The Board and members of staff of Community Law and Mediation (formerly Northside Community Law Centre) have today welcomed the Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar’s, attendance at and participation in CLM’s Annual Report launch for 2015, at the Northside Civic Centre, Coolock, in Dublin.
Minister Varadkar said: “My Department has had a relationship with CLM for many years. CLM is a highly-regarded community law and mediation service. It helps people to access basic legal information and advice, regardless of their income or background. Its services are also an important resource for my Department.
“CLM has a proud history over the last 40 years, and has built up its service from very humble beginnings to provide an important community based service throughout the Northside of Dublin and beyond. I want to thank the Board and staff for inviting me to launch the 2015 Annual Report and I look forward to continuing to work with CLM in the coming years.”
CLM CEO, Rose Wall, said that the organisation was extremely grateful for the ongoing support of the Department of Social Protection, which allows the organisation to continue to carry out its vital community based legal and mediation services in Dublin’s Northside as well as at its regional office in Limerick.
She added that the support of the Department allows CLM to provide legal and mediation services that would otherwise be beyond the reach of many local people.
Minister Varadkar’s attendance at the launch follows a special event last December to mark the 40th anniversary of the service in Coolock where Úachtarain na hÉireann, Michael D Higgins, attended and addressed staff past and present, local service users, and members of the communities where CLM operates.
Ms Wall, commented “In 2015 alone, over 3,000 people directly benefited from CLM’s legal, mediation and education services. It is easy to lose a sense of the individual and human story behind a figure like 3,000. Many of the people we assisted would have suffered devastating consequences were it not for our intervention and the stories we come across remind us that each of us are just a couple of steps away from being in crisis.”
“We are able to provide our service to the community through the support of Minister Varadkar’s Department, and we are indebted to him and his officials for their ongoing support.”