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Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald has said those supporting the ongoing ban on abortion in Northern Ireland need "a reality check". On a visit to London for a meeting with Theresa May, Mrs McDonald (pictured) repeated her call for abortion reform north of the border following the Republic of…
Some of Ireland's most vulnerable children were potentially placed at risk due to major system failures within the Child and Family Agency (Tusla), an investigation has found. The failings were found by the Health, Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) to have stemmed from a gap between national Tusla policy and…
A Northern Ireland woman who suffers from MS says the change of a key benefit has left her exhausted and fearful for the future. Melissa Leavy, 18, from Downpatrick, spoke out as the MS Society released new research which finds the change from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence…
The mother of a 12-year-old son with acute epilepsy who had cannabis oil used to treat his condition confiscated from her at Heathrow has demanded a meeting with the Home Secretary and the Health Secretary within 24 hours. Charlotte Caldwell (pictured) had been using the banned medication - which contains…
A mother seeking a cannabis oil supply to treat her sick son could apply for a clinical trial in Northern Ireland. Health officials have offered to meet anyone wanting guidance on the process. Charlotte Caldwell (pictured) has vowed to return to Canada to get more of the drug used to…
Dementia sufferers at a Northern Ireland care home suffered a "horrific catalogue of inhuman and degrading treatment", an investigation has found. Launching a scathing report into standards at Dunmurry Manor Care Home, the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland (COPNI) Eddie Lynch identified "significant failures" in the safeguarding and…
Pro-choice activists have accused the Northern Ireland Secretary of making inaccurate and disingenuous claims about Westminster's ability to legislate for abortion reform in Northern Ireland. Amnesty International criticised Karen Bradley's claim that parliament was not qualified to change the region's abortion regime and her further contention that people in Northern…
The Government has declined to commit to passing legislation at Westminster to implement recommendations of a major historical abuse inquiry in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley said she faced a constitutional "challenge" because there was uncertainty over what approach Stormont ministers would have taken if powersharing was still…
The international expert who authored a report to transform Northern Ireland's health care system has said he is not concerned about the lack of devolved government to drive it. Almost two years ago, Professor Rafael Bengoa made a number of radical recommendations to make the health and social care system…
Westminster politicians are not qualified to change abortion laws for Northern Ireland, the region's Secretary of State has said. Karen Bradley insisted that people in Northern Ireland do not want MPs making decisions on whether to overhaul the existing regime, as she explained the Government's reluctance to intervene on the…
A British mother has vowed to return to Canada to get more cannabis oil used to treat her son's severe epilepsy after having a supply confiscated at Heathrow Airport. Charlotte Caldwell made the trip to Toronto and back with 12-year-old Billy to get a six-month supply to treat up to…
Northern Ireland's Chief Social Worker, Sean Holland, has today called on carers to get involved in discussions on the reform of Adult Care. His call was made as the Department of Health announced the start of recruitment of family carers to join an Independent Expert Carers Panel as part of…
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