Start Time
9:15 AM
End Time
3.45 PM
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About this Conference

The 2015 Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act has now commenced and will implement a new protection regime and new legal framework for supported decision-making for vulnerable adults, children and adolescents with a rights-based approach to decision-making capacity.

This act will assist in complying with human-rights obligations contained in the Constitution of Ireland, the European Convention on Human Rights, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

This conference will explore the changes, updates, and implementation of the act in Ireland and how it will improve and clarify the issues around consent, capacity and assisted decision making.

A word from our conference chairperson


Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

Mary Kirwan, Barrister & Lecturer at RCSI

Capacity and the Assisted-Decision Making Capacity Act

  • Functional capacity under the act
  • Maximising capacity
  • Understanding will and preference
  • Advance directives
  • Power of attorney

Mary Kirwan, Barrister & Lecturer at RCSI

Conferral on the Circuit Court of jurisdiction to appoint decision-making representatives (DMR) for vulnerable adults

  • Part 5 of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015
  • Locus standi to make an application to have a DMR appointed
  • Circumstances in which leave is required to issue an application to appoint a DMR
  • Necessary particulars of an application to have a DMR appointed
  • Powers of the Circuit Court
  • Matters which the Circuit Court must have regard to.

Emma Slattery, BL, The Law Library

Reservation to the High Court of decisions concerning the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment

  • The right to refuse medical treatment
  • Advance Healthcare Directives and Designated Healthcare Representatives
  • Matters reserved to the High Court under the 2015 Act

Nikki Saarsteiner, BL, The Law Library

The right of a ward to apply for discharge from wardship

  • Changes to Wardship

Aisling Mulligan, BL, The Law Library

Types of Court applications under the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015

  • Summary of main areas of reform under the 2015 Act: -
  • -   Abolition of wardship system for some wards
  • -   guiding principles,
  • -   new test on capacity,
  • -   types of decision support arrangements.
  • Circuit Court applications.
  • High Court applications - discharge of certain wards from wardship.

Marian Fogarty, Associate, Cantillon Solicitors

Provision for non-court decision support arrangements

  • Assisted Decision-Making
  • Co-Decision-Making
  • o When do these arrangements come into effect
  • o Registration and reporting requirements
  • o Complaints procedures
  • Role of the Director of the Decision Support Service with regard to above.

Patricia Rickard-Clarke, Solicitor & Chair of the Safeguarding Ireland

Role of the Independent Advocate in the context of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act.

Mary Condell, Legal Advisor, Sage Advocacy

Decision Support Service in the Mental Health Commission

  • Functions of the DSS
  • Registers of decision support arrangements
  • Complaints procedures

Ciara Dowd BL, The Law Library

Who Should Attend?

This event will be of real interest to all healthcare professionals who deal with vulnerable adults, children, adolescents, including social workers, Midwifes, nurses, directors of nursing, GP’s, Ward managers, carers, legal representatives and those who deal with end-of-life care to name just a few.


Mary Kirwan BL
Barrister & Lecturer at RCSI
Nikki Saarsteiner BL
The Law Library
Marian Fogarty
Solicitor, Cantillon Solicitors
Patricia Rickard Clarke
Solicitor & Chair of the Safeguarding Ireland
Ciara Dowd BL
The Law Library
Emma Slattery BL
The Law Library
Aisling Mulligan BL
Address Law Library
Mary Condell
Legal Advisor, Sage Advocacy


Early Bird Rate: €435 + VAT (LIMITED OFFER)

Full rate €535 + VAT

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain number of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment

Discounts available for bookings of 3 or more.