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Abuse victim hopes she’ll finally find out why she spent her childhood in homes

A Belfast-born woman who was given up by her mother and spent years in Catholic institutions where she suffered abuse says she hopes a meeting with relatives in Donegal will shed some light on why her mother took the fateful decision not to raise her. Marie Therese Rogers Moloney has been put in contact with […]

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BBCNI claims on-air staff don’t have to wear a poppy – is it some kind of galaxy-altering coincidence that they all do?

AND still BBC Ulster continues with the laughable pretence that when it comes to wearing a poppy, it’s up to the on-screen talent whether they want to pay tribute to our boys or not. It’s a hoary old chestnut, isn’t it? Every year on the radio and TV there’s a row about the poppy and something or […]

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Threatened day centres provide a vital service for users and carers alike, so let’s think hard before we scrap them

Too often in our busy modern world, carers and their loved ones are invisible. Last Wednesday, I spent the day with users and carers and staff in West Belfast visiting Fallswater, Mica and Suffolk Day centres and then in a meeting with carers and the Belfast Health Trust. I witnessed the marvellous work being done […]

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Why I found myself on the rocks on a Greek island pulling people from the sea

Joby Fox, the well-known local musician and founder of Folktown, has just arrived on the island of Lesbos, driven by a desire to help desperate refugees still arriving there in numbers. Here’s his first blog…   I have just pulled women and children and men from the sea, in the dark in stiff winds, from […]

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St Vincent de Paul makes a Titanic effort to raise money for their vital work

A gala dinner is set to be held in Titanic Belfast to raise vital funds for St Vincent de Paul’s work in local communities and further afield. Recent statistics have revealed that there are 26 per cent of children living in absolute poverty in the north – and that’s something that St Vincent de Paul […]

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After 42 years, family still battling to find out who shot their six-year-old boy

Relatives for Justice are appealing for anyone who has information about the murder of a six-year-old child in Belfast to come forward. A commemoration was held in Turf Lodge last Sunday for young Jim Doherty who was shot and killed in 1972. Hundreds of people attended the unveiling of a memorial to Jim at the […]

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