In September 2016, Equality Rights Alliance (ERA), in conjunction with SIPTU, the Independent Law Centres Network and the Employment Law Association of Ireland, hosted a roundtable discussion in Liberty Hall, Dublin called Building an Agenda for Change in the WRC. The aim of the roundtable was to discuss the operation of the WRC from an equality perspective and to generate a shared vision for the direction participants would like the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to take in enforcing employment equality and equal status legislation. The roundtable focused on the visibility of equality in the work of the WRC, how accessible the WRC is to people taking equality cases and how cases are processed under the WRC. Jane O’Sullivan, solicitor and policy officer with Community Law & Mediation, addressed the roundtable on the accessibility of the WRC to people facing discrimination. As a representative of the Independent Law Centres Network, she explored access to justice issues in taking equality cases.
Minister Leo Varadkar to launch the CLM Annual Report
Social welfare law must not leave people behind, say legal rights bodies
CLM starts two new free legal advice outreach clinics in Blanchardstown and Clondalkin
CLM Limerick and Southill Family Resource Centre workshop on parental rights in the education system: Your child in school Understanding parental rights
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize: film by Community Action Network
Well done to Community Action Network (CAN) on their video describing the EU Collective Complaint process from the perspective of a human rights campaign. In 2014, a Collective Complaint was lodged with the Council of Europe on behalf of tenants in 20 Local Authority estates in Ireland. The substance of the Complaint was that conditions in many homes on these estates violated peoples' human rights under the Revised European Social Charter. CAN have put together a very useful set of documents about this experience. You can download them here.
Rose Wall talks to Near FM about Mediation Awareness Week
Mediation Awareness Week – Community Law & Mediation
Abhaile: a new mortgage arrears resolution service
Click here to read our article in the INOU Bulletin.
Niamh Fahey has just finished a legal internship with Community Law and Mediation Limerick. She is currently studying for her FE1s in October. We wish Niamh the best of luck and thank her very much for all her hard work.
CLM has published a new Casebase report on Child Benefit and the Habitual Residence Condition. Casebase is the only database of Social Welfare Appeals decisions in Ireland, with the aim of providing the public and community organisations with access to decisions of the Social Welfare Appeals Office.
This month, we have a guest blog piece by Rory Conlon, a UCD law student who has just completed a summer internship in the CLM office in Coolock. We would like to thank Rory for all his hard work and wish him all the very best in his final year and beyond! Here, Rory writes about his experience of interning with CLM.
Today CLM publishes Making Rights Meaningful: Is there a right to be cared for at home?, a submission to the Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare, and welcomes the approach taken by the Committee in recognising the need for a cross-party approach on a long-term health strategy. Our submission to the Committee looks at the current framework for home care packages, which is non-statutory. The submission highlights the significant variation in the provision of services in different counties. The services a person requiring care receives is largely dependent on what part of the country that person lives in. In relation to care in a person’s own home, CLM is of the view that the failure to give appropriate consideration to a person’s right to receive care in their home may amount to a breach by the HSE and/or the State of their obligations under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights as enacted by the European Convention on Human Rights Act 2003.
CLM are running two new courses: