Progress on the final stages of the abortion legislation has picked up pace following its resumption in the Dáil this evening.
TDs have been progressing through amendments quickly so far, with the Government ruling out proposed changes on incest, rape and the definition of the unborn.
It follows criticism, from both Government backbenchers and opposition parties, at the previous attempts to rush the legislation through overnight.
Health Minister James Reilly said the legislation was clear.
"The bill is very clear. It's unlawful to intnetionally destroy unborn human life.
"But it's not unlawful to terminate a pregnancy where this is the only course of action to avert the real and substantial risk to the life of the woman."