Musician Jim Corr has emerged as a vocal No voice in Ireland’s upcoming referendum on legalising abortion.
The 53-year-old, who found fame with his sisters Andrea, Sharon and Caroline in Irish folk-rock band the Corrs, claimed the vote was a means for the pharmaceutical industry to profiteer from abortion.
Corr, who has almost 17,000 followers on Twitter, said: “As many were duped into believing the Lisbon Treaty would bring jobs and recovery, many are being duped into believing this referendum is about healthcare and choice, when it’s really about bringing the lucrative abortion industry into Ireland.”
He criticised the proposals to allow abortions up to 12 weeks, branding them “too extreme” and re-tweeted numerous posts from anti-abortion accounts.
None of his sisters mentioned the referendum on their social media accounts and the band was not available for comment.
Elsewhere in the music industry, BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac has campaigned to repeal the Eighth Amendment, which makes abortion illegal in almost all circumstances.
She tweeted a link to various Irish artists supporting a change in the law with the words: “I am proud to stand with these Irish artists in support of Repeal the 8th. The referendum is this Friday in Ireland and I urge you to vote yes.”
Peaky Blinders star Cillian Murphy showed his support by sending a chocolate cake to the Together for Yes campaign group with a note thanking them for their hard work.
Comedian Aisling Bea even changed her name on Twitter to “Aisling YES TO REPEAL Bea”.
In an interview with Irish Tatler, she said: “You can use your womb if you want, it’s the most beautiful thing to do – if you want – but it’s not our only reason to be put on this earth.”
Actress Saoirse Ronan is also supporting Yes, taking part in a Together for Yes video for a change in the law.