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Thousands attend Dublin rally calling for liberalisation of abortion laws
Organisers were claiming a turnout of more than 30,000 for the event.

Marchers called for an early referendum on the Eighth Amendment, which gives equal status to the life of the mother and the unborn, to be based on the recommendations of the Citizens' Assembly for liberalised access to abortion.

Chants of "My body my choice" and "Hey hey, Leo, the Eighth Amendment has to go" were heard as protesters let off smoke bombs and held aloft signs reading: "Get off the fence Leo" in relation to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's stance on the issue.

There were no reports of flashpoints, and plans by some anti-abortion activists to hold counter-demonstrations along the route appeared not to have materialised.

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