A Sinn Féin Councillor has described as “disturbing” pro-life literature which was distributed outside mass at the Church of the Resurrection in Farranree at the weekend.
Leaflets were given out showing an apparent satanic ritual involving a hooded man about to stab a baby on a stone slab.
Faces of pro-choice politicians including Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin and Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald were photoshopped onto the group surrounding the hooded figure.
“I thought it was over the top and disturbing,” said Cllr Kenneth Collins, who attended mass on Saturday evening.
“There are places for this debate to be had but mass isn’t one of them.
“People have been saying I’m bringing party politics into this but I just wanted to raise this issue as a concerned parent and member of the parish,” he added.
“This type of literature and images would be very disturbing for a child if they saw it. It’s crazy that this is happening and that there’s all this incorrect information out there, informing people.”
Cllr Collins also expressed his disappointment that the regular priest’s sermon was replaced by a pro-life advocate’s speech, at which point up to ten women left the church.
“I’ll be voting yes and that’s my choice and my right as a citizen of Ireland,” he said. “The sermon was replaced with a pro-lifer giving a speech on abortion which is just wrong and I saw ten women leave in disgust.
“There needs to be an actual, respectful debate on this referendum and there certainly hasn’t been enough.
“But these graphic posters need to stop as it’s helping no one,” he added.
Asked about the issue, parish priest Fr John Walsh said he was unaware of the literature which had been distributed.