A large pro-life demonstration to keep the 8th amendment in the constitution is taking place in Dublin today. The Save the 8th Rally set off from Parnell Square this afternoon.
Organisers of Save the 8th Rally for Life gathered at Parnell Square in the city centre from where they marched to Merrion square south for a rally. They expected thousand to attend from across Ireland.
People who are in favour of changing the law have arranged a counter-demonstration, and the two groups are on course to pass each other on O'Connell Street.
The pro-life march is in response to the government's intention to hold a referendum on abortion next year and comes days after the citizens assembly set up to examine the issues presented their final report. In it they overwhelmingly call for the 8th amendment to be repealed.
It's not known how many people turned out for either of today's demonstrations, and Gardai said they don't issue their estimated figures.