Minister wants abortion referendum 'as swiftly as possible' as tens of thousands protest in Dublin

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs says she wants to see a referendum on a repeal of the 8th Amendment happen "as swiftly as possible".

Minister Katherine Zappone, who took part in today's March for Choice, is confident that the Government is able to deal with the issue of abortion.

Tens of thousands of protestors marched from O'Connell Street to Leinster House calling for referendum on the 8th Amendment - which gives equal right to life to a foetus as to a pregnant woman - to take place.

A Citizens' Assembly will hold its first meeting - to consider the question of abortion - on Saturday October 15.

Minister Zappone says she wants to see a referendum to repeal of the 8th Amendment.

"It is happening now, I think it's really important too," he said.

"My own hope and commitment is that we will move as swiftly as possible in order to get the people to vote, and in a way that we will lay the groundwork for the first successful win."


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