TANAISTE Eamon Gilmore has vowed the coalition won't be the seventh government to ignore the abortion issue.
In the wake of the Savita tragedy, Mr Gilmore promised the Government will take action to bring "legal clarity" to the circumstances where abortions are permitted.
"I think, as legislators, we have a responsibility to respond, to react and to deal with it," he said.
Pointing to his own pro-choice credentials, the Tanaiste said he is on the record for over 25 years on how it should be dealt with.
"I don't think as a country we should allow a situation arise where women's lives are at risk," he said.
Junior minister Jan O'Sullivan, a pro-choice advocate, vowed that issues surrounding abortion when the life of a mother is at risk will be dealt with in the Government's lifetime.
The Labour TD said the subject has been fudged for too long.
"I believe that we need to grasp the nettle, if that's the right term, in relation to this issue which has been going on for 20 years or more now and it has always been fudged," she said.
"There is a grey area, we need to respond to that."
Earlier, Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett said that the controversy could have been avoided if there was live broadcasting of the key Dail debate more than 30 years ago.
Mr Barrett said he had been chief whip in the Fine Gael-Labour coalition government which was debating the wording for the 1983 referendum which banned abortion in Ireland.
He said that the problems with the wording about giving an equal right to the life of the mother and the foetus had been identified in the Dail - that it would make it very difficult for doctors to decide what to do.
He said that if the public had been able to listen to the debate, there might have been a better wording agreed and the current "trouble" may have been avoided.
He was speaking at the launch of the new communications strategy for the Dail and Seanad for the next three years.
Mr Barrett is campaigning for a Dail and Seanad channel to be placed on the new digital TV service - which would be identical to the channel currently provided by UPC.