Thousands of people have attended a pro-choice rally in Merrion Square following a march through the city. 

Children's Minister Katherine Zappone was at the rally wearing a Repeal sweatshirt and she called for a wider discussion on abortion beyond cases of fatal foetal abnormalities, rape and incest.

One of the groups involved, the Abortion Rights Campaign, said the action was calling for free, safe, legal abortion in Ireland. 

Crowds gathered at the Garden of Remembrance before the march moved towards Merrion Square.

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Eighth Amendment

Ahead of the demonstration, the Pro-Life Campaign held an "awareness event" calling for the retention of the Eighth Amendment which they say has saved many lives.

The PLC has published an actuarial study it commissioned suggesting that an estimated 100,000 lives have been saved by the Eighth Amendment since 1994, by comparing Ireland with what they say are similar countries. 

The theme of the pro-choice rally was 'Rise and Repeal' with organisers saying Ireland has failed to live up to the ideals of equality set out in the 1916 Proclamation.

Earlier this week, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the Citizens' Assembly will meet for the first time on 15 October to consider a number of topics, including the Eighth Amendment.

Organisers of today's rally called the Citizens' Assembly a "stalling tactic" and demanded an immediate repeal of the Eighth Amendment.