25 Nov 2020, 12.29

At its meeting on Tuesday, 24 November, the Joint Committee on Justice agreed to invite written submissions from interested groups and individuals on the provisions in the Dying with Dignity Bill 2020 as part of its scrutiny of the legislation.

Following the meeting yesterday, Committee Chair James Lawless TD said: “It is important that the Bill receives comprehensive and transparent parliamentary scrutiny by the Justice Committee, with the aim of ensuring that the Bill is fit for its intended purpose and is legally sound.

“This Private Members’ Bill is an important piece of legislation dealing with end-of-life care. As Chairman, I am happy to oversee this process. As this could affect every citizen, the Committee agreed to run an open call for submissions to maximise participation and fully reflect the views of civil society.”

The purpose of Committee scrutiny is to assess the Bill from a policy, legal and financial perspective with a view to recommending whether the Bill should proceed to Committee Stage or not. Scrutiny is conducted as a separate process, prior to Committee Stage.

It is important to note that the Committee is assessing the Bill which is currently before it and not any other document.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 12 noon on Friday, 22 January 2021 and should only be sent to dyingwithdignity@oireachtas.ie

The request for submissions can viewed on the Committee on Justice page on the Oireachtas website.

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