Children’s Law Centre to Open in Ireland
MLRC welcomes the establishment of an independent Law Centre for Children and young people in the Republic of Ireland. Earlier this year, a steering committee secured funding to establish the Centre and to fund its operation for the first two years.
The Centre will advise and undertake litigation, including strategic litigation and the support for and initiation of cases on behalf of children. It will also contribute to policy development in matters relating to children and the law. Children’s law centres have achieved notable successes in the UK and Northern Ireland in areas including disability, the provision of suitable care and accommodation, education, child protection and immigration.
Much of the work which MLRC undertakes in the areas of social housing law and social welfare law on behalf of its clients has a direct impact on the welfare of children. 55% of our clients are parents. MLRC advocates that the welfare of children should be a central consideration for the provision, allocation and suitability of accommodation for our clients.
MLRC looks forward to working with the new Law Centre for Children which, it is hoped, will provide much needed support structures and expertise to communities in this significant area of law.
Click here to read more from the Irish Times article written by Noeline Blackwell.
Public Consultation on the new National Children’s Strategy
The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs has launched a new public consultation which will feed into the development of the new National Children’s Strategy and other key policies.
The consultation is open to any interested persons, and the closing date for the receipt of consultation forms is 6th July 2012. Click here to read more and participate.
MLRC welcomes Brian Barry
MLRC is delighted to welcome Brian Barry, apprentice solicitor to our offices here at 25 Cork Street. Brian is an apprentice at Mason, Hayes and Curran who have generously agreed that Brian work with MLRC as an intern for the next 3 months.
Brian is a graduate of the TCD Law School where he is completing a PhD thesis “Reforming the Framework for Employment Litigation and Dispute Responsibility in Ireland”. Brian is an Executive Board Member of the Employment Law Association of Ireland.
He delivered the teaching of seminars on the Employment Law module at Trinity College Dublin and has presented on the topic of Employment Dispute Resolution at a range of conferences and events. Brian will be speaking at a Conference in the Law School of Trinity College on Saturday, 30th June 2012, entitled Employment Law Update.
MLRC also acknowledge the generosity of MHC both in terms of their financial support of the Centre and the provision of much needed key staff. We look forward to Brian’s contribution to the work we are undertaking with the most marginalised in our society.
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