The group representing Irish women who received PIP breast implants have said they are happy that progress is being made to secure removal surgery for them.

Members of the PIP Action Group met Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan this morning.

Mr Holohan told them he is continuing to negotiate with the Harley Medical Group, which originally treated around 1,100 of the 1,500 Irish women with the implants.

The women welcomed the news from Dr Holohan that he is making some progress in relation to Harley Medical Group's willingness to deal with the women and on the issue of who would cover the cost of removal surgery.

They described their meeting at the Department of Health as "very positive".

The PIP Action Group said it will hold a public information meeting tomorrow at the Red Cow Hotel in Dublin between 1pm and 3pm.

Women affected will be able to get information from solicitors, surgeons and a clinical psychologist.

The group is still seeking clarification on a number of issues to do with how surgery to remove the implants will be carried out.

They expect to meet Dr Holohan again at the end of June.

Dr Holohan told an Oireachtas Health Committee yesterday that the cost of taking out the implants would not be met by the taxpayer.

He said the Irish Medicines Board would make it a priority to ensure that the three clinics that used the industrial grade silicon gel in Ireland would take financial responsibility.