NewsLocal NewsAssisted suicide for ill people is ‘slippery slope’By admin – January 22, 2012 546 A REVIEW of laws which would allow doctors to assist seriously ill patients to die could lead to people who cannot make the decision for themselves being euthanised, a Limerick TD has warned. At a recent conference in Cork, Dr Adam McCauley, senior lecturer in medical and international human rights law in UCD, said that Irish law relating assisted suicide should be reviewed. Dr McCauley claimed that people with serious medical conditions are taking their lives “behind closed doors,” and sometimes with the assistance of medical practitioners.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He was speaking in the wake of the publication of British report which describes current law on assisted suicide as “inadequate and incoherent”.But Fine Gael Deputy, Dan Neville, said that any liberalisation of the law on assisted death or euthanasia could have serious consequences.“It has been the experience elsewhere when euthanasia is legalised under very specific circumstances that although the criteria may be set tightly at the start, those criteria tend to loosen over time and a more liberal approach to euthanasia is taken”.Deputy Neville, who is president of the Irish Association of Suicidology, fears that older people who are ill and those severely handicapped, who do not have their full faculties, may be open to suggestion and pressure.“If someone is very ill or suffering from a disease such as Alzheimer’s, you have to ask whether they have the mental capacity to make a decision to end their own lives”.The British Commission on Assisted Dying recommended in it’s report, published last week, that a person who has a severe condition and less than a year to live, should be allowed to ask medical practitioners to assist them to die.But Deputy Neville said that this would constitute “a slippery slope.It started out tightly controlled in places like the Netherlands but that has all changed. There is a documented case recently of a woman in her fifties, who tragically lost both of her sons and she was considered a fit case for assisted suicide, even though she was in good physical health. And suicide rates generally increase in countries where euthanasia has been legalised. The attitude to all suicides changes”. Advertisement Email WhatsApp Linkedin Print Previous articleUnfinished estates may escape chargeNext articleBookmaker tells family ‘too late at starting gate’ for Euro draw admin Facebook Twitter
“It is still hard for me to get my head around the fact that I will not be pulling a jersey on again after October. “While the blue of Leinster and the green of Ireland stand out for most people, nothing would have been possible without the solid foundations built on Saturday and Sunday mornings in Wexford Wanderers, then nurtured in Clongowes and of course in later years in Lansdowne. “Throughout it all, I have been honoured to have played with an array of talented players, be coached by great coaches and to have played for the best supporters in the world.” Looking ahead to the World Cup – Ireland’s opening game is against Canada in Cardiff on September 19 – D’Arcy said he hoped to help his country make a mark. Ireland have never progressed beyond the World Cup quarter-final stage, but they are fancied by many as possible finalists this time around. “It has always been an honour to represent my country,” he added. “I hope to continue that over the coming months and help to achieve something with this very special group of players and staff at the Rugby World Cup.” And reflecting on his time with Leinster, D’Arcy said: “Leinster will always hold a special place in my heart – my first and only club. “Since my debut in 1998 against Llanelli, it has been a privilege to be part of this organisation and to see how it has grown over the years. “As part of that journey I have seen dark days, but the abiding memory is of a club and an organisation that wouldn’t settle for mediocrity and only wanted to be the best. “At home or away, we took on the giants of European rugby and we had great days. I am proud to have played a small part in that evolution. “In an ideal world I would have loved to have been bowing out after a Champions Cup final and, who knows, maybe even a PRO12 Final, but unfortunately as players we have not achieved the targets that we set ourselves at the start of the season, in particular in the league. “That’s life, and that’s sport at the very highest level. “However, I have no doubt that Leinster is in the best possible hands with Matt (O’Connor) and Leo (Cullen) at the helm, and our recent performance in the Champions Cup semi-final reminded me just what this club and this team is capable of. “I am looking forward to supporting and enjoying the continued success of Leinster over the coming years. “That being said, I will genuinely miss being a Leinster and Irish rugby player. I have loved every moment of it.” D’Arcy helped Ireland win a Six Nations Grand Slam in 2009 and the Six Nations title last season. During the majority of his international career he forged an outstanding midfield partnership with Brian O’Driscoll, a player that D’Arcy will now follow into retirement once the World Cup is done and dusted. D’Arcy, meanwhile, has made 260 Leinster appearances since being handed a debut in September 1998, with his provincial career being highlighted by Heineken Cup final triumphs in 2009, 2011 and 2012. In his letter, D’Arcy said: “Had the result in Marseille nearly two weeks ago gone our way (Leinster were beaten 25-20 by European Champions Cup semi-final opponents Toulon), this week could have been a lot different. “But unfortunately it isn’t, so I am taking this opportunity to announce that I will be retiring from professional rugby at the end of October. “It is a decision that I have not come to lightly, but one that sits very easily with me and indeed with my wife, Aoife, and we are confident that I am making the decision for the right reasons. “My decision has always been that I would leave at this time – after the Rugby World Cup 2015 – and I would like to thank Leinster Rugby and the IRFU (Irish Rugby Football Union) for their support in facilitating this process, which began last summer. “I am so proud, fortunate and honoured to have represented my province and country for 17 seasons, but I am leaving on my terms, which is how everyone would wish to end their professional rugby careers. Press Association D’Arcy, 35, posted an open letter revealing the decision on Leinster’s official website. The Leinster star has won 81 Ireland caps, scoring seven tries, while he also toured with the British and Irish Lions to New Zealand in 2005 and South Africa four years later. Ireland centre Gordon D’Arcy has announced that he will retire from professional rugby after the World Cup later this year.