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  • One in five schools in Norther Ireland cover lesbian, gay or bisexual issues

    08/26/2017 3:48:09 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 17 replies
    BBC News ^ | 26th August 2017 | Robbie Meredith
    Just over one in five schools in Northern Ireland have said they cover lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) issues with pupils. That is one of the findings of a Department of Education (DE) survey of more than 420 schools. Schools were asked whether they covered LGB issues in relationship and sex education (RSE) or other parts of the curriculum. More than half - 59% - said they did not. Just over 21% said they did cover LGB issues with pupils and 19.4% preferred not to answer the question. Additionally, almost seven out of ten respondent schools said they were not...
  • 'Charlie Gard's parents inspired me to fight for my daughter's life': Father's race against...

    07/26/2017 1:52:56 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    mirror.co.uk ^ | July 26, 2017 | Kara O'Neill
    FULL TITLE: 'Charlie Gard's parents inspired me to fight for my daughter's life': Father's race against time to raise Ł200,000 Robbie Emerson has been told my doctors that his daughter's condition is terminal and that she should be taken home to die A father who claims his baby daughter has been 'left to die' says Charlie Gard's parents are the inspiration for his fight to keep her alive and secure life-saving treatment abroad. He believes British doctors have given up on his child, but is refusing to stop battling on her behalf. Little Jorja Emerson has a rare chromosome disorder...
  • Evangelical pastor on trial for branding Islam 'satanic' [Isaiah 32]

    12/14/2015 2:14:22 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 71 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 12/14/2015 | Bob Unruh
    A pastor is facing a court trial this week on a government charge that his message, delivered through a public electronic communications because it was online, was grossly offensive to the point of being criminal. The decision that results from the case, which is based on the pastor’s description of Islam as a “doctrine spawned in hell,” could determine whether Christian pastors will be allowed to preach biblical doctrine in the United Kingdom going forward. U.TV in the United Kingdom reports that Pastor James McConnell, 78, of Shore Road, Newtownabbey, is facing a three-day trial for charges stemming from alleged...
  • Rewriting history: 400-year-old battle in County Fermanagh

    11/02/2014 7:16:46 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 29 October 2014 | Julian Fowler
    In 1594, soldiers loyal to Queen Elizabeth I, sent to relieve a garrison besieged by Irish chieftain Hugh Maguire in Enniskillen Castle, were ambushed as they crossed the Arney River... and their supplies were thrown into the river. It became known as the Battle of the Ford of the Biscuits. According to the history books it took place near Drumane Bridge, close to the modern main road between Enniskillen and Dublin... Local people, like farmer Maurice Owens, thought they knew otherwise from the stories passed down through the generations. "We were always told that the battle took place down here...
  • Northern Ireland Firebrand Ian Paisley Dead At 88

    09/12/2014 9:43:35 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    ABCNews ^ | September 12, 2014
    September 12, 2014 Northern Ireland Firebrand Ian Paisley Dead At 88 DUBLIN -- The Rev. Ian Paisley, the divisive Protestant firebrand who devoted his life to thwarting compromise with Catholics in Northern Ireland only to become a pivotal peacemaker in his twilight years, died Friday in Belfast, his wife said. He was 88. Paisley was Northern Ireland's most polarizing politician throughout its three decades of civil strife, during which the evangelist's blistering oratory was often blamed for fueling the bloodshed that claimed 3,700 lives. Yet at the zenith of his peace-wrecking powers, Paisley in 2007 stunned the world by delivering...
  • Hillary Clinton “distressed” by Northern Ireland tensions as two bombs found

    12/07/2012 11:30:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1:15PM GMT 07 Dec 2012 | Rowena Mason
    Hillary Clinton has called for an end to “unacceptable” violence in Northern Ireland as she visited the region amid a revival of sectarian tensions. The US Secretary of State said she was “distressed” to hear about a death threat to Naomi Long, the East Belfast MP, and the discovery of two unexploded bombs. … Mrs. Clinton landed in Belfast as part of four-day European trip, just hours after police seized an unexploded bomb from suspected Republican dissidents in Londonderry. A second device was found in a postbox. …
  • Six police injured in Belfast riots

    07/02/2011 5:09:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Six police officers were injured and seven people were arrested during overnight clashes in east Belfast, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said. Rioting broke out following the Protestant “mini Twelfth” parade on Friday, a force spokeswoman said. Police vehicles were damaged and missiles were thrown at officers trying to quell the “significant disorder” in the Castlereagh Street and Albertbridge Road areas of the city. Officers used rubber bullets and a water cannon to try to disperse the crowds, finally bringing calm to the area in the early hours of Saturday. Six officers were hurt when youths threw by blocks...
  • Car bomb explodes outside Londonderry shopping centre (Northern Ireland)

    10/04/2010 11:47:16 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 5th October 2010
    A large car bomb exploded today in Northern Ireland, causing large-scale damage to a shopping centre. The device, planted in a Vauxhall Corsa, detonated just after midnight outside a bank at the back of the Da Vinci retail complex near the University of Ulster in Londonderry. A spokesman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland said: 'A warning had been received just an hour earlier and a cordon was in place. 'Initial inquiries suggest there were no injuries. Substantial damage was caused to the retail complex and to the car.' Dozens of homes and businesses, including a nursing home, were...
  • 82 police injured in Northern Ireland's 2 nights of Catholic riots; politicians plead for calm

    07/13/2010 10:24:53 AM PDT · by Stayfrosty · 276 replies · 1+ views
    FOX News ^ | July 13, 2010 | NA
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland leaders condemned Irish nationalist rioters Tuesday who wounded 82 police officers during two nights of street clashes sparked by the province's annual parades by the British Protestant majority.
  • vacation in Belfast

    04/29/2009 4:08:46 PM PDT · by franksolich · 16 replies · 474+ views
    conservativecave ^ | April 29, 2009 | franksolich
    After having exhausted Edinburgh, I announced I was headed on to Belfast, Northern Ireland. I disremember exactly all that was going on at the time--there hadn't been any explosions or murders (there however were to be shortly after I left, dozens and scores murdered, but I was already in Wales by then), but the American embassy strongly advised Americans to not go there, and the British government was trying to discourage all non-residents of Northern Ireland from going there. I have no idea how they knew, but they knew. I was reminded of this, and it was suggested that there...
  • David Cameron launches biggest Conservative shake-up for decades

    07/23/2008 8:54:41 PM PDT · by GreenLanternCorps · 5 replies · 239+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 24 Jul 2008 | Andrew Porter, Political Editor
    David Cameron is to launch the biggest shake-up of the Conservative Party for decades as part of a bold plan to win support across the whole of the United Kingdom. The Tories are to forge a new party with the Ulster Unionists to try to secure broader backing for Mr Cameron before the next election. The move to restore a link severed more than 30 years ago forms a central plank in a new Conservative strategy to broaden the party's appeal outside England.
  • 'Gay counselling' call rejected (Northern Ireland's 'first lady' probed by police)

    06/08/2008 4:10:49 PM PDT · by Stoat · 49 replies · 171+ views
    The BBC ^ | June 6, 2008
    'Gay counselling' call rejected Iris Robinson said gay people should seek counselling A gay rights campaigner has rejected a Northern Ireland assembly member's call for homosexuals to seek psychiatric counselling.David McCartney from the Rainbow Project was responding to comments from Iris Robinson, who is the chair of the Stormont health committee. Mrs Robinson said with help, gay people could be "turned around". Mr McCartney said there was "no body of evidence" to support this and asked to meet the MP. Mrs Robinson made her comments on BBC Radio Ulster's Nolan Show on Friday. She said she would defend her...
  • Nobel winner: Hillary Clinton's "silly" Irish peace claims

    03/07/2008 7:38:59 PM PST · by Arkancide · 21 replies · 1,260+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 03/08/2008 | Toby Harnden
    Hillary Clinton had no direct role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland and is a "wee bit silly" for exaggerating the part she played, according to Lord Trimble of Lisnagarvey, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former First Minister of the province. Hillary Clinton with the Rev Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness after their meeting in Washington last year "I don’t know there was much she did apart from accompanying Bill [Clinton] going around," he said. Her recent statements about being deeply involved were merely "the sort of thing people put in their canvassing leaflets" during elections. "She visited when...
  • Family perish in house fire

    11/13/2007 2:46:03 PM PST · by UKrepublican · 6 replies · 59+ views
    Family perish in house fireSeven members of the one family - including five children - were killed today in one of Northern Ireland's worst ever fire tragedies. A man and a woman - named locally as farmer Arthur McElhill and Lorraine McGovern - and five children, aged from 13 to just a few months old, perished as fire swept through their terrace house at Lammy Crescent in Omagh at 4.55am today. Neighbours, who made desperate attempts to rescue the family as the tiled roof of their home collapsed, told how they heard screams as the blaze caught hold. After five...
  • Loyalists make Catholic Poles welcome

    02/18/2007 10:46:35 AM PST · by lizol · 9 replies · 367+ views
    Guardian ^ | Sunday February 18, 2007 | Henry McDonald
    Loyalists make Catholic Poles welcome Wartime debt to Britain's East European allies boosts a battle against racism on estate Henry McDonald, Ireland editor Sunday February 18, 2007 The Observer The contribution made by Polish pilots during the Second World War is being used as a weapon in the fight against racism in Northern Ireland. An estate infamous for the expulsion of Catholics during the Anglo-Irish Agreement protests is welcoming an influx of Catholic residents from eastern Europe. And the Ulster Defence Association is so keen to prevent the new arrivals from leaving, it has leafleted Lisburn urging loyalists to support...
  • A long way from Dublin's bloody past

    02/04/2007 5:28:22 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 19 replies · 677+ views
    BBC ^ | 03/03/07 | Kevin Connolly
    There is a cold hour just before dawn, when the light is the colour of lead, when the past seems a little closer and a lot more real than it does in the clearer light that comes later in the day. --SNIP-- On that day, IRA gunmen burst into a string of houses that lay along my route to the conference centre and shot dead 14 British officers and intelligence officials. The Ireland of those days was inured to brutality on all sides but there was something about these killings that shocked the Dublin public. Maybe it was the curiously...
  • Education system failing Protestants (Belfast)

    12/08/2006 11:21:06 AM PST · by Murtyo · 7 replies · 332+ views
    UTV (Ulster Television) Belfast, Northern Ireland ^ | FRIDAY 08/DEC/2006 17:55:50 | Jamie Delargy, UTV
    A watchdog committee at Westminster has said the Goverment isn`t tackling the underperformance of Protestant pupils urgently enough. The committee has sent the Department of Education an end of term report. It grades the department on what it has done to lift exam results in loyalist areas. The verdict: could do a lot better. GCSE Maths: Appalling performance; literacy and numeracy: progress manifestly unsatisfactory. In fact the latter criticism applies across Northern Ireland. The Public Accounts Committe reports that one in five pupils leaves school here without being able to read and write properly. But though concerned with the broad...
  • Is Goering's Nazi loot in bowels of Ulster museum?

    09/03/2006 3:08:36 AM PDT · by Marius3188 · 8 replies · 848+ views
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 03 Sep 2006 | Stephen Breen
    The Ulster Museum was last night at the centre of a probe into a famous painting that's suspected of being plundered by Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering. Leading art detective Clemens 'Fifty Per Cent' Toussaint is set to travel to Belfast in a bid to establish if the museum's most prized Flemish painting - St Christopher Carrying The Christ Child - was stolen by Hitler's right-hand man during the Second World War. If the millionaire French art sleuth proves Jacob Jordaens' 17th century masterpiece - previously owned by Dutch art collector Jacques Goudstikker - was looted by Goering, the museum...
  • IRA 'has ceased its criminality' (more lies)

    07/25/2006 1:37:51 PM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 21 replies · 666+ views
    BBC News ^ | Tuesday, 25 July 2006 | Not stated
    IRA 'has ceased its criminality' The IRA is no longer involved in any centrally organised criminality, the British and Irish governments believe. Speaking after meeting Irish ministers, NI Secretary Peter Hain said cross-border intelligence indicated the IRA was living up to its commitments. Mr Hain said individual IRA members may still be involved in criminal activities, but that should not prevent political progress from being made. However, the DUP's Nigel Dodds said Mr Hain was "living in fantasy land". "This latest assessment from the secretary of state lacks credibility and will be treated by the vast majority of people in...
  • IRA murdered mother 'not an informer'

    07/07/2006 3:56:37 PM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 33 replies · 715+ views
    Ireland OnLIne ^ | 07/07/2006 | Not stated
    IRA murdered mother 'not an informer' 07/07/2006 - 12:34:40 A mother of 10 who was abducted and shot dead by the IRA nearly 34 years ago was officially cleared today of allegations that she was an informer. Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman Nuala O’Loan said her investigators had found no evidence Jean McConville passed information to the security services. The IRA claimed Mrs McConville, who was seized as she went to the aid of a fatally wounded British soldier outside her front door in December 1972, worked for the intelligence’s agencies. Public pressure forced them into making an apology for the...