Vicky Phelan has appealed to politicians to back an assisted suicide Bill to be introduced in the Dáil tomorrow. The Bill defines ‘terminal illness’ very broadly.
Her message to politicians, she said, was: “Allow us to die a peaceful death with dignity.
“Palliative (care) does not always work. I have seen people in recent years with a certain amount of suffering that no pain management can get on top of.
Ms Phelan said she had suffered from depression, had sought help and come through it, and a schedule of illnesses could be specified under the law, if passed.
“This Bill is about giving people who are at the end of their life, and in pain, the choice to go gently – so that they don’t have a certain amount of unnecessary suffering.
“We don’t do it to animals. I don’t see why we should do it to humans.”