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Ireland expects scepticism in EU at UK Northern Ireland proposal

Ireland expects scepticism in EU at UK Northern Ireland proposal

| May 22, 2020

Britain’s proposal on Wednesday (20 May) that its Brexit divorce deal would require no new customs infrastructure in Northern Ireland will be met with scepticism by many in the European Union, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney (pictured) said, writes Padraic Halpin. “There is going to need to be a lot of technical discussion around the […]

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Ireland/Northern Ireland Specialized Committee 30 April 2020 – UK post-meeting statement

Ireland/Northern Ireland Specialized Committee 30 April 2020 – UK post-meeting statement

The first meeting of the Ireland/Northern Ireland Specialized Committee was held on 30 April via video conference, co-chaired by officials from the UK Government and European Commission. This Committee was tasked by the first meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee held on 30 March, to start work on implementing the Northern Ireland Protocol. A […]

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#NorthernIreland #Coronavirus restrictions extended by three weeks

#NorthernIreland #Coronavirus restrictions extended by three weeks

| April 16, 2020

Northern Ireland will keep coronavirus restrictions in place for another three weeks, First Minister Arlene Foster said on Wednesday (15 April), keeping the British-run region in line with similar measures in neighbouring Ireland due to run until 5 May, writes Ian Graham. Northern Ireland late last month introduced what the devolved government described as “sweeping […]

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Irish rivals initial government deal ‘effectively complete’ – minister

Irish rivals initial government deal ‘effectively complete’ – minister

| April 14, 2020

An agreement between Ireland’s Fianna Fail and Fine Gael parties aimed at attracting enough additional support to form a new government is “effectively complete”, a senior Fine Gael lawmaker said on Monday (13 April), writes Padraic Halpin. The centre-right parties, rivals who have alternated in power throughout the nation’s history but have never formed a […]

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#SinnFein protests #Coronavirus call for British military help in Northern Ireland

#SinnFein protests #Coronavirus call for British military help in Northern Ireland

| April 13, 2020

Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein expressed concern on Saturday (11 April) over a request by Northern Ireland’s health minister for British military assistance in response to the coronavirus, saying it had raised the sensitive issue with the British government, writes Amanda Ferguson. The presence of British armed forces in Northern Ireland would be highly contentious […]

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Ireland to consult with Britain over #Coronavirus European travel ban

Ireland to consult with Britain over #Coronavirus European travel ban

| March 18, 2020

Ireland will consult with Britain before it decides whether to participate in a European travel ban endorsed by fellow EU member states on Tuesday (17 March) to contain the spread of coronavirus, a government spokesman said, writes Padraic Halpin. EU leaders agreed to close Europe’s external borders for 30 days to foreigners to combat the […]

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Here come the brides in #NorthernIreland first #SameSexMarriage

Here come the brides in #NorthernIreland first #SameSexMarriage

| February 12, 2020

Northern Ireland’s first same-sex wedding was scheduled to take place on Tuesday (11 February) after the government lifted a ban on gay marriage in the province, marking legalization of the practice throughout the United Kingdom, writes Amanda Ferguson. The Love Equality campaign group said in a statement that Belfast couple Robyn Peoples, 26, a healthcare […]

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