The chair of the Citizens Assembly has rejected suggestions that the process she undertook mislead the assembly members into endorsing a liberal abortion regime.
Ms Justice Mary Laffoy has been before the opening session of the Oireachtas Committee on the 8th Amendment.
Among the committees members are Kildare North TDs, Fine Gael's Bernard Durkan and Social Democrat, Catherine Murphy.
The Committee must report within 3 months to recommend a question to be put to the people in a referendum.
The Citizens Assembly, on which sits three Kildare people, shocked many politicians by voting for access to abortion without restriction up to 12 weeks, but Judge Laffoy says her process was fair....
Image: TDs, including Catherine Murphy (L) at the first public meeting of the Oireachtas Committee on the 8th Amendment.