Ready, set, write: How to support Repeal when you don’t have a vote

Our #HomeToVote campaign is gaining momentum, and thousands of eligible Irish voters wait anxiously for a referendum date to book their journeys home to the polls.

But for those of us who are not eligible to vote in the upcoming referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment, it’s easy to feel powerless in shaping our country’s destiny on such an important issue like abortion rights.

That doesn’t have to be the case.

We have a quick and easy way for you to have a say… Write a good old-fashioned letter or email to an Irish newspaper. Letter writing is a really effective way of reaching those who are undecided. Letters that are published in regional and local newspapers are a great way to reach people across the country.

We appreciate that putting your views into words can be challenging, so here are a few tips to get you started;

  1. Decide on the main points you want to get across: Was there something in the news recently that set a fire within you? Or are you sending a direct and simple message around why you think we need to repeal?
  2. This is a personal letter from you, so make sure to include your name, address, and contact number. Most papers won’t print without these details, and including a local connection helps to increase your chances of getting published. For example, London (previously Sligo).
  3. Contact as many newspapers as you like, but keep in mind it’s best to BCC the email addresses. Here’s a list of contacts you can send your letter to.
  4. Keep it short and concise. 250 words or less.

Remember: You’re not likely to get a response or a notification that your letter has been printed, so it’s worth keeping your eyes peeled in the days after you send it.

If you do get printed, please send a screenshot to londonirisharc@gmail.com.

Want more advice? We're running a Letter-Writing for Repeal workshop starting at 7pm on Thursday 22nd March at the Canvas Café, just off Brick Lane. The workshop is free and will cover lots of tips and tricks to help you get your letter published, as well providing further information on our letter-writing campaign.

Good luck!

Hannah Little