Monday 23 October 2017

Assisted suicide should be a “matter of legislation” - Gilmore

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore
Lise Hand

By Lise Hand

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said that assisted suicide should be a matter of legislation. He was speaking in Leaders Questions after Independent TD Stephen Donnelly raised the case of multiple sclerosis sufferer Marie Fleming who lost a Supreme Court challenge to the ban on assisted suicide.

“I think this is a topic that we should address as legislators collectively. I don’t think this should be a government-opposition type of issue. I think it’s a topic we should address first as human beings, as legislators,” he said. “I think we should approach it putting ourselves in the situation that Tom and Marie are in, and I think we should it address it very honestly”.

The Tánaiste said that when a case relating to assisted suicide which is currently before the courts has ended, “we should find a way – maybe through one of the Oireachtas committees to have this issue dealt with in a non-partisan way”.

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