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#legal aid

# legal-aid - Friday 9 August, 2019

The Justice Minister was asked to limit free legal aid for repeat offenders. Here's why that won't happen

Tipperary County Council passed a motion in March requesting that the Minister for Justice consider it.

# legal-aid - Monday 25 February, 2019

'Damaging to the very fabric of our society': Higgins criticises Ireland's unequal justice system

Higgins was speaking at the opening of Flac’s new Dublin office.

# legal-aid - Saturday 2 February, 2019

State will no longer automatically pay for barristers in personal insolvency cases

Changes to the funding structure of the government’s mortgage arrears assistance scheme mean solicitors will have to show why they need a barrister for each case.

# legal-aid - Tuesday 11 September, 2018

Call for householders to be given free legal aid to address 'power imbalance' during reposessions

Minister Charlie Flanagan today praised the success of the Abhaile legal advice scheme, but did not indicate it would be extended to provide full representation.

# legal-aid - Friday 18 May, 2018

Court hears Paddy Jackson has paid 'an enormous price' despite rape acquittal

As an application was made at Belfast Crown Court to award Jackson his legal costs following the ‘not guilty’.

# legal-aid - Sunday 24 December, 2017

Poll: Should the State relax free legal aid rules to cover more arrears cases? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the State relax free legal aid rules to cover more arrears cases?

More than 30,000 accounts have been in arrears for more than two years.

# legal-aid - Monday 14 August, 2017

Two men charged with conspiracy to murder Dublin man

One listed a €4,000 Rolex watch and a €14,000 car as assets in his application for free legal aid.

# legal-aid - Thursday 27 July, 2017

Legal aid to be restricted in family law cases

The Legal Aid Board says it’s forced to make the changes because of budgetary constraints.

# legal-aid - Thursday 20 July, 2017

Poll: Do you think Ireland's criminal legal aid system is being abused? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you think Ireland's criminal legal aid system is being abused?

Fine Gael Senator John O’Mahony argued this morning that the system in place in Ireland is in need of an overhaul.

# legal-aid - Thursday 8 June, 2017

Over 4,000 borrowers flock to voucher scheme in bid to save their homes

Figures released to TheJournal.ie demonstrate the “massive” scale of the mortgage arrears problem, according to one expert.

# legal-aid - Sunday 26 March, 2017

Ireland has spent €430 million on criminal legal aid in the past eight years

€53 million was spent on providing free legal aid to people facing criminal charges last year alone.

# legal-aid - Friday 10 March, 2017

''Free' legal aid isn't free; people are staying in domestic violence situations because they can't afford it'

We need to bring in an automatic waiver of the financial contribution towards “free” legal aid in cases of domestic violence, writes Eilis Barry.

# legal-aid - Monday 6 February, 2017

'Until you've stood in those shoes, you can't understand' - how free legal aid works in Ireland

Legal aid is a hot-topic issue here in the wake of David Drumm’s successful application for same last week.

# legal-aid - Monday 3 October, 2016

Free financial and legal aid now available for people at risk of losing their homes

The mortgage-holder must be in arrears and insolvent to qualify.

# legal-aid - Friday 30 September, 2016

Teen to go on trial accused of €8k spending spree with stolen bank card

The 17-year-old is charged with 26 counts of theft.

# legal-aid - Friday 22 July, 2016

Joe O'Reilly granted legal aid to pursue Supreme Court appeal

In July 2007, he was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife Rachel.

# legal-aid - Thursday 5 May, 2016

Paul Murphy says he couldn't afford legal fees "even on a full TD's salary"

As a TD, Murphy is entitled to an annual salary of €87,258 before tax.

# legal-aid - Tuesday 3 May, 2016

Eight life sentences for convicted paedophile who raped his girlfriend and her mother

The man cannot be named to protect the women’s identities.

# legal-aid - Sunday 25 January, 2015

Here's how much was spent on criminal legal aid in 2014

The expenditure has reduced by about €10 million in the last six years.

# legal-aid - Friday 17 January, 2014

Saverio Bellante remanded in custody for another two weeks after short court hearing

Saverio Bellante, 39, is accused of murdering Tom O’Gorman in the house they shared in Castleknock after a game of chess.

# legal-aid - Thursday 12 September, 2013

The cost of legal aid has been increased by 160 per cent

The minimum contribution is set to rise from €50 to €130 but parents facing legal action from the HSE over child fare will have their costs waived.

# legal-aid - Sunday 21 July, 2013

Criminal Legal Aid has cost the State more than €188 million since 2010

Should the government try to recoup that money? One Fine Gael TD says it should.

# legal-aid - Friday 25 November, 2011

'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.

# legal-aid - Thursday 20 October, 2011

Lack of legal aid resources impairs forensic defence, warns lawyer

A defence lawyer warns that defendants are less equipped than prosecutors when it comes to engaging forensic experts to testify – increasing the danger of unsafe convictions.

# legal-aid - Friday 7 October, 2011

Surge in applicants for legal aid

The Legal Aid Board’s report for 2010 shows that demand for its services has grown by over 70 per cent over four years.

# legal-aid - Thursday 14 July, 2011

Legal aid lawyers have fees cut by another 10 per cent

Almost one-third has been knocked off solicitor and counsel fees in criminal legal aid scheme since 2009.