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# legal advice

This year
Over 4,400 people unable to access FLAC's telephone line last year due to 'overwhelming demand'
FLAC, an independent organisation that operates a legal information and referral telephone line, said the figures ‘shine a spotlight on huge unmet legal need’.
Last year
Caller to advice service faced €20k costs in family law case as they narrowly missed means test
FLAC said many people are trying to navigate the courts system alone and there is nowhere to refer lay litigants.
All time
Nearly 12,500 calls last year for free legal advice - with big increase in employment concerns
Flac’s annual report said employment law queries in one week in May 2020 “exceeded family law queries for the first time”.
Ceann Comhairle tells TDs legal advice says virtual Dáil sittings would be 'unconstitutional'
Seán Ó Fearhaíl said that a number of members had asked if virtual Dáil sittings could be possible.
FAI claims legal privilege over 10 documents provided to State watchdog as part of probe
The High Court is to determine whether the documents contain privileged material.
The secret Brexit legal advice has been published in full
MPs suspected that the Attorney General’s private advice to the PM would be much more scathing than the published summary.
Varadkar says Coveney's call for two-thirds majority lock in abortion law is unconstitutional
The Cabinet is discussing potential abortion legislation today.
Lukaku seeking legal advice over 'voodoo' claim
Everton’s major shareholder Farhad Moshiri that a message influenced the striker’s decision to leave the club in the summer.
'There is a solution for everybody': Debtors urged not to put their heads in the sand in 2018
Legal and financial experts say there are ways they can help – especially if people come to them at an early stage.
Judge criticises 'meaningless' legal 'advice' issued to couple evicted from their home
KBC Bank issued a repossession order to the couple.
Abusive husband allowed back into home after wife couldn't afford €130 legal aid fee
The woman’s case has been highlighted by Flac today as it calls for this fee to be waived for victims of domestic abuse.
If you're fighting over a €250k house, you could lose it all in legal fees
Arguing over a will? Here’s some advice from a barrister.
Have a noisy neighbour who wrecks your head? Here's what you can do about it
Most of us have had one at some stage.
Sinn Féin are bringing in the lawyers over alleged abuse investigations
Pearse Doherty says claims by Regina Doherty are “scurrilous”.
This ex-Siptu official is resisting TDs' attempts to ask him about a 'slush fund'
Matt Merrigan says there’s an ongoing garda investigation.
Over 80% more people sought legal advice for housing issues last year
The total number of queries to FLAC centres was up more than 10% compared to 2012.
Mick Wallace is seeking legal advice on Shatter's data protection breach
He stressed that if he takes any legal action, it would not be at the taxpayer’s expense.
RTÉ bosses say that fighting Pantigate action would have been 'foolhardy'
RTÉ’s top brass faced the Oireachtas Communications Committee today with defamation laws on the agenda.
Irish Water will spend nearly €86 million on consultants, contractors and legal advice
The new utility company’s submission to the Oireachtas Environment Committee outlines how up to €180 million will be spent to establish it.
Column: Making the poorest pay more is no way to cut waiting lists for legal aid
Reforms announced yesterday in the civil legal aid scheme, including increases in the minimum contributions for applicants, may mean that people who need help to access justice will be excluded, writes Yvonne O’Sullivan.
Rise in 'accidental landlords' as homeowners rent out properties to cover mortgage costs
FLAC noted a “striking” rise in queries about housing such matters, which were up almost 70 per cent since 2011.
Calls for Magdalenes to be given independent legal advice
A solicitor for some of the London-based women says the State should pay for legal representation as it did during the Redress Scheme.
Justice Department got no specific legal advice on Magdalene report response
The government has come under fire for failing to provide a full apology on behalf of the State for its role in the Magdalene Laundries.
Government "considering legal advice" over mobility allowance
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said today that the government will be seeking legal advice before it proceeds on acting on the “illegal” upper age limit for the allowance.
Column: Pretending this mortgage crisis isn't happening won't make it go away
One in ten people who have a mortgage in Ireland are struggling to pay it off. Where is the urgency in solving this epidemic, asks Noeline Blackwell.
Free legal advice service sees demand increase
FLAC advice service dealt with over 25,000 queries last year.
Column: Ignore the conspiracy theories - the household charge must be paid
There is an increasing amount of gibberish masquerading as legal fact about things like the household charge, writes Fergal Crehan. It’s dangerous and it needs to end.
Banking crisis: Central Bank paid out €30m in consultancy fees in 2011
Law firm Arthur Cox seems to be the big winner in terms of consultancy contracts with the Central Bank, NTMA and Department of Finance.
'Significant' rise in numbers referred to free legal scheme
The Bar Council’s Voluntary Assistance Scheme is seeing more people with debt issues who cannot afford legal representation.
Enterprise Minister Bruton seeks legal advice on closure of Smithfield Horse Fair
The move follows violence at the fair earlier this month.