A bill allowing for assisted suicide will be introduced to the Dáil in the coming weeks.
The final wording of the bill was agreed yesterday by independent TD John Halligan along with right-to-die campaigner Tom Curran and Gail O’Rorke, who was recently found not guilty of helping her friend Bernadette Forde to end her life.
The bill outlines the strict criteria where someone could assist in the death of another person.
It would only be open to be people over the age of 18 who have permanent and life ending illnesses.
Two doctors will be required to approve of the intervention, while one must be independent and not involved in the care provided to the patient.
The person must also have the legal capacity to make the request by themselves.
Speaking outside the Dáil, Ms O’Rorke said the bill was necessary to keep people 'who do good acts for those in need' safe.
“This is well overdue so nobody else will go through what Bernadette had to go through in the last weeks of her life,” Ms O’Rorke said.
John Halligan said he wanted the bill brought before the houses of the Oireachtas as soon a possible to allow for debate and any amendments to be suggested.
Tom Curran said the intervention would apply to only 'a very limited number of people' while also protecting vulnerable people.
Gail O’Rorke was last week acquitted by a jury of attempting to help her friend, Bernadette Forde, kill herself, by making travel plans to go to the Dignitas euthanasia clinic in Switzerland. During the court proceedings, Bernadette Forde’s last letter was read to the court. Here is the full text of that letter:
We tend to judge things by their endings. You can have a bad day, but if it ends well, you go to sleep happy. In fact it's scientifically proven, in studies about pain, that people's memories of things and the taste an experience leaves in your mouth are far more heavily influenced by the endings.