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Saoirse Ronan backs yes campaign on abortion

Saoirse Ronan, is the latest high profile personality to lend her vice to the yes campaign.

Oscar nominated actress Saoirse Ronan is the latest high profile figure to lend her voice to the 'Together for Yes' campaign ahead of this month's referendum on the Eight Amendment.

The star of Lady Bird, who recently won a Golden Globe, has appeared in a campaign video posted on social media.

Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy also appears in the online broadcast urging people to vote yes in the Republic's referendum on abortion reform.

Other famous voices to lend their support to the campaign are Pauline McLynn, Ciaran Hinds, Tom Vaughan Lawlor, Victoria Smurfit and James Nesbitt urging people to vote yes on May 25.

The 'Get Together For Yes' campaign announced yesterday they would be touring 22 locations across the country to have "open and honest" debate on the issue.

Campaign Director Orla O’Connor said: "This is not a vote on abortion, we already have abortion in Ireland. This is a vote to decide if we will regulate it, make it safe, and care for the women of Ireland.

"The Eighth Amendment is broad and unforgiving, it affects women and families in every community, every village, every town and every county in Ireland.

"We know that abortion is a difficult topic to discuss sometimes, but we also know that sometimes a personal and private matter needs public support.

"Our ‘Get Together For Yes’ conversations tour recognises this, and it is why we are visiting 22 locations across Ireland over the next 12 days, so that we can help people start that conversation and open up that discussion", he added.

Urging people to vote no in the referendum a statement read at mass yesterday from Bishop of Waterford and Lismore Alphonsus Cullinan said it was "not easy to speak about the up-coming referendum".

"We are social beings, always connected to others. The little baby in the womb, no matter how many weeks old, how feeble, or how he or she was conceived, is one of us, of our flesh, our brother or sister, a child of God.

"The command of God is crystal clear, 'You shall not kill'. Nor do we have the right to vote to take a life. It is undemocratic. It is not fair.

"I know that some of you listening to or reading this may have personal experience of abortion.

"My heart goes out to you. Please do not think that you are being judged.We all make mistakes and do things we regret.

"I do too. Let us learn from the hurts of the past", he added.

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