In this week’s Irish Post (May 25 – out now)
At last, justice for Luke
Luke Fitzpatrick’s family can finally begin to grieve after the men who brutally took his life were found guilty of killing him just days before the anniversary of his death.
Fiona Audley reports on the climax of the long and emotional trial into the Dollis Hill stabbing and speaks to Luke’s mother. “I am delighted justice was done, I just wish they were off the streets before it got to this,” she said.
The Irish Post also reveals how the killers were caught, including the blackberry messages used as evidence in court.
Office for National Statistics is failing the Irish in Britain
The ONS has been heavily criticised for failing to represent the needs of the Irish in Britain.
In its latest batch of Census data, the ONS grouped disability statistics in the broad “White” ethnic group and failed to publish statistics on the White Irish community. The Federation of Irish Societies and a Liverpool Irish charity told The Irish Post this could have disastrous consequences.
Ageing Irish face health and money woes
The Irish community is by far the oldest of all ethnic groups in England and Wales, with more than 40 per cent of emigrants in retirement, according to the most recent Census.
Analysis of the most recent release of data from the 2011 survey by The Irish Post reveals that the average White Irish person was 53 on Census day, while the average Irish-born person living in Britain was 61. The community now faces a major transition into retirement, with more than a quarter of the working-age White Irish people due to retire by 2021.
The Irish Post also reveals that both White Irish and Traveller communities face major health disadvantages and speaks to leaving charities for the Irish in Britain about the difficulties faced by both communities.
Britain to become more Dementia friendly
Health Minister Jeremy Hunt has called for communities across Britain to become Dementia friendly as the country celebrates Dementia Awareness Week.
‘Work is done’ for Magdalene survivors
One of Ireland’s most vocal Magdalene survivors groups has called time on its campaign, claiming their work is done.
New plan to boost abuse victim care
Survivors of institutional abuse are suffering from inadequate care because mainstream Irish groups in Britain are ignorant of their needs, according to a London welfare centre that is launching a new training programme.
Cable aims to stamp out ‘beer tie’ deals
The Irish in Britain have been urged to throw their support behind struggling publicans by responding to a Government survey.
Hospital workers take on Everest in aid of research
Three Irish hospital workers have completed a gruelling challenge to tackle Mount Everest while undertaking health trials that will benefit their most at-risk patients.