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

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

‘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

Where is the missing suspect sketch in the Charles Self murder case?

It's been a week now since I contacted Gardai to ask for a response to allegations that the only sketch of a suspect in the brutal, unsolved murder of RTE set designer Charles Self has 'went missing' from detective files. I was told by the press office that my query had been passed to the investigating … Continue reading Where is the missing suspect sketch in the Charles Self murder case?

Don’t fund cruelty this Christmas

ONE of the longest running newspaper investigations I have ever carried out was one involving a Co Tyrone puppy farmer who was selling hundreds of sick and dying dogs to animal lovers across Ireland. Co Tyrone woman Wilma Little posed under so many aliases, used so many phone numbers and managed to meet 'customers' in … Continue reading Don’t fund cruelty this Christmas

Irish nuns sold ‘dead’ babies to America

By Patricia Devlin A SHELVED report which revealed concerns nuns falsified the deaths of babies before selling them to parents in the USA was seen by two Ministers, a former HSE chief has claimed. Former Children and Family Services assistant director Phil Garland says the explosive 2012 report was passed to then Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald and Health … Continue reading Irish nuns sold ‘dead’ babies to America

‘Brainwashed into believing our mother abandoned us for 18 years’

LAST month I got speaking to two very brave brothers who decided to share their desperately sad story of how their father brainwashed them against their own mother. JP and Brendan Byrne, both from Dublin, are the only authors in Ireland (that I am aware of) who have tackled parental alienation in this way. Their story … Continue reading ‘Brainwashed into believing our mother abandoned us for 18 years’

‘I was told that if I’d been raped, I’d get over it – but I’d never get over terminating my pregnancy’

Last year I carried out an investigation into how anti-abortion protesters were confronting women using Belfast's Marie Stopes Centre. The article received a lot of feedback, with most shocked at the tactics used by some'pro-life' campaigners. Following this month's High Court case involving one activist challenging a harassment notice served on her by the PSNI, I thought I'd … Continue reading ‘I was told that if I’d been raped, I’d get over it – but I’d never get over terminating my pregnancy’