Dublin Woman Charged With Assisting Suicide


A Dublin woman who has been prosecuted on a charge of assisting suicide is believed to be the first Irish person prosecuted in such a case.

Gail O’Rourke, 42, from Kilclare Gardens in Tallaght was charged that between 10 March and 6 June 2011 she aided, abetted, counselled or procured the suicide of 51-year-old Bernadette Forde in Dublin.

Multiple Sclerosis sufferer Forde was found dead in her apartment in Donnybrook on 6 June 2011. 

An inquest into her death in March last year was adjourned.

O’Rourke pleaded not guilty when charged at Dublin District Court this morning.

She was served with the book of evidence and will be brought before the court on 13 December where she faces the maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.

The court heard Gardaí had no objection to bail and no objection to her receiving legal aid.

She was remanded on bail on her own bond of €100.

Image courtesy of Irish Times/Collins Courts


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