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The chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Abortion denies claims that the group is "skewed" in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment

The chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Abortion denies claims that the group is "skewed" in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment.

Mayo native, Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone hit back at claims by Galway Independent Senator RĂ³nan Mullen and Independent TD for Tipperary Mattie McGrath that the committee is a "sham".

Yesterday Senators Mullen and McGrath announced they were reconsidering their membership of the group due to the issues they have raised.

The two members claim the committee "laughs at the idea" there should be balance between those who want to retain the Eighth Amendment and those who want to get rid of the amendment.

The committee, which will meet at least once a week until Christmas, is examining the likely changes to the State's abortion legislation following advice from the Citizens' Assembly early this year.

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