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The Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Bill: - THIS EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED!!

  • Wynns Hotel, Lr Abbey Street, Dublin
  • 9.30 Registration, Event 10 - 1
  • 11 Oct 2013

Price €5 Members - €10 Non-Members

SIGA, the Special Interest Group on Ageing, are delighted to announce that Dr Mary Keys, Department of Law at NUI Galway has been confirmed as keynote speaker.


The Assisted-Decision (Capacity) Bill 2013

This long overdue legislation will replace the Ward of Court system and provide very welcome mechanisms to assist persons whose capacity may be in question to make decisions. It provides mechanisms for decision making by third parties where a person is deemed not to have capacity. This will be based on the functional assessment of capacity and must accord with the principles outlined in the proposed law. Clarification may be needed on a number of these matters as well as, the potentially extensive role of the informal decision maker and the safeguards for the deprivation of liberty and other human rights in various residential care settings. The law on enduring powers of attorney will be reformed. The presentation will discuss the relevant contents of the Bill and how it might impact on the lives of older people.

The seminar will focus on ageing and social work in the context of the Assisted Decision-making (Capacity) Bill 2013.


9.30 - 10.00 Registration, tea & coffee

10.00 - 10.40 The Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Bill: the social worker’s challenge (Mary Keys, Ph.D)

10.40 - 11.00 Q&A

11.00 - 11.15 tea & coffee

11.15 - 12.15 Workshops (details to be confirmed)

12.15 - 12.45 Feedback

12.45 - 1.00 Where next?

The Bill is available for download at if you would like to read it in advance of the seminar. 


Mary Keys Ph.D. is a lecturer in the School of Law at the National University of Ireland, Galway  specialising  in  mental health law and human rights.  She is a founding member of the Centre for Disability, Law and Policy at the University. A former mental health social worker, she was  appointed  to  the  Mental  Health  Commission  in  2007  as representative of the public interest and was reappointed in 2012 for a further five year period. She is involved in an advisory capacity with a number of organisations including Jigsaw Galway and the College of Psychiatry of Ireland.


2 CPD points will be awarded for attendance at this event