Still lending assistance to those in most need of it

A life of fighting for social justice has taught Noeline Blackwell that reassurance and direction are what people in trouble need

21st February, 2016
Noeline Blackwell, outgoing director general of Flac Picture: Feargal Ward

There is a poem by the poet and novelist Robert Graves, Flying Crooked, that talks of lurching “here and here by guess”.

Noeline Blackwell, the outgoing director general of legal rights organisation Free Legal Advice Centres (Flac), believes that these words sum up her career.

Sheer chance drew her from Tipperary to UCD in the 1970s for her first footsteps towards a wide and varied career in law. A similar dive into the...

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