Government accused of assisted dying committee delay

dying_with_dignityFrom RTE News:

The Government has been accused of delaying the establishment of a special Oireachtas committee on assisted dying.

People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny has written to the Ceann Comhairle to express his “frustration on the lack of progress” and appealed to Seán Ó Fearghaíl to intervene.

While a committee chair has been appointed – Independent Deputy Michael Healy Rae – the Government has yet to nominate its five TDs to the 15-member panel.

Deputy Kenny said: “It’s now two months since the Committee on Standing Orders and Dáil Reform recommended that the committee should proceed.”

He added: “I’m sure you understand that such a serious debate needs a serious level commitment from the government to progress this debate but that level of commitment in even establishing the committee is seriously lacking.”

Mr Kenny had previously tabled a Dáil motion on assisted dying.

The committee is to explore how assisted dying might operate in Ireland and what safeguards would need to be put in place.

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