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Irish Community Development Law Journal is a peer reviewed online journal, published twice a year by Community Law & Mediation (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.
It's been a busy few months at CLM. On Monday our CEO Rose Wall spoke to Near FM's Donie Tarrant about our most recent newsletter and the ongoing work of CLM.
CLM has made a submission to an inter-departmental working group on fuller working lives. This submission is based on a roundtable held by CLM looks at the legal and policy considerations for older people in employment in Ireland and makes the case for introducing greater choice for individuals in their employment and retirement. It covers topics such as age discrimination in employment and the legal position on mandatory retirement and fixed term contracts after retirement. The report also provides a broad overview of the perception and experience of older workers in Irish society and looks at the benefits that gradual or phased retirement could bring. Women continue to be a particularly vulnerable group in the context of employment and retirement and the report looks at this persistent trend. Since the beginning of 2016, we have had a new forum in which older people whose employment and equality rights have been violated can go to – the Workplace Relations Commission. CLM looks at the new WRC in this context and comments on the impact of the lack of legal aid for employment and equality cases.
Please help with this survey! CLM has commissioned research to analyse advocates' awareness of the review mechanisms under sections 317 and 318 of the Social Welfare (Consolidation) Act 2005. This survey asks how advocates currently use these mechanisms and how successful they have been in practice.
Watch CLM's Jane O' Sullivan chat to Near Tv about our collaboration with Near FM and Coolock Library which brought together speakers and performers in a series of free public lectures focusing on the women of 1916.
Our latest Casebase report concerns the refusal to grant Guardian's Payment (Non-Contributory) to a grandparent. Read the report here.
CLM’s catchment area for its free legal advice service is the electoral constituency of Dublin Bay North, though it has always provided education, information, legal representation and mediation services outside of this catchment area. CLM has now commenced a specialist employment law advice outreach clinic with the Dublin City Centre Citizens Information Service on O'Connell St. Information officers from this service will make appointments for their clients to meet with our solicitor, Jane O Sullivan, at this clinic which will take place in the Citizens Information Service office every month. Employment law is a technical area of law which is often marked by inequality of arms and where the lack of civil legal aid is keenly felt by those who cannot afford legal representation.
Community Law and Mediation in conjunction with Near FM and Coolock Library organised a free public lecture series on women and 1916, with a focus on social justice. The events took place in Coolock Library on 24th February, 2nd March and 9th March of this year and you can listen to the podcasts here.
Guest blog by Helen Byrne, an intern from UCD, who finishes a month's internship with CLM tomorrow. Thank you, Helen, for all your hard work and the very best of luck in the future! Helen writes about her experience as an intern in CLM's Dublin office.
Community Law & Mediation held a roundtable last November on the topic of Rent Supplement and the maximum rent limits, in light of the homelessness crisis and the difficulties for applicants in accessing accommodation within the max rent limits as provided under the relevant statutory provisions. CLM now wishes to highlight the Department of Social Protection’s new Operational Guidelines on Rent Supplement, which emphasise the Department’s new policy approach, allowing for flexibility where landlords seek rents in excess of the limits for both existing and new applicants. The guidelines state that the circumstances of tenants are considered on a case by case basis and rents are being increased above prescribed limits. The Operational Guidelines are available here and should be read in conjunction with the below Circular on Supplemetary Welfare Allowance, issued by the Department on 14th December 2014, which allows a flexible approach to be taken by applying Article 38 of the 2007 Regulations to allow a supplement to be paid in excess of the max rent limits.
Community Law & Mediation is delighted with its award for Best Legal Website 2016, beating off stiff competition from Byrne Wallace, Ernest J. Cantillon Solicitors, Douglas Law Solicitors, Keating Connolly Sellors and LawOnline. All our latest news, publications, guides to different areas of law and clinic information is available on our website. One of the most popular features of our website is Casebase, the only database of Social Welfare Appeals decisions in Ireland, which provides the public and community organisations with free access to decisions of the Social Welfare Appeals Office on cases taken by Community Law and Mediation and other organisations.