Mental Health (Amendment) Bill 2008: [Seanad Bill amended by the Dáil]

First Stage: 17 Dec 2015
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Report and Final Stages: 17/12/2015

Mental Health (Amendment) Bill 2008: [Seanad Bill amended by the Dáil] Report and Final Stages

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Senator Ivana Bacik:   I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Kathleen Lynch, to the House to deal with this Bill which she claims is small but highly significant. I really welcome it. This is an important and progressive day for our legislation on mental health treatment and involuntary treatment. We have had many debates on this. In the lifetime of the previous Seanad, I recall debating ECT administration and just how impassioned that debate was. I am really glad we have finally made this amendment. I compliment the Minister of State and her officials on all the work they have done on it. This is also a progressive day because we passed the capacity legislation. I thank the Minister of State.