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Assisted suicide case gets underway

Accused Gail O'Rourke (43) has pleaded not guilty

Dearbhail McDonald Legal Editor

Published 20/04/2015 | 11:49

Gail O’Rorke of Kilclare Gardens, Tallaght, is charged in relation to the suicide of Bernadette Forde in 2011. Photo: Courtpix
Gail O’Rorke of Kilclare Gardens, Tallaght, is charged in relation to the suicide of Bernadette Forde in 2011. Photo: Courtpix

A woman has gone on trial accused of assisting someone in taking their own life.

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 I the first prosecution of its kind, Gail O'Rorke, 43, a taxi driver from Kilclare Gardens in Tallaght, is charged with aiding and abetting the suicide of Bernadette Forde by means of assisting her in the making of travel arrangements to Zurich, Switzerland, for such purposes between March 10, 2011 and April 20th, 2011.

Ms O'Rorke is charged with a second count of aiding and abetting the suicide of Ms Forde by means of assisting her in the procurement and administration of a toxic substance between April 20, 2011 and June 6, 2011.

And she faces a third count of procuring the suicide of Ms Forde by making funeral arrangements for Ms Forde in advance of her death on dates between June 4, 2011 and June 6, 2011.

This morning Ms O'Rorke pleaded not guilty to all three counts.

A jury of six men and six women were empanelled last week for the trial which is expected to take up to two weeks.

Remy Farrell SC appears for the prosecution with Diarmaid McGuinness SC representing Ms O’Rorke.

Mr Farrell has commenced his opening speech at Dublin's Circuit Criminal Court.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Pat McCartan.

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