The Government has confirmed that a referendum to repeal the eighth amendment will be held on Friday May 25, the Irish Independent reports.
Legislation on the vote has passed through the Seanad this afternoon and Health Minister Simon Harris is expected to hold a press conference to formally announce the date.
Campaigners on both sides now have eight weeks before Irish people go to the polls to decide whether to repeal the eighth amendment.
Fianna Fáil senator Catherine Ardagh has urged voters to 'Take the time to sit down and learn it', while Senator Ronan Mullan feels that both sides 'need equal time in the media.'
I’ve just signed the order for polling day on the referendum on repealing the 8th amendment to the constitution and allowing the Oireachtas to legislate in this area - polling will take place on Friday the 25th of May. pic.twitter.com/vfMAHkalIB
— Eoghan Murphy (@MurphyEoghan) March 28, 2018
Abortion referendum to take place on Friday, May 25. (official announccement expected in next half hour.)
Seanad has passed the Bill allowing for the vote by 40 to 10. #Breaking
— Kevin Doyle (@KevDoyle_Indo) March 28, 2018