Face-to-face with the main suspect in the Inga Maria Hauser murder case

Today marks 30 years since a sheep farmer discovered the battered body of 18 year-old Inga Maria Hauser in a remote spot of Ballypatrick Forest Park on the outskirts of Ballycastle, Co Antrim. The backpacker from Munich had arrived in Northern Ireland on April 6, 1988 after taking a ferry from Scotland just a few … Continue reading Face-to-face with the main suspect in the Inga Maria Hauser murder case

The questionable tactics used by Scientology linked rehab firm on Irish drug addicts

Originally published in the Sunday World, 01/04/2018 A controversial drug rehab firm linked to Scientology uses high-pressure sales tactics to get addicts to sign up to its £18,000 detox programme Cult-linked Narconon, who plan to build a €5.6 million rehab centre in a small village in Co Meath, flew two staff members to Dublin within days of … Continue reading The questionable tactics used by Scientology linked rehab firm on Irish drug addicts

The RUC widow left with a collusion legacy

Published in the Sunday World (March 25, 2018) IT'S been over 40 years since Rosemary Campbell was left a heartbroken widow. But for the 84 year-old nothing has changed since the day her Catholic RUC husband was murdered by loyalist paramilitaries. That's because the grandmother has been left with a collusion legacy where walls of … Continue reading The RUC widow left with a collusion legacy

‘I want to send a clear message to all abusers…we are coming after you. You will all face justice’

  Last week I spoke to institutional abuse survivor Cecil Wilson, who after almost four decades, bravely made a formal police complaint about a violent assault carried out by a teacher inside one of Northern Ireland's most notorious children's homes. This June will exactly mark 40 years since Cecil was left with permanent damage to … Continue reading ‘I want to send a clear message to all abusers…we are coming after you. You will all face justice’

Bringing the horror of Ulster’s past into today’s classroom

  By Patricia Devlin POINTING at an image of his bandmates on an assembly hall screen, Stephen Travers asks a roomful of school pupils, 'Can any of you identify the Protestants or the Catholics?' It was a question no teacher would dare ask, but for the Miami Showband survivor it was part of an important lesson not being taught in today's classroom - the horror … Continue reading Bringing the horror of Ulster’s past into today’s classroom

‘I know I am not the only one he has raped’ – woman left for dead after horror attack at 8 years old breaks silence

Simone aged 8 By Patricia Devlin A WOMAN left for dead in a sickening sex attack when she was just eight years-old has broken her silence for the first time. Brave Simone Cunnane from Newry, Co Down, has waived her right to anonymity to tell the Sunday World: "I know the identity of the stranger … Continue reading ‘I know I am not the only one he has raped’ – woman left for dead after horror attack at 8 years old breaks silence

This woman was shot 12 times in front of her children. The man responsible is still walking the streets of Ireland.

In June 2008 devoted mum Catherine Delaney McCormack answered a late night knock at her Clondalkin home. As she opened the door a man wearing a mask raised his pistol and fired blasting the care worker to the floor. As she laid dazed and bleeding the man - who could clearly see her two young … Continue reading This woman was shot 12 times in front of her children. The man responsible is still walking the streets of Ireland.

‘I worked on vital negotiations that I believe have changed Ireland forever, and for good’ Martin McGuinness

Martin McGuinness 1950 - 2017 News broke shortly after 7am today that Martin McGuinness, former IRA leader turned peacemaker, had passed away. The 66-year-old Irish republican died after a short illness in Derry’s Altnagelvin hospital surrounded by his family. He had a rare genetic disease caused by deposits of abnormal protein – amyloid – in … Continue reading ‘I worked on vital negotiations that I believe have changed Ireland forever, and for good’ Martin McGuinness

The young Tyrone woman set to become Deputy First Minister

  Patricia Devlin SHE'S Sinn Fein's new leader in the north. But outside of Michelle O'Neill's Stormont roles, little is known about the young Tyrone woman who has stepped into the shoes of republican leader Martin McGuinness. Born in 1977 to Kathleen and Brendan Doris, Michelle was brought up in the staunchly republican village of … Continue reading The young Tyrone woman set to become Deputy First Minister