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Victims and pension fund campaigners Jennifer McNern, Paul Gallagher and Peter Heathwood (far right) with VIEW editor Brian Pelan at the launch in the Public Records Office in Belfast Images: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX The latest print issue of social affairs magazine VIEW was launched earlier this week at the Public Records Office in Belfast. Among those who attended were guest editor Alan McBride, manager at the WAVE Trauma Centre; Judith Thompson, Commissioner for Victims and Survivors in Northern Ireland; playwright and theatre director Jo Egan, VIEW editor Brian Pelan, VIEWdigital co-founder Una Murphy, VIEWdigital deputy editor Kathryn Johnston; Ann Travers, whose…

Unquiet Graves, a new documentary about the loyalist Glenanne Gang – thought to have been responsible for more than 120 killings in an area of Mid Ulster once dubbed ‘the murder triangle’ – recently premiered in Belfast. VIEW editor Brian Pelan talks to the writer and director Sean Murray I met Sean Murray at a hotel in Belfast. He was engaged in a seemingly endless round of media interviews about his new documentary Unquiet Graves which offers an unflinching look at a loyalist death squad and state collusion. It pulls no punches. Amidst the background chatter of a busy reception…

Jennifer McNern at her home in Belfast Jennifer McNern, who lost both her legs in a bomb explosion, tells VIEW editor Brian Pelan that severely injured victims have been ignored for too long. The sun is shining through the windows of Jennifer McNern’s kitchen at her home in Belfast as she takes me back to that awful day in 1972 when a no-warning bomb exploded in the Abercorn restaurant. Two people were killed and many others were injured. Jennifer, now in her sixties, was 21 years of age when she lost her legs in the explosion in Belfast city centre.…

Paul Gallagher at Queen’s University, Belfast Paul Gallagher was 21 years of age when UFF gunmen burst into his home on the Stewartstown Road in west Belfast in January 1993. They were apparently looking for former Republican prisoners who lived nearby. In a room at Queen’s University, Belfast, Paul recalled the horrific events from that day which were to dramatically alter his life. “I had just come home from a day’s work. My family and I had just sat down for our dinner around 6pm. The TV was on and The Crystal Maze was about to start. There was a…

Judith Thompson at her office in Belfast Question: When do you expect the findings from The Northern Ireland Office consultation ‘Addressing the Legacy of Northern Ireland’s Past’ to be released? Answer: The consultation closed last October with 18,000 responses. We would expect to know what the findings are in the next few weeks. Q: Are you hopeful the consultation will significantly help to address what you have previously described as “a lack of progress”? A: The outcome of the consultation has to be legislation. Nothing is going to address our lack of progress other than new legislation. Q: The Commissioner…

VIEWdigital co-founder Una Murphy By Una Murphy Government disregard for victims and survivors cannot be tolerated. It will be judged on its actions following the public consultation on the proposed new Troubles legacy institutions. The media must make sure this is top of the news agenda. VIEW welcomes the new media guidelines on reporting conflict-related issues. Paul Gallagher, chairman of the Victims and Survivors Trust said that journalists have an “important part to play in calling out injustice and have the power to shine a bright light into the dark parts of our past”. We back the Amnesty campaign to…

Delegates from a number of organisations, including the East Belfast Independent Advice Centre, East Belfast Mission, Eastside Partnership, Save the Children and Survivors of Suicide attended a conference today (March 13) The conference, which was held in  the East Belfast Network Centre, 55 Templemore Avenue, was organised by the Scaffolding Project. The Scaffolding Project is a group of voluntary and community sector organisations who are working together to try and alleviate the impact of poverty in east Belfast. They also hope to bust some of the myths about poverty and to raise awareness of the reality of poverty for people…

On Wednesday, March 13,, a conference entitled, ‘Disadvantage in East Belfast; Do you believe it exists?’ will take place at the East Belfast Network Centre at 55 Templemore Avenue from 9.30 am to 1pm. The conference is being organised by the Scaffolding Project. The Scaffolding Project is a group of voluntary and community sector organisations who are working together to try and alleviate the impact of poverty in east Belfast. They also hope to bust some of the myths about poverty and to raise awareness of the reality of poverty for people in east Belfast. To date the project has…

By Una Murphy When Peggy Seeger sang that she wanted “to be an engineer” she was hitting the right note. Engineers are NOT among the 60,000 people in Northern Ireland expected to lose their jobs due to the impact of automation, according to a new report by the Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI). It is one of the best jobs to be employed at because as a ‘non-routine, abstract/cognitive high skilled occupation, it is less likely to be affected by automation technologies. Carers and people working in leisure jobs are also less likely to be replaced by robots however they…

The findings of pioneering research exploring social workers’ role supporting vulnerable children and adults during the Northern Ireland conflict was launched yesterday (February 7) in the Ulster Museum, Belfast. The culmination of a two-year study conducted by an international team of academics, Voices of Social Work Through The Troubles, gives a platform to social workers as they recount putting their safety on the line—working behind barricades and amidst bomb-scares—to protect people at risk of abuse and neglect. Carolyn Ewart, National Director of the British Association of Social Workers Northern Ireland, said: “Voices of Social Work Through The Troubles is a vitally important document. It records, for the…

That’s the question being asked by The People’s Accelerator Programme, a free programme focused on developing ideas for social change and innovation in communities across Northern Ireland. The programme, which is seeking new participants for 2019 from across Northern Ireland, offers a wide range of support for anyone aged 18 and over to develop their idea for social change through workshops, mentoring, networking and finally pitching to potential funders and partners. Michael Conlon Picture by Shane O’Neill Photography. Michael Conlon, Head of NI Programmes for the Young Foundation said: “Northern Ireland is facing a wide range of social issues at the moment –…

The largest organisation that distributes money raised for ‘good causes’ through the sale of National Lottery tickets has unveiled a refreshed brand that makes a clearer link between playing the National Lottery and the good causes that benefit.  The Big Lottery Fund has changed its name to The National Lottery Community Fund – a move announced in September last year. We have also unveiled a refreshed brand identity that incorporates The National Lottery’s highly recognisable crossed-fingers. Each year across the UK we invest hundreds of millions of pounds, raised through the sale of National Lottery tickets, in a range of community projects. By aligning…

Book review of Children, Young People and the Press in a Transitioning Society: Faith Gordon By VIEW editor Brian Pelan I first met Faith Gordon in 2016 outside a cafe in south Belfast. At the time she was working at Queen’s University but was interested in expanding her writing portfolio. Faith Gordon I managed to convince Faith to write an article for a VIEW magazine issue which examined the area of prisons and justice. Her piece concentrated on how negative media portrayals of children and young people can result in the creation of a one-sided narrative and how their rights…

Leila Montgomery from Belfast Dippy creates an enormous footfall in Belfast – with 100,000 visitors to the Ulster Museum to see Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure exhibition, since opening to the public just over 10 weeks ago at the end of September.  Dippy is the Natural History Museum’s 26-metre-long diplodocus cast and he’s here for his final few weeks before he moves on to the next leg of his UK wide tour.  Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure has been brought about by the Natural History Museum, in partnership with the Garfield Weston Foundation.  At the Ulster Museum until January 6, 2019, admission…

BY KEVIN HIGGINS, HEAD OF POLICY, ADVICE NI Ongoing changes in social security legislation have had a punitive effect on benefits claimants, exacerbating the cycle of poverty and need across Northern Ireland. It is frustrating that we do not have a functioning Assembly, Minister or scrutiny Committee to oversee, guide and mitigate these important changes. The Department for Communities is responsible for delivering social security in Northern Ireland; it is also responsible for leading efforts across Government aimed at tackling poverty. There is growing concern that the Department is out of touch in terms of the impact some of its…

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