Priced out of justice?

A growing cohort of lay litigants are representing themselves in court - but there are claims that some are ill-equipped for the fight and are causing delays to the system

22nd January, 2017
Karl O’Daly: ‘I was told that I’d never be allowed to win’ Picture: Maura Hickey

When the building industry collapsed in 2008, construction worker Daniel Lannon fell behind on his mortgage repayments. Afraid of losing his home, he did what any sensible person would do in his shoes: he took advice and engaged with his lender, AIB.

After nearly a decade of being in arrears, Lannon has managed to hold on to his Dublin apartment, but his tenure is hanging by a thread.

It is a familiar tale. He is one...

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