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35 years on: Ann Lovett's anniversary has people reflecting on how far Ireland has come

Ann died at the age of 15.

TODAY MARKS THE 35th anniversary of the death of Ann Lovett, a 15-year-old schoolgirl who died after giving birth alone at a grotto in Granard, Co Longford.

The teenager’s death, which ignited nationwide discussion at the time, continues to cast a long shadow as members of the public question a system which failed Ann, and her infant son.

Last year, the news that the Republic of Ireland would be granted a referendum on the hugely contentious 8th Amendment compelled many social media users to remember Ann, and countless other women, as the country prepared for what was to be an emotionally draining number of months in the lead up to May 25th.

Since both Ann’s death, and her last anniversary, the country has born witness to considerable political and social change.

And today, the tributes to Ann have heralded her bravery and made reference to the strides which have been made in relation to female bodily autonomy in the Republic.

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