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Wednesday 16 August 2017

Right-to-die campaigner Marie Fleming's memoir sells 10,000 copies

Marie Fleming with her partner Tom Curranat
Marie Fleming with her partner Tom Curranat

Right-to-die campaigner Marie Fleming is still making an impact.

Her memoir, An Act of Love, has now sold 10,000 copies and spent three weeks in the best-seller list.

The book was published last February just over two months after her death at age 59.

"We were thinking it would be in the hundreds we never thought it would sell thousands," her partner Tom Curran told the Herald.

Her memoir has now gone into shops as a paperback as of last week.

"Between the book and going for election, I never really gave myself a chance to grieve," said Tom. "So now I'm really missing Marie, and so many things are reminding me of her," he added.

Mr Curran ran as an independent in south Wicklow in the local elections last May but did not get elected.

Ms Fleming died on December 20, 2013, after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis as well as one with the courts after she fought for her right to an assisted death. However, Mr Curran now feels that her work has been in vain because of "in-fighting" in Irish political life.

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"Marie put an awful lot of effort into getting things changed and they [politicians] go off and waste so much time on things like the Senate issue. They spend so much of the time we're paying them for not doing the things they're being paid for, like arguing over appointments to boards and the Senate - it just incenses me," he said.

Speaking in memory of his late partner, he added that he is frustrated at the lack of action while people are in pain.

"The amount of time that's being wasted in-fighting and on stupid things. It just goes on and on and people like Marie are suffering," stated Mr Curran.

In December 2012 Ms Fleming brought her fight to challenge the ban on assisted suicide to the High Court. She had wanted her partner to be able to assist her death without fear of prosecution.

When the High Court ruled against her she bravely appealed the decision to the Supreme Court, but in April 2013 her legal battle came to an end when the original ruling was upheld.

After being diagnosed with MS in 1986 she died last December, 27 years later, peacefully at home.

jfegan@herald.ie

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