How to contact your TD
- Do some research on the politician you are contacting and find out their position if possible.
- In all communications let them know you are a constituent – include your address in emails.
- You can have the most influence on politicians by meeting them face to face. Next is a phone call and then a letter/email.
- You can book an appointment through their office or attend their clinics – usually Mondays and Fridays when the Dáil is not in session.
Talking to your politician
Pro Repeal Politician
- Start with a positive
- Although they may not support free, safe, legal abortion find common ground and the areas where you do agree
- Encourage them to talk to their party colleagues who are undecided or against repeal
- Share reasons you support repeal and free, safe and legal abortion
- Give them additional information such as the impact the 8th has on maternity services
Anti Repeal Politician
- Give your personal experience of living with the impact of the 8th
- Number of women who have travelled (from Galway in 2016 – 133)- these include their constituents who have been forced to travel
- That they can be Catholic but still support a woman or pregnant person’s choice – Catholics for Choice
- That they can be against repeal but still support a referendum in the interest of democracy as no-one directly impacted by the 8th has had an opportunity to vote on it
- Refer to the recommendations from the Citizens Assembly and Oireachtas Committee – when they were given the facts both supported repel, unrestricted access and decriminalisation of abortion.
- That it is an issue of healthcare and every day women in Ireland are denied access to healthcare.
- Explain how the 8th effects you.
- They are our representatives and should represent our views – majority of people want change – refer to opinion polls ex. Only 10% of people want status quo
- Their constituents want repeal and politicians will lose votes if they do not support it
Contact details for Galway TDs
- Catherine Connolly (IND): 0879600364, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Éamon Ó Cuív (FF): 091562846, email@example.com
- Hildegarde Naughton (FG): 0864019325, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Noel Grealish (IND): 091764807, email@example.com
- Seán Kyne (FG): 0876137372, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Anne Rabbitte (FF): 0872424704, email@example.com
- Ciarán Cannon (FG): 091880790, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Seán Canney (IND): 09355367, email@example.com
- Denis Naughten (IND): 0906627557, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Eugene Murphy (FF): 0862507590, email@example.com
- Michael Fitzmaurice (IND): 0861914565, firstname.lastname@example.org