Updated: 08/05/18 : 06:41:15
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Sligo Church Leaders Unite for Life - Save the 8th

Bishop Kevin Doran, Diocese of Elphin led a March for Life through Sligo City on Saturday. The march was joined by other religious leaders and pro-life Groups.

Religious leaders included, Canon Pat Bamber from Church of  Ireland, Rev David Clarke from Sligo Presbyterian Church , from the Catholic Church Bishop Kevin Doran, Fr. Pat Lombard, Mon. Gerard Dolan, Fr. John Carroll, Fr. Victor Samugana and Fr. Kieran Doherty. 

Abiurhuan O'Beirne from the Muslim Community joined with all uniting in the March for Life to save 8th Amendment.

Meanwhile, Save the 8th has today released new information about its ground campaign efforts, which they say have smashed the target set by the campaign ahead of the referendum.

The “Life Canvass”, organised jointly with the Life Institute, this weekend canvassed its 700,000th home since January. This was the original target set by Save the 8th to be achieved by polling day.

   Sligo Save the 8th campaigners prepare for the the March for Life through Sligo on Saturday

With three weeks to go until the referendum, Save the 8th now expects to canvass at least 130,000 more homes in the next two weeks, before the teams switch to “Get out the Vote” efforts in the final week:

            Over 4,300 people have now taken part in at least one canvass.

            This weekend, 3,000 individuals took part in canvassing or street sessions
            around the country

            There are now 22 canvass teams in Cork City and County

            There are 26 canvass teams across Galway and Roscommon.

            There are over 150 teams nationally.

Niamh Ui Bhrian, campaign chairwoman, said, “This is now the largest grassroots canvass movement, outside of a general election, in Irish history. Our teams have had almost half a million conversations with voters, delivered (via a canvass, or on the street) over 1.5million leaflets, and organised one of the most visible campaigns ever seen in this country.

"Our volunteers have largely succeeded in bypassing the media filter. Thanks to their tireless work, awareness of what is in the Government’s proposal is rising. This is reflected in the consistent fall in the YES share of the vote – every poll now bringing with it a new low for the repeal campaign.

"With 18 days to go, our campaign is energised, ready, and eager to close out this campaign in the strongest possible way. Thanks to the amazing work of our volunteers, victory is just over the horizon”.