WATCH: Sydney Rose drew huge praise and harsh criticism for supporting Repeal the 8th 5 years ago

WATCH: Sydney Rose drew huge praise and harsh criticism for supporting Repeal the 8th

Sydney Rose Brianna Parkins won applause from the Rose of Tralee crowd when she told Dáithí Ó Sé that she'd love to see Ireland hold a referendum on the 8th Amendment of Bunreacht na hÉireann.

The 8th Amendment recognises the right to life of the unborn in Ireland and is currently under great scrutiny from Irish citizens as well as the UN.

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Parkins' play for reproductive rights follows hot on the heels of this weekend's #twowomentravel story, in which a woman and her friend live-tweeted their experience of travelling to England to have an abortion.

Though Parkins was applauded at the venue, the response on social media was even more pronounced, drawing glowing praise from some:

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Not everybody was enthralled with Aussie Rose, however, with some even giving her abuse:

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RTÉ were also criticised by some for 'removing all mention' of Parkins' call for a referendum, though this is inaccurate. The moment has not been edited out of the Sydney Rose segment on RTÉ player, and happens at roughly the three minute mark.

RTÉ Entertainment did, however, delete which referred to Parkins going "off-script".

Parkins, who works as a journalist, thanked Twitter for its support at the end of the night, along with another message supporting the Repeal the 8th movement.

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