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20% jump in figures for Legal Aid Solicitors in Donegal in 2012

Legal Aid Solicitors in Donegal see income increase

Payments made to Legal Aid Solicitors in Donegal increased by 20% last year as solicitors earned more than €500,000.00 compared to €400.000.00 in 2011 to Legal Aid Solicitors in Donegal bucked the trend. On a national level legal aid payments fell from €33 million in 2011 to €29 million in 2012

Legal Aid Solicitors

Legal Aid is an important right and we offer free advice on its availability, including any conditions or possible costs, to avoid any confusion or surprises for the Client. Talk to us about how this works and how we can help you navigate the process. The good news is that it does not have to be complicated at all. Let us demystify it for you.

Legal Aid entitlement

Legail Aid in Donegal Solicitors

Talk to us about your Legal Aid entitlements and we will assure you before you start. Peace of mind is so important and we appreciate that fact. The law states that a person is entitled to a fair representation and to a fair hearing. We are happy to state your case in the right manner to get you what is legally your entitlement. At Boyce Kelly we undertake to make it clear for you, where you stand with charges and fees – that is our promise to you.

Magdalene Laundry Survivors still await Apology

Magdalene Laundry Survivors still await Apology, Restorative Justice and Redress

Dr. Geoffrey Shannon, Special Rapporteur on Child Protection has called for ‘acknowledgement, redress and accountability’ for Magdalene Laundry survivors in the Fifth Report of the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection. The comments been welcomed by Justice for Magdalenes (JFM), the survivor advocacy group who are campaigning for an acknowledgment of involvement, an apology, and a government funded redress scheme to include statutory pensions to reflect years of unpaid work in the Laundries. The position of the State has long been that the State did not oversee the Magdalene Laundries and was therefore not responsible for any wrongdoing or redress to survivors.

However Dr. Shannon goes on to state in the Report that the right to redress and remedy still exist even where the State was not directly ‘overseeing slavery’ and that to ensure the State’s compliance with International Human Rights Law in relation to the matter, accountability and redress would have to be dealt with. The Inter Departmental Committee investigating the States involvement with the Magdalene Laundries headed by Senator Martin McAleese  was set up to establish the level of involvement by the State in the running of the Laundries.

Although the publishing of the final report of the Committee has been delayed, it is expected to be released shortly and to show irrefutable evidence of the States involvement in the running of the Laundries. It would seem therefore that the State will finally be forced to acknowledge its involvement with the Laundries and should finally result in the long awaited apology and redress due to the vulnerable and aging survivors of ‘slavery’ in the Laundries. Laundry survivors or family members of survivors who would like to obtain advice and discuss their circumstances can contact Etain Boyce in strictest confidence.