A selection of pieces published in local and national publications and online from 2005, on social journalism, comment, travel, TV and humour. I publish a regular UK travel blog as well as my own blog on books, writing, travelling and other bits and bobs. I also edit and proofread on various topics for a range of clients. Further writing samples available on request.


Hierarchy of victimhood, Daily Ireland
Anyone convicted of a crime in Northern Ireland has an automatic 50% remission on their sentence. But why does this include rapists and sex offenders like Thomas Hamilton, released three years into a seven-year sentence for three brutal rapes to murder pensioner Attracta Harron? Laura Canning reports on how rape victims are the unrecognised 'others' in the Northern Ireland war.

Traveller discrimination still rife, Daily Ireland
The Molloy family spent Christmas on a bishop's lawn in Ennis, Co Clare. Moved on twice from their home by Ennis Urban District Council (UDC), the couple and their seven children had literally nowhere else to go. It was up to the Bishop of Killaloe, Dr Willie Walsh, to offer them a place in his grounds. The Molloys are an Irish Traveller family. They had nowhere to go that Christmas because a High Court order closed Ennis's only official halting site for Travellers. With no official site, anywhere the family parked, anywhere they set up their home, was illegal.

Women prisoners in N Ireland 'failed by the system', North Belfast News
We reported last week how women prisoners in Northern Ireland were found to be suffering serious human rights abuses at Hydebank Wood. The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) last Thursday (5 July) released a report into the conditions of women prisoners here, with one of the report's authors accusing the Northern Ireland Prisons System (NIPS) of 'failing in its duty of care'. This week we look at the report in detail, showing how the prison system is failing women in Northern Ireland.

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