Fool Me Once 1st April 2015

Fool Me Once 1st April 2015

Replace the Lunacy Act 1871 - 'Fool Me Once' petition

Inclusion Ireland - with the support of Age Action, the Centre for Independent Living, Down Syndrome Ireland, Disability Federation of Ireland and the National Federation of Voluntary Bodies - is asking members of the public to sign a petition called ‘Fool Me Once’ asking for the Government replace the Lunacy Regulation Act (Ireland) 1871. 

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Sign the petition

An Easy to Read version of the petition can be found here

More information on the Lunacy act can be found here

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an international agreement directed at changing attitudes and approaches to persons with disabilities.

Ireland was one of the first EU member states to sign the Convention when it was opened for signature on March 30th, 2007.

However, almost eight years have passed and persons with disabilities and their families are still waiting for Ireland to make the CRPD a part of Irish law.

A big barrier to Ireland ratifying the CRPD is the Lunacy Regulation (Ireland) Act 1871.

This Act refers to people as ‘idiot’, ‘lunatic’ and ‘unsound mind’ and there are currently over two and a half thousand people in Ireland who are Wards of Court on account of age, intellectual disability, mental illness or brain injury.

The current Government made assurances in the 2011 Programme for Government that there would be movement in this area. However, we now face a race against time to enact the 2013 Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill before the General Election in 2016.

As we approach the eight-year anniversary of Ireland signing the CRPD, Inclusion Ireland is calling on the Government to make a renewed commitment to repeal the Lunacy Regulation (Ireland) Act 1871 and introduce the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill.