Legal Representation

Mercy Law Resource Centre provides free legal representation, where required, to individual clients in social housing and related social welfare law. Given the limits on our available resources, it is not possible to provide legal assistance for all those who request it and it is at the discretion of the Solicitor in Charge to provide such assistance according to the criteria set down by the Board of MLRC.

Examples of areas we deal with:

  • Access to Housing e.g. where a local authority has refused a letting or has refused to accept an applicant to their housing list;
  • Evictions from Local Authority Housing;
  • Issues surrounding Anti-Social Behaviour;
  • Standards of Social Housing;
  • Equality issues e.g. direct or indirect discrimination in relation to access to housing or other entitlements on the grounds of Gender, Marital Status, Family Status, Age, Race, Religion, Disability, Sexual Orientation, Membership of the Traveller community.

Criteria for taking cases:

Strategic Priorities

  1. That the matter raises an important matter of principle.
  2. That the matter raises issues where any or significant case law has not been developed.
  3. That the proceedings will or are likely to have a beneficial impact for our client group.

Client Base

The casework service is for:

  1. People who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.
  2.  People who have problems in the areas of social housing and related social welfare law. Cases in other areas such as family law, criminal law or landlord and tenant law will be referred to the appropriate service.
  3. Geographical Area:
    People who live in the Dublin area. It excludes those who live in the catchment areas of the Ballymun and Northside Community Law Centres. Ballymun Community Law Centre provides legal services to people living in Ballymun while the Northside Community Law Centre provides legal services to people living within the electoral constituencies of Dublin North-Central and Dublin North-East.
    Cases involving people who live outside Dublin may be undertaken on an exceptional basis and only at the discretion of the Solicitor in Charge.
  4. People who do not have the financial capacity to avail of private legal representation.

Nature of the Claim

  1. The severity of the matters alleged.
  2. The past present and future likely effect on the Claimant of the matters alleged.
  3. The Respondent’s response to the claim.


  1. The workload of MLRC.
  2. The backlog of cases.
  3. The resources then available to MLRC.


  1. Where new information comes to light.
  2. Any other matters that appear to MLRC to have a bearing on the issues.
  3. The priorities as may be determined by the Board from time to time.
  4. Legal Opinion.

For examples of cases we have taken please click here.


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