In 2016, CLM Limerick represented a client who attended one of our free legal advice clinics looking for support around her housing situation. At the time, she and her infant child were living with a member of her extended family on a temporary basis. She had previously resided in emergency accommodation but had left the hostel after she was assaulted by another resident, which was reported to the local authority and to the Gardaí. Her temporary living arrangements with her family member were entirely unsuitable for an infant, and her relationship with this family member had broken down. She applied for emergency accommodation but was refused on the basis that she had voluntarily left the emergency hostel. She was informed that she could re-enter the hostel, but she refused to do so due to her fears for her safety. She requested that she be accommodated elsewhere on an emergency basis but this request was refused.
In 2016, CLM Limerick provided representation to a client who had applied for Guardian’s Payment in respect of her grandson, for whom she provided full time care following the death of his mother, and had been refused. The client made an application for the Guardian’s Payment following the death of her grandson’s mother , after which it had been agreed by the relevant parties that the child would live with
his paternal grandmother. The child’s parents were not married, and the father had not been appointed the child’s legal guardian.
CLM Limerick provided advice and advocacy support to a family in relation to their son’s expulsion from school. The parents were referred by a family support service to one of the free legal advice clinics. Their 12 year old son had been involved in an incident on his second day at secondary school and he had been expelled from school as a result. They had appealed the decision to the Department of Education & Skills and a “Section 29” Appeal Hearing had been convened to hear the appeal.