Children's Minister Katherine Zappone has said that a referendum on abortion should take place by next spring, at the latest - and any delay would be a betrayal of women's rights.
A special committee set up to deliberate on Ireland's abortion regime has made a landmark call for the procedure to be allowed without restriction.
The Citizens Assembly will meet this weekend for the final time to discuss the Eight Amendment of the Constitution.
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Women who have been directly affected by abortion have been sharing their experiences this afternoon, at the Citizens' Assembly.
A new poll on abortion shows that more people favour reforming our "right to life" laws than scrapping them altogether.
Personal stories of women who have had abortions and crisis pregnancies will be heard by the Citizens' Assembly in March.
The Citizens' Assembly has heard that 3,451 women from the Republic of Ireland travelled to England or Wales for an abortion in 2015.
An expert in foetal maternal medicine at the National Maternity Hospital has said some 30 pregnancies were terminated in 2015 because of a pre-natal Down Syndrome diagnosis.
The chairperson of the Citizens' Assembly has said the term "fatal foetal abnormalities" will continue to be used during its discussions of the Eighth Amendment.
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The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland has vowed to mount a strong campaign against any referendum on the eighth amendment.
People are being encouraged to have their say on the 8th Amendment.
One of the women behind the Two Women Travel Twitter account has spoken about the difficulties they faced in traveling to England for an abortion.
Two senior Government ministers have clashed over the planned 2018 visit of the Pope to Ireland due to the close proximity of the trip to a likely referendum on this country's abortion laws.
The Government will not oppose a Bill from the Labour Party aimed at baning rogue crisis pregnancy agencies.
The lawyer representing a woman who took a case to the United Nations over Ireland's abortion laws, says the case will only be settled when the Irish Government undertakes the necessary reforms.
Members of the public are being urged to have their say on Ireland's abortion laws by a December 16 deadline.
It appears Independent Ministers might not be given a free vote when the Dáil considers an abortion bill next week.
It is understood that a member of the Citizens' Assembly has been replaced, after it was revealed they had previously been in a pro-choice group.