Northern Ireland

Magilligan prisoners take part in parkrun event

Magilligan prisoners take part in parkrun event

Prisoners at Magilligan have become the first in Northern Ireland to take part in a parkrun event. The prisoners were joined by prison staff in the first of their weekly parkrun events on Saturday as part of a collabortion between parkrun UK and Magilligan Prison. parkrun UK is a non-profit which supports communities to co-ordinate […]

McLernon Moynagh Solicitors appoints property and immigration lawyer

McLernon Moynagh Solicitors appoints property and immigration lawyer

Belfast-based McLernon Moynagh Solicitors has appointed Hugh Sally to lead the firm’s immigration and asylum law department. Mr Sally told Irish Legal News: “Having practiced in a leading property and immigration law firm in South Belfast for the last ten years, I am delighted to begin the new year by joining McLernon Moynagh Solicitors in […]

Brokenshire resigns from Cabinet for medical reasons

Brokenshire resigns from Cabinet for medical reasons

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire has announced his resignation from the Cabinet for medical reasons. Mr Brokenshire today revealed that he has a “small lesion” in his right lung which needs to be surgically removed. In a resignation letter sent to Prime Minister Theresa May, he wrote that he did not feel he would be […]

Cleaver Fulton Rankin celebrates 125 years in business

Cleaver Fulton Rankin celebrates 125 years in business

Belfast-based Cleaver Fulton Rankin Solicitors is celebrating its 125th birthday this year. The firm, founded in 1893, is one of Northern Ireland’s largest commercial law firms with over 100 staff based in its city centre offices. Managing director Jonathan Forrester said: “Whilst we celebrate our 125th anniversary we are determined to maintain our exciting strategic […]

Three more appointments at Carson McDowell

Three more appointments at Carson McDowell

Belfast-based Carson McDowell has announced the appointment of Clare Heaney, Amy McConnell and Katie McAllister. It follows the firm’s recent announcement of the appointment of Cathal O’Neill, Andrew Edwards and Peter Lamont in December. Ms Heaney has joined the firm’s healthcare team, having previously worked as a paralegal for the General Medical Council in Manchester […]

UK government rebuffs barristers’ appeal for consideration of non-jury trial reform

UK government rebuffs barristers’ appeal for consideration of non-jury trial reform

The UK government has rebuffed calls from barristers to consider reform of non-jury trials in Northern Ireland, the Belfast Telegraph reports. Under the Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007, the Director of Public Prosecutions can issue a certificate that any trial on indictment should be conducted without a jury. The Act’s provisions must be […]

Amnesty voices ‘deep concern’ over lost Troubles documents

Amnesty voices ‘deep concern’ over lost Troubles documents

Amnesty International has expressed “deep concern” over revelations that the UK government has lost historic documents that may include crucial evidence of human rights violations during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. According to The Guardian, as many as thousands of documents have been removed from the National Archives by civil servants and subsequently reported as […]

Alliance councillor appointed High Sheriff of Belfast

Alliance councillor appointed High Sheriff of Belfast

An Alliance Party councillor has been appointed High Sheriff of Belfast for 2018, marking the first time the ceremonial post has been held by someone other than a unionist since 2000. Carole Howard will, for the next 12 months, serve as the Queen’s judicial representative in Belfast. The role is now largely a ceremonial one […]

Youth Justice Agency staff raise £23,000 for cancer charity

Youth Justice Agency staff raise £23,000 for cancer charity

Staff at the Youth Justice Agency have raised a magnificent £23,000 for Action Cancer, their chosen charity for 2017. A cheque for £23,052.65 was presented to the charity at a staff celebration in Parliament Buildings in Belfast. The cash was raised during the Action Cancer Shops’ Challenge, which saw YJA staff from Belfast, Derry, Cookstown, […]

Hydebank prisoners sell Christmas crafts for victims’ group

Hydebank prisoners sell Christmas crafts for victims’ group

Prisoners at Hydebank Wood College have given back over the festive period by selling Christmas crafts in aid of Victim Support NI. Table centrepieces, ceramics and wooden gifts, jams and chutneys, handmade by prisoners at Hydebank Wood College have been sold for a total of £531. The money was donated to Victim Support NI, a […]