Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Mental Health James Browne TD says mental health services have been put to the top of the Government agenda after proposals put forward by his party passed Committee Stage on Thursday.

Fianna Fáil’s ‘Mental Health (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2017’, which was unopposed in the Dáil when it passed second stage, has now also passed the Committee Stage. The Bill will now move on to the fourth and final stages of the legislative process and is expected to be completed in the coming weeks.

Deputy Browne commented, “The Fine Gael led Government promised to reform our mental health services but failed to deliver on their commitments.

“Our 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.

“Demand for mental health services has increased over the past 6 years and we must do more to protect the well-being of patients and ensure that the State meets its obligations under International Human Rights Law.

“I am hopeful that this Bill will act as a catalyst for change and I am urging all parties and TDs to support this legislation so that the reforms, which are so urgently needed, are implemented without any further delay,” concluded Deputy Browne.