There were 26 terminations of pregnancy conducted in Ireland last year under the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act 2013, according to the latest report on its operation, laid before the Oireachtas today.

The same number of terminations was performed in 2014.

There were 14 terminations conducted due to a real and substantial risk to the life of the woman, due to physical illness.

A further nine were performed due to an emergency, arising from an immediate risk to life of the woman as a result of a physical illness.

Three terminations were conducted due to a real and substantial risk to the life of the woman, arising from suicide intent.

One application for a review was made to the Health Service Executive and one review was carried out under Section 9 of the act.

The review committee found that the application met the criteria for a termination of pregnancy.

The act came into force in January 2014.

This is the second full year of statistics.

The Department of Health said the number of terminations is in line with national estimates presented to the Joint Oireachtas Committee Hearings on the general scheme of the Act in January 2013.