Minister for Health Simon Harris has said he is committed to the implementation of exclusion zones outside of maternity hospitals and will be holding cross party meetings this month to discuss it. 

He was responding to a video circulating on social media which purported to show dozens of anti-abortion protesters outside The National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street.

In a tweet, Mr Harris said he was appalled and that he has been engaging with the Attorney General, gardaí and service providers about how best to introduce exclusion zones.

Abortion services have been provided through GPs, family planning services, maternity units and hospitals across the country since legislation was passed a year ago.

There were 12,080 calls between January and the end of November to the HSE freephone line for people seeking information about unplanned pregnancies.

Figures also show that over 331,000 people visited the MyOptions website between January and December 2019.