Mourners gathered in Wicklow yesterday for the funeral of Marie Fleming, the 59-year-old Donegal woman who was at the centre of a landmark “right to die” case.
Ms. Fleming, university lecturer, died on Friday at her home near Arklow. Her partner, Tom Curran, told mourners she died peacefully, in her own bed. Ms. Fleming had lived with multiple sclerosis for many years.
Earlier this year she unsuccessfully petitioned the courts in an attempt to ensure that Mr. Curran would not face prosecution if he helped her to end her life. On Friday, Tanáiste Eamon Gilmore paid tribute to her, calling her campaign brave and courageous.
Ms. Fleming is survived by her partner, Tom, children Corrinna and Simon and stepson David, and grandchildren.