Sinéad Moriarty: “I don’t take my health for granted any more. I’m nervous now about something going wrong for people I love.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sinéad Moriarty is really surprised I have read her latest novel, The Good Mother. She knows I’ve read it, because I make it clear right away, by refe(...)

Bernadette Forde and Gail O’Rorke, “who tells this story in a very familiar, conversational tone with an attention to detail”.

Mahatma Gandhi’s assertion that the true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members is especially tested when we(...)

Gail O Rorke leaving the Circuit Court during her trail. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

“It’s hard to be selfish in your grief when you know that the person needed and wanted this so much,” says Gail O’Rorke, about the suicide of her frie(...)

Bernadette Forde (left) and Gail O’Rorke. They were ‘an unlikely pair’: a career woman from a comfortable  midlands family; and a bohemian spirit raised in Crumlin amid poverty and dysfunction

In mid-April 2011 Bernadette Forde sat in her apartment in Dublin and recorded a suicide message. Diagnosed 10 years earlier with primary progressive(...)

Gail O’Rorke leaving the Circuit Criminal Court recently, having been acquitted on charges of assisting or attempting to assist in the suicide of her friend.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Gail O’Rorke walked quickly from the Circuit Criminal Court with her husband Barry and into a waiting taxi. Behind her she left four years of pre-tria(...)

Independent TD  John Halligan: ‘You have a right to dignity in life and you have a right to a dignified death.’ Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

An Independent TD is to introduce a Bill removing any criminal sanctions against a family member or doctor who assists a suicide. Waterford TD (...)

Tom Curran, whose partner Marie Fleming unsuccessfully challenged the law banning assisted suicide in the Supreme Court in 2013, said Gail O’Rorke should never have had to come before the courts. Photograph: Eric Luke

Gail O’Rorke said she was over the moon after being acquitted of assisting in the suicide of her late friend Bernadette Forde. In a written statement(...)

The building of the assisted suicide clinic Dignitas in Pfaeffikon near Zurich. In March, 2011 Rathgar Travel received a call from Gail O’Rorke asking for information on flights, taxi transfers and hotel accommodation suitable for a disabled person in Zurich. Photograph: Sebastian Derungs/AFP/Getty Images.

Shortly before ending her life, Bernadette Forde sat in her south Dublin apartment and recorded her final words. In her verbal suicide note, captured (...)

Gail O’Rorke: unaware that helping someone die was  illegal, she brought suspicion on her head by telling a travel agent about the real purpose of her and Bernadette Forde’s visit to Switzerland.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

“What would I do if I were in Gail O’Rorke’s position?” the lawyer prosecuting the Dublin woman tellingly asked during her trial on charges of assisti(...)

Gail O’Rorke has been acquitted at the Circuit Criminal Court of helping her friend take her own life. Photograph: Courts Collins

A woman has been acquitted of attempting to assist the suicide of her friend by helping her travel to a euthanasia clinic in Switzerland. The j(...)

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