Investigations & Analysis - Northern Ireland
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Detail Data will launch in 2015
Detail Data will launch in 2015

Journalists joining Detail Data team

20 FEBRUARY 2015

The Detail has appointed two new data journalists to our innovative Detail Data project.

Lindsay Fergus and Cormac Campbell will work with Kathryn Torney (Deputy Editor of The Detail) to analyse datasets and publish major data-driven journalism projects over three years.

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The Rowan front page
The Rowan front page

15,000 victims of rape and sexual assault receiving support in NI

11 FEBRUARY 2015

BY KATHRYN TORNEY

IT is estimated that one in four people suffer sexual abuse in their lifetime. We know this includes men and women across Northern Ireland, ranging in age from babies to people in their 90s.

The Detail has analysed data held by leading counselling charity Nexus and we also visited Northern Ireland’s sexual assault referral centre based in the grounds of Antrim Hospital to speak to staff helping victims on a daily basis.

We have mapped the home postcode district of almost 14,000 people supported by Nexus over the last six years. Our map illustrates the scale of abuse inflicted on people living in towns and cities across Northern Ireland.

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Terry Laverty, centre, who had his riot conviction overturned

Ballymurphy conviction overturned

10 FEBRUARY 2015

BY NIALL MCCRACKEN

A man convicted of rioting in Ballymurphy in 1971 where soldiers shot dead his brother and nine other people has had his conviction overturned.

Terry Laverty’s case had been referred to the Criminal Case Review Commission (CCRC) after a solider who was a key witness in the original trial retracted his statement.

Speaking outside court today the 61-year-old said his name was now cleared, but that the conviction had been a heavy blow.

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Brian Magill died in December 1999

Inquest ordered into high profile hospital death of 16 years ago

10 FEBRUARY 2015

BY NIALL MCCRACKEN

A CONTROVERSIAL hospital death case that sparked a lengthy court battle has been reopened following a decision by the Attorney General to order an inquest.

A post-mortem examination found liver cancer caused the death of 66-year-old Brian Magill in December 1999, however his wife Bernie claimed the cause was a perforated bile duct that led to blood poisoning.

In 2010 a High Court ruling cleared three Belfast hospitals and senior medical professionals of any negligence surrounding the death of the retired bank manager from Belfast. A coroner subsequently decided not to hold an inquest as a result of what he described as “the thorough judgment”.
But now The Detail can reveal that Attorney General John Larkin QC has reviewed the case at the request of Bernie Magill and concluded that “inconsistencies in Mr Magill’s care have not been resolved".

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