TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has rejected a plea to consider changes to the law that
The partner of Marie Fleming and one of her daughters watched proceedings in the Dáil today as Independent TD John Halligan raised the former college lecturer’s plight
The Supreme Court last month led
rejected an appeal from the 59-year-old that she should be allowed end her life with the assistance of others. Her partner, Tom Curran, would face a jail term of up to 14 years for.
Deputy Halligan told the Taoiseach that it had been noted in the court’s ruling that there was nothing to stop the Oireachtas from legislating to allow for assisted suicide iwere put in place.
Addressing a silent Dáil chamber, he said Marie Fleming still wanted the right to die at a time of her choosing.
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,ill adult who – in the last stages of multiple sclerosis - is severely physically disabled, suffers frequently from severe pain which at times is unbearable, has little mobility, needs help to eat and drink, and needs to be washed and dressed.
He added that she was now also losing her ability to swallow.
Taoiseach – in the light of the statement of the Supreme Court, would you consider introducing measures which would allow rational and
Ending his question, he appealed to the Government to show ‘some compassion to a woman who is critically ill and suffering unbearable pain’.
Replying, Enda Kenny said Marie Fleming’s campaign was Residence Design
, an ‘extraordinary case involving an extraordinary woman of impeccable dignity and courage’.
The Taoiseach said that the Supreme Court ruling, delivered on 29 April, held that the constitution does not contain either a right to commit suicide or to arrange for the end of one’s life.
The court held further that the prohibition on assisted suicide was neither discriminatory nor was it contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights.
He told the Dáil that while there was nothing in the judgement that should be taken as implying that the court would not be open to the state legislating for assisted suicide, that was not the same as saying the Oireachtas should do so.
Concluding his answer, the Taoiseach said it was ‘Office Design
,not open to him’ to give Deputy Halligan the commitment he sought.