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Sunday 20 April 2014

Irish resident had assisted suicide last year

THE Swiss-based assisted suicide organisation Dignitas has said it helped one Irish resident to die last year.

In total, the controversial organisation said 202 people had an “accompanied suicide” last year – this is the highest number since it was set up more than 15 years ago.

A total of eight Irish residents are now believed to have travelled to Switzerland to take their own lives in that time period.

While euthanasia or assisted suicide is legal in four European countries – Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland – it is only in the latter that non-residents with a terminal illness are allowed to have an assisted suicide. 

In total, Dignitas has assisted in the suicides of almost 1,700 people from 42 countries since 1998, with almost half of the people from Germany.

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