On 20 September, the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment sat for the first time in public session.

It had three months to consider the constitutional, legal and medical grounds for abortion in Ireland based on the Citizens’ Assembly recommendations.

There was scepticism from some quarters whether the 21-member cross party committee would actually reach its deadline, considering the divisive subject in question.

The sitting days were long, but strict time allotments meant there was a focus in members’ questions that would merit consideration by other Oireachtas committees.

All of that has led to the publication of the committee’s final report today.

Its draft report which emerged last Thursday underpinned the votes taken by TDs and Senators last week when the majority voted in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment and to allow terminations up to 12 weeks of pregnancy.

While the final report echoes last week's draft, one addition is a forward by the Chairperson and Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone.

She says many committee members "travelled a journey" and that the evidence provided to them helped them come to a position, which she says showed the value of the committee's work.

She notes the need to modernise healthcare in Ireland by placing the woman at the centre of it and she says travel and the procurement of abortion pills can't continue to be ignored.

However, the equal life of the unborn also can’t be ignored, according to three committee members in favour of retaining the Eighth Amendment.

Independent Senator Rónán Mullen, Deputy Mattie McGrath of the Rural Independent Group and Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick of Fine Gael say they will not associate themselves with any report basing itself on an "unacceptably discriminatory and exclusivist view of human rights and dignity" that last week’s votes represent.

They will launch their own report this afternoon.

It’s no surprise that the three men are producing their own recommendations. They expressed concern over the focus of the committee from early in the process and by creating their own proposals, they will be getting media coverage that would otherwise have been solely focused on the final report.

It also shouldn't be underestimated the number of people that will be keen to see the minority report as the views within will form part of the discussion as the referendum on abortion approaches.

Speaking to journalists on Monday, the Taoiseach said he anticipated that the Cabinet would act collectively on it, although he did leave the door open for ministers to "dissent" when it moves to the Dáil.

Today, the focus is on the final report which will be launched at noon and will then be sent to the Oireachtas where it will be considered.

The minority report will be announced after lunch.

TDs and senators will then return to their constituencies where there’s no doubt they’ll face questions and queries from constituents on the matter over the Christmas period.

It won’t end there.

Expect debate on Article 40.3.3. to dominate political proceedings in 2018.