• Clodagh Meaney

The 8th: documentary about repealing the 8th Amendment is set to premiere tonight

Ireland removed a constitutional ban on abortion following a referendum in 2018.

Instagram | The 8th

The 8th, a documentary about repealing the eight amendment is set to premiere at the Galway Film Fleadh tonight.

The premiere will take place virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions.


Examining Ireland's campaign to remove the 8th Amendment, a constitutional ban on abortion, the film shows the country's overnight transformation from a conservative state to a more liberal society.


On May 24 2018, 67 percent of the vote was won by the Yes side, who campaigned to decriminalise abortion, and allow for abortion care to be provided to people in Ireland.

Including voices from both sides of the debate, The 8th primarily focuses on the leaders of the pro-choice campaign such as veteran campaigner Ailbhe Smyth and activist Andrea Horan.


Directed by Aideen Kane, Lucy Kennedy and Maeve O'Boyle, The 8th will premiere tonight at 7.30pm.



The event will be followed by a Question and Answers session with directors Lucy Kennedy and Maeve O’Boyle as well as contributors Ailbhe Smyth and Andrea Horan.

Tickets for the event are €7.50 and are available here.


Break Out Pictures have also acquired rights to the film as it is set to hit Irish cinemas later this year.

© 2020 by EMPWR

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram