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Two human rights groups will discuss Traveller-specific accommodation issues today at a meeting with the joint Oireachtas committee on key issues affecting the Traveller community. The committee will hear from representatives from the Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC) and the Irish Human Rights and E

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Legal rights group FLAC has announced the appointment of Ruth Kilcullen as the co-ordinator of its new equal access project. The EU-funded initiative aims to improve access to justice for people who are subjected to racial discrimination by providing training to advocates and conducting relevant res

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There is an urgent need for debt law and credit law reform in light of the impact of Covid-19 on levels of household debt in Ireland, legal rights group FLAC has said. FLAC today published the first in a series of four papers, to be published over the course of the summer, which will look at how cas

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Employment and family law issues dominated calls to legal rights group FLAC's information line last year as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold in Ireland. Chief Justice Frank Clarke paid tribute to FLAC this morning as he launched its 2020 annual report at a virtual event, saying "never was the work of

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Legal rights group FLAC has announced the appointment of David Fennelly BL as its new chairperson. Mr Fennelly, who succeeds Peter Ward SC, is a practising barrister and assistant professor in law at Trinity College Dublin (TCD).

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Legal rights group FLAC has announced the appointment of Danielle Curtis as a legal officer in its Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA) project. Ms Curtis will work closely with new and existing NGOs, community groups, and independent law centres to identify areas of unmet legal need, as well as coll

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Legal rights group FLAC has welcomed government plans to review the civil legal aid scheme and bring forward proposals for reform by September 2021. The review is one of the 240 actions set out yesterday by the Department of Justice in the first of its planned series of annual justice plans, though

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Legal rights group FLAC has criticised ministers for giving "contradictory and confusing explanations" for the retrospective taxation of the Covid Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP). Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys told RTÉ's News at One that the government has "always been clea

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Legal rights group FLAC has welcomed the introduction of new social welfare regulations addressing some of their concerns and recommendations in relation to the Covid Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP). The new regulations state that a person will not be required to seek employment outside that occ

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Legal rights group FLAC has called on Justice Minister Helen McEntee to commit to a "full consultation process" on the recommendations of Mr Justice Peter Kelly's review of the administration of civil justice. The final report of the review group, led by the former High Court president, was publishe

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Legal rights group FLAC has reiterated its call for a retrospectively imposed tax liability on claims for the Covid Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) to be dropped. A legal opinion published by FLAC last month warned that the retrospective provisions of section 3 of the Finance Bill 2020 could be

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Over 70 signatories, representing in excess of 2,000 legal professionals, have come together to pledge free legal services for those who need it most. The "Pro Bono Pledge Ireland", a new initiative which asks the legal profession to commit to promoting access to justice by providing free legal assi

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Proposals to retrospectively tax the Covid Pandemic Unemployment Payment may breach the Constitution, legal rights group FLAC has warned. A legal opinion prepared by FLAC's lawyers in relation to section 3 of the Finance Bill 2020 has been circulated to TDs and Senators ahead of the bill's considera

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The Public Interest Law Alliance (PILA), a project of legal rights group FLAC, has provided pro bono support to over 300 NGOs in its first decade, according to a new report. The impact report, covering the period from PILA's establishment in 2009 to 2019, was launched this morning at an online event

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