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  1. FLACSurvey indicates Budget 2015 will not restore “downgraded” rights Issued 16 October 2014 A wide-ranging survey of civil society organisations published today indicates that while Budget 2015 may have offered some positive measures for various social groups, it …
  2. tALTFirst ‘social recovery’ budget will not restore eroded public services, but Gov’t has opportunity for fresh start Issued 14 October 2014 Despite its vaunted ‘social justice’ element, Budget 2015 fails to fully address the emaciation of public services stretched beyond measure by serial austerity drives. …
  3. tALTPut focus on ordinary people in long-awaited reform of credit and insolvency Issued 7 October 2014 Two important news items this morning underline the urgent need to regulate the credit industry in Ireland appropriately, says legal rights group FLAC (Free Legal Advice …
  4. tALTConsumer protection on agenda for new Oireachtas term Issued 17 September 2014 Legal rights group FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres) will mark the first day of the new Dáil term today with a presentation on legal protection for consumers of financial …
  5. tALTGovernment must finally grasp nettle of long-term arrears cases Issued 2 September 2014 Figures released this morning by the Central Bank again show an overall reduction in the number of homes in mortgage arrears in the second quarter of 2014. However legal …
  6. tALTFLAC welcomes Conclusions and Recommendations of UN Human Rights Committee Issued 25 July 2014 FLAC today welcomed the Conclusions and Recommendations issued by the UN’s Human Rights Committee in Geneva following their examination on 14-15 July of the state of civil …
  7. FLACTranscript of the pre-budget submission FLAC's Yvonne O'Sullivan made to the Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Debate on Wednesday 16 July 2014 Issued 24 July 2014 I thank the committee for inviting FLAC to make a presentation on its pre-budget submission. The Oireachtas and its standing committees play a vital role in overseeing the …
  8. tALTBudget must meet basic fairness standards if government wants people to stand by it Issued 16 July 2014 Access to justice campaign group FLAC is today calling on the state to produce a budget that people can tolerate by applying basic human rights standards in how it decides to …
  9. tALTOireachtas committee report on lenders' handling of mortgage arrears is challenge for Finance Minister Issued 8 July 2014 Legal rights group FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres) today welcomed a comprehensive report from an Oireachtas committee tasked with reviewing the way banks in Ireland handle …
  10. tALT'Rights meaningless without access’ says Chief Justice Issued 7 July 2014 Chief Justice Susan Denham today said that rights without access to them are meaningless. Speaking as she launched FLAC’s (Free Legal Advice Centres’) annual report for …
  11. tALTMore than 27,000 legal queries in 2013 highlight gaps in the legal system Issued 7 July 2014 Legal rights group FLAC has directly helped some 27,546 people with their legal queries in 2013, according to its annual report for 2013 launched by Chief Justice Susan …
  12. tALTAccess to Legal Aid as part of access to justice: A rigid or discretionary right? Paper delivered to the Legal Aid Board Annual Conference 2014 on 18 June 2014 By Noeline Blackwell, Director General, FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centers. Issued 30 June 2014 The recent discussion about discretionary health cards has revealed a fascinating underlying discussion about whether the right to access the health system when one is poor …
  13. tALTTransgender bill - changes welcome but may still fail human rights standards Issued 19 June 2014 The revised text of a draft Bill to finally recognise transgender people in their true gender is welcome, says legal rights group FLAC, but warned against any further delay …
  14. tALTLong-term mortgage arrears a greater concern than ever Issued 5 June 2014 The Central Bank has today issued its report to 31 March 2014 on mortgage arrears, repossessions and re-structures on family homes.  This shows an overall small decrease in …
  15. FLACFLAC in Portlaoise is recruiting new volunteer advisors Issued 30 May 2014 Solicitors and barristers fully qualified to practice in Ireland are now sought to volunteer at the FLAC service in Portlaoise, Co.Laois. The Portloaise FLAC provides a free …
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