This week, Gardaí announced plans to strike, TDs wore Repeal jumpers in the Dáil, and Donald Trump had the sniffles.
#KnowYourRepealers dominates Twitter as TDs call for wider abortion access in the Dáil
Last weekend, thousands of people took to the streets of Dublin to call for wider abortion access. They shouted, they chanted, they sang, and they talked. The did whatever they had to do to ensure that their voices were heard, and that this year’s March for Choice would leave no doubt in our government’s mind that Ireland’s laws were in need of drastic change.
This week, leaders’ questions in the Dáil saw its own TDs protest the country’s outdated abortion laws. Members of the Anti-Austerity Alliance and People Before Profit attended the sitting wearing Repeal jumpers in an attempt to put pressure on Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
Speaking to the Taoiseach about the upcoming citizens assembly, TD Ruth Coppinger asked “Will you make sure it’s a referendum to repeal and not amend the 8th amendment?”
Kenny responded by saying that unlike Repeal jumpers, the issue was not simply black and white.
— Ruth Coppinger TD (@RuthCoppingerTD) September 27, 2016
Enda Kenny on Repeal jumpers in the Dáil: "your jumpers may be black and white but the issue isn't." Bet he pulled a muscle thinking that up
— Mondo (@Coyner__) September 27, 2016
Enda Kenny's second name is actually Bortion
— Adam (@RummHammm) September 27, 2016
If you're more offended by TDs wearing a t-shirt rather than the fact Irish women are denied basic human rights you're a dick #repealthe8th
— Anita Byrne (@anitambyrne) September 27, 2016
After the TDs took to the Dáil to ensure this issue could not be conveniently ignored any longer, pro-choice activists took to Twitter to emphasise the sheer multiplicity of people in favour of repealing the 8th.
#KnowYourRepealers dominated timelines as the young, old, men, women, Irish, and otherwise introduced themselves to the campaign. The tag not only showed the vast amounts of people who want free, safe and legal abortion for every Irish woman, but also the variety of reasons behind each individual’s decision to be pro-choice.
28yr old from Dublin, living in Cork. Was raped, pregnant and forced into temporary exile to access my healthcare.#KnowYourRepealers
— Vanessa O'Sullivan (@Nesseos) September 28, 2016
Had 4 amazing kids in 3yrs. Lost another 6, all wanted. Voted against 8th in 83. And wasn't I right?#repealthe8th
— Gaye Edwards (@BrennanGaye) September 27, 2016
On Monday, the first debate between Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton took place. The debate was held in New York, and Clinton won. This we know because literally every publication in the entire world is saying it, except maybe for Trump’s own Twitter account, but that doesn’t count, probably.
The debate included some interrupting, a lot of accusations, and a whole load of sniffling. Some argued that Trump didn’t seem to be as confident in front of a crowd as he usually is. Maybe this was because he couldn’t have an abundance of Republicans cheering wildly every time he made another dodgy claim. Maybe it was because Clinton was clearly much more prepared than he was. Or maybe it was simply because he was a lil sick.
Either way, the good people of Twitter did some pretty decent tweets about the debate. And although Bernie Sanders literally wasn’t involved in the event at all, things somehow became all about him, as they are always wont to be.
You can watch some highlights of the debate here.
Recap of tonight's debate. pic.twitter.com/RiawpJbtnq
— Shad (@rashadalaiyan) September 27, 2016
tonight, we are pretty much sending Hillary Clinton to drill into a giant asteroid & nuke it from the inside before it can destroy the earth
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) September 26, 2016
Bernie Sanders watching our country fall apart is the saddest thing of 2016 pic.twitter.com/ni3mlQDNdc
— easton (@prollyeaston) September 27, 2016
"Don't cry for me now!! This is what y'all headasses wanted!!" pic.twitter.com/kxcwWSyYNa
— KIΠG KUΠT∆ (@RNB215) September 27, 2016
The only winner tonight is the Voyager probe, which is speeding away from the Earth at 17 kilometers/second #debatenight
— Maddie Stone (@themadstone) September 27, 2016
#Gardaí consider industrial action
This week, Gardaí announced plans to strike for four days in November. The decision comes after recent disagreements regarding pay, union status, and the fact that Gardaí do not legally have the right to strike.
The strike will involved rank and file Gardaí which means that they will not be dealing with the public or taking calls on these days. The Garda Representative Association have said that theirs is the only public servants job that entails a 40+ hour week and that Gardaí do a “dangerous, difficult, and often thankless job.”
Gardaí are due to strike on November 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th.
Emergency services will not be affected by the strike.
Good on the Gardai. A thankless and severely underpaid job. They need to do something.
— That O'Riordan Lad (@thatoriordanlad) September 28, 2016
With all this news about the Gardaí strike. I'm just hoping that no one has a bone to pick with me pic.twitter.com/XOi57keC3a
— Peter (@Peter__MUFC) September 28, 2016
Meanwhile on RTE News……The Gardai boyband with a rendition of 'I fought the law and the law…went on strike.' pic.twitter.com/GwypJp9pOg
— Pauline Murphy (@RealPMurphy) September 28, 2016
We're going to use the hashtag #ThePurge for the day of the garda strikes, right? Surely that's a given?
— Christine Bohan (@ChristineBohan) September 28, 2016