The stars of Channel 4’s Derry Girls joined protesters in London on Tuesday demanding the decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland.
Nicola Coughlan, who plays Clare Devlin in the comedy drama about The Troubles, and Siobhan McSweeney, who stars as Sister Michael, were among the women who marched over Westminster Bridge to deliver a petition to parliament asking to repeal the country’s abortion ban.
The actresses were two of 28 people on the march, symbolising the average number of women who travel from Northern Ireland to mainland Britain every week to have abortions.
Protesters were wheeling suitcases bearing luggage tags which read “Now for Northern Ireland”.
“We want to be here to stand up for those women who have to make those journeys so they don’t have to be here. It’s unfair that they are treated like criminals,” said Coughlan.
“People are treating it like it’s not their problem, but it’s somebody’s problem,” she told Sky News.
“People in Ireland and the UK, we now have that access and it’s unfair that people in Northern Ireland don’t.”