The Cabinet has formally agreed on the establishment of a Constitutional Convention, but details are to be finalised after consultation with the Opposition.

It is understood that the Government is proposing a 100 member convention, made up of 66 citizens, 33 political representatives and a chairperson.

The first issues intended to be discussed are the possible reduction of the Presidential term to five years, and a possible reduction in the voting age to 17.

It is proposed that these topics would be reported on within two months.

It is understood that the convention is also expected to deal with other issues, such as a review of the Dáil electoral system, provision for same sex marriage and the removal of blasphemy from the Constitution.

There will also be an amendment of the clause on women in the home and encouragement of greater participation of women in public life.

These proposals will now be put to Opposition leaders for their views.