FLAC and PILA are here to help through COVID-19

We at FLAC appreciate that it is an uncertain and unsettling time for everyone; as organisations, as employers and as individuals.

We want to reassure you that FLAC and PILA stand ready to help individuals and organisations as much as we can to navigate the legal issues likely to arise in the coming weeks and months. We are acutely aware that this pandemic will hit those who are already our most marginalised and disadvantaged communities. It is absolutely vital that we all strive to continue to deliver our legal services to these communities at a time when they will need them most.

We are encouraging our NGO partners and any social justice organisations that need legal assistance to continue to reach out to us for pro bono assistance. We also encourage you to refer your individual clients to FLAC as appropriate should they require legal information in the coming weeks and months.

FLAC – for individuals

FLAC's national network of in-person clinics for individuals has been suspended.

However, our phone lines are continuing to operate. If you have a legal information query you can contact us on 1890 350250 or 01 8745690. The phoneline will be open Monday to Friday 9.30-1pm and 2-5pm. FLAC will also be launching a new email advice and callback service.

PILA – for organisations

The PILA team are working remotely and continue to have email and phone access at the usual numbers.

You can contact either of us at:

deirdre.malone@flac.ie or 01 8873624

rachel.power@flac.ie or 1 887 3630

We have already had a great response from both members of the Bar, solicitors and law firms who have shown readiness to assist and engage as much as they can. We have also been in contact with the international pro bono community to collaborate on how we can most effectively respond to this crisis.

FAQs are currently being prepared and circulated in the most pressing issues likely to arise for NGOs and for individuals in the areas of employment, social welfare, debt, and landlord & tenant matters and these will be circulated as they become available. We will be circulating information through all of our usual communication channels:

Website:     www.flac.ie

                   www.pila.ie

Twitter:       @FLACireland

                   @PILAireland

Facebook:  facebook.com/FLACireland

                   facebook.com/PILA.ie

We look forward to supporting you and your organisations at this challenging time.

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