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A Wexford fashion designer used the window of Selfridges in London to protest the 8th amendment

‘Londoners, GET DOWN THERE!’

RICHARD MALONE IS a fashion designer from Co Wexford, and yesterday he was due to hold a pop-up shop in the window of one of London’s most luxurious stores.

Instead, however, he chose to protest Ireland’s 8th Amendment, and wrote numerous messages supporting its repeal.

Wearing a ‘Read. React. Repeal.’ T-shirt, the 26-year-old Irishman, with the help of others, spread the pro-choice message across the windows of the Oxford Street store.

Richard, who has been vocal in his support of the amendment’s repeal on social media, has been lauded by various pro-choice campaign groups.

Richard made reference to his intentions on Instagram yesterday, by highlighting the facts and statistics surrounding the contentious law, in addition to reminding followers of his 4- 7pm slot at Selfridges.

Social media has been awash with posts highlighting Richard’s endeavours, with one Instagram user encouraging members of the public to join the designer at the store.


Another highlighted the significance of Richard’s message in the run-up to one of the most contentious referendums in Irish history.

Framed against a heated public debate surrounding reproductive rights currently raging in his native Ireland, today’s creative intervention by the fashion designer @richardmalone provides a timely reminder that women’s rights are human right.

According to the London-Irish ARC Twitter page, the well-known store brought the demonstration to a halt, and told the designer he could only continue if he omitted the word ‘repeal’ from his messages.

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Richard took a moment to explain the motivation behind his demonstration to passersby.

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