More details have emerged about how the Citizens' Assembly that will examine the Eighth Amendment and other issues for the Government.

The details emerged in tender documents from the Department of the Taoiseach.

The assembly, which will consist of 99 members and Chairperson Judge Mary Laffoy, will meet for up to ten weekends for their discussions, at locations within a 20km radius of Dublin.

It is expected each session will be opened with an address from the chairperson, followed by expert presentations, Q&A sessions and debate, roundtable discussion and a plenary session.

Polling company Red C Research and Marketing Ltd has been awarded the contract to find a representative 99 members of the public, plus substitutes for the assembly.

That process, which began last week, is expected to take some weeks to complete.

The first meeting of the Assembly is due to take place in October.

A number of tender requests for support services for the Assembly have been issued, including requests for media liaison services, seminar and facilitation services, Irish language translation, and live streaming services.

The Citizens' Assembly has previously been criticised by the Pro Life Campaign group, which claims it is paving the way for a referendum on abortion.