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Campaigners urge haste with assisted-suicide legislation before Government falls

A group of activists has called on the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Assisted Dying to proceed with their examination of the issue as a matter of urgency [1] so that any recommended legislative changes can be enacted within the lifetime of the Government.

Irish Doctors supporting Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) spokeswoman, Dr Sinead Cotter, said the committee is due to begin hearings on June 13th, but time is of the essence as any proposed legislative change would have to be enacted before the next general election.

“If the bill is still stuck in the legislative process by the time Taoiseach Leo Varadkar heads to the Áras to dissolve the 33rd Dáil, then it falls, no matter how much work was involved and how close it is to being passed so it is vital that committee completes its work within the lifetime of this Government.”