At our Independent Law Centre, we meet the unmet legal needs of people seeking international protection in Ireland in a strategic manner, promoting and delivering early legal advice and representation to people from the early stages of the asylum process.
We also provide legal representation to people with refugee status and people granted subsidiary protection in their applications for family reunification.
You can access our service through our Drop-in Centre. Please let the Drop-In Centre know if you need legal representation, and have not already availed of legal aid. They will take your relevant details and make a referral to the Law Centre.
We also take referrals from organisations in relation to individuals at various stages of the protection process where those cases may be of strategic benefit to people seeking protection in Ireland and where an individual is extremely vulnerable and has difficulties in otherwise accessing legal services. If an organisation wishes to make a referral, they can discuss this with us by contacting us via the details below. After speaking with us, we may ask referring organisations to complete a Law Centre Referral Form.
Due to limited funding it is not possible for the Law Centre to meet all requests for legal representation. Our legal service is limited for capacity reasons and to ensure the quality of our services.
To assist with our overwhelming demand and limited resources, we have partnered with A&L Goodbody Solicitors who have advised and represented over 50 people applying for international protection on a pro bono basis in the first interview stage of the asylum process. Read more out our partnership here.
We have also partnered with Kids in Need of Defence (KIND) and the Immigrant Council of Ireland to help children who have been granted refugee status in Ireland reunite with the families they left behind. A&L Goodbody, Arthur Cox, Microsoft, Linked In, Simmons and Simmons have also joined the project as pro bono partners and over the next 12 months, our project hopes to support 30 refugee children in their applications for family reunification.
Arising out of our work with individual clients, we seek to identify issues affecting people seeking protection and those recognised as refugees in Ireland. We also support voluntary organisations and practitioners working on behalf of people seeking international protection in Ireland.
We provide early legal advice to people in the asylum process in Ireland
We are partners in advising and representing people through the international protection process
We represent people recognised as refugees to be reunited with their family in Ireland
Access to early legal advice for people seeking asylum