The Dáil is set to debate our mental health laws at Leinster House today.

A new Bill from Fianna Fáil is being discussed today, which aims to strengthen the rights of people and children when they're undergoing psychiatric care in hospital.

This will include a debate about including measures in the law which would give patients a say about what care they receive.

'90% of people who go into psychiatric units are there voluntarily, but there's no assessment as to whether or not those people actually have the capacity to make an informed decision and that is wholly unacceptable,'  Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Mental Health James Browne told News Talk. 

'What we're trying to do is empower a situation where those people have their rights assessed and enforced.'