Around 2,500 people took part in a march today in Dublin calling for the 8th Amendment to be repealed, according to Garda figures.

The event was organised by a group called the 'Abortion Rights Campaign' who are calling on the Government to legalise abortion in Ireland.

Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger has introduced a Private Member's Bill and called for a referendum to repeal the 8th amendment.

A spokesperson for the Government said that the Government went through a very open and extensive process in relation to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Legislation - a matter he said had not been dealt with by successive governments.

He said the matter will not be dealt with in the lifetime of this Government 

Commenting on today's march spokesperson for the Pro-Life Campaign Dr Ruth Cullen said: "The focus of the debate at present is almost exclusively on more access to abortion.

"The hardened denial on the part of abortion advocates regarding the hurt and heartbreak of abortion for many women has to be challenged."