Free Legal Advice Clinics Limerick: June 2024

Community Law and Mediation Limerick is an independent law and mediation centre which provides free legal information, advice, advocacy and representation in the following areas of law:

  • Housing Issues
  • Social Welfare
  • Debt
  • Consumer Issues
  • Employment
  • Family Law (advice only)  
  • Access to Education
  • Equality
  • Homelessness
  • Environmental Justice

Please see our upcoming Limerick dates for February:

Place (Limerick)DateTime
Our Lady of Lourdes Community Centre, Ballinacurra Weston 4th June 2024 10.30am – 12.00pm 
Southill Community Centre  
12th June 2024 
10.30am – 12.00pm
Moyross Community Centre  
18th June 2024 
10.30am – 12.00pm 
St Mary’s Alms House, Nicholas St, Limerick TBATBA

The service is free and available to people living in the regeneration areas & to residents of other underserved areas within Limerick City. To book in for free legal advice, please use our booking form by clicking here. You can make a booking for any time during the month of June.

Phone clinics are also available.

Phone: 061 536 100

Email: limerick@communitylawandmediation.ie

CLM Limerick
CLM Limerick

Community Law & Mediation is offering a free Community Mediation service

Did you know? Community Law & Mediation offers a free community mediation service for neighbours, siblings, communities in dispute. 

Community mediation can help to build more positive, peaceful and inclusive communities. It can play a key role in fostering a better sense of understanding, communication, and collaboration among community members. It does this by opening up channels of communication and helping people to work through their difficulties or disputes in a non-adversarial setting.  

To understand what community mediation is, we first need to understand mediation itself:

What is Mediation?

Mediation aims to help disputing parties find a mutual agreement. It’s a voluntary, private, and fair process. It avoids the need to take legal action. 

It is a process where two parties in a dispute (individuals, family members, community members) mutually agree to meet with professional and impartial mediators to resolve conflicts, disputes, or other contentious issues, without the need to take costly or emotionally draining legal action. 

What is the role of the Mediator?

The main role of a mediator is to be impartial, to treat all parties fairly and to manage the mediation process. Their job is to facilitate the two parties to communicate effectively and consider the issues with a view of parties mutually agreeing an outcome.    

What is Community Mediation?

Community mediation helps members of a community, neighbours, tenants and landlords to resolve disputes in a non-adversarial setting. Disputes often arise over noise, litter, disputes over boundaries or common areas, between tenants and landlord disputes, siblings, and more. 

Community mediation is a means for community members and neighbours to resolve disputes, without the need to take legal action. 

It actively works to improve the quality of life for those living in a community, enabling them to live together in harmony. 

What issues can community mediation help with? 

The types of issues that community mediation can help with include: 

  • Noise complaints 
  • Disputes over boundaries or common areas.
  • Disputes over pets (such as barking dogs) 
  • Disputes between siblings relating to the care of an elderly parent. 
  • Tenant and landlord disputes. 

What are the benefits of community mediation? 

  • Allowing conflicting community members, siblings, or family members to work resolve their dispute in a non-adversarial setting. 
  • It is a voluntary, private, and fair process. 
  • CLM’s mediation services are free and confidential. 

To book into our free community mediation service, please contact us on 01-847 7804. Alternatively, email mediationadmin@communitylawandmediation.ie to find out more about mediation and conflict coaching and the process involved. 

All of our conflict coaches and mediators have completed conflict management training and received accreditation from the Mediator’s Institute of Ireland.  

A Call to Action: Have your say on Part 9 of the Planning and Development Bill 2023 (Judicial Review).

Part 9 of the Planning and Development Bill 2023 relates to proposed changes to the judicial review process, which ensures that statutory bodies such as An Bord Pleanála make decisions in accordance with the law. The process itself is not easy to engage in, and a judicial review application is only successful if there has been a breach of law or process.

If part 9 of the bill is passed in its current form, it will will make it more difficult and costly for citizens, community and environmental groups and residents’ associations to challenge planning decisions which affect their communities and the environment.

It will introduce a requirement that a list of the names and addresses of those who vote in favour of bringing judicial proceedings is submitted in court documents – this can only be designed to produce a chilling effect and scare local groups off potential challenges.  It will also restrict environmental NGOs from taking legal action unless they fulfil arbitrary preconditions, such as being a company with ten or more members. 

Community, environmental and residents’ groups play a vital role in helping make their neighbourhood a better place to live, and should be empowered hold the government to account when they make decisions which aren’t in accordance with the law. 

Are you concerned about the implications of part 9 of the Planning and Development Bill?

  • Below, you can find a useful email template in PDF and Word format that we have created for you to edit accordingly, to send on to the TDs in your constituency or the Minister for Housing. You can also download the template as a word document here.
  • If you have concerns about the bill which are not included in our template, please feel free to add in.
  • Having trouble finding your TDs? Visit here to find the contact details of your local TD