We held a roundtable in 2014 on the lack of adequate legal support available to borrowers facing repossession and published a submission recommending a legal service allied to an entity such as MABS or the Legal Aid Board, to provide on-going case assistance as well as advice and representation. We welcome Friday's announcement by Minister Frances Fitzgerald that such a scheme is now in place for people facing losing their homes without access to legal services.
Irish Community Development Law Journal is a peer reviewed online journal, published twice a year by Community Law & Meditation (formerly Northside Community Law & Mediation Centre) in Coolock, Dublin. The journal seeks to offer a platform for interaction that encourages greater scholarly and academic collaboration in the areas of social policy, law and community development, promoting the practice of community economic development law and policy in Ireland and learning about these initiatives in other countries.
Community Law & Mediation welcomes yesterday’s commencement of some important sections of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015. People who have been acting in loco parentis can now apply for guardianship – an important development for many. Additionally, the two step application process for grandparents for access has been simplified to a one step process. This is a welcome development.
CLM are seeking a stand alone Accounts Technician preferably with a professional qualification on a part time temporary basis for an immediate start in the CLM office in Coolock. The contract will be for 8 – 9 months and will be approximately 14 hours per week (days of work to be confirmed). The Accounts Technician will report into the CEO (via the Senior Administrator).
As part of the ESC Rights Initiative, we welcome the latest development in the strengthening of economic, social and cultural rights in Ireland. The government has decided to refer the report of the Constitutional Convention to an Oireachtas Committee for further consideration. The Constitutional Convention voted by 85% to strengthen constitutional protection of ESC Rights. We call for a transparent, efficient process with a clear roadmap and clear outcomes.
John Healy talks to Jane O’Sullivan from Community Law and Mediation about our 40 years in the community. You can listen here. Jane talks about the history and work of Community Law and Mediation. This was broadcast today on Near FM’s Northside Today.
Aisling Meagher is a BA Connect student at NUI Galway. She has just finished a three month internship with Community Law & Mediation and was involved in many interesting projects. In this blog piece, she writes about her experience helping with our Schools Project.
Community Law and Mediation held a roundtable discussion in the area of Social Welfare Law on the 7th December last. The focus of the roundtable was to examine the right to adequate rent supplement in the context of social welfare legislation and human rights law for those whose means are insufficient to meet the costs of their accommodation needs and are in receipt of, or entitled to receive, rent supplement. We also examined the social policy implications of this issue.
This year, Community Law & Mediation is celebrating its 40th year of serving the community. We marked this significant milestone and celebrated all that has been achieved in CLM with an event attended by President Michael D. Higgins.
Ballymun Community Law Centre presents a lunchtime talk on AMEN on Monday 16th November 2015 at 1.00pm. Admission to the talk is free but ticketed and pre-booking is required. For more information click here.
We are holding a roundtable at our offices in the Northside Civic Centre, Bunratty Road, Coolock at 10.30 am on Thursday 12th November 2015. The purpose of the roundtable is to explore the topic of Age and Discrimination in Employment, from a legal and social policy perspective.