April 22, 2017, 10:31 a.m.
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These recommendations will be the basis of a report for submission to the Houses of the Oireachtas.
This is the fifth and final meeting of the assembly, which previously met to continue its considerations of the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, which defends the right to life of the unborn with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother.
This weekend will focus on reaching the recommendations by ballot paper voting, which will be held in secret. The ballot will be on propositions which have yet to be agreed by the consultative body's ordinary members.
The voting process and counting of ballot papers will be overseen by the former returning officer for Co Dublin John Fitzpatrick. Each draft ballot will be subject to discussion.
Once the assembly is finished this weekend, its Chairperson Ms Justice Mary Laffoy will begin work on the final report. This result of the voting will be the most important content of the report.
The finalised report will be circulated to assembly members before being presented to the Houses of the Oireachtas.
The report is due to be finalised at the end of June.

You can watch a live stream of the Citizens Assembly here.

http://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0422/869450-citizens-assembly/