“Try and live my life and you’ll all change your opinion.”
This is Brendan Clarke’s submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Assisted Dying.
Brendan Clarke was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. He died in August 2023, but had asked to meet with the Dail Joint Committee on Assisted Dying in May 2023 whilst he still had his voice and could be physically assisted to come into the Dail. This was not granted before the summer recess.
Brendan’s nieces Sarah and Tara hope that his voice will be heard and that Assisted Dying will become a legal end-of-life choice for people who are unbearably suffering.
A kinder death is possible.
On the morning that Wayne Briese had chosen for his medically assisted death, he was out shovelling snow in front of his house at 6am, to make sure the doctor would be able to get her car in. Click here to read her story in the Irish Times
Garret Aheren spoke to Lunchtime Live’s Andrea Gilligan about his experience of supporting his wife Vicky Janssens.
As a Belgian citizen Vicky was forced to travel to Belgium to end her suffering and Garret’s story is heartbreaking.
No one should have to travel for an assisted death, when a kinder, assisted death here in Ireland could be possible.
In June 2023 Darren J Prior of Near FM spoke to Janie Lazar, Chair of End of LIfe Ireland, about the aims of the organisation and the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Assisted Dying which is working toward publishing a report in March 2024.