Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Mental Health James Browne TD says the Dáil is on course to pass progressive proposals which will reform Ireland’s mental health services.

Deputy Browne made the comments after it was confirmed that Fianna Fáil’s ‘Mental Health (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2017’ has skipped pre-legislative scrutiny and has gone directly to Committee Stage.

Deputy Browne said, “This Bill aims to reform Ireland’s mental health services by insisting on the implementation of the recommendations contained in the 2015 report on the Expert Group on the Review of the Mental Health Act. The Bill was unopposed in the Dáil when it passed second stage and it has now been confirmed that it will go directly to Committee Stage without the need for pre-legislative scrutiny.

“The progress that the Bill has made to date is encouraging and I remain hopeful that it can be passed by the Dáil before the summer recess. It’s important that this Bill is not unduly delayed by the Oireachtas. The Expert Group’s recommendations needs to be put in place without delay to help protect the well-being of patients and ensure that the State meets its obligations under International Human Rights Law,” concluded Deputy Browne.