Fianna Fáil TD for Laois Sean Fleming has criticised the Government for the ongoing delay in implementing the key provisions of the Assisted Decision Making Capacity Act.

The Act was signed into law in December 2015 and provides a modern statutory framework to support decision-making by adults with capacity difficulties. Responsibility for the provisions contained in the Act falls between both the Department of Justice and Equality and the Department of Health.

Deputy Fleming said, “This law is important as it provides the necessary supports to assist people with capacity difficulties in looking after their own personal affairs. Unfortunately the key provisions contained in the law still haven’t been implemented due to ongoing Government delays. This means that people with capacity difficulties still do not have access to the supports they need. People expected these changes to come into place promptly once the Act was signed into law but three years on they are still waiting and no better off.

“I have recently received correspondence which confirms that the Act will not be fully operational until 2019 at the earliest. This simply isn’t good enough when you consider the Act was signed into law in 2015. The Government needs to ensure that all Acts are brought into effect as soon as possible once signed into law, especially for vulnerable people with capacity difficulties,” concluded Deputy Fleming.