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By Dr Larkin
Feeney and Dr Brendan D.
Last updated: June 2015
The Mental Health Act 2001 represents the
most important reform of Ireland’s mental health laws in over half
a century. It replaces and updates a number of older pieces of
legislation, most notably the Mental Treatment Act 1945 (Department
of Health, 1945). The Act has profound implications for
patients, carers, mental health professionals and the
The purpose of this module is to outline the central provisions
of the Mental Health Act 2001 as they relate to psychiatric
practice in Ireland. This module does not aim to examine the
issues surrounding delays in the implementation of the Act; these
issues are well explored elsewhere (Daly,
2005; Ganter, 2005; Lawlor, 2005; Owens,
This module offers guidance on:
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