Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (633, 648)

Carol Nolan

Question:

633. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Justice if her Department has conducted an analysis of the Dying with Dignity Bill 2020; if so, the conclusions of such analysis; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6927/21]

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Carol Nolan

Question:

648. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Justice if her Department has conducted an analysis of the Dying with Dignity Bill 2020; if so, the conclusions of such analysis; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7100/21]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 633 and 648 together.

As the Deputy will appreciate, the issue of assisted dying is a very complex issue which gives rise to medical, ethical and moral issues, as well as criminal justice and constitutional issues.

The issues fall within the remit of both the Departments of Justice and Health.

The Bill as originally proposed is now subject to pre-committee scrutiny where it will be examined in detail. The Department of Justice has not concluded its analysis of the Bill and that analysis will be informed, in part, by submissions made as part of the pre-committee scrutiny.