21 Dec 2023

UK correspondent Harriet Line

From Nine To Noon, 9:45 am on 21 December 2023

There's fresh debate on whether the UK should change the law to allow assisted dying, sparked this week by well-known British broadcaster Dame Esther Rantzen, who has stage four lung cancer.

She has joined the assisted dying clinic Dignitas.

Dame Esther is urging the Government to allow a free vote on assisted dying - as it has been more than eight years since it was last debated by MPs. 

And the Irish government is to begin a legal challenge against the UK Government over legislation that offers immunity for Troubles-era crimes.

The Troubles Legacy Act includes a limited form of immunity from prosecution for Troubles-related offences for those who co-operate with the new Independent Commission for Reconciliation and Information Recovery (ICRIR).

But the Irish government believes the Act breaches the UN Convention on Human Rights. 

General view of Dublin in 2023.


Harriet Line is Deputy Political Editor of the Daily Mail.