» President Michael D Higgins signs Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013
President Michael D Higgins signs Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013
4th January 2016
Offaly ID welcomes the historical enactment of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013 by President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin on December 30th, 2015.
The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 brings about the long-awaited repeal of the Victorian-era Lunacy Regulation (Ireland) Act 1871 and the Marriage of Lunatics Act 1811.
This ground-breaking legislation will result in significant improvements in the lives of persons with intellectual disabilities as their ability to make decisions for themselves will be enshrined in law.
The new Act also removes a significant barrier to ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
The legislation also demonstrates a seismic cultural shift away from a paternalistic and ‘best interests’ approach towards persons with intellectual disabilities to a right-based approach of choice, control and consent.