Increase in asylum-related legal aid claims in 2014
Over 900 people sought legal aid in relation to asylum claims in 2014, an increase of 27 per cent from the previous year, according to the Legal Aid Board.
The figures mirror an increase in the numbers applying for asylum in the State and represent “the first year for some time that there was an increase in the numbers seeking services for asylum related matters”.
Muriel Walls and John McDaid, chair and chief executive of the Legal Aid Board respectively, said the Board was facing challenges in meeting demand in the face of “constrained staffing and financial resources”.
Over 18,300 cases were processed during the year by the law centre network and Exchequer funding for the Legal Aid Board in 2014 was €32.574 million.
The Annual Report 2014 is now available from the Legal Aid Board website.