Citizens’ Assembly must hear from “families who say their loved ones are alive thanks to the Eighth Amendment,” says PLC
Commenting as today’s session began in the Grand Hotel, Malahide, PLC spokesperson Cora Sherlock said:
“It is clear from the programme for the Assembly that some of the experts addressing the attendees will provide information on the legal, medical and ethical aspects of the issue. While this is necessary in order to get to grips with a subject like the Eighth Amendment, the most important fact about this provision is very simple – it has saved tens of thousands of lives in Ireland. While the time allotted to the Assembly is far from sufficient to fully discuss the Eighth Amendment, it is nonetheless essential that families who can best make this point are given the space and time to do so.
“While many politicians are acting as if they have already made a decision on the best way to proceed, regardless of the outcome of the Assembly deliberations, it can still provide a platform for families who say their loved ones are alive thanks to the Eighth Amendment. There are incredible stories like this all around the country and if the Assembly is to really address all of the good things that the Eighth Amendment has done for Ireland, then those stories must be heard.”