The Irish parliament has been asked to respond to calls for a debate on gun control ahead of the state election.
The first session of the National Assembly will be held on Friday.
The assembly is set to vote on the government’s bid to reform the country’s gun laws in March.
The proposed changes include requiring the licensing of private gun owners and allowing police to carry firearms for self-defence.
But opposition parties have said the proposals will infringe on the right to bear arms.
Last month, the opposition Democratic Party called for a gun debate.
It said it had received no response from the government but wanted to ensure that “the Irish people have a voice in the matter”.
The government, which has faced widespread criticism from gun control groups, said it was seeking an opinion from the public on the issue.