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Disability convention: mental capacity Bill due 2012

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter, told the Dail that the government intended to ratify the United Nations Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities as quickly as possible, once our domestic law had been amended so as to comply with its terms (Dail Eireann, Debates, 2nd November 2011, 448). A key requirement was mental capacity legislation, which, according to the legislative programme announced on 14th September, would be published early 2012 and this would add substantially to progress on meeting its requirements.