Friday 18 April 2014

Date set for appeal in assisted-suicide case

THE Supreme Court has provisionally fixed February 19 to hear the appeal by a terminally ill woman against the High Court's rejection of her landmark challenge to the absolute ban on assisted suicide, writes Mary Carolan.

The Chief Justice, Ms Justice Susan Denham, said the court would make itself available to hear the appeal of MS sufferer Marie Fleming (59). It is likely to take two to three days.

Her partner, Tom Curran, said the couple were "happy" that the date had been set for the appeal.

"They responded quickly and fast-tracked it. We are looking forward to it now. Having lost in the High Court, all we can do is go forward," he said.

Mr Curran said his partner had been in "good form" following the court bid but that she had been left tired by "the whole ordeal" of it.

Ronan Murphy, for Ms Fleming, said the matter was now urgent, given his client's serious condition.

Irish Independent

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