Noeline Blackwell, director general, of Flac: “It’s a question of the right to adequate and affordable housing to allow people to live in dignity and we haven’t come anywhere near that.”

The Government’s proposed investments in housing are “not enough” to address family homelessness in Ireland, a group representing the views of over 5(...)

For some couples, divorce has been off the agenda for the past few years, as a combination of tough personal financial circumstances, falling property(...)

Rights are meaningless without access to the legal system,  Chief Justice Susan Denham has said.Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Rights are meaningless without access to the legal system, the Chief Justice has said.Speaking at the launch of the Free Legal Advice Centre’s (Flac) (...)

Former president Mary McAleese said there was just something profoundly wrong and skewed” about asking “150 male celibates” to review the Catholic Church’s teaching on family life. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Former president Mary McAleese has described as “completely bonkers” Pope Francis’s plan to ask a synod of bishops to advise him on whether church tea(...)

Insolvency Service of Ireland director Lorcan O’Connor:  “It will be the second quarter of 2014 before large volumes of cases complete the process.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Legislation to change the insolvency process is “neither contemplated nor necessary”, the director of the Insolvency Service of Ireland has said.Lorca(...)

The Personal Insolvency Act 2012 contained flaws that made it almost impossible for Mabs to progress debt relief notices, designed to help people with small unsecured debts such as personal and credit card loans

Hundreds of people with debts of less than €20,000 faced delays in securing insolvency arrangements after legislation to assist them was found to be u(...)

At the Asylum Early Advice Training Course at A&L Goodbody were, from left, Dr Ciara Smyth from the School of Law at NUI Galway, Jacqueline Kelly, managing solicitor at the Irish Refugee Council Law Centre, Eamonn Conlon, partner at A&L Goodbody, and Maeve Regan, former legal officer of the Public Interest Law Alliance but now managing solicitor of Mercy Law Resource Centre

Picture yourself arriving in a strange country, desperately seeking refuge from persecution. You are instantly faced with strange paperwork in a stran(...)

Alan Shatter: “Media access and reporting of cases will add transparency to the conduct of family law and child care proceedings and will provide valuable information on the operation of the law in this area.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Until now the door has been firmly shut, occluding the public’s view of some of the most sensitive cases that come before the courts. But in the next (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has defended the new Insolvency Service of Ireland public register

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has defended the new Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI)’s public register which will identify everyone who uses i(...)

The Central Bank’s code of conduct on mortgage arrears has been reshaped

Irish banks are beginning to make deals with holders of unsustainable mortgages, but tell nobody – it’s a secret. In their continuing struggle to deal(...)