Independent TD Mattie McGrath has accused the Government of rushing through the bill to hold a referendum on the Eighth Amendment. 

Speaking on RTÉ's The Week in Politics, he said there are mechanisms in the Dáil to scrutinise legislation and they would be trying to see if they can get amendments into it. 

Minister of State for Trade, Pat Breen, said the Citizens' Assembly, the Oireachtas committee and the politicians all had their say on this and the referendum bill was debated last Friday and was due back again after the St Patrick’s weekend break. 

Minister Breen said they hoped to have the bill debated in both houses of the Oireachtas by the end of March provided that they do not have members calling quorums. 

He said it was important that people had their say on this and by the end of March and that Minster Eoghan Murphy would call the writ and have the referendum by 25 May or towards the end of May and that was their goal. 

People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith said any claim that the bill is being rushed is nonsense.

She said the first bill to attempt to repeal the Eighth Amendment was put before the Dáil in April 2012.

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