This Friday will see the official launch of the Donegal branch of Together For Yes - the National Civil Society Campaign to remove the Eighth Amendment from the constitution.

The pro-choice organisation will unite local groups who are campaigning to repeal the Eighth and allow abortion care in Ireland. The Donegal launch will hear from leading figures from the medical, and political worlds to present facts and figures ahead of the upcoming referendum.

The event at Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey on Friday 20th April will begin with the official Donegal Together for Yes Campaign Launch at 6pm.

The campaign will be launched by Eamon McGee, Donegal GAA All Ireland Winner. Also speaking will be Orla O’Connor, Director of the national Together for Yes campaign, Thomas Pringle TD for Donegal, Nora Newell, Donegal Together for Yes.


This will be followed by a Public Information Meeting with a panel of experts who will present reasons why people should vote Yes in the Referendum at 7:30 pm.

The panel will be:

  • Dr Peter Boylan, Chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Ireland and a former Master of the National Maternity Hospital.
  • Kate O’Connell TD, member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment
  • Dr Anna McHugh, Donegal G.P. trainee and member of Doctors For Choice Ireland

The guest speakers will present information on the current state of abortion practices in Ireland. They will put forward solutions on how abortion healthcare can be legislated for and provided to women who need it in Ireland, should the Eighth be repealed.

“It’s clear from talking to the speakers, how important it is to them to speak with the people of Donegal, so that we are given the opportunity to have the facts, and to help stop the spread of misinformation,” said a spokesperson for Donegal Together for Yes.

“Our campaign is rooted in the experiences of women and their families, and focused on achieving laws and services that respond to women’s real needs and to best medical practice.

“We invite everyone who shares our aims to join with us in this campaign. Together we can make a real difference to women’s lives, and to the country we want for ourselves and our children.”