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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.

Adams steps down as Sinn Fein leader after 34 years

London - Mary Lou McDonald on Saturday replaced Gerry Adams as president of Sinn Fein following his decision to step down after 34 years as the figurehead of the Irish republican movement.

N. Ireland parties start final talks on power-sharing

Belfast - Northern Ireland's quibbling political parties gathered in Belfast on Wednesday for one last shot at forming a power-sharing government after a year of fruitless wrangling.

McDonald to replace Adams as Ireland's Sinn Fein chief

Dublin - Mary Lou McDonald is set to become the president of Sinn Fein, replacing Gerry Adams who is stepping down after 34 years as the dominant figurehead of Irish republicanism.

Last chance for deadlocked N. Ireland parties

Belfast - Northern Ireland's squabbling political parties were told Thursday that fresh talks to restore a power-sharing government after a year in limbo must produce results within weeks.

Divided over Brexit, N.Ireland marks year with no government

Belfast - Racked by tensions over Brexit, Northern Ireland is now on the brink of direct rule by civil servants in London after the province's semi-autonomous government collapsed a year ago on Tuesday.

Britain's Northern Ireland minister resigns over ill-health

London - Britain's Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire resigned from his post on Monday due to ill-health, nearly a year to the day since the collapse of the once-troubled province's semi-autonomous government.

N.Ireland's powerful DUP vows to keep wary eye on Brexit talks

Belfast - Northern Ireland's hugely influential Democratic Unionist Party gave grudging approval Friday to a Brexit deal that it had threatened to scupper, but warned there was "still more work to be done".

Irish minister floats Hong Kong solution for post-Brexit N.Ireland

Belfast - Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney on Wednesday said the arrangement linking Hong Kong with China could be a possible solution for addressing the fate of Northern Ireland after Brexit.

Gerry Adams: pariah turned peacemaker

Dublin - Northern Ireland's Gerry Adams, who is expected on Saturday to announce plans to step down as leader of Sinn Fein, went from being the political voice of the Irish Republican Army to an instrumental peacemaker.

EU calls for N. Ireland to stay in customs union after Brexit

Brussels - The EU called at Brexit talks this week for Northern Ireland to effectively stay in a customs union with the bloc to prevent a hard border with Ireland, officials and sources said Friday.

UK links trade to post-Brexit Irish border plans

London - Britain will on Wednesday set out its proposals for the Irish border after Brexit, seeking to use the issue to pressure the European Union into starting early trade negotiations.

Ireland wants 'bridges, not borders' after Brexit: PM

Belfast - Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said in Belfast on Friday that his government wants to be "building bridges not borders" with Northern Ireland as he reiterated his opposition to an economic border after Brexit.

Brexit to impact 'every aspect of life' in Northern Ireland: Irish PM

Belfast - Brexit is "the challenge of our generation" with far-reaching consequences for all, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar warned Northern Ireland on Friday on his first visit to the British province.
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