People Pray During Anti-Abortion Rally in Dublin

The rally attracted people from all over the country and some from overseas

In the largest protest of the campaign so far, a march over one kilometre long snaked across the capital, with protesters chanting "pro-life" and "Repeal kills" and a few holding up pictures of aborted foetuses. While some organisers claim that up to 100,000 people from all over the island turned up, pro-choice activists say the number was less than 10,000.

Protesters demonstrating in favour of the preservation of the eighth amendment of the Constitution, which virtually prohibits abortions, reports the with reference to the Correspondent.

The May referendum could allow authorities to change its wording.

However the repeal group Together for Yes said it wanted to highlight the plight of the nine women travelling from Ireland to Britain for an abortion today.

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Save the 8th campaigners are expecting tens of thousands of people to join their march this afternoon.

Abortion has always been a divisive issue on the once staunchly Catholic island.

Abortion has always been a divisive issue in once stridently Catholic Ireland where a complete ban was lifted only in 2013 when terminations were allowed in cases where the mother's life was in danger.

The rally will feature speakers who will, amongst other things, share their personal stories of crisis pregnancy, diagnosis of life limiting conditions, abortion regret and reasons why Ireland should save the 8th.

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