Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Questions (253)

Margaret Murphy O'Mahony

Question:

253. Deputy Margaret Murphy O'Mahony asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the Disability (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2016; when it is planned to proceed to Report Stage; and the further changes it is planned to make. [46341/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Disability (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2016 provides for a number of legislative reforms within the framework of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. When Dáil Committee took place on the Bill on 30 January 2019, a number of amendments were agreed which had previously been ruled out of order by the Ceann Comhairle thus giving rise to a procedural matter. Work is ongoing to resolve this issue.

Work is also being undertaken to prepare further legislative amendments that would be tabled at Dáil Report Stage, including removing references to ‘persons of unsound mind’ from key statutes as such terminology is not considered to be in compliance with the UN Convention.