RDS Concert Hall full to capacity for Pro Life Campaign National Conference last Saturday

RDS Concert Hall full to capacity for Pro Life Campaign National Conference last Saturday

RDS Concert Hall full to capacity for Pro Life Campaign National Conference last Saturday

Attendees committed to protecting the Eighth Amendment

It was wonderful to see the Concert Hall in the RDS full to capacity on Saturday for the Pro Life Campaign National Conference 2015.

Every time a speaker put it to the audience that a huge effort was going to be needed to defend the 8th Amendment they responded with enthusiastic applause.

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William Binchy, Fellow Emeritus of Trinity College Dublin addressing the Conference

Keynote speaker Congressman Chris Smith from the US acknowledged the proud and effective pro-life tradition in Ireland and how it provided a beacon of hope for the pro-life movement in other countries. He expressed regret at Ireland’s 2013 abortion law and highlighted that Ireland had a much safer record than the US in protecting mothers during pregnancy.

Congressman Smith said laws legalising abortion will one day be defeated and encouraged those present to stay positive and keep fighting for the protection of every human life. He received a standing ovation after stating that abortion laws will come down just like the Berlin Wall.

Congressman Chris Smith with attendees at PLC Conference

Wendy Grace, Karl Melady and Jacki Ascough with Congressman Chris Smith

Ade Stack told the story of her son Hugh and how it inspired her to open Hugh’s House in Dublin for parents and families of newly born babies with life limiting conditions. Everyone was deeply impressed by what she has achieved. This achievement is a living answer to those who push for abortion where babies are diagnosed with a life shortening condition.

Katie Ascough of Students for Life gave a rousing account of how pro-life students in third level colleges are responding in an effective and imaginative way to Student Union attempts to exclude pro-life voices from the debate.

Introducing this year’s ‘Pro-Life Person of the Year’, Seána Stafford gave a moving description of the radiant and beautiful life of the recipient, Mary Ann O’ Driscoll, who died tragically in a road accident in July while working as a missionary in Liberia. Mary Ann was 24 years of age and a dedicated volunteer of the Pro Life Campaign when home on holidays.

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Katie O’Driscoll receiving award for Mary Ann from Congressman Chris Smith and Seana Stafford

The brief interruption of the conference by abortion campaigners only served to make those in attendance more determined to fight to save the 8th Amendment.

Melanie Mc Donagh, Hilary Francis, Professor William Binchy, Caroline Simons and Cora Sherlock also gave excellent presentations. Conference speeches will be available shortly for those wishing to read them.10.10 2015 PRO LIFE CAMPAIGN NATIONAL CONFERENCE. Last Saturday (10.10.15) the Pro Life Campaign held it's National Conference in the RDS in Dublin. Pic shows Lynn Mac Allister, Rita Dunphy and Maureen Page from Co Wicklow who attended the Pro Life National Conference in RDS in Dublin last Saturday. Pic John Mc Elroy. NO REPRO FEE.

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10.10 2015 PRO LIFE CAMPAIGN NATIONAL CONFERENCE. Last Saturday (10.10.15) the Pro Life Campaign held it's National Conference in the RDS in Dublin. Pic shows Michael Kirke from Dublin and Maria O Haodha from Galway who attended the Pro Life National Conference in RDS in Dublin last Saturday. Pic John Mc Elroy. NO REPRO FEE.

 

10.10 2015 PRO LIFE CAMPAIGN NATIONAL CONFERENCE. Last Saturday (10.10.15) the Pro Life Campaign held it's National Conference in the RDS in Dublin. Pic shows Neil Fox and Lorraine Mc Mahon from Cork who attended the Pro Life National Conference in RDS in Dublin last Saturday. Pic John Mc Elroy. NO REPRO FEE.

10.10 2015 PRO LIFE CAMPAIGN NATIONAL CONFERENCE. Last Saturday (10.10.15) the Pro Life Campaign held it's National Conference in the RDS in Dublin. Pic shows Stephanie and Maghnus Monaghan with Eithne Nic Giolla Cathain from Dublin who attended the Pro Life National Conference in RDS in Dublin last Saturday. Pic John Mc Elroy. NO REPRO FEE.

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10.10 2015 PRO LIFE CAMPAIGN NATIONAL CONFERENCE. Last Saturday (10.10.15) the Pro Life Campaign held it's National Conference in the RDS in Dublin. During the Pro Life National Conference in RDS in Dublin last Saturday the Pro Life Person of the Year Award was presented. This year the award went to Mary Ann O Driscoll who died in a traffic accident in Liberia while working on an aid mission. Her sister collected the award from guest speaker Congressman Chris Smith. Pic shows Mary Ann O Driscoll's sister Katie recieving the award from Congressman Chris Smith with on right Seana Stafford who announced the award and was a friend of Mary Ann O Driscoll. Pic John Mc Elroy. NO REPRO FEE.

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10.10 2015 PRO LIFE CAMPAIGN NATIONAL CONFERENCE. Last Saturday (10.10.15) the Pro Life Campaign held it's National Conference in the RDS in Dublin. Pic shows Louise Dunleavy with her children Tadhg, Saoirse, Francesca and Cillian from Navan in Co Meath who attended the Pro Life National Conference in RDS in Dublin last Saturday. Pic John Mc Elroy. NO REPRO FEE.