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A Northern Ireland schoolgirl whose mother is facing prosecution for buying her abortion pills was taken from a classroom by police officers and spoken to about the alleged crime without her parents being present, a court has heard.A barrister for the mother outlined the circumstances of the case as she…
A neurology review sparked by concerns about a consultant's work has cost around £1 million so far, Northern Ireland's department of health said. A total of 3,544 former patients of Dr Michael Watt have been or are in the process of being recalled. Many have epilepsy. Patients who were being…
Reports that a group of people dressed as Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members posed outside an Islamic prayer house are being investigated as a hate incident, police said. Images circulating on social media purport to show individuals dressed as members of the far-right group in a town close to Belfast…
A former Ireland and Ulster rugby player trying to recoup his legal fees after being acquitted of rape has offered no evidence to support his claims of financial hardship, a court has heard.A prosecution barrister said lawyers for Stuart Olding, 25, had been given "ample opportunity" to detail the extent…
MPs have written to Northern Ireland's health chief to express concerns that cancer services in the region are falling behind the rest of the UK.Members of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee said they were concerned about screening services, waiting times and the lack of an up-to-date cancer strategy.Committee chair Dr…
Campaigners pushing for reform of Northern Ireland's abortion and marriage laws have hailed an "historic day" after MPs approved moves to better monitor equal rights compliance.Labour MP Stella Creasy's amendment to emergency legislation linked to the powersharing crisis was approved by 207 votes to 117 - majority 90 - following…
Westminster needs to take action on some Northern Irish affairs in the absence of an administration, MPs have heard.Secretary of State Karen Bradley (pictured) moved emergency legislation aiming to bring a measure of stability to Northern Ireland's rudderless public services.But there were calls during the Commons debate for her to…
A woman who travelled outside Northern Ireland for an abortion after being told her unborn child could not survive after birth has won the right to challenge the region's laws on terminations.Sarah Ewart has been granted leave to judicially review the current prohibition on abortions in cases of fatal fetal…
Westminster must scrap 157-year-old abortion laws to protect the rights of women in Northern Ireland, according to a Labour former minister.Outdated abortion laws must be modernised to protect women, Hull North MP Diana Johnson has said, as she prepares to bring forward her Abortion Bill to the Commons on Tuesday.Northern…
Women in Northern Ireland are still using illegal abortion medication even though the procedure is freely available to them in England, a study found.Northern Ireland outlaws terminations in almost all cases. Abortion pills are illegal but can be bought over the internet.The NHS funds the procedure in England for women…
Almost two-thirds of people in Northern Ireland want local politicians to make the decisions on the region's abortion laws, a new poll has suggested.The results were released by anti-abortion group Both Lives Matter as it stepped up its campaign against moves to legislate on the contentious restrictions at Westminster.Both Lives…
Northern Ireland’s Chief Social Worker Sean Holland has called on all social workers to become poverty aware and to become anti-poverty practitioners. Speaking on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, at an anti-poverty practice seminar at Queens University for social work students and staff, Sean Holland emphasised that social…
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