Film set to tackle ‘Irish’ abortion

An independent Irish film staring Ardal O’Hanlon and Pat Shortt is to tackle the topic of abortion in Ireland.

Film set to tackle ‘Irish’ abortion

Twice Shy is being billed as a modern coming-of-age drama that centres around a young couple who set off on a road trip from Ireland to London as a result of an unplanned pregnancy.

The film is currently being shot in Tipperary, Dublin, and London. Shane Murray Corcoran — whose credits include King Arthur and Angela’s Ashes — plays lead character of Andy O’Meara, whose girlfriend Maggie Collins, played by Iseult Casey, surprises him with the news she is pregnant and wants an abortion.

The Tipperary couple have some life-changing decisions to make, and the film portrays their journey through the ups and downs of their relationship, in a light- hearted drama.

The supporting cast includes Father Ted star Ardal O’ Hanlon, who plays a single father suffering from depression, Pat Shortt (Life’s a Breeze, Garage), and Paul Ronan (Love/Hate, The Devils Own).

Director Tom Ryan said he hoped the film “will tackle the topical issue of abortion in Ireland, in a relevant non-judgemental manner, which hasn’t been done before in Irish film”.

Twice Shy will hit the festival circuit in Spring 2016.

Meanwhile, organisers of the Rally for Life event today have predicted a turnout of 10,000 to hear a call to ‘Abandon Amnesty’ because of the human rights organisation’s “strong push for legalised abortion in Ireland”.

Niamh Uí Bhriain of the Rally for Life Committee said: “People are appalled at Amnesty’s stance, especially those who previously supported the organisation.

"They point out that Amnesty can no longer claim to be a human rights organisation since they trample on the rights of the most vulnerable members of the human family — unborn children.”

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