Modern Slavery – can NI’s history of activism shake off its long history of slavery?

A conference organised by the Law Centre NI to examine Eradicating Modern Slavery in Northern Ireland was held in Belfast today. The full audio is embedded below. The Law Centre’s director Glenn Jordan opened proceedings by telling delegates that “this is not simply a matter for legislators alone but for the whole of civic society”. Glenn noted that many Northern Irish merchants and citizens who “benefited from the existence of the slave trade” in the past. One Larne man owned …

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Death in Cobh and Attack in Cavan

A couple of days ago, Patricia McBride wrote on Slugger that “our political leaders north and south must become pro-woman” in light of the recent tribulations of Dawn Purvis, Director of Marie Stopes, as well as the judgement delivered by the High Court in Dublin last week regarding whether to continue life support for a pregnant woman described as clinically brain dead and, of course, the high profile case of Savita Halappanavar whose death was not prevented in an Irish …

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“Being in the public eye may make him step into the shadows”

Abuse is a difficult subject. Domestic, or as in the case of Domhnall Ó Lubhlaí, or institutional. According to the US Institute of Medicine, disruption of the behaviour is an effective means to change patterns. The trouble is that perpetrators like Ó Lubhlaí and Jimmy Saville are often adept at hiding their activities even whilst holding a prominent place in public life. It’s worth listening to the experiences of Jahmene Douglas and his mother Mandy Thomas (http://goo.gl/gW8Kb starts about 2.20 …

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