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Flac chief executive Eilis Barry: Legal protections needed to be enhanced for borrowers whose loans had already been sold, she said

People could suffer homelessness and extreme poverty without new rules to block the sale of mortgages to so-called vulture funds, the Free Legal Advic(...)

 Geoffrey Shannon, the State’s special rapporteur on child protection. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The State has a “Rolls Royce system” for commercial law but when it comes to family law, there is “an impoverished system”, the special rapporteur on (...)

President Michael D Higgins at the official opening of  Flac’s new head office in Dublin, which coincides with its 50th anniversary. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

President Michael D Higgins has said it is not acceptable that in a State which claims to be a democracy the “most vulnerable section of our society i(...)

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(...)

“Divorce is regarded as a normal part of the wear and tear of life.” Photograph: iStock

Family law practitioners broadly support removing divorce from the Constitution in a referendum next year, though one warned that it might be “a bridg(...)

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 man was left destitute because it was judged he was not eligible for social welfare payments. Photograph: iStock

A foreign national who was seriously ill from cancer was refused emergency accommodation until High Court proceedings were taken against the local aut(...)

A “legal pathway” should be opened up to help allow children under 16 self-declare their own gender identity, a human rights organisation has said. F(...)

Abolition of fee welcomed by FLAC. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The decision to remove the €150 fee for people seeking civil legal aid in domestic violence cases in the District Court has been welcomed. The fee of(...)

The increase in Garda numbers is part of a long-term drive to bring the strength of the force to about 21,000 by 2021, comprising 15,000 gardaí, 2,000 reserves and 4,000 civilians. File photograph: Getty Images

Eight hundred extra gardaí are to be recruited under the Budget 2018, bringing the force’s strength to about 14,000. Minister for Justice Charlie Fla(...)

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