A number of deputies who campaigned for a No vote in the recent abortion referendum have accused the Minister for Health of failing to engage meaningfully with them over the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill.

Independent deputies Mattie McGrath, Michael Collins, Carol Nolan, Peter Fitzpatrick and Danny Healy-Rae said that while the public voted to remove the Eighth Amendment from the Constitution, they did not vote in favour of the Bill in its current form.

Speaking to journalists today, the TDs said they requested a meeting to discuss the fears and concerns of GPs over the proposed new law, but the Minister would not meet them as a group.

They said Minister Simon Harris was consulting solely with medics and politicians who agree with his proposal.

The group is working on its own amendments to the legislation at committee stage which will be overseen by the Health Committee in two weeks' time.

The five TDs also expressed concern that the majority of committee members supported repeal.

Last night, Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl could not facilitate a meeting of the Health Committee during the Dáil recess next week under standing orders.

Committee stage of the bill will now take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the following week.

Today, the TDs accused Mr Harris of rushing the bill through the Oireachtas.

A spokesperson for the minister said he has kept the Opposition informed at every stage and believes the best place to debate the bill is in a public forum.

She added that he looks forward to that beginning at committee stage in two weeks' time.