Precious Life and attendance was in the thousands.

A spokeswoman for the Life Institute said that the 'rally for life' was held to tell Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that any referendum on abortion will fail.

Pro-choice groups including ROSA organised a counter demonstration to the rally which met the anti-abortion campaigners at the Spire on O'Connell Street.

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