People Before Profit claims “conservative forces” have led to the cancellation of a public meeting the party was due to hold last night on the subject of abortion.
The party said it was due to hold a meeting in Parnell’s GAA club in Coolock Village, at which it would call for a repeal of the Eighth Amendment, which gives a right to life to the unborn.
However, Dublin city councillor John Lyons said the GAA club cancelled the meeting some four hours before it was due to take place, and claimed the club said it had received complaints.
Mr Lyons said the party believes that those against repealing the Eighth Amendment” brought pressure on the venue to cancel the meeting.
“This is a disgraceful denial of free speech,” said Mr Lyons.
“Why did those who complained not come along to the meeting and express their views? We would have been only too happy to discuss the issues with them at the meeting.
“This is an example, yet again, of conservative forces in Ireland preferring to bury these issues so that a new generation of young people are denied the right to discuss them.”
Parnell’s failed to return a call from the Irish Examiner at time of going to print.
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