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Dissident republicans who have "nothing to offer their communities" have "exploited and goaded" children into violence in Londonderry, according to the Northern Ireland Secretary. Karen Bradley hit out as she responded to an urgent question in the Commons, which pressed her to update MPs on recent violence in the region.…
Northern Ireland's Department of Health has announced the appointment of a consultancy to carry out an independent review into care failings at Dunmurry Manor Care Home, focussing on the actions of the Health and Social Care system. The Department has appointed CPEA, an independent consultancy company which specialises in social…
A young girl from Co Down waiting to hear if she has been granted a licence to be treated with medicinal cannabis oil, has been admitted to hospital. Sophia Gibson, six, from Newtownards, suffers from a severe form of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome. Her parents, Danielle and Darren say…
A diabetic woman has been awarded £2,000 after staff at a concert confiscated her fizzy drink. Kayla Hanna, 20, had been walking into a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in Belfast in August 2016 when the incident happened. She said she always carries Lucozade to ensure she can quickly top…
The health service in Northern Ireland is unique in the UK as the only region where it is not led by a minister. It generally faces the same challenges as in the rest of the UK, with an ageing population, increasingly complex care needs, staffing GP practices and increasing drug…
Theresa May faced calls to act urgently to give MPs the opportunity to liberalise Northern Ireland's abortion laws. The Prime Minister has been reluctant to intervene in the row because it is a devolved issue, but the collapse of the Stormont administration means MPs have pressed for action at Westminster.…
The Home Office has rubber-stamped a special exemption licence meaning severely epileptic Billy Caldwell can go home with his medicinal cannabis, a family spokesman has said. His mother Charlotte, of Castlederg in Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland, had seven bottles confiscated at Heathrow Airport customs on June 11 after she brought…
Humanists have hailed an Appeal Court ruling as paving the way for legally recognised marriages in Northern Ireland, despite losing a bid to have the current law declared in breach of human rights. A model and international footballer, who won the right to have a lawful humanist wedding in Northern…
Northern Ireland's Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health, Richard Pengelly, has said public concern over the quality of care home provision must be addressed. Mr Pengelly was speaking after convening a summit attended by senior officials from the Department, HSC trusts and the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA)…
Social workers working in children’s services in NI have a vital role in supporting families and protecting children from harm. This was the message from NI’s Chief Social Worker Sean Holland as he spoke before the regional launch of the Signs of Safety training programme today, part of a wider…
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…
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