Barry is a senior reporter with The Detail. He started his career in journalism as a trainee reporter in the Down Democrat in 1996 before moving to The North Belfast News in 1998. In 2001 he joined the Irish News, where he worked for 10 years. Barry has written for the Ireland on Sunday, Sunday Times, Sunday Business Post and Irish Voice. In 2013 he was awarded the overall award in the Attorney General's Justice Media Awards. The award recognised his investigation into the use of solitary confinement in Northern Ireland's prisons. In the same year Barry was named CIPR Digital Journalist of the Year.
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The number of racist attacks reported in Northern Ireland remains significantly lower than other UK regions - despite authorities fearing a fresh Brexit spike in hate crimes against migrant communities.