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Ex-British FM Johnson says Brexit deal like 'Titanic'

Belfast - Brexiteer Boris Johnson on Saturday lambasted British Prime Minister Theresa May's draft EU divorce deal, calling it a "historic mistake" of Titanic proportions.

Relief on Irish border as Brexit deal unleashes political turmoil

As Britain's political class agonises over the draft Brexit deal, residents of windswept Irish border areas said they were relieved at an agreement that could offer a stable future for the region after two years of uncertainty.

Brexit breakthrough: the Irish issue explained

London - The draft Brexit deal between Britain and the European Union was made possible by a breakthrough over the Irish border, but it could still prove the issue that unravels the agreement.

Trouble brewing?: Brexit challenge for Guinness supply chain

Dublin - With its brown-black hue and cascading creamy head, Guinness is Ireland's most iconic export.

UK, Irish ministers say 'very close' to Brexit deal

Dublin - British and Irish ministers said Friday they were "very close" to agreeing how to keep open the land border between them after Brexit, which is holding up a divorce deal with the EU.

Northern Irish writer Anna Burns wins Booker Prize

London - Author Anna Burns on Tuesday became the first Northern Irish writer, and the first woman since 2013, to win Britain's renowned Man Booker Prize for her novel "Milkman".

Locals fear being cast away on Brexit border 'island'

For people living in and around the Drummully Polyp, a squiggle on the map of the Irish frontier, life without an open border is unimaginable and a reminder of the bad old days of checkpoints.

UK govt brushes off Brexit threat by N. Irish allies

London - The British government brushed off a threat Thursday by its Northern Irish allies to withdraw their support if it compromises too much on Brexit, amid reports of progress in negotiations with the European Union.

N.Ireland divide threatens Brexit deal days before crunch summit

Apo - A stark divide over Northern Ireland threatened Wednesday to capsize efforts to negotiate Britain's orderly exit from the European Union.

EU: Brexit means new controls on trade to N. Ireland

Apo - Britain will have to accept limited new administrative controls on trade with Northern Ireland in any negotiated Brexit deal, Europe's chief negotiator warned on Wednesday.

Christian UK bakery wins landmark 'gay cake' case

London - A bakery run by a Christian family in Northern Ireland on Wednesday won a landmark case in Britain's highest court over its refusal to make a cake decorated with the words "Support Gay Marriage".

Northern Ireland party warns may oppose Brexit deal

Apo - The leader of the Northern Irish party that holds the key to British Prime Minister Theresa May's parliamentary majority warned Tuesday it could yet oppose the Brexit deal she is trying to negotiate.

N.Ireland's DUP rejects Brexit border compromise

Dublin - The leader of Northern Ireland's highly influential Democratic Unionist Party on Tuesday warned British Prime Minister Theresa May against any Brexit compromise with Brussels that could increase checks on trade between the province and the rest of Brit...

Ex-SF leader Adams' home attacked in N. Ireland unrest

London - The home of former Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams was attacked overnight with an explosive device, he said on Saturday as trouble flared in Northern Ireland for a seventh straight night.

Brexit leaves ferry to Ireland in uncertain waters

Carlingford - The Carlingford ferry, which connects Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland, was launched one year ago but is already facing an uncertain future with a solution to the post-Brexit border problem still to be found.

'Serious divergences' remain in Brexit talks over N. Ireland

Apo - Brussels and London have made progress on several technical sections of Brexit negotiations but "serious divergences" remain over the issue of Northern Ireland after a final round of talks ahead of this month's European summit, the EU said Tuesday.

UK court says would rule N.Ireland abortion law illegal

London - Britain's Supreme Court said on Thursday it would have declared Northern Ireland's abortion laws incompatible with human rights legislation if not for a procedural technicality, in what pro-choice campaigners hailed as a victory.

Britain's top court says cannot rule on Northern Ireland abortion law

London - Britain's Supreme Court on Thursday said it could not rule on an appeal against Northern Ireland's strict abortion laws, but that it would have declared them incompatible with human rights laws otherwise.

UK court set to rule on Northern Ireland abortion law

London - Britain's Supreme Court will rule Thursday on whether Northern Ireland's abortion laws contravene human rights legislation, threatening another headache for Prime Minister Theresa May as she seeks to drive Brexit through parliament.

Brexit tangle raises prospect of Irish reunification

London - The wrangle over what will happen to the Irish border after Brexit has put the previously unthinkable possibility of reunification of the island of Ireland firmly on the political agenda.

Barnier warns Brexit talks at 'risk' over Ireland issue

Dundalk - The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned Monday that the talks were at "risk" due to disagreements over the future of the Irish border after Britain leaves the EU.

Blair recalls N.Ireland peace talks, raises Brexit fears

London - Twenty years after Northern Ireland's landmark peace agreement, former British premier Tony Blair has recalled how close talks came to collapse -- and warned it risks being undermined by Brexit.

N. Ireland paramilitaries turn from criminality

Belfast - Northern Ireland's loyalist paramilitary groups on Monday declared they would support the law and expel criminals, in a landmark move on the 20th anniversary of the province's peace accords.

Northern Ireland: a fragile peace tested by Brexit

Belfast - Two decades after the Good Friday Agreement formally ended the conflict in Northern Ireland, the peace process remains fragile and Brexit is provoking concerns over its durability.

Reinvigorated Belfast still bears scars of past conflict

Belfast - In the 20 years since a peace accord ended decades of violence in Northern Ireland, its capital has changed radically but hopes of a prosperous peace are still far from being realised.

Ireland to review sexual assault trials after rugby rape case

Dublin - Ireland's Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has called for a review of how sexual assault trials are conducted, following protests after a high-profile case involving Irish rugby players, national media reported.

N.Ireland party rejects 'unacceptable' EU Brexit plan

Apo - The Northern Irish party that props up British Prime Minister Theresa May's government on Tuesday rejected "unacceptable" EU plans for the Irish border after talks with the bloc's Brexit negotiator.

Irish border issue haunts Brexit negotiations

London - The fate of the Irish border after Brexit once again drove a wedge between the EU and Britain on Wednesday, the latest row over the fiendishly complex problem.

Johnson says Irish issue being used to 'frustrate Brexit'

London - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Wednesday hit back over a row regarding the Irish border after Brexit, saying the issue was being used to try to frustrate the UK's withdrawal from the European Union.

McDonald, the new face of Ireland's Sinn Fein, takes helm

Dublin - Mary Lou McDonald, who on Saturday became president of Ireland's Sinn Fein republican movement, represents a break with the party's past as the political voice of the IRA.
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