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Barriers to justice damage the very fabric of society, “entrenching and exacerbating inequality”, President Michael D Higgins said this week at an event to mark the 50th anniversary of the Free Legal Advice Centres (Flac). Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

An effective legal system is a basic tenet of a functioning democracy, but no legal system can be effective unless every citizen has access to it. Tha(...)

Tech companies’  products offer enticements, and many benefits but their potential encroachments and real costs go unrecognised (at best) or more despicably, are hidden (NB Google and Facebook). Photograph: Getty Images

‘Privacy – the question of who has the right to obtain, retain, and perhaps even sell personal information in digital form – is becoming one of the ho(...)

Marc Rotenberg, president of the Washington-based Electronic Privacy Information Centre (EPIC)

If the US Federal Trade Commission had enforced findings it made in 2011 against Facebook, we might not have had the Cambridge Analytica scandal or Br(...)

Flac’s annual report shows thta during 2017 a total of 13,814 individuals received legal advice from volunteer lawyers at clinics run in conjunction with the Citizens Information Service at 66 locations across the country. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Flac, the organisation that runs the State’s network of free legal aid centres, has been doing a valuable public service for Irish society for almost (...)

The Workplace Relations Commission’s adjudication officer said it was difficult to understand the landlord’s attitude towards “model” tenants. Photograph: Alan Betson

A landlord has been ordered to pay more than €42,000 to three tenants after the Workplace Relations Commission found he had discriminated against them(...)

To qualify for civil legal aid, a person must have a disposable income of less than €18,000. Applicants must contribute up to €150 for legal advice and a minimum of €130 for legal representation.

People who experience domestic violence should not have to contribute to the cost of civil legal aid when they apply for court protection, the Free Le(...)

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, (...)

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(...)

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(...)