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The Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers (NIASW) has launched a survey to examine the extent to which social workers in Northern Ireland have been subjected to intimidation, threats or violence while in practice, and to explore the impact of any incidents they have experienced. Speaking about the research Carolyn…
The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) has announced the appointment of Paul Martin and its new Chair. Speaking about the appointment, Chief Executive, Colum Conway, said: “I am delighted to welcome Paul Martin as the new Chair of NISCC, at what is both an exciting and challenging time for…
A senior Sinn Fein politician has revealed a notorious paedophile priest physically abused him when he was a schoolboy and tried to sexually groom him. Conor Murphy has recounted how the late Malachy Finnegan dragged him into an office and savagely beat him with a stick before asking a series…
Some perpetrators of domestic violence will be offered a chance to avoid jail through a new scheme aimed at reducing reoffending. The pilot project in Londonderry will see convicted offenders engage in an intensive therapeutic programme designed to alter their behaviour. A judge will select eligible candidates to participate in…
Wheelchair and prosthetic limb provision is worse in Northern Ireland than other parts of the UK, according to Troubles victims. The warning comes as some of those most seriously hurt in atrocities during the 30-year conflict demand action. Paul Gallagher, who has been confined to a wheelchair since being shot…
It would be "constitutionally inappropriate" if the UK Government stepped in to approve the payment of compensation to victims of historical abuse in Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley has said. The Northern Ireland Secretary also indicated she would consider any proposals from the head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service as…
The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a request by Ireland to find that people detained by the UK during the Troubles in the so-called Hooded Men case suffered torture. Dismissing the request by six votes to one, the ECHR said there was "no justification" to revise a 1978…
Morals, emotion and sympathy should not be considered in the rape trial of two high profile rugby players, a defence barrister has said. Instead, the jury of eight men and three women must decide the innocence or guilt of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding based solely on the evidence. Brendan…
Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding knew that sexual activity with their alleged victim was not consensual, the jury in their rape trial was told. But the two rugby stars "carried on regardless, for their own sexual gratification", prosecution barrister Toby Hedworth QC said. Summing up the prosecution case at Belfast…
Staff at Maghaberry Prison have saved the lives of 11 vulnerable prisoners. Inspectors have expressed concern about the care of such inmates in the past and said plans for some men at risk of suicide and self-harm were unacceptable. The high-security prison's new governor David Kennedy has said safety was…
Ministers have announced a six-month delay on plans to end a system of childcare vouchers after representations by the DUP. Education Secretary Damian Hinds made the concession at the end of a Commons debate called by Labour, after a question from DUP MP Emma Little-Pengelly. Employer-backed childcare vouchers are being…
The Government would be acting unconstitutionally if it stepped in to pay compensation to abuse victims in Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley has insisted. The Secretary of State said an intervention on the emotive issue would undermine the terms of 1998 peace agreement. Mrs Bradley has faced criticism for not taking…
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