An Irish politician has brandished a pair of black laced underwear in the country's parliament in a protest over the treatment of sex assault victims in court.
Ruth Coppinger of Solidarity - People Before Profit held up the thong after referring to a case in the city of Cork in which the defence counsel told the jury the 17-year-old complainant was wearing a thong.
Other women in Ireland have joined in the protest by posting pictures of their own underwear on the internet, and several rallies are being held around the country.
Coppinger told the parliament, known as the Dail, that eight months ago thousands of people took to the street following the "Belfast so-called rugby rape trial".
In the trial, the defence lawyer told the jury: "You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front."
The 27-year-old man was found not guilty of rape shortly afterwards.
The controversy led one Irish MP to hold up a lace thong in parliament to highlight "routine victim-blaming".
Ruth Coppinger produced the blue lacy underwear in the Dáil (Irish parliament) from her sleeve on Tuesday.
"It might seem embarrassing to show a pair of thongs here... how do you think a rape victim or a woman feels at the incongruous setting of her underwear being shown in a court?"
As she faced the Taoiseach during Leaders’ Questions, the Solidarity TD tugged at her white cuff and pulled a piece of underwear from inside her sleeve – a midnight blue lace thong – and held it up for all to see. A flimsy scrap of gossamer fabric, raised at head height with both hands, she waved it slightly for a second or two, just in case the ranks of men around her thought they were imagining it.
Ladies’ lingerie, no less.
One or two of the Fianna Fáil deputies nearby nearly fell out of their seats with shock.
Because stunts are not allowed in the Dáil chamber.
What happened at the trial?
The case, in which the man was cleared of rape, was originally reported by the Irish Examiner newspaper on 6 November.
The accused maintained that the sexual contact between him and the girl, which took place in a laneway in Cork, had been consensual.
Details of the closing argument presented by his senior counsel Elizabeth O'Connell, however, attracted widespread attention and prompted a series of online protest movements.
"Does the evidence out-rule the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and was open to meeting someone and being with someone?" she asked, according to the Examiner's report.
"You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front."
The day after publication of that court report, the head of Dublin's Rape Crisis Centre criticised the barrister's remarks.
Although she did not question the verdict, she called for reform of a legal system in which she said such suggestions were frequently made.
Amid increasing media attention, Irish social media users expressed outrage at the remarks in court.