The Catholic Church should have no involvement in women's health care, according to protesters gathered in Dublin today.
Dozens of people took part in a protest outside the Department of Health this afternoon, calling on Minister Harris to prevent the ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital going to the Sisters of Charity.
The protest was organised by Councillor Éilis Ryan of the Workers Party, who said Mr Harris should be "spending less time on Twitter" and more time negotiating.
"It's grand to be telling us there's nothing to worry about on Twitter, but we would prefer if you actually got involved in negotiations and didn't leave it to doctors to make public health statements."
Minister Harris has come under strong criticism since it was announced that the ownership of the new €300m National Maternity Hospital - which will be funded by the tax payer - will be handed over to the controversial religious order.
A married couple who travelled up from Kildare for the protest said "it would be an insult to abuse survivors" to allow the Sisters of Charity to have ownership of the hospital.