Last Saturday, the controversial Citizens' Assembly met to discuss the issue of the restriction of abortion, amongst other issues, before submitting a report to legislators.
Here are some of the main points gathered from the meeting.
1. Members were urged to go silent on social media
The Assembly's Chairperson, Ms Justice Mary Laffoy, has urged members "not to engage in their normal civil liberty" of discussing the proceedings on social media, believing that it would be 'inappropriate' while the process in on-going.
She also warned organisations about contacting members.
2. It's a 'sensitive issue'
Judge Laffoy stated that issue of abortion is a sensitive one, and that an open mind will be the significant feature when discussing the matter.
Chairperson Mary Laffoy: 'No denying' that Eighth Amendment has been 'an exceptionally contentious and sensitive issue' #citizensassembly
— Rónán Duffy (@ronanduffy_) October 15, 2016
3. But some people made the point that the restrictions were somewhat overbearing
That's actually completely unreasonable. 99 people were chosen at random. It's irrelevant if 1 is openly pro-choice pic.twitter.com/0EmvDMH4Hk
— Tomás Heneghan 🏳️🌈 (@TomasJHeneghan) October 17, 2016
4. Enda Kenny was there – and had plenty to say
Taoiseach Enda Kenny commented that the issues being discussed in the up-coming months, 'are deeply complex, hugely challenging and profoundly ethical'.
He also requested that the public allow the Assembly members, 'the necessary space and respect to go about their work'.
5. And plenty of people were calling it out for being something of a cop-out
Or a delay tactic.
— polly molotov ♥️💙💚💛💜💖🍍 (@NursepollyRgn) October 15, 2016
6. Which is a bit understandable, given how overdue this action is...
Over the past year in particular, thousands of women have taken to the streets to demonstrate their right to bodily autonomy. Around nine Irish women go abroad every day for an abortion – that's 3,000 women a year who are unable to access safe medical procedures in their own country.
The assembly will engage in further discussions over the coming weeks and will hold their next meeting on October 25 in Malahide, Dublin.
For all pro-choice campaigners, the hope is that the assembly will vote to enact legislation to repeal the amendment and decriminalise abortion in Ireland.