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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Assisted Dying: System for Assisted Dying and Alternative Policies: Discussion (Resumed) (13 Feb 2024)

“I thank the witnesses for their participation this morning. It has been an interesting nine months. I do not think the next part of the process will be easy. I agree with Deputy Farrell's point about the Department that no one needs to be told about the importance of palliative care in Ireland. They are things we know. We have supported families through those services. I feel that...”

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Assisted Dying: System for Assisted Dying and Alternative Policies: Discussion (Resumed) (13 Feb 2024)

“That is my question. It says in Dr. Ní Bhriain's opening statement that there is a belief that there is a potential impact of assisted dying, but that research is not out there. Obviously, other jurisdictions have had assisted dying for a long time, and you would imagine they would have potentially accumulated some sorts of insights and research on whether there is a correlation...”

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Assisted Dying: System for Assisted Dying and Alternative Policies: Discussion (Resumed) (13 Feb 2024)

“Yes, in terms of people refusing treatment. I would be more concerned about the intergenerational impact of watching someone starve or watching someone choose pain to die without medication. Is Dr. Ní Bhriain as concerned about that? Does she see that potentially a more caring system in very limited circumstances would actually have less of an intergenerational impact than the only...”

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