Events and Recordings

Welcome to our events and recordings page!

We regularly host information talks, webinars and events on a range of topics. Check out some of our recent events below, and watch this space for upcoming events.

Recent events

Planning and Development Bill Town Hall – Access to Justice.

On February 6th, 2024, we held a online town hall event on part 9 of the Planning and Development Bill 2023, which discusses proposed changes to the process of judicial review.

Speakers included Gavin Elliott, Environmental Lawyer at Community Law and Mediation, Robin Mandal, Chairperson of the Dublin Democratic Planning Alliance, and Mary O’ Leary, Chairperson of Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment.

The Planning and Development Bill was published in November 2023 – Its purpose is to consolidate all of Ireland’s previous planning legislation and make our planning system more streamlined and straightforward.

However, access to justice via judicial review has been a key point of contention throughout the shaping of the bill. The focus of our online town hall discussion was on the access to justice provisions contained in Part 9 of the Bill.

The proposed changes, under Part 9, will make it more difficult and potentially costly for citizens, residents’ associations and community groups to challenge planning decisions which affect their community and the environment.

Environmental Rights Webinar Series

Our annual ‘Know your rights’ webinar series examines why environmental rights matter and how individuals and organisations can benefit from exercising these rights.

The three part series focuses on the three pillars of the Aarhus Convention which is an international agreement that gives people the right to access information about the environment.

Pillar 1: Access to Information on the Environment

The first in our three-part webinar series, featuring presentations from Niall Sargent (Investigative Reporter) and Eoin Brady (Environmental Lawyer) focuses on Access to Information on the Environment, how to request information, the type of information that can be requested and what to do if your request is refused.

Pillar 2: Public partipation in environmental decision-making

The second in our three-part webinar series, featuring presentations from Dr. Alison Hough BL (TUS Midlands and EJNI) and Dr. Mary Dobbs (Maynooth University) focuses on the critical importance of public participation in achieving climate justice. It asks what public participation means, what participation can look like, different ways of participating (eg public consultations, campaigning, lobbying) at the national level down to the local, and relevant case law for public participation in the Irish context.

 

Pillar 3: Access to Justice

The third and final the series focuses on access to the law in environmental matters and climate litigation. With presentations by Ida Edling of the Swedish Aurora Climate Case and Gavin Elliott of Community Law & Mediation.

Launch of ‘Environmental Justice in Ireland: Key dimensions of environmental and climate injustice experienced by vulnerable and marginalised communities’

‘Environmental Justice in Ireland’, a report by DCU (School of Law and Government) and CLM (Centre for Environmental Justice) was launched by Minister Joe O’Brien on 24th March 2022.

Launch of Community Law & Mediation’s Guides to taking employment equality and equal status cases

On Wednesday 5th May 2021, Minister Roderic O’Gorman joined us to launch our new guides to taking Employment Equality and Equal Status cases. We were also joined for a panel discussion by Senator Eileen Flynn, Suzy Byrne of the National Advocacy Service, Reuben Hambakachere of Cultur Migrants Centre and Jane O’Sullivan of Community Law & Mediation.

Launch of CLM’s Centre for Environmental Justice

Community Law & Mediation was joined by Mary Robinson to launch its new Centre for Environmental Justice on Thursday 11th February 2021.

Celebrating Community Law & Mediation’s 45th Anniversary

Community Law & Mediation (CLM) celebrated its 45th anniversary in 2020, a year which saw the organisation undergo a significant transformation to meet the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, while also embarking on new projects, with the establishment of a Centre for Environmental Justice.

We were delighted to be joined by Justice Colin Daly, Ursula O’Hare of the Law Centre NI and Sean Canning of Camden Community Law Centre (London) to celebrate CLM’s 45th anniversary. There was much discussion about the achievements and challenges for community law centres in each of our jurisdictions.