Primate Eamon Martin in tribute to Rally for Life protest
Catholic leaders have praised the large turnout at a Rally for Life, saying that it should give the Irish government and civic leaders reason to pause before trying any attempt to relax abortion laws.
Archbishop Eamon Martin said there is a need to recognise the "huge gesture of solidarity by the people of Ireland with human life at all stages".
The Primate of All Ireland said people want "to preserve the beauty and sanctity of human life, particularly the most vulnerable of human lives"
As many as 25,000 pro-life campaigners marched through the centre of Dublin on Saturday. At one stage there was a face-off with a few hundred pro-choice supporters assembled on O'Connell Street.
In a homily ahead of the rally, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin reminded over 1,000 people gathered in St Saviour's church that Pope Francis had characterised abortion as a product of the throwaway culture and a men tality.