Assisted suicide – whats Dublin’s opinion?

TheCity asked Dubliners their opinion on assisted suicide last week.

A case is currently ongoing in the High Court where a terminally ill patient is petitioning for lawful assistance in ending her own life. The plaintiff is suffering from the final stages of  multiple sclerosis.

The Irish Human Rights Commission has offered to act as “amicus curiae” (someone who is not a party to the litigation, but who believes that the court’s decision may affect its interest) for this case.

The commission has asked the court to consider whether the absolute ban in Irish law on assisted suicide is justified having regard to the extent of interference with the personal rights of a terminally ill, disabled and mentally competent person.

This is what a number of people interviewed in Dublin think in general about the issue of assisted suicide.

By Blaithin Henehan and Brendan Kelly

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