Partner of right-to-die campaigner disappointed at inquiry

Tom and Marie Curran

The Irish Times reports that the partner of Right-to-die campaigner Tom Curran has expressed his disappointment that an investigation is under way into her death .

Tom’s partner Marie Fleming died in December 2013 after a long battle with multiple sclerosis, and having unsuccessfully challenged the ban on assisted suicide through the courts.

Mr Curran told The Irish Times he thought “that everything had just been left”, and had no idea why a Garda investigation had taken so long.

In early 2013, both the High Court and the Supreme Court rejected Ms Fleming’s challenge to the Criminal Law (Suicide) Act of 1993, which decriminalised suicide, but made it a criminal offence to assist another person to take their own life.

Ms Fleming had argued that, as a severely disabled person unable to take her own life unaided, the law disproportionately infringed her personal autonomy rights under the Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights.

The Supreme Court found there was no constitutional right to die or to be assisted to do so. But it said, there was nothing to prevent the introduction of legislation to deal with cases such as that of Ms Fleming.

 

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