The 'Together for Yes' campaign was launched in Dublin today

The Eighth Amendment is an Irish problem that needs an Irish solution, according to the former Master of the National Maternity Hospital Holles Street.

Dr Peter Boylan was speaking at the launch of the ‘Together For Yes’ campaign today.

More than 70 groups have joined forces to call for a yes vote in the upcoming abortion referendum.

Groups involved include the National Women’s Council, Rape Crisis Network Ireland and the Union of Students in Ireland.

Dr Boylan says Irish women shouldn’t have to travel abroad to end a pregnancy.

He observed: "Our women are travelling outside the country - protected by the Constitution - to do something that is a criminal act in this country. We need really to face up to what's happening."

"[There's] also the fact that women are accessing pills, and taking them without any medical involvement... [that's] a cause for concern."

Yesterday, the bill to hold an abortion referendum passed all stages in the Dáil.

The bill is set to be debated in the Seanad next week, with ministers saying plans to hold a vote in May remain on track.

Fine Gael Minister for Health Simon Harris with Fine Gael TD Kate O Connell (2ndL), Senator Catherine Noone(1stL) and Marcella Corcoran Kennedy(1stR) talking to the media for the launch of the Together for Yes Campaign on the Eighth Amendment. Photo: Leah Farrell/