Tuesday 27 September 2016

Two Irish people died at Dignitas since 2011

Published 29/04/2015 | 02:30

This picture shows the building of the assisted suicide clinic, Dignitas in Pfaeffikon near Zurich
This picture shows the building of the assisted suicide clinic, Dignitas in Pfaeffikon near Zurich

Two Irish citizens have died at the Dignitas facility since 2011, the year Bernadette Forde attempted to travel there to end her life.

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The latest figures provided by the organisation show that one Irish citizen visited the Zurich-based group in 2013 to die by what they describe as "accompanied suicide".

An Irish resident also travelled there to end their life at some point in 2011, Dignitas reports.

However, the figure is low in comparison to the 920 German citizens who have died by suicide at Dignitas since it first began in 1998.

Dignitas claims its main work is "not assistance in dying but in fact suicide preventive work".

"Every day, people contact us to ask for advice," spokesman Silvan Luley said.

"Some just need someone to talk to, others need advice in patients' rights issues."

Irish Independent

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