Leo Varadkar pledged he would make the apology after meeting members of a patient support group.
Speaking to a Dáil gallery packed with women and families impacted by the controversy, Leo Varadkar apologised for the lives that were "shattered and destroyed".
A number of people were visibly emotional as the Taoiseach addressed them.
They say they hope the Taoiseach's apology brings some healing to those impacted.
They also hope it marks a turning point in the state's provision of essential health and support services for women in Ireland.