Rape trial: Protests in cities across Ireland

Protesters converged on the Spire in O'Connell Street in Dublin. Picture from Twitter/Conor Kennelly
John Monaghan

CROWDS gathered in cities across Ireland yesterday in a show of support for the woman in the Ulster rugby rape trial.

Demonstrators attended rallies in Derry, Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick yesterday afternoon.

Up to 100 people attended the Derry rally at Guildhall square where a number of speakers called for a review of how rape trials are conducted out in light of the high profile case in Belfast.

There were also calls for a change in the way victims and alleged victims of rape were treated during sex assault trials.

A spokeswoman from the Nexus NI sexual abuse counselling service said it was “humbling” that so many people were wiling to stand in unison with victims of sexual violence". A small rally was also held in Letterkenny.

Meanwhile part of O'Connell Street in Dublin was blocked off for a period as protesters gathered at the Spire and held up placards stating '#IbelieveHer' and 'I stand with her'.

In Cork, people held up yellow flowers in a salute outside the city hall, with Socialist and Solidarity TD Mick Barry tweeting that nearly 400 people were in attendance.

A crowd gathered outside the courthouse in Galway city as demonstrators read stories and gave testimonials.

Flowers and messages of support were left alongside a large placard stating '#IbelieveHer' following a protest on Bedford Row in Limerick.

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