Category Archives: What I’ve been Saying

Groundbreaking Bill to Protect Some of Our Most Vulnerable Citizens

Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill, 2013

Below is a speech delivered by Senator Keane as part of a debate in Seanad Éireann on November 10th, 2015.


“This Bill is a welcome piece of legislation which advances and defends the rights of some of our state’s most vulnerable citizens: those with reduced capacity to make decisions: including those with disabilities, those with mental unwellness, and some of the elderly. Regrettably, our state has a less than admirable history of understanding and treating these citizens. This Bill aims to put an end to that sad tradition, and to recognise in our law the significant progress made in our society’s understanding of those with reduced capacity. I welcome this bill for what changes it makes, but also for the part that it plays in this Government’s clear goal of bringing our most archaic laws in line with our social progress. Continue reading

Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme Workshop Launch

Following the launch of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme, I wish to make my constituents aware of a series of an Ireland 2016 workshop taking place in the South Dublin Co. Co. area in Tallaght Stadium on June 2nd at 7pm.

Local authorities are currently reaching out to communities to seek ideas on the development of a 2016 centenary programme for every county. Dedicated coordinators have been appointed in each local authority and they are working closely with the Ireland 2016 team in my Department to ensure the maximum participation of communities. This will be achieved initially by holding a series of 2016 public consultations in every county in the country, a process which is already underway.

Updates on the schedule of workshops as well as further information in relation to the Ireland 2016 Programme, will be provided on If you have any queries in relation to the Community Participation strand, please contact or 01 6449788. You can also contact my office on 016183179 or for further information on the 2016 Programme.