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Social workers across Ireland stand united after cowardly attempt to take the life of a colleague

letter of the day: end the violence

Following the cruel and cowardly attempt on the life of a social worker in Portlaoise, I and the members of the Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers (NIASW) stand in solidarity with our colleagues in the Republic of Ireland.

Social workers across the island of Ireland are working day in, day out to support, safeguard and empower some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

It is a job our members love, because they see the positive change they make in the lives of others.

The hateful act carried out against our colleague could not stand in starker contrast to the constructive work she was undertaking.

NIASW condemns the perpetrators in the strongest terms.

Throughout the Troubles many social workers across the north worked in an environment rife with intimidation.

Only recently our colleagues in the Probation Board for Northern Ireland received threats from dissident republicans. NIASW is currently working in partnership with academics at Queen's University Belfast to document the experiences of social workers during the Troubles.

It is of the greatest importance that the tragic violence of this period is not repeated anywhere, in any form.

COLIN REID

Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers

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