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The leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland says meeting sexual abuse survivors is difficult for all involved, as victims do not trust the church. Speaking at the World Meeting of Families media briefing on Thursday, Bishop Eamon Martin, the Archbishop of Armagh and the Primate of All Ireland, said…
A man abused for eight years by a notorious paedophile priest has said the Pope’s actions will speak louder than his words during his visit to Ireland. Sean Faloon (pictured), 39, from Hilltown in Co Down, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and flashbacks of attacks by Malachy Finnegan, who died…
Survivors of clerical abuse in Northern Ireland must be included in a meeting with the Pope when he visits Dublin this weekend, their lawyer said. Claire McKeegan (pictured) said she had received no response from the organisers of the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) in Dublin and claimed her clients'…
The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) has launched the Learning Zone to provide its registrants with a range of free online learning tools and information guides to support their career progression. The Learning Zone resource has been developed to support the on-going learning and development of Social Workers, Social…
The Northern Ireland Social Care Council have issued a call to all new social care registrants and their managers to take part in a survey to review the impact of social care registration. The survey, which is being conducted by the Department of Health, NISCC and the Social Care Institute…
A radical new radiotherapy trial could significantly cut the number of visits for men with prostate cancer, researchers said. Treatment may be delivered in just five bouts compared to the usual 37, Queen's University Belfast said. The trial was the first of its kind in the UK and delivered large…
The mother of an epileptic teenager is calling for a new "Billy's Law" in Northern Ireland. Billy Caldwell's mum Charlotte successfully led a campaign to get medicinal cannabis laws changed in the UK after her son's medicines were confiscated at Heathrow Airport on June 11. She said while families across…
Some of Northern Ireland's disabled and older residents face "social isolation" following a 5% funding cut to accessible transport, a charity warned. The door-to-door bus is funded by the Infrastructure Department and helps prevent loneliness among people with mobility problems, learning disabilities, dementia, or serious sight loss. Charity Disability Action…
Faith-based objections have no place in the secular same-sex marriage debate in Northern Ireland, the son of former Irish president Mary McAleese said. It is the only part of the UK in which what campaigners term marriage equality has not been legalised due to religious-inspired opposition from its largest party,…
A man is to be prosecuted for allegedly using social media to name the woman at the centre of a rape trial involving two rugby stars. Former Ireland and Ulster players Paddy Jackson, 26, and Stuart Olding, 25, were acquitted of raping the woman after a high-profile trial in Belfast…
Barnardo's has become the first children's charity in Northern Ireland to publicly voice support for the recognition of same-sex marriage. It made the announcement on Wednesday to coincide with Belfast Pride's Coming Out for Change campaign, and just days before the city's Pride parade. Northern Ireland is the only region…
An emergency payment scheme for homeowners flooded during Saturday's heavy downpours in Northern Ireland has been opened. Belfast International Airport recorded more rainfall than the average for the whole of the month. Some homes in Muckamore in Co Antrim were inundated and an estate in Lurgan in Co Armagh was…
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