Mercy Law Resource Centre, Training Workshops in Social Welfare Law

Professor Gerry Whyte, Associate Professor, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin, and Director on the MLRC Board of Directors, will deliver a comprehensive series of six training workshops on social welfare law. 

This course will provide a detailed overview of social welfare law. The purpose of the course is to provide participants with an up-to-date and comprehensive understanding of social welfare law, and to help them in their advocacy and work for their clients in respect of social welfare law issues.

We would like to extend our great appreciation to Professor Gerry Whyte for delivering these workshops, sharing his great experience and learning in this complex area of law.

The workshops will be held over two weeks at our offices, 25 Cork Street, Dublin 8.

Training dates:

Monday 22nd July 2019

Wednesday 24th July 2019

Friday 26th July 2019

Monday 29th July 2019

Wednesday 31st July 2019

Friday 2nd August 2019

Time for each session: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Price€225 for 6 sessions, participants are expected to attend all 6 sessions

Location: 25 Cork Street, Dublin 8 (Sophia Housing Complex)

Topics covered:

  • Sources of social welfare law
  • Claims and appeals
  • Social Insurance
  • Social Assistance
  • Rates of payment
  • Supplementary Welfare Allowance
  • Unemployment and low pay
  • Illness, incapacity and caring
  • Family payments
  • The elderly and survivors

Certificates will be presented to all participants, which can be used for CPD training purposes.

Among those who have attended in previous years were staff of Crosscare, Dublin Simon Community, Ruhama, Daisyhouse Housing Association, Housing Action Kildare, Focus Ireland, the HSE, De Paul, Merchants Quay Ireland, Stepping Stone, the Irish Refugee Council, IHREC, and solicitor and barristers.   Feedback from participants included:

“The training sessions were excellent in content, presentation and venue. Thank you. And great value for money.”

“’Well pitched.  Gerry was excellent but also got great insight from the comments and questions of other course participants.”

“Very clear, structured and concise notes – really useful for further reference.”

“Found it very useful, will be using it in my day-to-day work.”


All participants noted it would make a large difference and improvement to the way they do their job.

To book a place on this year’s workshops, please email We would be very happy to hear from you and welcome any questions you might have about this course.


2019-08-26T13:23:51+00:00May 24th, 2019|News|

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