Thursday, 3 January 2013

Northern News Roundup

A roundup of recent news from Northern Ireland, gleaned through the Freedom of Information Act

NI Prisons: The case for a public inquiry
A recent article in investigative journalism website The Detail calls for an inquiry into the treatment of vulnerable inmates in Northern Ireland's prisons, citing FOI responses that show issues raised by a report several years ago remain unaddressed.

NI prison officers get up to £16,000 in overtime
Prison officers in Northern Ireland have been receiving up to £16,000 a year in overtime, with the department paying out over £180,000 a week in the last three years, according to a report in the Irish Times.

Sinn Fein had ‘valid certification’ for replica assault weapons
The Londonderry Sentinel reports that replica rifles carried by teenagers as part of a hunger strike memorial event in Dungiven were inspected by the police service in advance and officially certified. The Sentinel, which publicised at the involvement of young people with replica armaments at the event last August, obtained the information via an FOI request.

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