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Mental Health Parity of Esteem Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (26 Nov 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I congratulate everyone involved with this Bill. I congratulate Deputy Ward for bringing forward legislation that is very constructive and helpful and the Minister of State for having the foresight to accept it. What we have seen here this evening is democracy working constructively and Members working collegiately together. The more of that we see, the better for all of us into the future.

Mental Health Parity of Esteem Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (26 Nov 2020)

Question put and agreed to.

Message from Select Committee (26 Nov 2020)

Message from Select Committee (26 Nov 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: The Select Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence has completed its consideration of the Defence (Amendment) Bill 2020 and has made amendments thereto.

Message from Select Committee (26 Nov 2020)

The Dáil adjourned at at 5.25 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 1 December 2020.

Mental Health Parity of Esteem Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (26 Nov 2020)

Jennifer Murnane O'Connor: The Government does not wish to oppose the Mental Health Parity of Esteem Bill 2020. That being said, further clarity is required regarding this Bill. The aims of the Bill are general and aspirational in nature and differ from the background to the purpose of the Bill, as set out in the explanatory memorandum. The Bill does not give any indication of how to achieve its stated aims. While...

Mental Health Parity of Esteem Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (26 Nov 2020)

Mary Butler: I commend Members on this wide-ranging debate. These contributions underline our shared goal of a mental health system that reaches the highest possible standards. Going back to some points, Deputy Ó Laoghaire rightly raised the issue of the CAMHS waiting lists. It is something I have also discussed with Deputy Ward. I am concerned about that issue. The waiting lists are currently...

Mental Health Parity of Esteem Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (26 Nov 2020)

Mark Ward: I welcome the Government not opposing this Bill and I appreciate the support this Bill has received across the House, or perhaps I should say across the convention centre. I acknowledge some of the points the Minister of State raised and her observations on the Bill. There was a similar Bill previously and I acknowledge some of the reasons which were stated regarding why that Bill fell....

Mental Health Parity of Esteem Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (26 Nov 2020)

Gino Kenny: I will be as brief as possible. I will support this Bill. Fair play to Deputy Ward and Sinn Féin for their work on the Bill. It is important that as Deputies and as a society we talk about mental health. There has been a marked difference in the past five years in talking about mental health issues. Sometimes, talking about something can halve the problem. This is about...

Mental Health Parity of Esteem Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (26 Nov 2020)

Martin Browne: I congratulate Deputy Ward on bringing forward the Bill. I acknowledge his vision and understanding of an area of well-being that, as this Bill suggests, has been left behind in terms of policy decisions and access to care and treatment. In talking about parity of esteem, it may be worth talking about what represents a lack of parity of esteem. We see this with young people ending up in...

Mental Health Parity of Esteem Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (26 Nov 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I apologise for not calling on the Minister of State earlier. We have limited time. Deputies Ó Murchú, Ó Laoghaire and Martin Browne are offering.

Mental Health Parity of Esteem Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (26 Nov 2020)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: May I ask how much time I have so that I can adjust my comments accordingly?

Mental Health Parity of Esteem Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (26 Nov 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I will have to get guidance as to the time available.

Mental Health Parity of Esteem Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (26 Nov 2020)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: I will try not to speak for too long. The Minister of State has provided the World Health Organization's definition of health, which is not simply the absence of disease or a condition. Whatever about the World Health Organization's definition, the reality in our communities and in our health service is that there is not parity of esteem at this point in time. We have to recognise that a...

Mental Health Parity of Esteem Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (26 Nov 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: There are 15 minutes remaining before we must begin the wrap-up. May I clarify whether Deputy Gino Kenny is looking to get in? Yes. We therefore have three Members to speak over 15 minutes. We will proceed with Deputy Ó Murchú, then Deputy Martin Browne and then Deputy Gino Kenny.

Mental Health Parity of Esteem Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (26 Nov 2020)

Ruairi Ó Murchú: I commend Deputy Ward on bringing forward this Bill. I agree with a lot of what has been said about the parity of esteem required in respect of mental health services and dealing with mental illness. I also accept that the issue is not necessarily straightforward. It involves some of the difficulties we deal with every day. There is the question of whether someone has an actual diagnosis....

Mental Health Parity of Esteem Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (26 Nov 2020)

Patricia Ryan: I thank my colleague Deputy Ward for introducing this Bill. It is a very simple Bill, which I hope will have a positive effect on mental health services. We need to place mental health on a par with physical health and improve the provision and quality of mental health services. I have spoken in the House previously about a man whose son was experiencing mental ill health. He felt it...

Mental Health Parity of Esteem Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (26 Nov 2020)

Mary Butler: I begin by thanking Deputy Mark Ward for bringing attention to the topic of mental health. The importance of supporting good mental health and well-being has been recognised for some years now and never more than during the current pandemic. The onset of Covid-19 has presented enormous challenges for people's mental health and the Government has responded rapidly by putting additional...

Mental Health Parity of Esteem Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (26 Nov 2020)

Johnny Mythen: I commend my colleague, Deputy Ward, on bringing forward this very important legislation. This Bill rightly puts mental health treatment at the same level of importance as physical health treatment. This principle was enshrined in British law in 2012, demonstrating we are at least eight years behind with our own Irish legislation. The rationale for the Bill is to place a duty of care on...

Mental Health Parity of Esteem Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (26 Nov 2020)

Seán Crowe: It says much and highlights the lack of regard, respect and priority that we display to those with mental health issues that we are forced to bring forward a Bill acknowledging that mental health issues should be held in parity with physical health. I welcome the Bill and thank my colleague, Deputy Ward, for introducing it and giving us the opportunity to begin this conversation on an...

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