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Legal rights group FLAC assisted around 27,000 people last year as it marked its 50th anniversary, according to its latest annual report. Over the course of 2019, FLAC dealt with over 26,995 requests for legal information/advice through its telephone line and its network of 72 legal clinics.

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Legal rights group FLAC has raised concerns over the results of an internal survey of Garda attitudes to ethnic minorities, particularly Travellers. Not a single frontline Garda surveyed on attitudes towards Travellers had a favourable view of the community, according to The Irish Times.

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Legal rights organisation FLAC has challenged the legal basis for sanctioning Covid Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) claimants who travel abroad for holidays. Eilis Barry, CEO of FLAC, wrote to Social Protection Minister Heather Humphries after a number of individuals and NGOs contacted the organ

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Legal rights group FLAC has announced the appointment of solicitor Christopher McCann to provide advocacy and legal representation to the Traveller community. The rights group is launching a dedicated Traveller legal service, supported by the Community Foundation and in co-operation with a steering

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The new government's programme "falls short" on access to justice in a number of key areas, legal rights group FLAC has said. In its new 17-page response to the Programme for Government, FLAC has repeated its call for a "root-and-branch" review of the civil legal aid system.

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A 64-year-old cleaner has won an age and disability discrimination case in the Workplace Relations Commission with support from legal rights group FLAC. The woman, represented by FLAC managing solicitor Sinead Lucey, took proceedings after being dismissed on the grounds of age and ill health from he

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Trinity FLAC has appealed for student volunteers for a summer research project on technology and access to justice. The project, open to students from all years, alumni, Master's students and those on Erasmus, seeks to examine the potential use of IT in the legal sector to further social justice.

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Law centres are facing dramatic increases in calls from workers concerned about their employment rights during the coronavirus pandemic. Community Law and Mediation (CLM), with law centres in Dublin and Limerick, has said it is "at capacity" after a 196 per cent year-on-year increase in consultation

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Legal rights group FLAC has welcomed a High Court ruling clarifying the obligations of housing authorities to process housing applications within the statutory time limits prescribed. The case, in which FLAC acted for the applicants, concerned an older couple suffering from various health conditions

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Election candidates have been challenged by legal rights group FLAC to commit to supporting a "right to justice" for those on low incomes. The group is asking candidates to pledge they will work to ensure adequate resourcing of civil legal aid and will back a "root and branch" review of the legal ai

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A key UN committee has backed calls for Ireland's civil legal aid scheme to be expanded to help combat racial discrimination in employment and welfare. The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has issued its recommendations to the Government following a formal examination of Stat

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A new coalition of legal bodies, charities and NGOs has launched a campaign calling on the Government to immediately allocate the funding necessary to develop a dedicated family law courts complex at the Hammond Lane site. The "Courting Disaster" campaign involves the Law Society of Ireland, The Bar

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