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  1. tALTHigh success rate of social welfare appeals suggests issues with original decision-making Issued 20 May 2016 A new report reveals that a high number of social welfare decisions are being overturned on appeal, prompting concerns around the original refusal of welfare payment …
  2. tALTMore action needed to avoid surge in homelessness among people in deep mortgage arrears Issued 17 May 2016 The Oireachtas Housing and Homelessness Committee will hear today from legal rights group FLAC on how the state might avert the threat of homelessness to the 30,000 …
  3. tALTUPR: Ireland under international scrutiny at UN hearing today Issued 11 May 2016 Other UN member states are putting tough questions on Ireland’s human rights track record to a government delegation at a UN hearing in Geneva today, including our failure …
  4. tALTNew guides for engaging with international human rights mechanisms published Issued 20 April 2016 Today, FLAC published two guides which demonstrate the value of shining an international spotlight on domestic human rights issues. The two guides aim to better equip both …
  5. tALTFLAC welcomes European anti-racism body’s call on welfare decisions and Travellers Issued 3 March 2016 Legal rights organisation FLAC today backed a call by the European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) for the Social Welfare Appeals Office to publish the …
  6. tALTTime to repair austerity damage to access to justice Issued 25 February 2016 Legal rights group FLAC is this morning launching research that charts the impact of the recent recession on how people in Ireland accessed justice through the civil legal …
  7. tALTNew legal aid scheme for troubled borrowers welcomed Issued 25 January 2016   Legal rights group FLAC has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Justice & Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD of a new legal support scheme for those in mortgage …
  8. tALTFLAC Director General Noeline Blackwell to leave post Issued 22 January 2016 Legal rights group FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres) today announced the departure of its Director General, Noeline Blackwell. She has led the organisation since 2005. FLAC …
  9. tALTMichael Farrell argues for greater human rights protections Issued 3 December 2015 Speaking in Dublin this evening (3 December 2015), FLAC’s Senior Solicitor and life-long social justice activist Michael Farrell identified serious weaknesses in the …
  10. tALTSpeech by Michael Farrell to Dave Ellis Memorial Lecture No 9 Issued 3 December 2015 You can download the text of Michael Farrell's address on 'Using the Law to achieve social justice' on the occasion of the 9th Dave Ellis Memorial Lecture in Dublin on 3 …
  11. tALTVolunteer survey 2015 launched Issued 3 December 2015 FLAC has launched its first online Volunteer Survey.    We would like to better understand the needs and experience of volunteers in the legal advice centres, and so we are …
  12. tALT11th hour amendment could make Legal Services Bill a tool for widening access to justice Issued 26 November 2015 In a submission to Seanad members ahead of today’s debate on the Legal Services Regulation Bill 2011, legal rights group FLAC said the Bill as it currently stands does not …
  13. tALTOireachtas Committee hears findings from public interest law seminar series Issued 25 November 2015 The Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence & Equality today heard findings from a unique series of seminars examining the connections between legal action and social …
  14. tALTState must end age discrimination against young people on social welfare Issued 24 November 2015 Legal rights group FLAC welcomed yesterday’s announcement by the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton that her Department plans a review into the impact …
  15. tALTReaction: Court review of insolvency arrangements Issued 20 November 2015 Legal rights group FLAC today said that new provisions for independent oversight of personal insolvency arrangements are a welcome first step towards adjusting the imbalance …
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