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Catholic Church intervenes in NI abortion court case to restrict access to abortion for rape victims

Catholic Church intervenes in NI abortion court case to restrict access to abortion for rape victims

Posted: Fri, 08 Jan 2016 10:56

The Catholic Church in Northern Ireland is pressing the attorney general to appeal the 2015 High Court ruling that allowed abortion in cases of incest, rape or fatal foetal abnormalities.

Student starts petition against collective worship in Northern Ireland

Student starts petition against collective worship in Northern Ireland

Posted: Tue, 22 Sep 2015 16:07

A Sixth Form student has started a campaign against collective worship in Northern Ireland, from which pupils currently have no right to withdraw without parental consent.

Northern Ireland sets out roadmap to shared education

Northern Ireland sets out roadmap to shared education

Posted: Thu, 17 Sep 2015 16:26

The Northern Ireland Education Minister has released his plan to create "a more integrated education system" so that children "from different community backgrounds can be educated together."

Northern Ireland anti-abortion measure “strongly supported” by religious groups

Northern Ireland anti-abortion measure “strongly supported” by religious groups

Posted: Tue, 09 Jun 2015 12:29

A coalition of religious groups offered 'strong support' to proposed legislation in Northern Ireland which would have introduced a ten year prison sentence for carrying out an abortion.

Prayers cause conflict on Northern Ireland council

Prayers cause conflict on Northern Ireland council

Posted: Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:03

Councillors in Northern Ireland have been left bitterly split after an hour long row over whether to begin council meetings with prayers.

Secularists stand up for LGBT equality in Northern Ireland

Secularists stand up for LGBT equality in Northern Ireland

Posted: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:54

The NSS has objected to proposed changes to Northern Ireland's equality laws which would allow businesses to refuse services to LGBT customers on the grounds of "strongly held religious convictions".

NSS warns against bill allowing religious exemptions to Northern Ireland’s equality laws

NSS warns against bill allowing religious exemptions to Northern Ireland’s equality laws

Posted: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:28

DUP backbencher Paul Givan has proposed a Bill to create a religious exemption in Northern Ireland's equality legislation, allowing businesses to refuse services on the grounds of "strongly held religious convictions."

FOI response suggests Government pressure over creationism at Giant’s Causeway

FOI response suggests Government pressure over creationism at Giant’s Causeway

Posted: Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:09

A freedom of Information response from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) in Northern Ireland suggests that the inclusion of a creationist exhibit at the Giant's Causeway visitor centre was a condition of the near £10 million that was given to the National Trust.

Although sectarianism is still rife, Northern Ireland’s teenagers are gradually breaking down religious barriers

Although sectarianism is still rife, Northern Ireland’s teenagers are gradually breaking down religious barriers

Posted: Tue, 22 May 2012 11:23

A survey of Northern Ireland's teenagers shows that religious and ethnic barriers are being gradually broken down, but another survey in the workplace shows that there is still a long way to go as sectarianism there is still rife.