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Joseph Rainey was 20-years-old when he was sent to Hydebank Wood Young Offenders Centre
Joseph Rainey was 20-years-old when he was sent to Hydebank Wood Young Offenders Centre

Family challenge prison service over son's death

22 OCTOBER 2014

PRISON authorities were warned by police about the fragile mental state of a young inmate only hours before a suicide bid that later claimed his life.

Police records seen by The Detail state that 20-year-old Joseph Rainey was “suicidal” and “had depression” before being handed over to Hydebank Wood Young Offender’s Centre, but within hours he was rushed to hospital with life threatening injuries

His family are now demanding to know whether prison authorities could have done more to prevent his death.

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Thousands of pupils fail key literacy and numeracy targets

08 OCTOBER 2014

BY KATHRYN TORNEY

THE percentage of children achieving key literacy and numeracy targets in Northern Ireland’s post-primary schools varies widely with less than a third of pupils achieving expected levels in some non-grammars, The Detail can reveal today.

Using data provided by the Department of Education, we tracked the academic achievements of 22,700 schoolchildren as they progressed through their post-primary education in Northern Ireland.

Our investigation looked at the pupils’ Primary 7 assessment results in literacy and numeracy, the outcome of further assessment at the end of Year 10 (their 3rd year in post-primary) and, finally, the same pupils’ GCSE results in 2013.

We are publishing statistics for 195 schools – 64 grammars and 131 non-grammars.

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Margaret front page
Margaret front page

Services cut for over 3,000 Troubles victims as Stormont crisis deepens

03 OCTOBER 2014

BY STEVEN MCCAFFERY

THE government organisation that supports victims of the Troubles in Northern Ireland has written to more than 3,000 people wounded and traumatised by violence to say they will lose support because of government cuts.

The Victims and Survivors Service confirmed it issued the letters to warn that its support is being reduced or deferred after its budget was cut by Stormont.

Today two bomb victims, one blinded in a blast and another who lost both her legs, tell The Detail how they must now choose which vital services they can afford and which they cannot.

But the new restrictions on victims come as the entire infrastructure created to deal with the legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland is facing crisis, with the four key institutions now under unprecedented pressure.

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L-R Kathryn Torney (The Detail), Joanne McDowell (Big Lottery Fund NI), Steven McCaffery (The Detail) and Lisa McElherron (NICVA)
L-R Kathryn Torney (The Detail), Joanne McDowell (Big Lottery Fund NI), Steven McCaffery (The Detail) and Lisa McElherron (NICVA)

Big Lottery Fund awards £500,000 grant to Detail Data project

02 OCTOBER 2014

THE Big Lottery Fund in Northern Ireland announced today that it has awarded a £500,000 grant to The Detail’s new data journalism project.

Detail Data is a partnership between The Detail and the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA), the representative and umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector.

The new project will enable us to link even more closely with local community and voluntary groups to turn data into a powerful resource for social change.

Working with some of NICVA’s 1,100 members and other voluntary and community sector groups, we will analyse large datasets of information and plan to publish 30 major data-driven journalism projects online over three years.

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