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To: TDs & Senators from the People of Ireland

Now We're Calling on Government to Progress Legislation for Assisted Dying

Now a Joint Committee on Assisted Dying has made their recommendations to government, End of Life Ireland are calling on Simon Harris as Taoiseach, to make a commitment to ensure swift examination by both houses to review the Oireachtas Recommendations to Legislate for Assisted Dying and include in the Government Program. Irrespective of the outcome of the General Election, it is time to legislate.

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Legislation means a person of sound mind, who chooses to have an assisted death and meets the eligibility criteria of being within 6 months of death for someone with a terminal illness, or 12 months with a neurodegenerative condition to be able to die here in Ireland, when they can bear no more. This service is based on compassion and in every country where legislation exists, there are strict controls and importantly no legislation has been rescinded. A kinder death is possible and nobody should have to travel abroad, or take matters into their own hands, or to die alone.

Leo Varadkar gave Vicky Phelan his word change would happen. Will Simon Harris honour that commitment?

Will you talk to talk to your local politicians? Now is the time to make sure they have Assisted Dying in their party manifesto. When they come canvassing, it is up to each of us to make sure they know it is time to legislate.

Dying people, who want this valid end of life choice don't have time to wait or waste.

Why is this important?

Too many people who are dying endure an unnecessarily, prolonged death, which is inhumane and cruel. International evidence, expertise and experience is available for our legislators to draw on which shows an assisted death is a kinder death for those who want this valid end of life option. Government must hear the lived experiences whilst people are still alive to give their personal testimonies. Assisted dying legislation should:
* Have robust safeguards which provides choice and protect everyone
* Remove the crime of 'assisting' someone
* Eliminate the need to travel for an assisted death or to consider suicide
* Allow those eligible to choose when, where and how they wish to safely die
Any change in legislation in other countries has been as a result of research and judicial appeals by individuals and groups who were excluded and demanded equal access.

We support the right to palliative care across the country but know it does not alleviate all pain, despite what those who oppose assisted dying may claim. More funding for palliative care is a related but a separate issue as is the need for services to support those living with serious and terminal illness.

It is currently a crime to 'assist' someone to die. Legislation will remove the need to illegally 'assist' when a medically assisted death can be provided.

The lasting impact of seeing a loved one suffer intolerable pain and die 'badly' cannot be underestimated.

To know that a loved one died the way they wanted to helps the healing process too. We know that "To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is not to die", but the memories of seeing those we love suffering and die badly are those which can haunt us.

Legislation for Assisted Dying with a robust framework of safeguards will give immeasurable peace of mind to a person facing their mortality and there's research to show the quality of life remaining to a dying person improves regardless of whether they go on to exercise that choice. Many do not, just knowing it is there is often enough.

Maybe one day you will want this option.Perhaps you've already seen how an assisted death would have been a kinder way to go for someone you've loved.

Despite or perhaps in spite of a devastating prognosis, this legislation will allow a person greater dignity, to choose how and when they want to die, to decide for themselves when they have suffered enough.

Even if an assisted death would not be someone's personal choice, or in accordance with their beliefs, why would any human being deny another the right to choose.

End of Life Ireland is a volunteer led advocacy group. John Wall & Vicky Phelan pictured here gave full permission to use their images and quotes to support this campaign. To learn more about this campaign and Assisted Dying, please visit our website and see our social media posts.

How it will be delivered

We will deliver this petition AGAIN AND AGAIN, just to make sure our politicians know we will never give up. The people of Ireland want this legislation.

Keep the 2nd November free, when around the world we gather to mark 'World Right to Die Day' as a mark of respect for all those who have campaigned for #Choice.


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2024-04-10 13:08:25 +0100

The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Assisted Dying have issued recommendations to legislate - but this is only the first step. With Leo stepping down and Simon Harris now Taoiseach and the upcoming election, we need to keep the pressure up.

When your local politicians come canvassing, ask them what is in their party manifesto and tell them why this matters. We know 76% plus of us in Ireland believe we should have a choice in how we die. With your help, we can ensure legislation is no longer delayed.

We are a volunteer led organisation so your help in every, in any possible way makes a difference.

Everything begin with a Conversation. Let's make sure this is kept very much alive!

2022-10-26 16:45:26 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2020-10-01 18:15:54 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2020-10-01 13:58:36 +0100

500 signatures reached

2020-10-01 11:49:12 +0100

100 signatures reached

2020-10-01 11:35:03 +0100

50 signatures reached

2020-10-01 11:28:08 +0100

25 signatures reached

2020-10-01 11:24:36 +0100

10 signatures reached