03/07/2018

Amended Mental Health Bill Passed Into Law

President Michael D Higgins has passed the Mental Health (Amendment) Bill into law.

The Bill will reform Ireland's mental health services by implementating the recommendations contained in the 2015 report on the Expert Group on the Review of the Mental Health Act.

The legislation was put forward by Fianna Fáil TD for Wexford and Party Spokesperson on Mental Health, James Browne TD, who welcomed the news.

He said: "I'm delighted the President has signed this importance piece of legislation into law. During the course of my work on this I had the opportunity to meet with advocacy groups and people working in our mental health services. They pointed out the significant reforms that are needed to make our mental health services fit for purpose. This new law will help ensure the necessary reforms take place.

"This is an example of how new politics can be successful and help improve services. The Bill I brought forward received cross-party support in the Dáil. Politicians from all parties and none recognised the need to come together to help implement the necessary reforms for our mental health services.

"I will now be working to ensure that the Government and HSE deliver on these reforms," concluded Deputy Browne.

(CM/LM)

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