The independent human rights organisation FLAC has teamed up with Conradh na Gaeilge to provide free legal services to Irish speakers in Dublin and Galway on the first Wednesday of every month again this autumn.
Barristers from the Four Courts' branch of Conradh na Gaeilge will run the Free Legal Advice Centre on Wednesday, 7 October 2009 from 17.30 - 19.00 in Áras na nGael, 45 Dominic Street, Galway and from 18.00 - 19.00 in 6 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2.
Proinsias Ó Maolchalain, a practising barrister and secretary of the Four Courts' branch says: "With everyone tightening their purse-strings in these recent recessionary times, it is more important than ever that people realise there is a free legal advice service being provided by Conradh na Gaeilge in conjunction with FLAC to everybody, every month."
Clients of the Centre have been successful in the cases that followed from consultations between applicants and the Free Legal Advice Centre, such as in the case of Ó Gríbhín v. The Teaching Council for example. Síne Nic an Ailí, director of Conradh na Gaeilge's Free Legal Advice Centre believes that the demand for legal services in Irish is ever-increasing, especially in cities across the country.
The free legal advice services will run in Conradh na Gaeilge offices in Dublin and in Galway between 18.00 - 19.00 and 17.30 - 19.00 respectively on Wednesday, 7 October, 4 November and 2 December 2009 from now until Christmas.
Barristers and solicitors are available outside these times and dates when needed.
Proinsias Ó Maolchalain
An Leabharlann Dlí
Na Ceithre Chúirt
Baile Átha Cliath 7
+353 (0)1 8175563
Síne Nic an Ailí
Conradh na Gaeilge
6 Sráid Fhearchair
Baile Átha Cliath 2
+353 (0)1 4757401
Conradh na Gaeilge the democratic forum for the Irish-speaking community working to promote the language. There are 200 branches of Conradh na Gaeilge and since its foundation in 1893, members of the Conradh have been actively promoting Irish in every aspect of life in Ireland and especially its use in their own areas. Conraitheoirí are at the forefront of campaigns to secure and strengthen the rights of the Irish language community. It is also possible to register as an individual member of the Conradh. www.cnag.ie
FLAC is an independent human rights organisation that is committed to increasing access to justice for all. To this end FLAC campaigns on a range of legal issues, with particular focus on social welfare law, credit and debit law, civil legal aid and public interest law/human rights. Professional lawyers work with FLAC in different centres across the country to provide some basic, free legal services to members of the public that would not be able to avail of legal advice any other way. Lo-call: 1890 350 250/+353 (0)1 8745690 www.flac.ie