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Pressure is mounting from around the world

The Government has come under international pressure to clarify the legal situation surrounding abortion in this country.

More than 800 news outlets across the world are covering the story, and it is receiving massive coverage in Saviita Halappanavar's native India.

Syed Akbaruddin, a spokesman for India's Ministry for External Affairs, said: "We deeply regret the tragic death of Ms Halappanavar. The death of an Indian national in such circumstances is a matter of concern.

"Our embassy in Dublin is following the matter closely."

Ireland's ambassador to India is attempting to ease concerns over the death.

Feilim McLaughlin is briefing government and opposition figures in New Delhi.