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Stuart Olding has dismissed as "completely untrue" allegations that he and his friends tried to cover up drunken sexual activity with a woman who has accused him of rape. The Ulster and Ireland rugby player also batted away prosecution suggestions that he had gone "way beyond what was acceptable", insisting…
The UK Government has tabled a budget for Northern Ireland in the ongoing absence of devolved ministers due to the powersharing crisis. Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley unveiled the £12 billion Westminster spending plan for the region in a written statement to Parliament. The budget includes £410 million of the…
The Irish Government has finalised the wording for an abortion referendum giving the go-ahead for voters to have their say on liberalising Ireland abortion laws. Ministers formally approved the referendum bill at a Cabinet meeting at Government Buildings in Dublin. The move comes in the wake of the Supreme Court…
Paddy Jackson has denied "concocting" a story with his friends to cover their tracks in case of rape allegations. The Irish rugby international was giving evidence on the 28th day of his high-profile trial at Belfast Crown Court. Arthur Harvey QC, representing Blane McIlroy who is contesting an exposure charge,…
A Catholic bishop in Northern Ireland has resigned following claims he celebrated Mass alongside a priest he knew was a paedophile. Dr John McAreavey was Bishop of Dromore. Diocesan secretary Fr Gerald Powell said he had resigned with "immediate effect". Fr Malachy Finnegan has been accused of sexual abuse by…
Prosecutors have concluded their case against two Ireland and Ulster rugby players accused of rape. The Crown completed presenting evidence on day 24 of the high profile trial at Belfast Crown Court. Paddy Jackson, 26, from Oakleigh Park in Belfast and his team mate Stuart Olding, 24, from Ardenlee Street…
Kincora child abuse survivor Clint Massey has died. Mr Massey spent eight months in the notorious East Belfast residential home aged 16. It opened on Belfast's Upper Newtownards Road, close to Stormont's Parliament Buildings in May 1958 and closed in October 1980 following the sex abuse scandal. Survivors' campaigner Margaret…
A woman who has accused two Irish rugby players of rape was branded a "silly girl" who was "causing trouble for the lads" in messages exchanged among their friends, a court has heard. A series of text and WhatsApp communications were read into the record at Belfast Crown Court, where…
Victims of the Northern Ireland Troubles are tired of their rights being used as a "bargaining chip" in the push to get a deal at Stormont, a campaigner has said. A number of groups representing relatives bereaved in different fatal incidents have taken to the streets of Belfast to call…
The UK violates women's human rights by criminalising abortions in Northern Ireland, a UN committee has said. The country has strict restrictions covering cases like rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormality. The UN Committee on the elimination of discrimination against women said great harm and suffering was caused by carrying…
The British Government should urgently introduce measures addressing the legacy of Northern Ireland's violent past, Amnesty International said. Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley is to consult on mechanisms for investigating historic wrongdoing envisaged in the Stormont House Agreement between the main parties following the collapse of powersharing talks. Amnesty said…
Most victims of sexual assault allow the attack to happen, a forensic medical expert has told the rape trial of two Irish rugby players. Janet Hall, who has extensive experience of dealing with the victims of sexual assault, was asked by a prosecution barrister whether the majority resisted. She told…
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