Divide in coalition over 'right to die'

Enda Kenny does not believe the issue should be discussed at a constitutional convention, but Joan Burton says it could be useful

Divide in coalition over 'right to die'

Tánaiste Joan Burton (left) with Taoiseach Enda Kenny | Image: RollingNews.ie

Divisions have emerged within the coalition about whether the question of a 'right to die' should be considered by a constitutional convention.

Enda Kenny has already agreed that a new forum should be set up to examine issues like abortion, and whether the 8th amendment should be repealed.

But he says he doesn't see any role for that forum also considering whether the constitution should allow other measures such as allowing a right to die.

However the Tánaiste says she thinks that kind of forum could be useful as long as it was given expert advice to consider the evidence: