Irish Sun to end topless women on Page Three

The Irish Sun has announced it will no longer be publishing pictures of topless women on its Page Three.  

Its Page Three will instead show pictures of women in swimwear.  

The announcement has been welcomed by campaigner Lucy Holmes, who called it a "step in the right direction".  

The UK edition of the Sun said it has no plans to follow suit and will continue to print the traditional topless Page Three girls.  

Editor of the Irish edition of the Sun, Paul Clarkson said: "Page Three is a hugely popular pillar of The Sun in the UK and part of a package of great journalism which engages, entertains and informs in equal measure.

"In The Irish Sun we strive to share the qualities that make the newspaper great in print and digital, but we also strive to cater for our own readers' needs and reflect the cultural differences in Ireland."

The move comes amid increasing anger in the UK over pictures of topless and scantily clad models in newspapers and magazines.

Change.org is calling upon the Sun to drop the traditional Page Three pictures and its petition has been signed by more than 106,000 people. A similar campaign set up by the No More Page Three campaign has similarly attracted more than 113,000 signatures.

The No More Page Three campaign is being led by Holmes, who welcomed the Irish Sun's decision to change its Page Three.

"We are hoping that the UK Sun will follow suit and ultimately hope for an end to all objectifying images and a truly equal representation of women within the British press," she was quoted as saying by the BBC.

"We look forward to the day when women are represented with respect and are featured in newspapers for the interesting things they say, think and do, in the same way as men are."

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