The morning after pill will be available for free to medical cardholders from July.
Health Minister Simon Harris made the announcement this morning.
Emergency contraception is already available over the counter, but until now medical cardholders have needed a prescription to get the drug for free.
President of the Irish Pharmacy Union, Daragh Connolly says crucial time was being wasted up until now.
He said: "When it comes to emergency hormonal contraception, the earlier the intervention by the pharmacist the better the outcome for the patient."
He added: "We had been in a scenario in Ireland where medical card patients were waiting 2 or sometimes 3 days before they could get to see their GP, to be able to access the proper clinical intervention and they were waiting and wasting time."