Stark warning over ‘crisis of unmet legal need’ in Ireland (vi Irish Legal News)

The combined impact of the pandemic and increased financial pressure on individuals and households has exacerbated the “ongoing crisis of unmet legal need in this country”, the head of legal rights group FLAC has warned.

Writing in the foreword to FLAC’s annual report for 2021, FLAC chief executive Eilis Barry said the “overwhelming demand for legal information, advice and advocacy continued to exceed our resources, despite the addition of new staff, further resources and expertise”.

The report was launched this morning at an event addressed by Chief Justice Donal O’Donnell, who said FLAC “has established itself as an institution, and an invaluable one, which over the course of its history has campaigned for change, protected the weak, challenged the strong and educated us all”.

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