Friday 23 March 2018

'It is hitting me an awful lot more now' - Right-to-die campaigner Marie Fleming's partner spends third Christmas without his beloved

Tom Curran with his partner Marie Fleming
Tom Curran with his partner Marie Fleming

David Kearns

The partner of right-to-die campaigner Marie Fleming has spoken of his hurt as he spends a third Christmas without his long term love.

The multiple sclerosis sufferer passed away in December 2013, eight months after she and her partner Tom Curran failed in a landmark court battle to legislate for end-of-life help.

“I really miss her so much because we were so close,” Tom said on the second anniversary of her death.

Speaking to the Irish Mirror, Mr Curran said that this Christmas had been particularly tough.

“The first went in a blur and it is hitting me an awful lot more now… Every minute of my day was spent with her.

“But the family are great… [and] I’ve loads of good memories. We’ve had some wonderful times together.”

COMPASSION: The late Marie Fleming who campaigned for the right to end her life
COMPASSION: The late Marie Fleming who campaigned for the right to end her life

The 67-year-old condemned Taoiseach Enda Kenny for, as he saw it, his refusal to tackle the issue of assisted suicide in Ireland.

“The Supreme Court made its statement that there was nothing to stop the Oireachtas from changing the law.

“So it is entirely up to our legislators to legislate for it.”

Mr Curran told the paper: “It was Marie’s second anniversary last week and there has still been no movement.”

Mr Kenny has in the past said that any change in the law that would legislate for end-of-help help would “probably require a referendum”.

But Marie’s partner, and father of her two children, dismissed this assessment, saying: “It doesn’t need to be put to the people.

“As was stated in the High Court, it doesn’t need a referendum, there is no constitutional ban, so the constitution doesn’t have to be changed.

“It doesn’t surprise me he said that. When I spoke to him before he said very definitely it was something he and his party disagreed with.

He continued: “[The] last poll that was done showed 80% of people said they would agree with what Marie wanted.

“But not only that, 53pc said they would help someone in their family knowing it was breaking the law.

“If that’s not a mandate then what is?”

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