3rd March 2019 | Press Releases, Reproductive Rights

Greens on Dublin City Council call for protection of abortion service


Green Party councillors on Dublin City Council have called for protection of health care services providing abortion, and of the women who choose to use them.

Following the lead of Cllr Emma Coffey in Louth County Council  the Green Party have lodged an emergency motion for the next meeting of Dublin City Council on March 4th.

Cllr Patrick Costello stated: “With reports of American groups setting up in Ireland to harass and intimidate people at an already difficult time Dublin City Council needs to act to provide safety and privacy.”

Groups such as ‘Sidewalk Advocates for Life’ have begun training people in Ireland to approach and try to discourage women from using abortion services.

Cllr Ciaran Cuffe said: “Louth council have shown other councils that these issue can be addressed and that we don’t have to wait for central government. Dublin City Council must act now, and we would call on other councils to take similar action.”

Cllr Claire Byrne said: “In removing the 8th amendment this country said clearly we trust women. This cruel harassment and intimidation stands in contrast to that.”



Motion as submitted

Following the lead on this important issue shown by Louth County Council, this council agrees to make a bye law under section 199 of the local government act 2001 for control of public roads and footpaths adjacent to healthcare facilities providing abortion services within Dublin City to prohibit any of the following behaviour within 500 meters of the boundary edge of a healthcare facility:

–          Continuously or repeatedly observing  a service provider or other person accessing a healthcare facility

–          Continuously or repeatedly observing a healthcare facility

–          Engaging in threatening behaviour

–          Harassing or intimidating behaviour

–          Obstructing anyone from using services in a healthcare facility

–          Distributing of displaying leaflets, pamphlets, or other documentation

–          Affixing bills, posters or others notices onto any part of the healthcare facility.