Local Politics

BT Group: 98% YES vote for industrial action

An impressive 98% of Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) members in the BT Group (BT, Openreach and EE) across Britain and Northern Ireland voted in favour of industrial action to oppose the company’s punitive changes to redundancy terms in a consultative ballot. This was on the basis of a staggering 74.2% turnout, despite Covid restrictions meaning no face-to-face organising could be done. Read more about the campaign here.

Stand up for journalism: End threats and intimidation

Journalists across multiple newspapers in Northern Ireland have received threats from both loyalist paramilitaries and ‘dissident’ republicans. The threats against journalists working for the Belfast Telegraph are believed to originate from the breakaway South-East Antrim UDA. Female journalists in particular have also been targets of misogynistic threats.

Mental health crisis: Fight for treatment, tackle the causes

Research commissioned by the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) has highlighted the mental health crisis among young people in Northern Ireland. Data revealed that children and young people in the North are 25% more likely than their British counterparts to experience anxiety and depression. It also reveals that roughly one in eight children and young people have thought about or engaged in suicidal behaviour.

Unquiet Graves: Documentary shines light on state collusion

by Seán Burns Unquiet Graves opens with a harrowing reenactment of the murder of two young men, Colm McCartney and Sean Farmer, in 1975. Returning from a Gaelic football game in Dublin, the two were stopped at a ‘British Army’ checkpoint near the village of Newtownhamilton in County Armagh and […]