29/06/2012

Other NI News In Brief

Finance Minister Criticises Ulster Bank

Ulster Bank has come under fire from Finance Minister Sammy Wilson for the ongoing delays that have seen customers unable to access their money.

Mr Wilson said he hoped the bank was not being "cynical" by repeatedly telling customers the backlog, created by a technical failure, would be sorted out soon.

He thought it might have been an attempt to not tell the public how severe the problem was.

Up to 100,000 bank customers are still unable to get at their money, ten days after the initial glitch, and the bank has announced some branches will be open at the weekend.

Jail For Gross Indecency Man

A man has been jailed for six months for flashing his girlfriend's six-year-old daughter.

Daniel Martin 'Speedy' Carlin of Ballyarnett, County Londonderry, committed indecency offences against the child over a two-year period until she was eight years old.

He was previously on the Sex Offenders Register for voyeurism in the women's changing rooms of the Templemore Sports Complex, where he worked.

Mr Carlin has been put back on the register for seven years.

Gay Blood Ban Case Wins First Stage

An anonymous gay man has won the first stage in a legal challenge to a lifetime ban on gay men giving blood in Northern Ireland.

A High Court judge granted him leave to seek a judicial review, which will be heard later this year.

The prohibition, put in place during the 1980s AIDS scare, was lifted in the rest of the UK last year.

Northern Ireland has not followed suit although blood banks here do take blood from British health trusts when it is needed.

(NE)

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