There is an anti-abortion protest taking place outside Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth today.
Health Minister Simon Harris has spoken out against this at a press briefing, calling it ''quite sad.''
One of the protesters is Charles Byrne, who unsuccessfully challenged the outcome of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment.
He said that those protesting were a group of concerned citizens protesting because, “I deeply and profoundly care about the right to life of every human being…We are here because we believe hospitals need to be places of care through compassion.”
Minster Harris has also condemned a tweet leaking confidential information about an abortion due to take place today.
In response to a tweet from Economist Professor ray Kinsella, Simon said, ''I find it pretty darn despicable actually that somebody would take to social media – that anyone would take to social media and endeavour to create a public conversation about an individual patient's care.''
He continued, ''Any service that is provided legally here in our country deserves to be treated with absolute respect and the confidentiality of a patient must be to the fore.''
The Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy bill has been officially passed.
All of the amendments have been voted and the bill for the 8th Amendment is on its way to Aras an Uachtarain to be signed by Michael D Higgins.
The bill passed with 27 votes to 5.
The new law will allow abortion to take place up to 12 weeks, and after that time if there is a foetal abnormality detected or danger to the woman's health.
Minister for Health Simon Harris confirmed the vote passed in a post on social media.
He wrote, ''Just over 200 days ago, you, the people of Ireland voted to repeal the 8th so we could care for women with compassion. Today we have passed the law to make this a reality. A vote to end lonely journeys, end the stigma and support women’s choices in our own country.''
The people of Ireland took to the polls last May to make abortion legal and now it will be from January 1.
Today will see thousands flock to Dublin City Centre in order to take part in the 5th annual March for Choice.
Hundreds of high-profile figures have stepped out and asked for support to repeal the Eight Amendment, and the latest star to do just that is Rosanna Davison.
She revealed yesterday that she fully supports the Repeal the Eight Campaign to change the law to make abortion legal in Ireland.
The author said that she doesn’t usually speak out about political issues, but for this, she wholeheartedly believes in it.
“I absolutely support the campaign,” she told The Irish Mirror.
“I tend to stay away from politics but I personally believe that women should have the choice over their body and their fertility.”
The biggest ever turnout is expected today with crowds assembling at the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square at 1.30pm before marching to Leinster House at 2pm.