Launch of Mercy Law Resource Centre Third Right to Housing Report: Children and Homelessness – A Gap in Legal Protection

 

Mercy Law Resource Centre

cordially invites you to the

Launch of the Mercy Law Resource Centre

Third Right to Housing Report:

Children and Homelessness – A Gap in Legal Protection

Venue: IHREC, 16 – 22 Green Street, Rotunda, Dublin 7.
Date: Wednesday 5th of September 2018, 4 – 6pm.

Tea and coffee on arrival

The report will be formally launched by the Ombudsman for Children

Dr Niall Muldoon

 

Presentations will also be given by:

Tanya Ward, CEO of Childrens Rights Alliance

Joe Corr, President of Irish Planning Institute

Mike Allen, Director of Advocacy, Focus Ireland

Ursula Kilkenny, Director of the UCC Child Law Clinic and

Dean of the School of Law, UCC 

Please RSVP by Monday 3rd of September by email to

events@mercylaw.ie or 01 4537459

 

About Mercy Law Resource Centre’s Third Right to Housing Report: Children and Homelessness – A Gap in Legal Protection:

This report explores the reality in Ireland that there is no constitutional or statutory right to shelter for homeless children in families. Local Authorities have a discretion but no duty to provide emergency accommodation for children in families. This report considers potential legal protections available to children who are homeless. It outlines the attempts to rely on the courts to vindicate the rights of homeless children which have proven broadly ineffective due to the fact that there is no right to shelter in Irish law. The report also identifies the lack of legal aid for housing and homelessness matters, which ensures that accessing legal advice and representation for homeless families is extremely difficult in the first instance. The report also examines non-judicial forms of redress, and considers the role of The Children’s Ombudsman, and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. The final section of the report considers best practices for legally protecting homeless children in other jurisdictions such as Scotland, England and France. This report outlines and proposes potential domestic legal reforms in light of the evidenced research and provides clear recommendations that could be used as a guideline to fill Ireland’s gap in legal protection for children experiencing homelessness.

 

For more information on Mercy Law Resource Centre’s work, please see www.mercylaw.ie.

 

 

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