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Delegate of the Republic of Ireland on the Legalization of Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

Honorable Chairs, distinguished Delegates, On the behalf of the Republic of Ireland, I am delighted to be partaking in debates concerning euthanasia and assisted suicide. Our State is thankful to the World Health Organization for undertaking the aforementioned topic, providing the platform to internationally prevent the violation and abuse of the fundamental human right to live. In accordance with the Constitution, The Supreme Court of Ireland does not recognize the right to die, or to be helped to do so. Ireland criminalizes the act of active euthanasia under any form; it is an offence to aid, abet, counsel or procure the suicide or attempted suicide of another person, with penalties of up to 14 years of imprisonment. It is not ethically acceptable nor does it fall into duties suitable for a doctor or physician to assist suicide, moreover deciding to end a life, without the patient’s explicit consent falls under the category of murder, and in t...