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From TheJournal.ie The Justice Minister was asked to limit free legal aid for repeat offenders. Here's why that won't happen Free Legal Aid

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.

From TheJournal.ie 'Damaging to the very fabric of our society': Higgins criticises Ireland's unequal justice system FLAC

'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.

From TheJournal.ie State will no longer automatically pay for barristers in personal insolvency cases Abhaile

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.

From TheJournal.ie Call for householders to be given free legal aid to address 'power imbalance' during reposessions Arrears

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.

From TheJournal.ie Court hears Paddy Jackson has paid 'an enormous price' despite rape acquittal Legal Aid

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’.

From TheJournal.ie 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.

From TheJournal.ie Two men charged with conspiracy to murder Dublin man Michael Frazer

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.

From TheJournal.ie Legal aid to be restricted in family law cases Delays

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.

From TheJournal.ie 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.

From TheJournal.ie Over 4,000 borrowers flock to voucher scheme in bid to save their homes Abhaile

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.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland has spent €430 million on criminal legal aid in the past eight years Right To A Defence

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.

From TheJournal.ie ''Free' legal aid isn't free; people are staying in domestic violence situations because they can't afford it' Women's Rights

''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.

From TheJournal.ie 'Until you've stood in those shoes, you can't understand' - how free legal aid works in Ireland Helping Hand

'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.

From TheJournal.ie Free financial and legal aid now available for people at risk of losing their homes Abhaile

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.

From TheJournal.ie Teen to go on trial accused of €8k spending spree with stolen bank card Dublin

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.

From TheJournal.ie Joe O'Reilly granted legal aid to pursue Supreme Court appeal Courts

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.

From TheJournal.ie Paul Murphy says he couldn't afford legal fees "even on a full TD's salary" Legal Aid

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.

From TheJournal.ie Eight life sentences for convicted paedophile who raped his girlfriend and her mother Court

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

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

From TheJournal.ie Here's how much was spent on criminal legal aid in 2014 Courts

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.

From TheJournal.ie Saverio Bellante remanded in custody for another two weeks after short court hearing Courts

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.

From TheJournal.ie The cost of legal aid has been increased by 160 per cent Legal Costs

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.

From TheJournal.ie Criminal Legal Aid has cost the State more than €188 million since 2010 Public Money

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.

From TheJournal.ie 'Significant' rise in numbers referred to free legal scheme Recession

'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.

From TheJournal.ie Lack of legal aid resources impairs forensic defence, warns lawyer Forensics

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.

From TheJournal.ie Surge in applicants for legal aid Legal Aid

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.

From TheJournal.ie Legal aid lawyers have fees cut by another 10 per cent Legal Fees

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.