Blog 25th May 2012

MLRC has surpassed the 1,000 mark of advice & representation to clients

This week sees the number of clients that MLRC has provided advice and representation reaching a figure of 1,250 clients.  We at MLRC assist those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless access their rights and entitlements.  In doing so we are providing a unique legal and befriending service catering to an unmet need for those who find themselves on the margins of our society.  We provide a service that is not catered for by any other organisation or state body.

MLRC focuses on establishing and developing links and good working relationships with organisations working in this area and various departments and representatives of the Local Authorities and State bodies such as the HSE.  These key relationships act as a substantial means of achieving positive outcomes for our clients.  In addition MLRC provides a high level of advocacy and legal submissions which ensure that the need for contentious litigation is greatly reduced.  To date mediation and settlement of Judicial Review cases has resulted in legislative changes and adoption of new practices by Local Authorities.

 

MLRC acknowledges €12,000 Grant from St. Stephen’s Green Trust

MLRC is entirely dependent on donations and acknowledges with that the donation of €12,000 from St. Stephen’s Green Trust.  This is the second year we have received funding from the trust and we are pleased that this year they have provided the maximum of funding level available to them.  Click here to read more about St. Stephen’s Green Trust.

 

Business in the Community Ireland showing how business can successfully partner with non-profit organisations

MLRC as an independent non-profit law firm and charity understands the difficulties out there for the not-for-profit organisations in Ireland in these recessionary times.  We were pleased to read the article in the Irish Times highlighting the partnerships of Irish businesses with those of us in the non-profit sector, click here to read more.

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Blog 18th May 2012

Housing Booklet receives positive response

MLRC and the informal housing Group have received many positive comments in relation to the recently launched information booklet “Social Housing Rights Explained”.  Hard copies of the booklet are now available and a soft copy version will be available shortly.  Click here to read a related  press release in the May 2012 Law Society Gazette

Spent  Convictions Bill 2012

Many clients of MLRC have made tremendous personal efforts to overcome personal difficulties with mental health, addiction issues and adverse environmental circumstances.  Not withstanding these often extensive personal achievements they regularly experience difficulties when seeking to gain access to housing.  In some instances minor offences committed many years ago cause them to fail estate management checks.

MLRC welcomes the recently published Spent Convictions Bill 2012 which we anticipate will facilitate many of our clients in gaining access to social housing.  MLRC and the Housing Group propose to make submissions in relation to this Bill.

Click here to read Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter, T.D., Press Release regarding publication of the Bill.

Housing Bill 2012

MLRC advocates on behalf of victims of serious anti-social behaviour who have moved from their Local Authority homes.  The surrender or abandonment of a Local Authority home in these circumstances has meant that a barrier was in place to any further applications for local authority housing.  MLRC welcomes the Housing Bill 2012 which provides certain measures for reinstatement of tenants entitlements to be placed on the Housing List.

MLRC attended the Housing Conference at NUIG, Galway

Solicitors Bernie Walsh and Geraldine Hynes recently attended the Housing Conference at NUIG “Contemporary Housing Issues in a Changing Europe”.  This most successful international conference was attended by delegates from 18 countries with 130 participants and contributions from 12 presenters, click here to read more.  Among the Key Speakers at this International Housing Conference were:

  • The Hon. Ms. Justice Mary Laffoy – High Court of Ireland
  • Ms Jan O’Sullivan T.D. – Minister for the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government with special responsibility for Housing and Planning.
  • Professor Stefan Gerlach – Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland
  • Professor Martin Partington, Law Commission of England and Wales, and Bristol University Law School.
  • Regis Brillat, Head of the Department of the European Social Charter, Council of Europe.
  • Ioannis Dimitrakopoulos – Head of Equality and Citizen’s Rights, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.

The presentation from Ms Justice Laffoy provided useful insights into the most recent Supreme Court Decisions in the Donegan & Gallagher cases.  You can read more about these cases on our website here.

There were also very interesting papers by over 35 presenters at the conference, they took place Friday afternoon and Saturday morning  and they included:

  • Dr Neil Maddox – “The Concept of Adequate Housing in Human Rights in Law”
  • Dr Rory Hearne, Vera Ashton & Linda Burnett – “Realizing Housing Rights in Practice: the experience of local authority tenants in Dublin’s inner city”
  • Noelin Fox – “The Right to Housing and the Right to Support in International Human Rights Law”
  • Daithi Downey – “Effective Responses to Homelessness: Housing First Policy and Practice in Ireland”
  • Maria Antonieta Nestor – “Public Interest Law and Regeneration: The Case of Ballymun Community Law Centre – Connecting the Dots through Community Economic Development.
  • Michelle Oren – “Housing in the Consitutional Context: A comparative study”
  • Dr Aine Ryall – “Landlords, Neighbours & Misbehaving Tenants: Dispute Resolution Mechanisms under the Residential Tenancies Act 2004”
  • Dr Rory Hearne – “Achieving Successful Social Regeneration – what lessons have been learned”
  • Sarah Nield – “A Human Property Right?  The Impact of Article 8, European Convention of Human Rights on Repossession of the Home”

It is anticipated that the conference papers should be available on the NUIG website shortly.

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Blog 4th May 2012

Work permit success for Romanian and Bulgarian nationals

Romanian and Bulgarian parents of Irish citizen children have been granted access to the Irish labour market without the need of work permits.  The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation have now amended their work permit policy in relation to Romanian and Bulgarian nationals.  To read more about the changes click here and it is also available in FLAC News / Vol. 22, No. 1 .

Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation proposes to merge 5 existing employment fora (including the Employment Tribunal)

Information regarding the proposed new structures are contained in the document “Blueprint to Deliver A World-Class Workplace Relations Service” to read more please click here.

MLRC are members of the Equality Right Alliance Group (ERA).  Serious concerns have been raised by the ERA regarding what is being proposed by the Dept. of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.  Following representations and submissions from the ERA, including a submission by MLRC the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation have now assured the ERA that the Equal Status function of the Equality Tribunal will not be transferred to the District Court and that all functions of the Equality Tribunal will move to the new Workplace Relations Service.  To read the submission by MLRC please click here.

Chartered Institute of Housing launches new journal “Housing Ireland: A Journal for Irish Housing Professionals”

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) launched a booklet entitled “Housing Ireland: A Journal for Irish Housing Professionals” on the 2nd May.  This is a journal for housing providers and was sponsored by the Housing Agency.
It was launched by Jan O’Sullivan T.D., Minister of State, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government with special responsibility for Housing and Planning.  For more information regarding CIH click here.

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