Citizens' Assembly meets for second day of discussions on Eighth Amendment

The group concluded today's session by suggesting what shape remaining sessions on the topic should take

Citizens' Assembly meets for second day of discussions on Eighth Amendment

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy addressing members of the Citizens Assembly. Image: Conor O'Mearain / Maxwell Photography

Members of the Citizens' Assembly have been making suggestions about how they want the issue of the Eighth Amendment to be dealt with.

Today was the second of eight days which the assembly has dedicated to discussion of the issue.

Three further weekend sessions are scheduled to take place on the issue in early 2017.

Yesterday, the group of 99 citizens heard presentations from legal and medical experts on the practical applications and cases involving the Eighth Amendment and abortion law.

The group concluded today's session by suggesting what shape the remaining sessions on the Eighth Amendment should take.

One member suggested the assembly should hear from "a frontline social worker who deals with the most vulnerable groups in our society in this topic area - such as people in direct provision, refugees, sex workers and people from deprived areas."

Another suggested the group would "like to hear more about ethics and the legal system [...] and we wondered if it was possible to get anonymous submissions from women who have gone through this and have travelled".

Submissions are being accepted on the Citizens' Assembly website until December 16th.