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White crosses emblazoned with names of tragic women

Hundreds of white crosses which are lining the left hand side of the road from Bridgend to Letterkenny now have names of women who died in tragic maternal circumstances written on them.

While it remains unconfirmed who was responsible for planting the crosses overnight, it is believed they may be related to next week’s referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

In the last hour it has emerged these crosses now bear the names of women including Savita Halappanavar, Ann Lovett and Michelle Harte by some of those in support of repealing the Eighth Amendment.

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“I feel so angry that the people who erected them are putting so much energy into suppressing women’s rights. So I wrote the names of some of the women who are dead because of the 8th on the crosses,” said a ‘Yes’ supporter.

Donegal County Council has said it will remove any crosses that are causing a hazard to either pedestrians or road users.

Hundreds of white crucifixes have turned up overnight on the right hand side of the road from Bridgend into Letterkenny.

Motorists reported seeing the wooden crosses all the way from Bridgend and from the start of the dual carriageway to the Polestar Roundabout.

 Today marks one week until Ireland goes to the poll to vote on whether to repeal the Eighth Amendment.

A spokesperson for Donegal County Council told the Donegal News: “Section 19 of the Litter Pollution Act provides for the control of postering in referendums.

“With regard to the proposal for the amendment of the Constitution contained in the Thirty-sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2018, postering can begin from 28th March 2018, the date the polling order was signed.

“Posters must be removed within seven days of polling day. During this period the Council will only remove of posters which constitute a hazard to either pedestrians or road users.”

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