Assisted dying backed by Oireachtas committee

Assisted dying backed by Oireachtas committee

Assisted dying should be made legal in certain restricted circumstances, an Oireachtas committee has recommended.

The joint committee on assisted dying, which was established in early 2023, this week published its final report, which recommends a change in the law — though a minority of committee members say they disagree with its findings.

The committee was established as a result of a private members’ bill on assisted dying brought by People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny in 2020.

Its report proposes that assisted dying should be an option for terminally-ill people with less than six months to live, and only to people who are Irish citizens or have lived in the State for at least 12 months.

The report’s 38 recommendations also set out various safeguards to ensure that people are not coerced or forced into dying.

Michael Healy-Rae, chairperson of the committee, said: “This report is the result of the work of the committee over the past nine months. I was privileged to be cathaoirleach for the Committee.

“I would like to thank the committee members who devoted their time and attention to this very complex issue. We did not always agree with each other, but all views were listened to and respected.”

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