Fine Gael TD Dan Neville today (Thursday) said voters can be confident that there is nothing in the Lisbon Treaty which in any way enables the introduction of euthanasia. Deputy Neville said it was morally wrong of Cóir to attempt to frighten vulnerable people with false claims about such an emotional issue.
“The raising of euthanasia in the context of the upcoming Referendum is dishonest and wrong. The Treaty has no bearing whatsoever on Ireland’s legal position on such issues as has been confirmed by legal experts, the Irish Catholic bishops and the Referendum Commission.
“The Irish legal position is clear. Suicide was decriminalised by the Criminal Law (Suicide) Act, 1993. The act expressly stated in Section 2 that ‘A person who aids, abets, counsels or procures the suicide of another, or an attempt by another to commit suicide, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable for conviction on indictment to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years.’
“The European Union has no competence whatsoever in the areas of euthanasia or abortion and any change can only be made by Oireachtas Éireann. Cóir’s actions in making these false claims are morally wrong and must be condemned as cynical scare tactics.”