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#FiannaFail – Main Irish opposition surges into 12-point lead as election called

#FiannaFail – Main Irish opposition surges into 12-point lead as election called

| January 20, 2020

Ireland’s main opposition party, Fianna Fail, surged into a 12-point lead over the governing Fine Gael party according to an opinion poll that was published on Sunday (19 January) but mainly conducted before Prime Minister Leo Varadkar (pictured) called a snap election, writes Padraic Halpin. Varadkar called the 8 February election on Tuesday 14 January, […]

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#Varadkar calls general election in #Ireland

#Varadkar calls general election in #Ireland

| January 15, 2020

Voters in the Republic of Ireland will go to the polls on 8 February, one year ahead of schedule, after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar called time on his government, writes Ken Murray. It will be the first time a general election takes place on a Saturday since Ireland achieved independence from Britain in 1922. Addressing media […]

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Ireland’s PM #Varadkar sets stage for possible February election

Ireland’s PM #Varadkar sets stage for possible February election

| January 14, 2020

Ireland’s Prime Minster Leo Varadkar (pictured) said on Sunday (12 January) he had made a decision on the timing of a general election, with many media outlets and politicians predicting a 7 February poll, writes Graham Fahy. Speaking to national broadcaster RTE, Varadkar said he would meet his cabinet on Tuesday before announcing the date. […]

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Johnson visits Northern Ireland to meet new executive, Irish PM

Johnson visits Northern Ireland to meet new executive, Irish PM

| January 14, 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Northern Ireland on Monday (13 January) to mark the restoration of the British province’s devolved executive after three years and to hold talks with Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar (pictured, left), writes Ian Graham. Parties representing Irish nationalists and pro-British unionists on Saturday ended a three-year standoff that had threatened a […]

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To #Brexit backdrop, Northern Ireland parties try to restore devolved government

To #Brexit backdrop, Northern Ireland parties try to restore devolved government

| December 17, 2019

Irish nationalists and pro-British unionists in Northern Ireland began talks on Monday (16 December) to restore devolved government to the province at a time when the United Kingdom’s imminent departure from the European Union threatens the already delicate political balance, writes Amanda Ferguson. Northern Ireland has been without a devolved administration for almost three years. […]

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Talks on restoring #NorthernIreland government set for 16 December

Talks on restoring #NorthernIreland government set for 16 December

| November 28, 2019

A fresh drive to restore devolved government in Northern Ireland will be launched immediately after the UK general election, it was announced on Wednesday (27 November), writes Ian Graham. Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith said he had set 16 December for the start of a new round of inter-party talks whatever the result of the […]

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#NorthernIreland prepares for momentous #Abortion and same-sex marriage changes

#NorthernIreland prepares for momentous #Abortion and same-sex marriage changes

| October 21, 2019

Campaigners who fought for decades to end Northern Ireland’s same sex-marriage ban and restrictions on abortion prepare on Monday (21 October) for a momentous change to the laws on both at the stroke of midnight, writes Amanda Ferguson. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that does not allow same-sex marriage. Also, […]

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