A United Nations committee has again ruled that Ireland's abortion laws have violated the rights of woman who had to travel to Britain after her baby was diagnosed with a fatal foetal abnormality.

The UN Human Rights Committee ordered Ireland to compensate Irish woman Siobhán Whelan and provide her with psychological treatment.

The Committee also said Ireland is obligated to take steps to prevent similar violations occurring in the future by amending its law on voluntary terminations.

This is the second time in a year that the UN Human Rights Committee has criticised Irish abortion legislation after ruling in favour of Amanda Mellet in June 2016.

Today's ruling concerns Ms Whelan, who was in the 20th week of her second pregnancy in January 2010 when a scan at Wexford General Hospital revealed her baby had a rare congenital brain malformation and would probably die before or very soon after birth.

Following more tests in the National Maternity Hospital she was told the baby also suffered from Trisomy 13 (Patau Syndrome) which was "incompatible with life".

Ms Whelan and her husband decided to terminate the pregnancy but experienced difficulty in obtaining information about services in the UK and sending records to a hospital there.

In January 2010 they travelled to Liverpool for the termination leaving their 20-month-old son with relatives.

Three weeks later the baby was cremated and the ashes sent to her by courier.

The Committee found that by preventing Ms Whelan from terminating her pregnancy in Ireland it caused her mental anguish and "constituted an intrusive interference in her decision as to how best to cope with her pregnancy".

The Committee said the State's interference in Ms Whelan's decision is unreasonable.

In a statement today, Ms Whelan said she was pleased with the ruling.

"I believe that women and couples must be given the best possible care at home at such a difficult time in their lives, including if they decide to terminate the pregnancy, and that there should be equal access to good quality information and care by hospitals countrywide," said Ms Whelan.

Leah Hoctor, Regional Director for Europe at the Center for Reproductive Rights, which filed a complaint on behalf of Ms Whelan, said the U.N. Human Rights Committee has for the second time, found that Ireland's abortion laws are cruel and inhumane.