FRA presents legal capacity report to stakeholders in Northern Ireland

f.l.t.r: Conan McKenna, Irish Department of Justice and Equality, Mario Oetheimer, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Kathleen Lynch, T.D., Irish Minister of State for Justice and Equality, Sunniva McDonagh, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, Gerard Quinn, National University of Ireland, Galway, Michael Bach, Canadian Association for Community Living
f.l.t.r: Conan McKenna, Irish Department of Justice and Equality, Mario Oetheimer, EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Kathleen Lynch, T.D., Irish Minister of State for Justice and Equality, Sunniva McDonagh, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, Gerard Quinn, National University of Ireland, Galway, Michael Bach, Canadian Association for Community Living
FRA was invited by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to present its report on “Legal capacity of persons with mental health problems and persons with intellectual disabilities” at a meeting with key stakeholders in Belfast on 10 October.

Participants at the meeting included representatives from the Departments of Justice and Health, parliamentarians, national human rights bodies, disabled persons organisations, legal professionals, service providers and academia. FRA’s presentation was followed by a lively discussion with regard to upcoming amendments to Northern Ireland’s mental capacity law and developments across Europe triggered by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.