Many women in Ireland are frustrated with the Government’s lack of action on abortion reform and now some have taken to Twitter to take this frustration out on Taoiseach Enda Kenny himself.
Led by London based Irish comedian Grainne Maguire, women from all over Ireland are tweeting descriptions of their menstrual cycles to Enda Kenny’s account. The City caught up with Grainne to find out what inspired her to make her uterine activities public.
“I just thought that since the Government thinks that they can control my body, they should just have all the facts and all the information. So I thought that I should just live tweet my menstrual cycle to the Taoiseach, and since he’s in control of what happens and it’s not my private business, I thought they might as well just know everything.”
And Grainne wasn’t the only one who was comfortable sharing their period stories with our Taoiseach. The #repealthe8th hashtag on Twitter was filled with gory stories of cramps and moon cups, a response that delighted and surprised Maguire.
“It was just an idea that popped into my head and I thought this’ll be a bit of craic, although I thought it might be a bit weird, but then I was just tweetin’ away… and everybody got involved and I’m absolutely thrilled. I’m so, so happy… and relieved.”
Some people have expressed the cynical opinion that, while this is a cute idea, it’s useless overall because Enda Kenny doesn’t run his own Twitter account and is unlikely to see any of these tweets. However Maguire rejects the idea that the tweets are futile.
“It’s so important to have a sense of humour about something like this even if it is a gallows humour and I just think that it’s anything that reminds people that women aren’t going to go away.
“We aren’t going to just forget and whether it’s tweeting Enda Kenny or whether it’s campaigning… anything that reminds people that it’s still an issue that a lot of the population is very passionate about is a good thing.”
The pride is palpable in Maguire’s voice as she describes how Irish women are the funniest in the world, mentioning specifically Tara Flynn and Roisin Ingle who have also thrown their weight behind the abortion debate.
“They’re incredible women doing great work and I’ve never been so proud to be Irish.”