Paul Donovan

Paul Donovan has been a commentator on Catholic issues for a number of years, contributing to the Tablet, Universe, Church Times and CNN among others. Until recently, he wrote a weekly column for the Universe focusing on social justice issues. www.paulfdonovan.blogspot.com

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Who cares for our carers?

Vulnerable people need someone acting as an advocate in their corner - whether it's someone in care without family, or the carer on a zero hour contract

Our new Pope offers an opportunity for the rebirth of the Church

He must be prepared to stand up for the common good; to stand up for women, and deal with the scandal that is child abuse

As Virgin are asked to run the West Coast mainline for another year, lets revisit a more radical option

The evidence from other utilities is overwhelming. We should abandon the years of failure that privatisation has bestowed and renationalise the lot of them

Virgin trains hit by freak floods

PASSENGERS who use the West Coast main line have had their journeys jinxed again by the curse of Virgin Rail. Services on the blighted line are expected to be disrupted all this week, as maintenance engineers struggle to repair severe damage caused by freak summer flooding.

Voiceprint tracking of offenders

THE Home Office is to pilot a voiceprint surveillance system to track the movements of sex and drug offenders in Kent over the next six months.

Riot erupts at Ulster flashpoint

UP TO 11 police officers and at least three civilians were injured during heavy rioting in the flashpoint nationalist Garvaghy Road, in Portadown, Co Armagh, yesterday evening.

The children forced to do man's work

WHEN you first meet Charles Anderson, he seems an ordinary schoolboy: working hard for his A-levels, enjoying life with his friends. But Charles once had another life in the fields of Kenya, earning a pittance, afraid of being beaten for not doing his job. Now, he is 19; when he was first a coffee picker he was just seven.

Pc nears end of 16-year fight to clear his name

A DISPUTE between a sacked police constable who refused to join in the "canteen culture" of the police and his former bosses at Scotland Yard may finally be settled after 16 years.

Ex-soldier claims Ulster stress led him to kill twice

JAMES JOHNSON sits alone in his cell in Frankland Prison, Co Durham, with only his nightmares for company. He is approaching the half-way point in a 30-year sentence for murder.

Give Diana fund cash to mine manufacturers - MP

Lindsay Hoyle, Labour member for Chorley, has shocked anti-landmines groups by proposing that Royal Ordnance receive aid from the Princess's memorial fund to set up a mines-clearance school, reports Paul Donovan
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