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IN NEWS

Identity of Irish ‘slave’ withheld for her protection

A special report looks at the latest in the shocking case of alleged enforced servitude involving a 57-year-old Irish woman, along with two other women, in a property in south London.

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The Irish Government reveal they do not know the identity of the alleged Irish ‘slave’ but are in “regular contact” with British authorities, while police stress that “everything is being done” to protect women’s identities and secure criminal prosecution against the captors.

A comment piece by Baroness Dee Doocey argues that the slavery case is ‘no surprise’

Inquest delayed in case involving suicidal driver and Irish family 

An inquest into deaths caused in a tragic car crash involving a suicidal driver and a Cork family in Devon has been adjourned due to a ‘legal disagreement’.

Ten jurors were sent home on Friday, November 22 after Torbay and South Devon coroner Ian Arrow apologised for being unable to proceed, telling the jury he needed to take advice on a particular legal issue. The inquest will resume on December 2.

A Termination Of Support

Work capability assessments carried out by French company ATOS on behalf of the Government are causing hardship for sick and vulnerable Irish people living in Britain with a legacy of work-related illness.

In an investigative report, Niall O’Sullivan speaks to two Irishmen in Britain who have suffered at the hands of rulings from the Department for Work and Pensions.

Meanwhile Lesley Ryan, a welfare advisor from the London Irish Centre, argues that the two case studies are typical of the kind of Irish people who are being failed by the current system of disability benefits.

New look for charity as it marks the big four-o

The Federation of Irish Societies has officially marked its 40th year with an identity re-launch — boasting a new logo and name and plans to bring their services to a wider section of the community.

Now Irish in Britain, the not-for-profit organisation held its anniversary celebrations at the Irish Embassy in London. See the picture special from this special event in this week’s Irish Post.

IN ENTERTAINMENT

In search of the silence of the still

John Minihan has photographed everyone from Beckett to Bacon, Warhol, Hendrix and Princess Diana, but it’s a set of photographs of Co. Kildare that he most treasures, he tells Rí Rá.

Boyzone on 20 years together

As the boy band celebrates two decades together with a new album and tour, they tell Enda Brady that it’s been quite some journey…

Your Once chance of becoming a West End star

With Once: The Musical looking for new cast members, James Martin finds out how to go from office lackey to global superstar overnight.

Right side of the law

Actress Jessie Buckley tells Rí Rá about working alongside Jude Law and why she still battles stage nerves.

Tom Hanks’ Saving Mr Banks reviewed

There’s plenty of supercalifragilistic fun to be had in the new film about Walt Disney, which stars Tom Hanks.

Meanwhile Cuba’s Celtic links are explored in Day of the Flowers, which stars Dublin-born actress Eva Birthistle. Rí Rá‘s film columnist Steve Martin reviews.

London and Manchester picture spreads

The Kerry Association of London, the Manchester Longford Association and the London Chapter of the University College Cork Alumni all held special events across their respective cities. Re-live the best bits in this week’s entertainment section.

IN SPORT  

‘Ireland tougher than they think’, says All Blacks coach

With the dust settling on Ireland’s heart-breaking defeat to New Zealand in Dublin, Steve Hansen hailed Ireland’s performance but said they should have closed out the contest to record a first ever win over the All Blacks.

The New Zealand coach suggested Ireland lacked the mental resolve to record what would have been an historic victory.

Ireland vs New Zealand: the critic’s reaction

Irish Post Sport editor Ronan Early questions whether Irish DNA is wired to guarantee sporting heartbreak.

While Whiff of Cordite asks just who are the real Ireland?

Boxing one-two

Clare man Paddy Fitzpatrick was hailed for his part in what’s been described as one of the great British fights of all time — last Saturday’s world title thriller between Carl Froch and George Groves. Find out why in this week’s sport section.

Legendary Irish boxer Steve Collins, who has stopped Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn, returns to fight a builder from Leicester at the Maher Centre on Saturday week.

Liverpool’s Mitchels walk on to All-Britain glory

If the last two weekends have shown us anything, it’s that the GAA scene in the North West is thriving, writes Anthony McLaughlin.

McLaughlin witnessed John Michels’ 2-15 to 1-11 win over Dunedin Connollys in the All-Britain Junior Football Championship Final on Sunday.

Hoops and dreams

Arthur Boruc may be flying high in the Premiership, but he’ll always be a Bhoy at heart. Garry Doyle reports.

Independent thinking: Why Celtic fans are wary of Scottish nationalism

Many Celtic fans carry a sense of idealism and responsibility in supporting the club that might not fit into a Scottish Nationalist agenda, argues author Richard Purden.

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