Legal rights group FLAC has announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer, Ms Eilis Barry, who will take up the position on 7 September next.
Ms Barry is a barrister specialising in all aspects of employment law, anti-discrimination and equality. She was Legal Adviser at the then Equality Authority and head of its legal section from 2000 to 2009, when she resumed practice at the Bar.
A former board member and Chairperson of FLAC, Eilis is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars on employment and equality law. She is co-editor of ‘Equality in Diversity, the New Equality Directives’, ICEL No. 29, and former editor of the Employment Law Reports.
Announcing the appointment, FLAC Chairperson Peter Ward SC said: ‘I am delighted to welcome Eilis Barry as Chief Executive Officer of FLAC. Eilis takes on the role with a deep commitment to FLAC’s work and to access to justice. She brings to the role a wealth of knowledge and experience and we look forward to working with her.’
Eilis Barry said, ‘I am honoured to be appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer with FLAC. I look forward to leading the organisation and to working with its dedicated staff team towards the important aim of equal access to justice for all’.
FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres) is a human rights organisation which exists to promote equal access to justice for all. As an NGO, FLAC relies on a combination of statutory funding, contributions from the legal professions and donations from individuals and grant-making foundations to support its work.
FLAC offers basic legal information through its telephone information line (1890 350 250) and free legal advice through its network of 80 volunteer evening advice centres – more at www.flac.ie/help/. It also campaigns on a range of issues including consumer credit, personal debt, fairness in social welfare law, public interest law and civil legal aid. FLAC has issued numerous analyses and policy statements calling for a fairer mortgage arrears resolution process.
PILA (Public Interest Law Alliance), a project of FLAC, is a public interest law network that seeks to engage the legal community and civil society in using the law to advance social change. PILA runs a Pro Bono Referral Scheme that connects social justice community and non-governmental organisations with free legal expertise. PILA works with an extensive network of legal partners made up of leading law firms, barristers, in-house teams and legal academics. PILA is supported by its Sustaining Partners: A&L Goodbody, Arthur Cox, Mason Hayes & Curran and McCann Fitzgerald.