The client presented at one of CLM Limerick’s Free Legal Advice Clinics. He was living in local authority housing which was in very poor condition. The house he lived in was badly effected by damp, mould and mildew and there was no hot water. The client did not have the confidence himself to speak up as he felt he wouldn’t be listened to.
The client was born in Ireland and prior to moving to the UK, she had lived and worked in the state. She returned from the UK to live with her siblings in Ireland after separating from her husband following an abusive relationship. She registered with FÁS and applied to the Department of Social Protection (DSP) for Jobseekers Allowance. DSP refused her application on the basis that there was no evidence to substantiate the claim that she was habitually resident in the State.