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FLAC to lead shadow reporting process for ESC covenant

[] - April 23, 2014

One of FLAC's key aims is to advance international and national standards that promote human rights, which are fundamental to everyone and permeate all areas of law. Ireland signed and ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) in 1989 and is due to be examined by the [ ... ]

Legal summit marks growth in use of law by social justice organisations

[Press Release] - March 28, 2014

 New figures announced today show that an increasing numbers of social justice organisations recognise the importance of accessible redress systems and access to timely legal advice for marginalised groups in society. Hosting a conference in Dublin Friday on ‘Using the law to challenge injustice’, the Public Interest  Law Alliance (PILA), part [ ... ]

Navan FLAC is recruiting new volunteers for its much needed service

[Volunteers] - March 13, 2014

Fully qualified solicitors and barristers are now recruited to volunteer at the FLAC service in Navan, Co. Meath. The volunteers are asked to provide first stop legal information and advice in the centre. The clinics take place on the 1st Wednesday of each month. Leaflets are provided to support your [ ... ]

Comprehensive reform of protections for consumers of credit and other financial services urgently needed

[Press Release] - March 07, 2014

The state is failing to properly protect people who avail of credit and other financial services; that is the key finding from a new report by legal rights group FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres).The in-depth study critically analyses the legal protections offered by the State to those availing of credit [ ... ]

New human rights blueprint will enhance Ireland’s foreign policy

[Press Release] - January 24, 2014

Legal rights group FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres) today welcomed the launch of a new initiative to help Ireland uphold basic human rights standards in its foreign policy work.The ‘Galway Platform on Human Rights in Irish Foreign Policy’ document sets out the basic human rights standards and practices by which [ ... ]

Proposed changes to under-used insolvency system do not go far enough

[Press Release] - January 10, 2014

It is reported today that the Minister for Justice & Equality Alan Shatter TD plans to introduce an insolvency protocol similar to the one applying to IVAs (individual voluntary arrangements) in the UK. This is apparently because the expected numbers of debtors are not approaching the Insolvency Service of Ireland [ ... ]

Law as a Vehicle for Social Change: 7th Dave Ellis Memorial Lecture

[Speech] - January 09, 2014

FLAC held its 7th annual Dave Ellis Memorial Lecture on 5 December 2013. The guest speaker was Martin O'Brien, Senior Vice President for Programmes at the Atlantic Philanthropies. Martin O'Brien is an international award winning human rights campaigner. Before joining Atlantic in 2004, Martin spent 17 years coordinating the work of the [ ... ]

Dismay at failure to reform ‘deeply flawed’ state advice scheme on mortgage arrears

[Press Release] - December 17, 2013

Legal rights group FLAC today expressed its dismay at news that a state scheme providing mortgage arrears advice will continue relatively unchanged, despite the fact that it has not delivered the promised assistance to people in mortgage arrears.Following an internal review conducted over the autumn, the a committee chaired by [ ... ]

FLAC and FIDH statement on death of Nelson Mandela

[Press Release] - December 06, 2013

FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres) is today joining with 177 other member organisations of the FIDH (International Federation for Human Rights) world-wide to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela and express their sincere condolences to his wife and children and to the entire nation of South Africa.FIDH members recognise that Mandela [ ... ]

FLAC launches new video guides to court procedures

[News] - December 05, 2013

FLAC has launched a new series of video information clips on the Irish courts for the public.These basic video guides are available to view on FLAC's YouTube channel and cover issues like appearing in court and the structure of the courts system as well as legal terminology and documents.The three clips were launched [ ... ]

2014 Thomas Addis Emmet Fellowship

[News] - December 04, 2013

FLAC is now welcoming applications from law students, graduates, postgraduates and Law Society students for the 2014 Thomas Addis Emmet Fellowship.The Fellowship is run in conjunction with the University of Washington in Seattle, US every summer. The successful applicant works for two months as an intern and gains first-hand experience [ ... ]

Concerns remain for those in mortgage arrears

[Press Release] - November 28, 2013

FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres) was glad to see that there was a small reduction in the numbers of family home mortgage accounts in short term arrears in the figures released today by the Central Bank. However, as the Bank itself points out, this masks something that is a real [ ... ]

Listowel FLAC Volunteers Needed

[Volunteers] - November 13, 2013

Fully qualified solicitors and barristers are needed to volunteer at the FLAC service in Listowel, Co. Kerry. The volunteers are asked to provide first stop legal information and advice in the centre one evening a month. The clinic take place on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Leaflets will be [ ... ]

Legal rights groups criticise proposed social welfare law

[Press Release] - October 24, 2013

In a joint submission on the draft law to cement changes to the social welfare code arising from the Budget, two legal rights organisations, Northside Community Law & Mediation Centre (NCLMC) and FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres) today raised a series of concerns on both the Bill's content and its [ ... ]

Our proposals would make for a better scheme to recognise transgender identity

[Press Release] - October 22, 2013

Ireland has taken a further step towards legal recognition of transgender people according to FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres) the legal rights group that represents leading transgender rights reformer Dr. Lydia Foy (pictured on the left).On Wednesday and Thursday this week the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection [ ... ]

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