Ireland Ministers hit out at 'disgusting' and 'obscene' referendum posters

15:30  08 may  2018
15:30  08 may  2018 Source:   independent.ie

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The Minister said the posters were obscene and insensitive and compared them to the Teenager in critical condition after morning hit -and-run in Blanchardstown. 'We have asked them to stop': Both sides in referendum condemn graphic posters outside maternity hospitals.

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The health minister thanked people for contacting him about what he described as © Provided by Irish Independent The health minister thanked people for contacting him about what he described as "disgusting posters" which have appeared in his Wicklow constituency (Photo: Twitter/@aoifs123) Ministers have hit out at posters that have been put up in Simon Harris's constituency that include a picture of him and what appears to be an aborted foetus.

The health minister, Mr Harris took to Twitter to thank people for contacting him about what he described as "disgusting posters" which have appeared in his Wicklow constituency.

He said: "I saw them on way to work.

"Have too much important work to do to give this time but want you to know it only makes me all the more determined to work #TogetherForYes."

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Mr Harris supports repealing the Eighth Amendment on abortion and a 'Yes' vote in the upcoming referendum.

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan also posted on the social media site: "We live in a democracy where freedoms of speech and expression are cherished.

AWARE: Simon Harris is said to know about the boy’s case. Picture: PA © Provided by Irish Independent AWARE: Simon Harris is said to know about the boy’s case. Picture: PA "These posters are loathing and obscene. They’re also illegal," he added.

A statement from Wicklow County Council said that it is not authorised to remove the posters under the Litter or Waste Management Acts.

It added: "The matter has been referred to the local Returning Officer for her attention."

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has criticised RTÉ's live debate on the abortion referendum, which was won by the No camp. Mr Varadkar, who is refusing to take part in live TV debates, told the Irish Independent there was "a lot of point-scoring" in the programme.And Health Minister Simon Harris compared the "whooping, jeering and hollering" in the debate to a football match.The chair of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment, Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone, said she would refuse to take part in a similar debate.

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