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MLRC in the News


Chief Justice calls for civil legal aid to be widened to cover housing issues, Independent, 17th September 2019

1,400 homeless in rural Ireland as charity calls for quick, effective action, Irish Examiner, 17th September 2019

‘Moral argument’ for civil legal aid boost– Clarke, Law Society Gazette, 16th September 2019

Mercy Law Resource Centre appoints Louis O’Carroll as legal intern, Irish Legal News, 3rd September 2019

Mercy Law Resouce Centre appoints solicitor Sinead McGarrigle to legal team, Irish Legal News, 8th July 2019

Aoife Gillespie joins Mercy Law Resource Centre as volunteer solicitor, Irish Legal News, 13th June 2019

Housing crisis to continue to get worse until 2023, Oireachtas told, The Irish Times, Wednesday 12th June 2019

For Weeks, One Woman Struggled to Be Recognised as Homeless, Dublin Inquirer, 27th March 2019

Vast amounts’ of land available to tackle housing crisis, conference told, RTE News, 30th January 2019

RTE Radio One, Drive Time interview with MLRC Manging Solicitor Rebecca Keatinge, 12th June 2019

Reboot Republic #HousingFirst podcast interview with Rebecca Keatinge, 21st February 2019

Presentation by Rebecca Keatinge (Mercy Law Resource Centre) Raise the Roof, 30th January 2019


Homeless? South Dublin Council Might Ask for an Affidavit as Proof, Dublin Inquirer, 25th July 2018

Lack of legal right to housing sees families cut adrift, The Irish Examiner, 6th September 2018

Judiciary ‘deferential’ to councils on issue of housing, Irish Independent, Irish Independent, 6th September 2018

Gap in law’ hinders emergency accommodation for families, legal centre says, The Irish Times,  5th September 2018

No, a Third of Homeless Families in Dublin Aren’t Here Illegally, Dublin Inquirer, 14th November 2018

Soul Waves Radio, Right to Housing with Sinead Kerin, 29th March 2018

RTE Radio One, Today with Sean O’Rourke: The Plight of Some Homeless People interview with Rebecca Keatinge

Joint Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government, Right to Housing: Discussion, 12th May 2018


Housing is a right, and Ireland must recognise this in law, Irish Examiner, 13th July 2017

High Court throws out case of homeless mother who was sleeping in a tent outside council building, The Journal, 14th August  2017

Homelessness law centre provided support to nearly 1,100 last year, 28th September 2017

State must look at homelessness from human rights approach, Irish Examiner, 17th December 2017

A&L Goodbody’s Impact with Focus Ireland and Mercy Law Resource Centre, 2017.


Homeless family sue council over allocation of housing, The Journal, 7th April 2016

Disabled homeless man hospitalised after living in a tent for two months outside council offices brings legal action, Irish Independent, 14th July 2016


 Maeve Regan, Why the right to housing should be enshrined in the Irish Constitution, The Irish Times, 25th August 2015


NGOs protest at lack of basic housing, healthcare and education rights, Irish Times Article, 8th December 2014


Supreme Court Judgement – Council restricted in right to evict tenants, Irish Times Article, Monday 19th March 2012

Citations of MLRC work in Other Publications

Dublin Simon Community, Making the Case for a Right to Housing in Ireland, June 2018

Focus Ireland, Housing Rights & Homelessness: lessons from a pro bono partnership, April 2019

Irish Refugee Council, Annual Report, 2014

Universal Periodic Review, Reviewing Human Rights In Ireland: Right to Adequate Housing in Ireland Factsheet Number 7 (2015)

Le Chéile, The Wheel, Vol II, Issue 2, Summer 2012  Focus Ireland’s article “Nowhere to Call Home”

Socio-Economic Review April 2012 by Social Justice Ireland “Shaping Ireland’s Future” Securing, Economic Development, Social Equity and Sustainability

 FLAC News|Vol. 22, No. 1 – | January – March 2012 Work permit success for Bulgarian and Romanian nationals; Legal aid waiting times continue to spiral