RESEARCH WARNS MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ARE ON THE CUSP OF CRISIS

SOURCE – Action Mental Health A new study by Action Mental Health (AMH) in partnership with Queen’s University Belfast, has warned that substantial funding cuts to psychiatric support services in Northern Ireland is systematically failing the needs of the mentally unwell. The research, which sought the views of service users, providers and carers in regards […]
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Two firms fined after metal panel hits worker

SOURCE – BBC News Two companies have been fined for health and safety failings after a worker suffered serious injuries when a metal panel fell on him. The 23-year-old employee was working on a reinforced wall at McClure Farms, Coleraine on 16 November 2018 when an unsecured metal panel fell on him. The construction worker […]
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General Election: Dozens of solicitors elected to parliament – but Gauke defeated

SOURCE – The Law Gazette By John Hyde Three solicitors were among a tranche of Conservatives to turn seemingly safe Labour seats blue, as Boris Johnson’s party secured a thumping Commons majority.  In total, over 33 solicitors were elected to parliament yesterday. But one solicitor not returning to Westminster is former justice secretary David Gauke, who […]
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Man armed with axe attacked mother’s Belfast home, court hears

SOURCE – Belfast Telegraph By Alan Erwin A man armed with an axe attacked his mother’s home because she had gone shopping rather than offering him help, a court heard on Monday. Michael Andrade was given probation and community service for damaging a front gate and door at the house in east Belfast. The 24-year-old, of […]
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ASDA liable after shopper slipped and fell in Fermanagh cafe, court rules

SOURCE – Belfast Telegraph By Alan Erwin Asda is liable for a shopper slipping and falling in a cafe where ten other accidents occurred over a two-year period, a High Court judge ruled today. Mr Justice Maguire found the supermarket giant and a firm which operates the restaurant at its store in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh were […]
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Soldier murder accused John Downey refused bail

SOURCE – Belfast Telegraph By Alan Erwin A 67-year-old man charged with murdering two British soldiers in 1972 must remain in custody, a High Court judge has ruled. John Downey was refused bail amid fears he could flee before any trial for the car bomb attack which killed Ulster Defence Regiment members Alfred Johnston and James […]
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Leaked report exposes maternity scandal at Shropshire NHS trust

SOURCE: The Guardian by Matthew Weaver At least 42 babies and three mothers may have died unnecessarily and more than 50 newborns suffered avoidable brain damage at a hospital trust, in what is believed to be the worst maternity scandal in NHS history. A leaked status update on a review of clinical malpractice in the maternity service […]
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Appeal court upholds ruling on Brexit legal challenge

SOURCE – Belfast Telegraph By Alan Erwin Any Brexit negotiations by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s administration must remain outside judicial scrutiny, the Court of Appeal has ruled. Senior judges in Belfast upheld a finding that legal challenges to the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without an agreement are non-justiciable. The cases brought amid claims a […]
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James McClean awarded £63k for comment by ex-UUP councillor McGimpsey

SOURCE – Belfast Telegraph By Alan Erwin A former Belfast councillor who falsely referred to Republic of Ireland footballer James McClean as a “super Provo” is to pay out £63,000, the High Court heard today. The settlement covers damages and legal costs of the Stoke City player’s defamation action against Chris McGimpsey. A judge was told […]
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