Noeline Blackwell, director of Flac, has welcomed a new legal scheme for people in mortgage debt. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A new legal support scheme for people in mortgage debt has been welcomed as a necessary measure for those at risk of losing their homes. The scheme, (...)

The director general of the Free Legal Advice Centres (Flac), Noeline Blackwell, is to leave her post at the end of February, the charity has announced. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The director general of the Free Legal Advice Centres (Flac), Noeline Blackwell, is to leave her post at the end of February, the charity has announce(...)

“Our government insists that it does recognise these rights, including the rights to housing, health, and an adequate standard of living. This government even signed up in 2012 to putting a complaints mechanism in place. It hasn’t happened yet.”

International Human Rights Day, is a day to celebrate the fact that human rights are recognised as s a fundamental part of the law of every civilised(...)

Ms Justice Deirdre Murphy: In May, she ruled the Circuit Court did not have jurisdiction to hear a case in which Bank of Ireland Mortgage Bank sought to repossess the home of a Cavan couple. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The confusion caused by two conflicting High Court judgments on the right of the Circuit Court to hear certain repossession cases must be resolved “as(...)

Caitríona Nic Mhuiris and her husband, Séamus Moore, at their home in Galway.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

When Caitríona Nic Mhuiris, her husband, Séamus Moore, and two children headed off to Brittany in a camper van three years ago, they had no id(...)

Flac director general Noeline Blackwell: said there must be an independent and fair system of identifying what is a mortgage solution. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government has been accused of making “bewilderingly little progress” in introducing measures aimed at tackling the problem of mortgage arrears(...)

Lydia Foy’s long legal battle began when she was refused a female birth certificate in 1993.

Transgender rights activist Lydia Foy has finally received an Irish birth certificate after a 22-year legal battle for recognition in Ireland of her f(...)

FLAC said that 13.5 per cent of calls they received about social welfare last year were regarding overpayments

Two legal rights groups have said that recovery of social welfare overpayments by the Department of Social Protection may put people at risk of destit(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said she believes there should be “proportionate debt forgiveness” for homeowners who have fallen into mor(...)

Noeline Blackwell, director of Flac, said the organisation’s telephone  information line was something of a “social thermometer for issues affecting people in Ireland”. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Queries about housing rights to the Free Legal Advice Centres (Flac) increased by 82 per cent last year compared with 2013, according to the organisat(...)