It's just over a year since the Eighth Amendment was removed from the Irish Constitution.

In Voices of the 8th, a new podcast for RTÉ News, some of those involved on both sides of the campaign including politicians, lawyers and doctors reflect on one of the most monumental events politically and socially in Ireland's history.

Episode 3 - Politicians

The referendum campaign resulted in divisions in some political parties, including the two larger opposition parties, Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin.

Since then, the legislation has gone through the Oireachtas, abortion services have been introduced and political wounds are healing.

Two politicians who agree that they are at opposing ends of the scale regarding their views on abortion gave their views on abortion in Ireland to Voices of the 8th.

A number of years ago, Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger hit the headlines when she was among the first politicians to highlight the use of abortion pills by women in Ireland.

"It played a very big role in proving the pills were safe; that they were an option for women who couldn't afford to travel. The message for politicians was if you don't legalise this it's going to continue anyway and create a huge mess."

Former Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín found himself in a party that had a whip on its support for repeal.

It resulted in his suspension from the party and, ultimately, his resignation.

"In politics, you work very hard to develop political capital both in your political party and your constituency and society in general. I knew that participating in that debate that I was burning through all the political capital I had created within my own political party."

You can listen to the full podcast series Voices of the 8th on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.