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Sinn Fein has accused the DUP of being out of step with public opinion on abortion, as it expressed doubt some of its voters were defecting to the unionist party on the issue. Former Stormont junior minister Megan Fearon (pictured) said Sinn Fein supporters would not be prepared to set…
Health officials are trying to trace 140 patients who have not yet responded to a major recall alert linked to concerns about the work of a consultant neurologist. Earlier this month, Belfast Trust ordered the recall of 2,500 patients following a probe into Dr Michael Watt amid concerns about potential…
The UK's highest court rules next week on a challenge over the legality of Northern Ireland's strict abortion law. Seven Supreme Court justices in London will announce their decision on the controversial issue on Thursday June 7. The ruling by the panel of judges, headed by the court's president Lady…
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…
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