Speaking of legislation on the right to die… October 17, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
…as we were in relation to Brenda Fricker’s comments. Christy Dignam – also interviewed in Hot Press by Jason O’Toole, mentions the Halligan Bill.
Will you consider going to the Dignitas centre In Switzerland to end your life?
Yeah, absolutely. I have thought about it, if it goes a certain way. I’ve seen people dying of cancer. And I’ve seen them dying screaming in fucking agony. There’s no bleeding way I would put myself through that. I would absolutely – without a fucking shadow of a doubt – consider using that option
Minister John Halligan recently revealed to Hot Press that he plans to table a Bill for legislation on the right to die in our own country with dignity.
I seen it, yeah.
What that be something you’d support?
I would, yeah. Absolutely. I don’t think it’ll be successful because we’re still too ingrained in the Catholic mindset. I don’t think he’ll get away with it, but I admire what he is trying to do. But definitely, I would consider that. Why put yourself through that, if there’s no hope? If you’re at a point where there’s no hope and you’re in absolute fucking agony – why make your last couple of months a fucking unpleasant experience? Get out of it.
I think that’s interesting, the point Dignam makes about the prospects of the legislation, but even that it is getting a bit of currency as an issue is perhaps indicative of how things have changed in relation to contentious issues reaching a public hearing.
It’s an interesting interview too in its own right quite apart from that – Dignam is someone who has faced multiple challenges in his life and continues to do so.