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Two landmark court challenges against the ban on same sex marriage in Northern Ireland have been dismissed. Mr Justice O'Hara rejected both cases, insisting the ban did not violate the rights of LGBT couples in the region. Delivering judgment at the High Court in Belfast, he said it was for…
A 43 year-old woman has been convicted at Lisburn Magistrates' Court for the sale and supply of illegal prescription medicines from her Eastern European convenience food store in Lisburn. Eduarda Verygiene received fines totalling £750 plus court costs, having pleaded guilty to three charges before the court in relation to…
Families, patients and staff gathered at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children recently to officially open two brand new rooms which have been built for the Cancer Unit, following a fundraising drive by the Children's Cancer Unit Charity. These new rooms will not only increase the number of beds…
Victims of the Northern Ireland conflict living in Great Britain are to be targeted for special healthcare support underpinned by EU money. The programme aims to improve the well-being of survivors who have suffered as a result of violence. The IRA bombed cities in Great Britain many times throughout the…
Northern Ireland risks falling behind in the fight against HIV if the infection prevention drug PrEP is not rolled out in the region, a charity has warned. Positive Life called for the introduction of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) after the NHS in England announced that the drug would be offered to…
The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) has announced the appointment of Declan McAllister as their new Director of Registration and Corporate Services. Many will already know Declan from his work as Corporate Services Manager with the Northern Ireland Guardian ad Litem Agency (NIGALA). Declan worked for NIGALA for 21…
A brother of abuse victims campaigner Billy McConville has urged politicians in Northern Ireland to fulfil his dying wish and compensate those who suffered. Mr McConville, 50, died at the weekend after a battle with cancer. He was the son of IRA "Disappeared" murder victim Jean McConville. After her killing…
Two Ulster and Ireland rugby stars are to be prosecuted for rape. Paddy Jackson, 25, and Stuart Olding, 24, strenuously deny the offence, which was alleged to have happened in Belfast last June. The Irish Rugby Football Union and Ulster Rugby said they took the allegations "extremely seriously" and announced…
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