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    Tweets and photos from the marches: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2012/1117/breaking26.html Thousands attend Savita vigils around the country
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      Thousands attend Savita vigils around the country
      [image: Protesters in Dublin demanding legislation on abortion after the
      death of Savita Halappanavar. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire]Protesters
      in Dublin demanding legislation on abortion after the death of Savita
      Halappanavar. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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      Thousands of people attended candlelight vigils in Dublin, Galway,
      Kilkenny, Carlow and London this evening to demand the Government legislate
      on abortion following the death of Savita Halappanavar.

      Beginning at the Garden of Remembrance, the Dublin march crossed O�Connell
      Bridge and snaked its way towards D�il Eireann.

      It was headed by a giant banner which read �Never Again�, adorned with
      images of the 31-year-old Indian dentist.

      Organisers of the Dublin march said about 20,000 people had turned out, but
      a Garda spokeswoman said they estimated the figure to be between 10,000 and

      �Twenty years is far too long; ignoring women�s rights is wrong,� bellowed
      from a megaphone at the front of the procession. Loud, angry cries of
      �Never Again� filled the air.

      By the time the demonstration reached Merrion Square, its tail end was
      still crossing O�Connell Bridge.

      �The anger extends beyond Ireland,� organiser Sinead Kennedy of the Irish
      Choice Network told the crowd as they huddled in the rain at the beginning
      of the march.

      �For more than 20 years we have seen political cowardice and inaction on
      this issue. The theme of this march is �never again�. Never again will a
      woman be allowed to die,� she said.

      At the end of the demonstration, several speakers took to a makeshift stage
      on the back of an old truck to rouse the crowd and whip up a commitment to
      further protests.

      Sinead Ahern of Choice Ireland told them that there were similar
      demonstrations around Ireland and the world.

      �As huge as the crowd is today we are only part of what is happening today.
      Today we march and today we stand in solidarity.�

      In the past, she said, �Irish people stood up and said it wasn�t
      acceptable. Twenty years later we are awaiting legislation to say that it
      isn�t acceptable.�

      Over 1,000 people attended a similar gathering in Eyre Square in Galway,
      organised by the Galway Pro-Choice group.

      Earlier today members of the Indian community in Galway held another
      ceremony outside University Hospital Galway, where they lay white roses
      under a photograph of her Ms Halappanavar.

      Garda� said this afternoon they are assisting the Coroner in relation to Ms
      Halappanavar's death.

      A spokesman for the garda� said this was "standard procedure in the case of
      a sudden death."

      Earlier, the Health Service Executive said they have been in contact with
      legal representatives of the late Mrs Halappanavar's husband about the
      inquiry that is being carried out into her death.

      A spokesperson for the HSE said this morning that a letter of condolence
      was sent to Mr Halappanavar in the days after his wife's death in Galway
      University Hospital last month, and they had communicated with his lawyers
      in Ireland in recent days.

      Mr Halappanavar told The Irish Times last night from India that he had
      heard from no one in the HSE, the Department of Health, the Taoiseach�s
      office, the Department of Foreign Affairs or the Irish Embassy in New
      Delhi, and that he was "very worried" about what sort of inquiry will be
      established into her death.

      [image: Thousands gathered on O�Connell Street in Dublin today to demand
      legislation on abortion after the death of Savita Halappanavar. Photograph:
      Niall Carson/PA Wire]

      Thousands gathered on O�Connell Street in Dublin today to demand
      legislation on abortion after the death of Savita Halappanavar. Photograph:
      Niall Carson/PA

      Thousands march in Dublin over abortion rights

      Demonstration in solidarity with family of woman who died after being
      denied abortion draws over 10,000 protesters

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      [image: Abortion rights march in Dublin]
      Abortion rights protesters bearing pictures of Savita Halappanavar march
      through central Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Shawn Pogatchnik/AP

      As more than 10,000 protesters demonstrated in Dublin in solidarity with
      the family of an Indian woman who died after being denied an
      inIreland <http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/ireland>, her father called on
      the taoiseach, Enda Kenny, to change the Republic's strict anti-abortion

      In an interview with the
      Andanappa Yalagi issued a personal challenge to Ireland's premier to
      legislate on abortion.

      "Sir, please change your law and take consideration of humanity. Please
      change the law on abortion, which will help save the lives of so many women
      in the future," he said.

      The grieving father also confirmed his family is taking legal action to
      prevent future acts of "inhumanity" in Irish hospitals.

      His threat of legal action comes as the Royal College of Midwives said the
      husband and family of Savita
      sue the hospital where she was treated for "gross negligence".

      On the streets of Dublin there was palpable anger over how the 31-year-old
      dentist died at University Hospital Galway last month. More than 10,000
      people marched from the city's Garden of Remembrance to the Irish
      parliament chanting "never again", while a leftwing D�il deputy Claire Daly
      said the Indian woman died due to "political cowardice" among Ireland's

      The death in of Savita Halappanavar from blood poisoning due to a
      miscarriage has refocussed global attention on the near total ban on
      abortion in Ireland.

      Her husband Paveen described in graphic terms last week how his wife
      pleaded for a termination in the hospital but was told the medical team
      could not carry out an abortion as they had detected a foetal heartbeat.
      When Savita said she was a Hindu, Paveen said the couple were told: "This
      is a Catholic country."

      When the marchers reached Merrion Square at the back of the Irish
      parliament a minute silence was observed in memory of Savita Halappanavar.

      In their interview, the dead woman's parents said: "We want the government
      of India to put pressure on Ireland to change the law so that this cannot
      happen in the future."

      India summoned the Irish ambassador in Delhi on Friday to stress that any
      inquiry into Halappanavar's death must be fully independent.

      Back in central Dublin the demonstrators encountered some hostility from a
      small group of anti-abortion activists in O'Connell Street. One nun beside
      held up a placard opposing abortion. It read: "Must millions of innocent
      unborn infants be sacrificed to satan for the death of one woman?"

      Pro-choice activists hung banners stating "never again" on the historic
      Ha'Penny Bridgem, which straddles the river Liffey.

      There were other protests by pro-choice campaigners in Galway and Limerick,
      and outside the Irish embassy in London and the Irish consulate in

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