It's just over a year since the Eighth amendment was removed from the Irish constitution.

In Voices of the 8th, a new podcast for RTÉ News, some of those involved on both sides of the campaign including politicans, lawyers, doctors reflect on one of the most monumental events politically and socially in Ireland's history.

Malta/Northern Ireland

In Malta abortion remains illegal but it's estimated that hundreds of women leave that country every year to have terminations.

Pro-choice campaigners there have been watching developments in Ireland.

Lara Dimitrijevic established the Women's Rights Foundation organisation six-years ago, to offer legal support to women who were survivors of domestic abuse and trafficking.

Women started approaching the organisation in relation to sexual and reproductive rights resulting in the morning after pill becoming available over the counter in 2016.

"We realised talking about sex or anything in relation to reproductive rights was a taboo in Malta. On the 8th of March 2018 we published a position paper and called for the decriminalisation and legalisation of abortion. That was a big scandal."

Access to abortion in Northern Ireland is limited.

Director of Precious Life Bernadette Smyth of Precious Life describes the result of the Referendum on the Eighth Amendment as "a tragedy".

With no Stormont Assembly and little movement from the UK Government on abortion services in Northern Ireland, legislation doesn't look forthcoming in the immediate term.

Smyth says she will continue to lobby against abortion laws similar to those south of the Border.

"We've heard from political parties who have said if the Assembly gets up and running they'd like to debate questions that have been asked regarding abortion in Northern Ireland. It's an issue that will be addressed at the Assembly but we hope we do not see legislation introduced like was introduced in the Republic of Ireland last year".

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