Cabinet Approves 8th Amendment Referendum Bill
The Cabinet has signed off on a bill to call a referendum on the 8th amendment.
Ministers approved the bill which outlines what question will be put to people, with a likely referendum date in May.
The Cabinet unanimously approved the referendum bill to call a vote on the 8th amendment.
Minister Simon Harris outlined what question people will be asked: "To repeal Article 40.3.3 in its entirety, and replace it with the wording that we've already published - the 13 words that would go into the Constitution that would make it clear that provision may be made in law for the regulation of termination of pregnancy".
Pictured (left to right) Minister for Children Katherine Zappone, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris | Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie
A referendum commission will be set up tomorrow and will be chaired by High Court Judge Isobel Kennedy.
Tomorrow the government will also publish a policy paper outlining what laws the government would try to bring in if the 8th is repealed.
The referendum bill now has to go before the Dáil and Seanad, starting tomorrow - with some TDs believing there will be 48 hours of debate on the issue needed before it can pass.
The Government, though, is confident their timeline of having a referendum in late May is still on track.