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Shared housing and integrated education: Building good community relations

Shared housing and integrated education: Building good community relations | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
A panel discussion on how shared housing projects and the integrated education movement are contributing towards good community relations was held at St Mary’s College, Belfast, as part of the Feile Festival. The panellists were Deborah Howe (Equality Commission), Christine Davis (Housing Executive), Grainne Mullin (Radius Housing), and Jill Caskey (Integrated Education Fund). The event was chaired by Gerry McConville.
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72% of NI people accepting of transgender community

72% of NI people accepting of transgender community | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
More than a fifth of people in Northern Ireland are prejudiced against the transgender community, while 72% are "not prejudiced", an academic survey has found.

The study by Ark, a joint initiative between Queen's University Belfast and Ulster University, revealed that 21% of those questioned are prejudiced towards transgender people, but 72% describe themselves as "not prejudiced at all".
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Northern Ireland's three seats: an ‘other’ rising and why it matters

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The stage is set for an historic result in Northern Ireland European parliamentary elections this week.

According to polling by Lucid Talk and analysis by Slugger O’Toole, one of Northern Ireland’s three MEP seats is likely to be won by a ‘non-designated’ cross-community representative, Naomi Long of the Alliance Party. Unlike all previous Northern Irish MEPs, including the three incumbents, Ms. Long and her party do not identify as either Unionist or Nationalist, but rather sit as ‘non-designated’ or ‘others’ in Northern Ireland’s unique power-sharing institutions.
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Welcome home? Attitudes towards asylum seekers and refugees

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For asylum seekers and refugees, Northern Ireland is the new home that they are looking for, as they escape persecution in their home country.  Although these terms are often used interchangeably, there are important legal distinctions between them.  An asylum seeker is someone who has entered Northern Ireland and claims asylum from persecution in their home country. While their claim is being assessed, the person is considered to be an asylum seeker. If permission to stay is granted, that person is considered a refugee.
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We may need to hold a Border poll just to clear the air

We may need to hold a Border poll just to clear the air | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it

Northern Ireland has a problem with opinion polls.

For decades, the authoritative Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey– run by Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University – has found implausibly low support for a united Ireland.

Even after the EU referendum, the latest pro-unity figure stands at 22 per cent, about the same level as always, implying half the North’s nationalist voters are not nationalists.

Other face-to-face polls produce similar results. This problem has come to be explained by the “shy republican” theory, positing that people are reluctant to tell a stranger they back a cause associated with Sinn Féin. That effect would be expected to weaken as the Troubles recede into history, yet results remain stuck at an improbable level.

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UK Politicians Call For Northern Ireland Abortion Reforms

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More than 170 politicians from the UK and Ireland have signed a letter calling on the UK government to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland.

The cross-party letter, published in UK newspaper The Sunday Times, said the "current situation for women [in Northern Ireland] cannot be ignored or allowed to continue".

It added: "Without urgent action, women and girls living in Northern Ireland will continue to be unable to access safe healthcare at home."

Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK exempt from the 1967 Abortion Act, meaning abortion is illegal unless a pregnancy poses a serious risk to a woman's physical or mental health.
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Majority surveyed in favour of NI remaining in the UK

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Latest figures from the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey suggest there is still a substantial majority in favour of Northern Ireland remaining in the UK.

The survey, which was set up by Queen's and Ulster Universities, found that 55% of those interviewed would vote for Northern Ireland to remain in the UK.

This compares to only 22% who said they would back a United Ireland.
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Standing of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in the UK Supreme Court Abortion Decision | University of Bristol Law School Blog

In its much-awaited decision on Northern Irish abortion laws, a majority in the UK Supreme Court dismissed the appeal brought by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (the Commission) on the basis that it lacked standing to bring legal proceedings [In the matter of an application by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission for Judicial Review [2018] UKSC 27]. Kathryn McNeilly, Fiona Bloomer, and Claire Pierson explain the context and implications of the ruling here. Despite agreement ‘that the current law in Northern Ireland on abortion is disproportionate and incompatible with Article 8 of the [European] Convention’ on Human Rights (see UK Supreme Court press release), the Commission had no standing and therefore the Supreme Court could not make a declaration of incompatibility under section 4 of the Human Rights Act and their statements on rights violations were obiter dicta.
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Abortion debate: ‘where are voices of would-be fathers?’ - Belfast Newsletter

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A churchman who founded a men’s support group has said the voice of would-be fathers “needs to be taken on board” in the abortion debate in Northern Ireland.
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Why minority languages on this island need promotion and saving

Why minority languages on this island need promotion and saving | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
According to the Northern Ireland Life and Times survey 224,520 people in Northern Ireland can speak Irish (Gaeilge), this includes 8980 who use Irish as their primary language. According to the 2011 Census on census day there were 8093 (13 per cent of population) people in Fermanagh who speak Irish – The census does not go into depth to state how fluent these 8,093 people are with some using Irish as their primary language whilst some may only be able to use basic phrases such as Céad míle fáilte (translating as one hundred thousand welcomes) or a haon, a d, a trí (numbers 1, 2 and 3.) According to the same census there are also 2483 (four per cent of population) people in Fermanagh who speak Ulster Scots, again the census is unclear on the fluency of speakers with some perhaps using Ulster Scots as their main language which would be uncommon in Fermanagh as the this dialect of Scots in not native to Fermanagh with the Ulster Scots having a strongholds amongst populations in County Antrim and County Derry-Londonderry.
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All news | ARK report finds that majority of people in NI not prejudiced towards transgende | News | Queen's University Belfast

All news | ARK report finds that majority of people in NI not prejudiced towards transgende | News | Queen's University Belfast | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
A research study on public attitudes towards transgender people has been released today (Friday 14 June) at The MAC Belfast by ARK – a joint initiative between Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University.


The report entitled ‘The Missing T: Baselining Attitudes Towards Transgender People in Northern Ireland’ used data from the 2018 Northern Ireland Life and Times (NILT) Survey.

It  was co-authored by Dr Siobhán McAlister, from the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen’s University Belfast and Dr Gail Neill, from School of Applied Social and Policy Sciences at Ulster University.
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Queering the Family - Canvas

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Is Northern Ireland as hostile to same-sex relationships as people in the rest of the UK might suspect?



In partnership with Queen's and Ulster Universities, which have been conducting surveys on the topic since 1989, we have interrogated the data to find out.
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Could a four-party pro-EU Executive govern Northern Ireland?

Could a four-party pro-EU Executive govern Northern Ireland? | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
In a letter to the Irish Times earlier this month Martin Mansergh, one of the principal architects of the Good Friday Agreement, issued a plea to nationalists and republicans to recognise some positive aspects of Northern Ireland’s past, ranging from the contribution of the North to the victory over Nazi Germany to the inspiration of the peace process for people seeking conflict resolution around the world. He concluded his letter with the following words: “It would be good if we could abandon the old and futile habit of beating the drum for a united Ireland in search of votes, and devoted our time to all the intermediary steps required to improve relationships, before expecting such a big step to be agreed and taken.”
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Abortion access is widening in England. Yet in Northern Ireland, women still risk prison

Abortion access is widening in England. Yet in Northern Ireland, women still risk prison | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
Later this month, Belfast’s High Court will hear a judicial review from a woman prosecuted for helping her 15-year-old daughter buy abortion pills online. The girl had been physically and mentally abused. If the review fails, she faces a criminal trial and a jail sentence of up to ten years.

“The mother is not a criminal, her daughter is not a criminal, yet the law treats them as such,” says Grainne Teggart, campaigns manager for Amnesty UK, which has worked closely with the family’s legal team to contest the prosecution.

More than fifty years after the Abortion Act 1967, women and girls in Northern Ireland still risk incarceration for accessing a service available on the NHS in the rest of the UK. In 2016, a woman was given a one-year suspended sentence for self-inducing an abortion because she couldn’t afford the cost of travel to England.
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Northern Ireland attitudes to UK Armed Forces: "A positive sign"

Northern Ireland attitudes to UK Armed Forces: "A positive sign" | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it
The British Army’s deployment to Northern Ireland was the longest operation in its history. During the 30-year conflict, 1,441 members of the UK Armed Forces were killed and it is estimated that the military killed 306 people.

The British military is major part of the legacy of the Troubles and there is contentious debate over its role in the conflict. The ARK organisation, as part of their launch of the findings of the 2017 Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, investigated how attitudes have changed since the end of the hostilities. The research body presented the results of a poll documenting people’s attitudes in Northern Ireland towards the British military.

The talk took place on at the Skainos Centre, Belfast, and was presented by Professor Chérie Armour and Dr Bethany Waterhouse-Bradley.
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North has 'huge racism problem'

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MORE than half of people in Northern Ireland would not willingly accept a Muslim as a relative through marriage, a new survey has found.

Around 50 per cent would also not accept a Muslim or an Irish Traveller as a friend, according to figures on public attitudes.
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The Good Friday Agreement remains high on the Brexit agenda, for now

The Good Friday Agreement remains high on the Brexit agenda, for now | In the news: data in the UK Data Service collection across the web | Scoop.it

The 20th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement offered an opportunity to look in the rear-view mirror and take stock of Northern Ireland’s political journey over the course of the last two decades. But with the UK set to leave the European Union in less than a year, it’s important to pay due attention to the road ahead.

 

How exactly will Brexit affect the 1998 Agreement and its continued implementation? What are the specific challenges created by the referendum outcome? And how might these challenges be addressed? These questions formed the basis for a special conference recently organised by the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame in cooperation with The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice and the Institute for Irish Studies at Queen’s University Belfast.

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Fionola Meredith: May has chosen power and abandoned the North’s women

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No sooner had repeal been won when the cry went up “the North is next!” There were calls for a second referendum on the other side of the Border, with the hope of a similarly historic result. But while it is exhilarating to feel the spray from that tremendous sea-swell of change, Northern Ireland’s cruel, archaic abortion laws require a different solution.

 

A referendum is not the means to liberate the women of the North because abortion is not a constitutional issue there, and any vote for reform – although likely to be a hearty Yes – would not be legally-binding even if the currently defunct Stormont assembly were to return at some point in the future.

 

There were high hopes that Westminster would seize the moment – and the momentum – generated by the result in the Republic, and step in to legislate for abortion rights in Northern Ireland. This is the only clear way that women will get the services that they so desperately need, currently denied to them under the potential threat of life imprisonment, which is amongst the harshest criminal penalties in Europe.

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