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.
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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.