Irish Law Updates

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Mental Health Commission Panels

The Mental Health Commission is seeking applications for positions on the panels associated with the operation of Part 2 of the Mental Health Act 2001. The following panels are now open to applications:

  • Chairpersons Mental Health Tribunals
  • Consultant Psychiatrists Mental Health Tribunals
  • Lay Members Mental Health Tribunals
  • Consultant Psychiatrists Independent Medical Examinations
  • Legal Representatives Mental Health Legal Aid Scheme

Closing date for receipt of application is 5.00 pm Friday 20 March 2009.

Information and Forms:

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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Vacancy: Equality and Rights Alliance Campaign Coordinator

ERA Campaign Coordinator


The Equality & Rights Alliance (ERA) is an alliance of 79 civil society groups seeking to ensure the promotion and enhancement of human rights, equality and social justice in Ireland. ERA formed in August 2008, following media reports of a proposed merger of five equality and human rights bodies in Ireland. Budget 2009 did not see the amalgamation of the five bodies, or indeed the full amalgamation of the Equality Authority and the Irish Human Rights Commission, which emerged as a more realistic merger possibility. However, savage budget cuts of 43% to the Equality Authority, coupled with fast-tracked decentralization, and 24% to the Irish Human Rights Commission rendered them unable to carry out their remit in any meaningful way. The ERA campaign has involved media communications, political lobbying and building of the Alliance itself as a strong voice of civil society organisations committed to a strong equality and human rights infrastructure in Ireland.

The ERA Campaign has now received funding to develop the Campaign into 2009; a planning day to set out an action plan for the alliance has taken place. The action plan envisages the continuation of lobbying and communications as well as capacity building for organisations locally and regionally to engage in lobbying actions. It also foresees the employment of a campaign coordinator.

Title: ERA Campaign Coordinator
Location: Dublin
Responsible to: ERA Steering Committee (delegated person)

Relationships: ERA Chairperson, Communications Adviser, ERA members

The main purpose of the Campaign Coordinator is to coordinate the effective implementation of the ERA Campaign.
ERA seeks a person with significant project management experience to co-ordinate the ERA Campaign, working with the Steering Committee to implement the lobbying, communication and alliance-building strategies of ERA.

Key Tasks

Given the nature of the Campaign, the post will require the Campaign Coordinator to be flexible and undertake duties, on occasion, in addition to or in lieu of those listed below. Under the direction of the ERA steering group, the Campaign Coordinator will:
- Provide administrative support to the Alliance, including preparing written correspondence, reports and funding applications.
- Coordinate general campaign activities including lobbying, protests, meetings with political parties, letter writing to TDs, etc.
- Organise logistics of ERA meetings, and public events as agreed e.g. advocacy training days, seminars, round-tables, conferences.
- Coordinate the delivery of the ERA communication strategy with the Communications Adviser
- Be the day-to-day spokesperson for ERA, linking with the Communications Adviser and the Chair
- Handle internal communications with ERA members, in liaison with the Steering Committee- Coordinate and oversee relevant research projects or polls commissioned by ERA, in liaison with the Communications Adviser and the Steering Committee
- Act as the key point of information for the ERA Campaign, handling enquiries from individuals, members of ERA, politicians and members of the public. Press queries will be referred by the Campaign Coordinator to the ERA's Communications Adviser and/or to other ERA spokespersons agreed in advance
- Be responsible for information management including the ERA website, telephone and email queries
- Maintain and update the content of the ERA website, including member lists and other relevant database lists and reports, and ensuring that up to date / relevant campaign actions are regularly featured on the web site pages
- Liaise with organisations and networks working for similar objectives, nationally and internationally
- Account to the Steering Committee for the day-to-day administration of the ERA's budget
- Attend monthly support and supervision sessions, providing written reports documenting work activities and outcomes
- Support fundraising activities, as required
- Make reports for Funders, as required.

Person Specification
Experience and Knowledge

- Experience of running office, administration and financial systems
- Experience in supporting communications strategies (inclusive of handling and referring media enquiries, building strategic alliances and information management)
- Experience of leading projects and proven success in delivery
- Knowledge of the human rights, equality and/or social justice sector in Ireland, preferably coupled with some experience of human rights, equality and /or social justice campaigning (in Ireland or elsewhere)

- Experience of representing an organisation to the public or media
- Experience in conference and event management
- Experience of successful campaigning to achieve social change

- Ability to manage a virtual office; familiarity with IT applications sufficient to update and maintain web site content and management of web blogs
- "Can do" attitude
- results driven, commitment and energy 'to go the extra mile'
- Demonstrated ability to think strategically and to identify opportunities
- Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
- Ability to work in partnership with individuals and organisations across sectors
- Proven problem solving skills
- Ability to prioritise and plan activities in a wide ranging work load
- Ability to communicate clearly and transfer complex information in a concise and accessible form
- Ability to draft briefing notes and other papers, as well as minutes of meetings
- Ability to maintain a high level of social, organisational and professional standards in job-related activities

Salary: Equivalent to HEO Standard Scale (�46,558 - �59,097)
Duration: this is a 6 month contract initially, with a probationary period of up to one month, which may be extended.
Application by CV and covering letter by email to or by post to

Equality & Rights Alliance Co-ordinator, DMG Business Centre, 9-13 Blackhall Place, Dublin 7
Deadline for Applications: Friday 6th February 2009
Shortlisting: Monday 9th February 2009
Interviews: 17th and/or 18th February 2009

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Friday, August 01, 2008

Vacancy: Lectureship (Law and Irish) at U.C.C.

University College Cork

Applications are invited for a three-year fixed term College Lecturer (Law & Irish) contract in the Department of Law with requirements regarding Irish language as follows:

  • The appointee must be a fluent Irish speaker

  • He/she should ideally have a research interest in law and the Irish language and/or language rights.

Applicants must hold a post-graduate qualification in law.

Once appointed, this lecturer�s duties will include providing law modules through the Irish language. These modules will be made available to BCL (Law and Irish) students and to other undergraduate and postgraduate students. It is anticipated that this appointment will also serve to inculcate a culture of the Irish language among academic staff generally and that this will ultimately encourage development of the availability of more modules through Irish by academic staff. The appointee will also be expected to work closely with the Department of Irish with regard to placements and the development of the programme.

Salary Scale [new entrants]: �36,500 - �59,293

Closing Date: Friday 5th September 2008

Further particulars and application form:

Cuirfear f�ilte roimh iarratais ar chonradh thr� bliana ar th�arma seasta do L�acht�ir Col�iste (Dl� & Gaeilge) i Roinn an Dl� leis na riachtanais seo leanas i leith na Gaeilge:

- Beidh an t� a cheapfar ina G(h)aeilgeoir l�ofa.
- Go hid�alach, beidh suim aige/aici sa Dl� agus sa Gaeilge agus/n� i gcearta teanga.

I measc a c(h)uid dualgas beidh ar an l�acht�ir nuacheaptha mod�il dl� a shol�thar tr� mhe�n na Gaeilge. T�thar ag s�il leis chomh maith go gcuirfidh an ceapach�n seo le cult�r na Gaeilge i measc na foirne acad�la i gcoitinne. Beidh ar an t� a cheapfar oibri� i gcomhph�irt le Roinn na Gaeilge maidir le socr�ch�in oibre agus forbairt an chl�ir f�in.

Sc�la Tuarastail [d�ibh si�d at� ag tos�] � 36,500 - �59,293

D�ta Deireanach: D� hAoine 5 Mean Fomhair 2008

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    Tuesday, April 10, 2007

    Vacancies: Lecturers in Law (2), University College Cork :

    University College Cork


    College of Business and Law

    The Department of Law has established itself as one of the leading law schools in Ireland. It has a distinguished history over many decades in attracting high quality students and recruiting high quality staff nationally and internationally. Over its modern history, the Law Department has consistently pursued a policy of innovation and development. The Department operates with a complement of twenty-five full-time academics taff providing BCL, LLB, LLM and PhD programmes in addition to an Evening BCL programme.

    Applications are invited for two full-time permanent Lecturer posts in the Department of Law. The holders of these posts, working under the direction of the Head of Department and Dean of the Faculty of Law, will be expected to contribute to all day and evening law programmes offered at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Applicants must hold a post-graduate qualification in law. The post holders will be expected to teach under the direction of the Head of Department, hold administrative roles, and be actively engaged in research.

    Faculty of Law Website:

    Informal enquiries to: Professor Caroline Fennell, Head of Department of Law

    Salary scale [new entrants]: 34,912 - 56,713 euro.
    There is provision for subsequent progression to a higher salary scale maximum 81,867 euro.

    Closing date: Friday, 20 April 2007

    Completed application forms should be returned to:
    Department of Human Resources, University College Cork, College Road, Cork,
    Ireland. Tel: + 353 21 4903073/ Email:
    Fax + 353 21 4276995

    Full details and application material: