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  • Self harm figures revealed

    Fri 27th Feb 2015

    People attended Northern Ireland emergency departments 12,000 times last year because of self-harm or suicidal thoughts, research revealed. Images of self-harming have been shared on social media sites, campaigners warned, the physical pain helping young people cope with emotional pain. Almost a third of patients were in the Belfast health and social care trust, the […]
  • Troubles inquests will be halted

    Fri 27th Feb 2015

    Inquests into deaths during the conflict in Northern Ireland will be halted because no money is available to appoint investigators, the senior coroner said. Senior coroner John Leckey wants to employ specialists to hunt for information about killings during 30 years of violence. But Stormont’s justice minister has been aware of the problem for years […]
  • NI’s child mortality rates ‘worst in UK’

    Thu 26th Feb 2015

    Northern Ireland has the highest infant mortality rate in the UK, children’s doctors and campaigners have said. Smoking during pregnancy was a high risk factor but it was difficult to draw conclusive reasons due to the small number of cases, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said. According to the report, 182 children […]
  • Prison report reveals ‘complacency’

    Thu 26th Feb 2015

    Standards have slipped at Magilligan Prison and action must be taken to prevent further decline, inspectors have found. An inspection report did point to “significant strengths” within the regime at the medium to low-security male prison in Co Londonderry but stressed that performance levels were not as high as when it was last inspected five […]
  • No charges against dead boy’s mother

    Thu 26th Feb 2015

    Prosecutors in Northern Ireland have decided not to pursue the mother of a toddler who died after he was beaten about the head. Liam Gonzalez Bennett, from Ballymena, Co Antrim, was 20 months old when he died on February 8 2009. He had suffered 31 bruises to his head which pathologists said could have been […]
  • Booby-trap poster explosion reports

    Wed 25th Feb 2015

    Police are investigating a report that a man has been injured in an explosion in south Armagh. Sinn Fein MP Conor Murphy said the man sustained injuries when some form of device exploded as he climbed a pole to remove a poster outside Crossmaglen this morning. Blaming “criminals masquerading as republicans”, Mr Murphy said the […]
  • PM’S ‘sympathy’ with DUP protest

    Wed 25th Feb 2015

    David Cameron has said he has “a lot of sympathy” with the Democratic Unionist Party’s protests at being excluded from the proposed general election TV debates. The Prime Minister said there was a difficulty with the broadcasters’ plans which include the Scottish National Party and Wales’s Plaid Cymru but not Northern Ireland’s largest party the […]
  • Officer disciplined over assault investigation

    Tue 24th Feb 2015

    A policeman has been formally disciplined for “alarming failures” in how he investigated an assault in north Belfast. A woman who was kicked, punched and beaten with a golf umbrella, complained to the Ombudsman. The case went to court 11 months after the attack, but was dismissed. The victim claimed that was down to failings […]
  • Cancer awareness campaign launched

    Tue 24th Feb 2015

    People in Northern Ireland are dying from cancer because they are too embarrassed or scared to see their doctor, it has been claimed. A lack of awareness about symptoms and a reluctance to talk to GPs means survival rates for some cancers are less in Northern Ireland than elsewhere in the UK and Europe, according […]
  • Schoolgirl died in Co. Derry road crash

    Mon 23rd Feb 2015

    A 13-year-old girl killed in a crash in Co Londonderry has been named as Georgia Louise Doherty. Police have confirmed the schoolgirl was from the Redcastle area of Co Donegal. She died after a two-vehicle collision on the Glenshane Road, Derry at around 5pm yesterday. Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward. The road […]
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