- Aug 27, 2009
The Supreme Court have made what appears to have been the only ruling they could have made:
The courts didn't have a choice here, if we want there to be a "right to die" it needs to be addressed through legislation. So now we have that clear answer from the justice system, the question moves to the govt. they can't bat it to anyone else: do we want to provide a right to die for people in certain circumstances. And yes or no are both reasonable positions, but a position must be taken.It ruled that while the Irish constitution guarantees a right to life there is no corresponding right to die with the help of others.
Delivering the judgement, Chief Justice Susan Denham described it as a "very tragic case".