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TDs are due to debate hospital overcrowding and a bill to change drink-driving laws on their return to Leinster House after the Christmas break today.
However, one issue set to dominate political debate in the months ahead is the upcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment, which provides for the equal right to life of the mother and the unborn.
Time has been set aside tomorrow and on Thursday to allow TDs to discuss the Oireachtas all-party committee's recommendation to allow unrestricted terminations up to 12 weeks.

The Fine Gael parliamentary party spent five hours yesterday discussing the issue and there was a growing consensus that irrespective of party members' views, the committee's recommendations would have to be put to the people.

The focus now turns to Minister for Health Simon Harris whose department has been preparing a bill to hold a referendum, which includes the wording.
This will be brought to Cabinet and voted on by the Oireachtas.

Campaigners handed in a letter of protest to the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today at Government buildings to highlight child homelessness.
The group Inner City Helping Homeless says the more than 3,000 children currently in emergency accommodation should have real homes.
The protest at Government buildings this morning marks the start of the new Dáil term.

As part of the demonstration a poem called ‘A Letter to Leo’ will be read out by the poet Geoff Finan. 

Very cold today with frequent wintry showers and some snow accumulations possibly later, especially over high ground. Maximum temperatures of 2 to 4 degrees in strong and gusty westerly winds.