Our reporter visits two hair salons and finds women fearful about public services … and parties that don't listen
ADAM McCalden could scarcely speak for crying when he phoned Stephen Nolan's Radio Five Live show hours after the murder of Catholic police officer Ronan Kerr, in Omagh, County Tyrone, but his message couldn't have been clearer.
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