Mourners pay final respects to Marie Fleming

Marie Fleming's partner Tom Curran is supported by friends at her funeral today. Pic: PA

Mourners have paid their final respects to the right to die campaigner Marie Fleming.

The 59-year-old, who suffered with multiple sclerosis, lost a landmark Supreme Court case earlier this year when she tried to challenge the ban on assisted suicide.

Her funeral service took place at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Castlemacadam, Co Wicklow, this afternoon.

Marie Fleming's, partner Tom, addressed mourners today.

Chief celebrant reverend George Butler spoke of his 18-year friendship and fondness for Marie.

Her partner Tom spoke of their life together, saying he was not only her partner but her carer and lover.

On Wednesday evening they were at home together with their much loved dog scruffy - a stray they had taken in some years ago.

Marie looked at Tom and said: "Weren't the three of us so lucky to have found each other."

Tom spoke of the Marie Fleming initiative which is to be launched in association with the hospice.

The goal is provide terminally ill people who want to live every last breath in the comfort of their own homes the support and tools necessary.

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