Register now to attend live DSS update event

07 Apr, 2021


The Decision Support Service (DSS) is holding a two-hour online event at 11am on Tuesday morning, April 13th to update all stakeholders on how the new service will bring about important, long-awaited changes in the lives of adults who need support with decision-making, and the people who care for them.

The event, featured feature live in-studio interviews with the Minister of State for Disability, Anne Rabbitte, and the Director of the DSS, Áine Flynn. Both interviews will be conducted by event MC, Joe Little, who, up to recently, was Religious and Social Affairs Correspondent with RTÉ News and Current Affairs.

The DSS is being established by the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015. Although the Act was signed into law at the end of 2015, for the most part it has not yet been commenced. The DSS is working to an agreed plan to open its doors in mid-2022. The readiness of the DSS is not the only precondition to commencement of the 2015 Act. The Act will have impacts on other stakeholders to include the Courts Service, legal and financial services providers, disability services, and those working right across health and social care.

 The event will cover the guiding principles and the key reforms that the Act will deliver, focusing particularly on its impact on individual adults who have difficulties with decision-making, and the certainty the legislation will bring to families, carers and their loved ones. There will also be discussions about advance planning and the tools which the Act provides for all adults to plan ahead for a time when we may not have capacity to make the decisions that matter to us. 

Apart from Minister Rabbitte and Ms Flynn, the event will also feature a panel discussion with Fergus, Frieda and Mandy Finlay, who will speak about Mandy's right to make her own decisions in life and what support she may need to make those decisions; former Minister for Justice, Nora Owen, who has direct experience of caring for someone with dementia; and Chief Executive of Family Carers Ireland, John Dunne, who will outline the views of the people that his organisation represents.

The event will also feature contributions from potential future users of the DSS, who will explain the kinds of decisions they are faced with on a daily basis and what supports they require to help them make those decision.

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