Dublin solicitor appointed inaugural director of the Decision Support Service

Áine Flynn
Áine Flynn

Dublin solicitor Áine Flynn, formerly of KOD Lyons, has been appointed as the inaugural director of the Decision Support Service (DSS), a new part of the Mental Health Commission.

The new service is set to be established under part 9 of the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015, which will be commenced this year.

The principal purpose of the new service is to support decision-making by and for adults with capacity difficulties and to regulate individuals who are providing support to people with capacity difficulties.

KOD Lyons partner Gareth Noble, a childcare and disability solicitor, told Irish Legal News: “Áine has been a practising solicitor for over 22 years. She was held in the highest esteem for her work in the areas of criminal justice, mental health law through her mental health tribunal work, High Court wardship cases and strategic litigation cases across a range of human rights areas. All that experience and expertise make her an ideal candidate to lead the new Decision Support Service.

“Properly resourced, in the coming years Ireland can look forward to a transformation in the way in which vulnerable adults will be able to lead more independent lives with sufficient supports. We are immensely proud that our brilliant colleague Áine Flynn will be leading that fight.”