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532. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide an update on a matter (details supplied) regarding the progress of capacity legislation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [20828/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Assisted Decision-Making Capacity Bill is scheduled for Dáil Committee Stage on 17 June with a view to enactment later this year.
The Bill proposes a modern statutory framework to support decision-making by adults with capacity difficulties. Its aim is to enable these persons to exercise decision-making autonomy to the greatest extent possible. To this end, the Bill provides for the replacement of the adult Wards of Court system with a less intrusive system. It also offers a continuum of options to support people in maximising their decision-making capability. Its enactment will be a key element in enabling Ireland to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.