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Gail O'Rorke acquitted on two charges of assisting the suicide of another woman

Gail O'Rorke Image copyright RTE
Image caption Gail O'Rorke has denied three charges of assisting suicide

A Dublin woman has been acquitted on two charges of assisting the suicide of another woman.

Gail O'Rorke, 43, of Kilclare Gardens, has denied assisting the suicide of Bernadette Forde in June 2011.

She remains on trial on a single charge of attempting to assist a suicide by making arrangements to travel to Switzerland with her friend.

Ms Forde died at her home in Dublin on 6 June 2011 after being denied travel to a clinic in Zurich.

Ms Forde, who suffered with primary progressive multiple sclerosis for 10 years, ended her life by taking a lethal dose of medication bought on the internet.

A judge told the jury on Friday that he had concluded that Ms Forde had no case to answer on the two charges of assisting a suicide as there was insufficient evidence.

Closing arguments will now be heard.