December 12, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Same-sex couples in Northern Ireland will soon be able to adopt children, officials said Wednesday. The announcement came after the Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Health Minister Edwin Poots, finding that it did not meet the criteria. The Northern Ireland High Court ruled last year that the ...[read more]
October 12, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
A Northern Ireland judge ruled Friday that Health Minister Edwin Poots could not continue to enforce the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood, calling the law "irrational." The lifetime ban was introduced in the UK in the 1980s in an effort to prevent the spread of diseases that can be carried ...[read more]
September 12, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
Northern Ireland will struggle to move forward due to its failure to establish the truth about abuses committed during its civil unrest, Amnesty International (AI) warned in a report published Thursday. The report, entitled "Northern Ireland: Time to Deal with the Past," speaks extensively about ...[read more]
November 15, 2012
by Daniel Mullen
Ireland's Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore pledged Thursday to bring "legal clarity" to Ireland's abortion laws following the death of Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old dentist who was denied a potentially life saving abortion. Ireland, a traditionally Catholic nation, has some of the most ...[read more]
October 18, 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove
The Northern Ireland High Court on Wednesday held that a law permitting adoption only by heterosexual married couples or single individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation, is unlawful. The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) challenged Articles 14 and 15 of the Adoption ( ...[read more]
September 22, 2011
by Dan Taglioli
The British government announced Thursday that it would pay reparations to the families of those killed or wounded in Northern Ireland's 1972 Bloody Sunday, the day on which members of the British Army's Parachute Regiment opened fire on civil rights marchers in Londonderry. The shooting killed 13 ...[read more]
January 9, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On January 9, 2007, the UK House of Lords voted 199-68 to keep legislation protecting gay rights in Northern Ireland in place. The Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 prohibits businesses from withholding goods and services, including accommodation, from same-sex ...[read more]
November 30, 2010
by Drew Singer
More than 50,000 hate crimes were reported last year in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, according to a report released Tuesday, the first time such a report has been made public. The Association of Chief Police Officers, a private company consisting of police officers from England, Wales and ...[read more]
June 16, 2010
by Sarah Miley
The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) for Northern Ireland announced Tuesday that it is considering whether to file charges against the British soldiers responsible for civilian casualties in the 1972 Bloody Sunday attack in Londonderry. The Bloody Sunday Inquiry released a report of a 12-year ...[read more]
June 15, 2010
by Sarah Miley
The UK Bloody Sunday Inquiry released a report Tuesday concluding that casualties resulting from a 1972 attack on Northern Ireland civilians by British forces were unjustified. The inquiry was launched in 1998 by former prime minister Tony Blair in response to pressure from the victims' families... ...[read more]

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