Saturday 7 December



 1. MLRC: Offering legal supports to homeless people, Dublin


mercy logoMercy Law Resource Centre (MLRC) provides free legal advice and representation for those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in the areas of housing and related social welfare law.  MLRC holds clinics in homeless shelters and drop-in clinics. There is currently a severe lack of social housing and private rented housing available in Dublin. Private rents are, as result, increasing. Many landlords do not accept rent supplement. MLRC is seeing a big increase in clients unable to access any housing, social or private rented.  


MLRC is working to raise awareness of this urgent problem and fundamentally important issue and to help identify short, medium and long-term solutions to this. You can learn more about the organisation's work and campaigns on its website.




2. One Family: Making life better for all families


One Family smallerOne Family works towards better lives for the children and adults of one-parent families and for all families in transition which includes raising awareness and lobbying on issues affecting the family in Ireland today. We are a founding member of All Families Matter, a campaigning coalition of Irish NGOs which calls for a Constitutional review of family with the aim that the Irish Constitution recognise the diversity of family types in our society.


In 2014 we celebrate the 20th anniversary of UN International Year of the Family with a number of events including the annual Family Day Festival on Sunday 18 May. Find out more on the organisation's website.


3. TENI: Promoting the rights of Transgender people in Ireland


TENI report coverOn 2 December, TENI (Transgender Equality Network Ireland) launched the results of the largest trans survey carried out in Ireland. Between June and August 2012, 210 people responded to the in-depth survey, which has now been published as Speaking from the Margins: Trans Mental Health and Wellbeing in Ireland. The survey shows shocking levels of suicide and violence against trans people as well as poor experiences in the health care system. 


Ireland is now the only country in the European Union that does not have a transgender recognition law. TENI and other organisations are campaigning for this to change as well as other measures to improve the lives of trans people in Ireland. Speaking from the Margins will be available as a download from TENI's website. To order hardcopies, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.