Father Ted creator Graham Linehan: not voting in referendum is an 'insult to Irish women'
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Father Ted creator Graham Linehan: not voting in referendum is an 'insult to Irish women'

GRAHAM LINEHAN has issued a clear message to anyone thinking of abstaining from voting in the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution.

The Father Ted writer has made no secret of the fact he's fulling behind repealing the law - he's even changed his name on Twitter to Graham 'Yes' Linehan.

But he's now gone one step further with a message aimed squarely at anyone undecided on the issue.

"If you're thinking of abstaining for whatever reason, and the No vote wins, you're effectively complicit in the continuing insult to Irish women that is the eighth amendment," Linehan tweeted.

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The comments came as part of a retweet of another tweet on the issue from @bentasker.

Tasker asked: "If you're undecided ('cause you don't know, or think it should be the women who decide, or whatever) - isn't the best course of action a 'yes' so that women actually get the option?"

Linehan went on to reiterate his stance on the issue, noting that it wasn't about voting for more abortions but more safe abortions.

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He also stressed that, whatever the situation, those having abortions never take the decision lightly and Irish women should be trusted to make those decisions himself.

The abortion referendum will take place on May 25.