The Attorney General has been asked to look at ways to make sure, if abortion laws are ever re-visited in the future, they'd get more scrutiny than regular legislation.

The move is being seen as a way to address concerns raised by Tánaiste Simon Coveney.

Yesterday Simon Coveney went into cabinet asking that if any new abortion laws were to come in, they would require two thirds of the Oireachtas to vote in favour of changing them again.

But he was quickly, and publicly, shot down by the Taoiseach.

However, according to Minister Simon Harris , the Attorney General has been asked to see if there's a way of giving future abortion laws special status.

The bill to allow a referendum on the Eighth Amendment passed the second stage in the Seanad last night, by 35 votes to 10.

Debate on the remaining stages will resume later today.

It is now likely the bill will pass all stages today.


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