Ireland’s first multi-agency service for victims of child sex abuse launched
The Barnahus, Onehouse Galway project brings together forensic, child protection, medical, therapeutic and policing services in one place. It involves three government departments – the Department of Children, Department of Health and the Department of Justice and Equality – who will work with Tusla, the HSE and An Garda Siochana. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone said the need for a “sensitive, joined up service” for victims of child sexual abuse has been recognised for a long time. The launch of Barnahus, Onehouse Galway is a significant occasion.
© Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie Pictured is Antoinette Keegan and her mother Christine nd Eugene Kelly outside Buswells Hotel in Dublin today. Antoinette and Christine are holding pictures of Antoinette's sisters who perished in the fire, Martina (16) and Mary (19).
The families of the victims and survivors fought in the courts for compensation, accountability, and, in their eyes, justice . The owners, the Butterly family In 2009, four relatives of those who had died in the fire held a sit-in in a security hut at Government Buildings. They were asking the government to
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The families of the victims of the Stardust disaster say they are "going nowhere" until they finally get justice for their loved ones.
The fire, which broke out in the Stardust nightclub in Artane on Valentine's night 1981, claimed the lives of 48 young people.
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The families have campaigned for almost 40 years for a new inquest into the cause of the blaze.
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Attorney General Seamus Woulfe announced last night that he was ordering a fresh inquest into the tragedy because the original inquest failed to "sufficiently consider those of the surrounding circumstances that concern the cause or causes of the fire". © Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie Pictured is Antoinette Keegan with Lynn Boylan at a press conference at Buswells Hotel in Dublin today.
Antoinette Keegan, who lost her sisters Martina and Mary in the fire, said the announcement of the new inquiry was a "victory" for the victims.
Tearfully addressing a press conference at Buswell's Hotel this morning, she said: "My father set up the Stardust Truth and Justice Committee in 1985 and he fought until his deathbed for justice for the living and the dead.
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Fires are nothing new in Australia, but they have been growing more intense and becoming more destructive in recent years, a problem that has been exacerbated by climate change. Even if they are rescued and treated, sometimes their injuries are simply too extensive to survive.
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"I think today is a victory for the dead. The 48 that perished. They have helped us, they have been guiding us, they have walked every step that we walked.
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Jan. 1: Austria legalizes same-sex marriage
Deeming all existing laws discriminatory, the Constitutional Court of Austria legalized marriage between same-sex couples. In doing so, Austria joined several other European nations such as Germany, France and Spain. Prior to this, same-sex couples in the country were only allowed to enter legal partnerships but not get married.
(Pictured) Revelers participate in the EuroPride event in Vienna, Austria, on June 15.
Jan. 1: Qatar withdraws from OPEC
In December 2018, Qatar’s Minister of Energy Saad Sherida al-Kaabi announced that the nation would withdraw from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), claiming that the move represents a “technical and strategic” change. The country made the decision after analyzing ways to make its international standing better. The withdrawal came into effect on the first day of 2019, bringing an end to over 50 years of membership.
The Trump administration will start sending most immigrant families arrested at the border back to Mexico
DHS says it marks the end of “catch and release.”The policy change signals a significant expansion of the administration’s program requiring immigrants who fear persecution and are claiming asylum to wait in Mexico until their cases can be heard. (Families that don’t claim fear of persecution will be deported.) As of September 1, the Trump administration has sent more than 42,000 migrants back to Mexico to await decisions on their asylum claims — but almost 458,000 families have been arrested at the border between October 2018 and August 2019 as unprecedented numbers of families flee rampant crime, violence, and corruption in Central America.
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How to get started. Instead of going door-to-door to rally neighbors, you’ll find more success if you “ Disaster research shows that tight-knit communities with strong, locally driven organizations Mr. Stripling even suggested getting involved with a local coffee shop, day care, or just a group of friends
Jan. 3: China accomplishes first landing on the far side of moon
China became the first nation in the world to safely and successfully land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon. The side of the moon never faces Earth, so any mission would require a relay satellite. China’s Queqiao relay satellite helped the Chang’e-4 probe land at the Von Kármán crater. The mission aims to study the age and composition of the region and getting more information about the early solar system and Earth.
(Pictured) The Yutu-2 rover is photographed by Chang'e-4 on the moon.
Jan. 25: Brazil dam disaster kills over 230
A dam at the Córrego do Feijão iron ore mine ruptured near the municipality of Brumadinho, letting loose a massive mudflow which destroyed the mine offices during lunchtime, along with several houses, roads and farms. Around three months later, the Civil Police of Minas Gerais posted a final death tally of 237, with 33 missing.
Tears of joy as heartbroken families of Stardust blaze get fresh inquest into horror deaths of 48 youngsters
Tears of joy as heartbroken families of Stardust blaze get fresh inquest into horror deaths of 48 youngstersFor almost four decades, the families of those who perished in the Valentine's night tragedy have campaigned for a new inquiry after the original investigation failed to bring anyone to justice.
Jan. 28: US charges Huawei with fraud
Adding to the trade tension between the two countries, the U.S. filed 23 charges against Chinese telecom company Huawei and its Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou. The charges included theft of technology, obstruction of justice and bank fraud. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (pictured) said, “For years, Chinese firms have broken our export laws and undermined sanctions, often using US financial systems to facilitate their illegal activities. This will end.” Huawei rejected the charges in a statement, saying it didn't commit "any of the asserted violations" and that it "is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng."
Feb. 3: First papal visit to Arabian Peninsula
Pope Francis became the first in history to visit the Arabian Peninsula after arriving in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The purpose of the visit was to participate in a conference on Christian-Muslim relations and hold a huge mass at the Abu Dhabi sports arena for the Catholic community there.
Feb. 12: Macedonia is renamed
Bringing an end to a decades-long dispute with Greece and taking a step forward for integration into NATO and the European Union, the Republic of Macedonia officially changed its name to Republic of North Macedonia. According to state spokesman Mile Boshnjakovski, the national language would still be called "Macedonian."
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Feb. 14: Suicide attack kills Indian security forces, sparks conflict with Pakistan
Forty Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed as an explosives-laden vehicle rammed into their bus in the district of Pulwama, India. India blamed Pakistan for the attack, and in the fallout, the Indian Air Force reportedly bombed a terrorist training camp in Pakistan on Feb. 26. The two countries came close to war before tensions de-escalated.
Feb. 19: Karl Lagerfeld dies
The iconic fashion designer, who was the creative director for Chanel, died at the age of 85 in Paris, France. Lagerfeld, who is credited for reinventing the Chanel and Fendi brands, had been keeping unwell for several weeks.
March 5: Stem cell transplant makes patient’s HIV 'undetectable'
In only the second case of its kind, a stem cell transplant made a London patient’s HIV “undetectable.” Doctors reported that he was in remission for 18 months and had stopped taking HIV drugs. Although experts suggest that it’s too early to say that he was completely cured of HIV, but this marks a step closer to finding a cure.
March 10: Ethiopian Airlines plane crash kills 157
The Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed near the town of Bishoftu, Ethiopia, after taking off from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. All 157 people onboard lost their lives and the crash resembled that of a Lion Air plane in October 2018. Both aircraft were Boeing 737 MAX 8 models, sparking a global debate about its safety and resulting in the grounding of the model by carriers and regulators around the globe.
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(Pictured) An investigator with the U.S. National Transportation and Safety Board explores the crash site.
March 14: Cyclone Idai makes landfall in Mozambique
Over 1,000 people lost their lives after the Category 3 cyclone made landfall in Mozambique, wreaking havoc in the country along with neighboring Zimbabwe and Malawi. It resulted in heavy rains and flooding of rivers, which inundated entire villages. According to estimates by the World Bank, the affected countries faced financial damages of over $2 billion.
March 15: Terror attack kills 50 in New Zealand
At least 50 people were killed and 50 more wounded after a gunman opened fire at the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch. The assailant, later identified as Australian citizen Brenton Harrison Tarrant, was arrested and charged with murder. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the attacks as "one of New Zealand's darkest days," and the country passed a sweeping ban on semi-automatics and assault rifles six days later.
(Pictured) Ardern hugs a mourner in Wellington on March 17.
April 10: First-ever image of black hole is unveiled
Captured by the Event Horizon Telescope, the first ever image of a black hole was released on this day. Located in the Messier 87 galaxy, the black hole is 500 million trillion km away from Earth and nearly three million times the size of our planet.
April 11: Julian Assange is arrested
After seven years of taking refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, England, the WikiLeaks co-founder was arrested after he was found guilty of failing to surrender to the court. He also faces federal conspiracy charges in the U.S. for leaks of government secrets. Presently, extradition hearings are going on against Assange in the British courts.
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April 15: Fire breaks out at Notre-Dame Cathedral
A fire broke out at the 850-year-old cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France, causing heavy damage to the iconic structure. A large part of the roof and its spire was destroyed in the blaze. Officials suggested that the fire may have been ignited by ongoing renovation work at the gothic landmark.
April 21: Serial bomb blasts rattle Sri Lankan capital
On Easter Sunday, a series of bomb blasts at churches, hotels and a housing complex in and around Colombo killed more than 250 people and wounded hundreds others. An island-wide curfew was imposed until the next day. On April 23, the Islamic State militant outfit claimed responsibility for the attacks.
April 21: Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky is elected Ukraine president
In a runoff election, Ukrainian comedian and Servant of the People party’s Volodymyr Zelensky scored a landslide victory to become the sixth president of the nation. He defeated incumbent Petro Poroshenko, taking more than 73 percent of the votes.
April 26: Kim Jong Un meets with Vladimir Putin
North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un visited Russia for a summit with President Vladimir Putin and other leaders of the nation. Putin said that Kim “talked freely on all issues that were on the agenda,” adding that the North Korean leader needs international security guarantees in exchange for ending the country’s nuclear program. The meeting came after talks between the U.S. and North Korea broke down in February.
April 30: Uprising against Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro
Nicolás Maduro’s re-election to a second term in May 2018 was met with flak amid claims of vote-rigging and opposition boycott. In January 2019, Popular Will party leader Juan Guaidó (pictured) declared himself interim president, gaining support from the citizens as well as winning recognition from over 50 nations. On April 30, he led an uprising called “Operation Freedom” to oust Maduro's regime. At least four people were reportedly killed in the ensuing clashes.
April 30: First abdication by a Japanese monarch in two centuries
The first Japanese monarch to abdicate in 200 years, Emperor Akihito stepped down from the Chrysanthemum Throne, marking the end of the Heisei era. A day later, his son Naruhito ascended the throne, ushering in the Reiwa era.
May 1: Thai king marries a commoner
In a surprise ceremony, Thailand King Maha Vajiralongkorn married the deputy head of his personal security unit. A royal statement said: the king "has decided to promote General Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya, his royal consort, to become Queen Suthida and she will hold royal title and status as part of the royal family."
May 6: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is born
Seventh in line of succession to the British throne, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor was born to Prince Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
May 6: 'Avengers: Endgame' becomes fastest to reach $2B mark
Within just the second weekend of its release, “Avengers: Endgame” became the fastest to cross $2 billion in global collections. It toppled the collection of “Titanic” (1997), which stands at $2.18 billion, in 11 days. The collection of “Endgame” in the last week of June was $2.75 billion and the only film that surpasses it is “Avatar” (2009), with a worldwide collection of $2.78 billion.
(L-R) Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, actors Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans. Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo at a Hand and Footprint Ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on April 23.
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May 17: Taiwan legalizes same-sex marriage
Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. A constitutional court had already ruled the same in 2017 and the parliament was given a two-year deadline to pass the changes.
May 20: Niki Lauda passes away
The three-time Formula One world champion from Austria died at the age of 70, after undergoing a lung transplant eight months back. "With deep sadness, we announce that our beloved Niki has peacefully passed away with his family on Monday,” his family said in a statement released by an Austrian press agency. Lauda won the F1 title in 1975, 1977 and 1984.
May 23: Narendra Modi’s landslide win in Indian general elections
In an election that saw as many as 900 million citizens casting their votes, incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) attained a landslide victory, winning 303 out of 543 seats. The substantial win confirmed a second term for Modi as the country’s prime minister.
(Pictured) Modi takes oath at the swearing-in ceremony in New Delhi, on May 30.
June 7: Theresa May formally resigns
After nearly three years of serving as the U.K. prime minister, May formally quit as the leader of the ruling Conservative Party over failed Brexit negotiations. She remains the prime minister until the party elects a new leader in July 2019.
(Pictured) May breaks down as she makes the first official announcement of her resignation on May 24.
June 9: Over a million protest Hong Kong extradition bill
Nearly 1.03 million people attended a march protesting a proposed legislation that allows extradition of individuals, including foreign nationals, to mainland China to stand trial. After the protests turned violent, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced that the bill would be indefinitely suspended. However, protests have continued so as to ensure the complete withdrawal of the bill.
June 18: Marta becomes top goalscorer in soccer World Cup history
With her goal against Italy during a FIFA Women's World Cup match in Valenciennes, France, Brazilian striker Marta (#10) overtook German star Miroslav Klose as the leading goalscorer in women's or men's World Cup tournaments. This was her 17th goal at the World Cup.
June 19: Four charged in MH17 crash case
In July 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) was shot down while flying over Ukraine, killing 283 passengers and 15 crew members. Nearly five years later, a Dutch-led joint investigation team (JIT) charged three Russians and a Ukrainian with bringing a missile into the area and with murder. Global arrest warrants have been issued for the four suspects, and the court hearing will begin in the Netherlands on March 9, 2020.
"They helped us to get where we are today and we will keep fighting for the 48. They deserve justice and they deserve truth."
A tribunal held in 1982 and chaired by Justice Ronan Keane found the cause of the fire was "probably arson".
The families disputed disputed this conclusion and in 2009, an independent examination into the tribunal found there was no evidence to support Justice Keane's conclusion.
In 2017, a report from retired Judge Pat McCartan found no new inquiry into the fire was warranted.
The families have rejected Judge McCartan's findings, leading to them collecting the signatures demanding a fresh inquest.
Former MEP Lynn Boylan was instrumental in the campaign to collect signatures. © Photo: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie Pictured (L to R) Bridget McDermott who lost her three children William, Marcella and George in the stardust fire with June McDermott in Buswells Hotel in Dublin today. End.
She claimed a "class element" was why the families have had to wait so long to find out what happened to their loved ones that night.
She said: Lynn: "I think anybody who is familiar with the Stardust and remembers it will know that there's a class element to this, exactly the same as in Hillsborough in that these were working class kids from a working class community and their lives were not worth as much as kids who were born on the other side of the tracks.
"That's why the level of arson was ruled against them as well, to tar a whole community that they were responsible for their loved ones deaths.
"I don't think anybody would disagree that if had happened in another part of Dublin we wouldn't be sitting here today."
Eugene Kelly, who lost his brother Robert in the blaze, vowed: "We may be from a working class area but we have strength, we have drive and we're going nowhere until we get justice."
Darragh Mackin, of Phoenix Law who acts for the families, paid tribute to their tenacity in fighting for the new inquiry.
He said: "Today is a testament to that effort and the effort of the families who continued despite the endless obstacles to campaign for truth and justice.
"Over the years the families unfortunately have been spectators in their fight for justice but today they enter the ring in their own fight and from this day onwards they will now be in control of their fight for justice and their fight for the truth.
"It should not take this long to get to the truth of what happened. This is Ireland's greatest atrocity. It can never be acceptable, and it isn't acceptable, that the events of that night go unanswered and unaddressed."
No date has yet been set for the new inquiry, which is set to be the biggest inquest ever seen on the island of Ireland.
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