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'I have had 92 years ... isn't that long enough?' - Psychiatrist Dr Ivor Browne on life, not cocooning and why he doesn't want to reach 100

Dr Ivor Browne doesn't think we should aspire to living for as long as possible, finds Niamh Horan

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A life lived: ‘It would be better if God took me,’ says Dr Ivor Browne. Photo: Frank McGrath

A life lived: ‘It would be better if God took me,’ says Dr Ivor Browne. Photo: Frank McGrath

A life lived: ‘It would be better if God took me,’ says Dr Ivor Browne. Photo: Frank McGrath

Psychiatrist Ivor Browne has a reputation for challenging consensus thinking. He locked horns with the Catholic Church in support of Phyllis Hamilton. He also spoke out about the overprescribing of psychiatric drugs. He tackled - and helped to change - the country's attitude towards mental illness. Now, as Ireland emerges from lockdown, his thoughts on aging and death are those of a man who has lived a live less ordinary.

Browne does not hold with the much advanced view that we must ''preserve life at all costs''. He doesn't see the point of living as long a life as possible and questions the quality of life among some of the elderly.

Although in his tenth decade, he didn't cocoon when Covid-19 was shutting down the country. And the government warnings? "I didn't pay much attention. I am not interested in perpetuating my existence any longer than I have to. So I'm not taking any measures to try and prolong my life. I have been around long enough."