‘Meeting with Solicitors Association was positive’ – Ruane

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Thursday, May 10th, 2012
Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has met with Ronan McGuigan, Chairperson of Newry and Banbridge Solicitors Associations and Warrenpoint solicitor Rosemary Connolly to discuss how legal services can be maintained and accessible to everyone, especially those on low incomes. Speaking to Newry Times Ms. Ruane said the meeting was ‘positive’. According to Ruane, they discussed what services were available and debated the best way to promote and maintain these services. “The Association covers solicitors practicing in South Down and South Armagh areas. The meeting covered cuts to Legal Aid budgets and access to justice for low-income individuals and families, the cost of motor insurance and issues of claims management companies and referral fees to the issue of conveyance panels. It is important that legal services are available to every citizen and that justice or legal services is not priced out of reach of people in low incomes.” “Access and cost to legal services puts many low-income families off from pursuing a case, upholding their legal rights or even from buying a new home so it is important that we work together to inform people of the services that are available and fight to maintain a legal aid system that gives people on low income access to sound legal advice,” she added.
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