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The Sydney Rose is winning praise for speaking out on Repeal The 8th

“I think it’s time to give women a say over their reproductive rights.”

SYDNEY ROSE BRIANNA Parkins is winning praise on social media after she called for a referendum to repeal the eighth amendment during the Rose of Tralee this evening.

Parkins, who works as a journalist with ABC in Australia, spoke about a range of women’s issues during her onstage piece, including cuts to domestic violence charities.

And then she told Dáithí, “I think it’s time to give women a say over their reproductive rights,” and called on Ireland to hold a referendum to repeal the eighth amendment.

I would love to see a referendum on the eighth amendment come up soon. That would be my dream.

Parkins’ call to arms was warmly welcomed by viewers, who praised her for using her platform to speak out on the issue.

A Rose getting all feminist and political – did we ever think we’d see the day?

She may not win tomorrow night, but she has certainly won a lot of people’s hearts.

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