Blacklisting probe into alleged police collusion
Police collusion into the blacklisting of construction workers is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police Service under the supervision of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
The investigation is expected to address allegations that police shared complex surveillance data about Irish workers with the Consulting Association – the company that ran the 3,200-person blacklist, in order to illegally bar them from Ministry of Defence projects.
Breaking with convention
The latest meeting of Ireland’s Constitutional Convention saw its members vote overwhelmingly in favour of changing the way women are characterised in the country’s Constitution as well as increasing female representation in politics.
They are now recommending that the Irish Government does more to encourage women to get involved in public life.
This week we speak to two British-based women, Labour politician Angela Evans Smith, Baroness Smith of Basildon and Siobhán Freegard, founder of online parenting organisation Netmums, about motherhood and the female place in society.
A cut above the rest
Consumers are flocking to local butchers in response to the horse meat scandal that continues to sweep across Europe.
Independent Irish meat sellers in Britain are among those hoping the move will lead to a permanent change in shopping habits.
Luton Irishman Gerry Taylor says his butcher shop in the town has enjoyed a 30 per cent surge in sales since news of the first horse meat burger broke.
The Waterford man believes that, unlike previous food scandals, permanent damage has been done to consumer confidence this time around.
Full house for Mick Hipkiss tribute concert
All the pictures from the sell-out concert at Birmingham Town Centre in honour of the great Mick Hipkiss, an unsung hero of the Irish community in the West Midlands