‘Safe, legal and rare’: full text of Taoiseach’s abortion speech

What Leo Varadkar said after the Cabinet meeting that agreed to hold a referendum

Political editor of the Irish Times Pat Leahy looks at what happens next now the Government has agreed to hold a referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution.

“This evening, the Cabinet gave formal approval to the holding of a referendum on abortion which will be held in late May or early June this year. We will know the exact date following a debate and vote in the Dáil and Seanad, and I am confident this timeline can be met.

The Minister for Health has been given approval to prepare a Referendum Bill to amend the Constitution. It will be the 36th amendment to the Constitution.

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