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Pro-choice campaigners have taken abortion pills outside Northern Ireland's main court buildings in defiance of the strict laws governing terminations. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where the procedure is not legal, aside from exceptional cases, and Ireland has voted to allow it in early pregnancy. There…
Theresa May should allow a free Commons vote on abortion law reform in Northern Ireland, senior Tory MP Dr Sarah Wollaston has said. Following last week's overwhelming vote in favour of legal abortion in the Republic, the PM has faced cross-party calls to deliver similar rights to women north of…
Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody has opened up about his struggle with depression. The 41-year-old musician revealed that he could be performing to packed arenas yet be crying on the floor of his hotel room just hours later. Lightbody would rely on alcohol every day to get him through his…
Hundreds of pro-choice activists have vowed to hit Northern Ireland like a "seismic wave" as they stepped up their bid for change with a Belfast rally. A campaign of civil disobedience to the country's tight restrictions is due to be launched with a bus journey from the city to Londonderry…
Ireland's historic abortion referendum looks to have delivered a landslide win for those advocating liberalisation, after two major exit polls recorded huge victory margins. One poll by national broadcaster RTE suggested almost 70% of the electorate have voted to end the country's all but blanket ban on terminations, with another,…
The Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers (NIASW) are inviting social workers to their Annual Meeting 2018 where they will launch and discuss their report on violence against the workforce. Taking place on Wednesday, 6 June 2018 at the Crowne Plaza in Belfast, the report 'Intimidation, Threats and Violence Against…
As part of a meeting facilitated by Gavin Robinson MP, the Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers (NIASW) met with Shailesh Vara MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, to outline major concerns regarding the Universal Credit two-child cap and the associated ‘rape clause’ exemption. The UK Government’s…
A compensation scheme is being drawn up for those identified by one of the most complex and challenging patient recalls in Northern Ireland's history, senior civil servants have said. Around 3,200 former public and private patients of Belfast-based neurologist Dr Michael Watt have been initially earmarked for review and others…
Health care staff in Northern Ireland are uncertain and concerned about the ability to retain and hire EU colleagues post-Brexit. Nurses and doctors who live across the Irish border but currently work in the region are "anxious" and want reassurance, the findings of a workforce engagement exercise found. The feedback…
The Government has formally unveiled a long-delayed consultation on proposals to deal with the toxic legacy of the Northern Ireland Troubles, amid a political row over the exclusion of an amnesty for security force members.The four-month public consultation will seek to canvass views on a series of new mechanisms to…
The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) has launched its new Induction Programme for Social Care Workers, which will replace the 2007 Induction Standards.The programme is aligned to the Standards of Conduct and Practice and will help and support new staff better understand their role, help build their confidence and…
An independent inquiry has been launched into the recall of thousands of neurology patients in Northern Ireland.Last week, Belfast Trust ordered the recall of 2,500 patients following a probe into the work of a consultant neurologist.The move followed the year-long examination by the Royal College of Physicians of patient notes…