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# Independence

This year
Majority of Scottish people in favour of independence, poll finds
Research for The National found 54% in favour of independence when ‘don’t knows’ were excluded.
Last year
The strange history of Ireland's British Empire-era postboxes
An Post archivist Stephen Ferguson tells The Journal about the quirks and surprises of these everyday objects.
Taoiseach says overhauling planning laws 'essential' to delivering climate and housing targets
TDs also raised concerns about the Planning and Development and Foreshore (Amendment) Bill today.
UK's highest court rules Scottish Parliament cannot hold Indyref2 without Westminster consent
The UK government has repeatedly refused to give Edinburgh the power to hold a referendum.
Michael Collins’ diaries to be made public for first time
The five diaries cover the period from 1918 to Collins’ death in 1922.
Future Scottish independence referendum ‘should be put to all four UK nations’
The debate comes after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon began laying out the case for a second Scottish independence referendum.
All time
Singer Rihanna made national hero as Barbados becomes a republic
Barbados won independence from Britain in 1966.
Sturgeon insists the time is ‘approaching’ for Scots to vote on independence again
Nicola Sturgeon told the SNP conference her party had an ‘unarguable mandate’ for another vote.
No 10 trying to cut Nicola Sturgeon out of COP26 summit, leaked messages say
The Scottish First Minister responded by saying anyone who allows politics to get in the way of tackling climate change would be abdicating responsibility.
Proposal to pardon jailed Catalan separatists sparks protests in Madrid
As many as 25,000 people attended.
Scotland and its elections are key to the union and to a united Ireland
Northern Ireland’s place in the Union could be decided for it, if Scotland decides its future is better in the EU, rather than the UK.
Scottish minister says vote for independence will take place at the end of Covid pandemic
Scotland’s constitution secretary said such a vote will be held ‘when the time is right’.
More than half of people in North want referendum on a united Ireland
Half of people in Scotland also want an independence referendum, according to a new opinion poll.
Johnson says Scotland must wait a generation for new vote on independence
Recent polls have shown consistent support for independence.
Nicola Sturgeon sets out plans for independence referendum draft bill in 2021
Nicola Sturgeon also announced a raft of measures to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Bougainville to vote on becoming world’s newest nation - and Bertie Ahern is involved
The former Taoiseach is the chair of the Bougainville Referendum Commission.
Nicola Sturgeon to request power to hold new Scottish independence vote
The First Minister said work was being done to update the “independence prospectus”.
Spain's supreme court finds Catalan leaders guilty of sedition over failed independence bid
The leaders of the independence movement were found guilty on charges of sedition and misuse of public funds.
Thousands march in pro-independence protest in Scotland
Scotland voted against independence in a 2014 referendum by 55 percent.
Opinion: Independent Ireland was established through violent revolution - there were few peacemakers
It is important that we don’t judge the events of the Irish revolution against fictional, sanitised versions of the Irish past, writes Caoimhín De Barra.
The Dáil sat for the very first time 100 years ago tomorrow. Here's what they talked about
Many of those elected to the Dáil were listed as “fé ghlas ag Gallaibh” (imprisoned by the foreigners).
Ukrainian Orthodox church gains independence from Russia
The Russian Orthodox Church has cut ties following the move.
New Catalan president accused of being a 'puppet' and 'supremacist'
Quim Torra said previous comments he made have been taken out of context.
Restored newsreel footage shows Ireland's fight for Independence
The footage was restored from the original nitrate film and will be available on the IFI Player.
Exiled former Catalan leader to appear in court as his arrest triggers protests
German police arrested Carles Puigdemont after he crossed the border from Denmark.
Ousted Catalan president wants to return to the region following election victory
Puigdemont campaigned from Brussels, where he sought self-imposed exile after he was sacked by Madrid and a Spanish court charged him with rebellion.
Catalan separatists win absolute parliamentary majority
There was a record high turnout of over 80%.
Catalonia: Ex-parliament speaker spends night in jail for involvement in independence drive
A judge at Spain’s Supreme Court has ordered Carme Forcadell to be detained on charges of “rebellion”.
Judge has 24 hours to decide fate of former Catalan leader and ministers
The five men handed themselves in to police in Belgium this morning.
Charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of funds sought against ousted Catalan cabinet members
Spanish authorities say deposed officials will be allowed to take their personal belongings from official buildings, but are barred from performing any official duties.
Catalonia's leader wants 'democratic opposition' to Spanish government's takeover
The Spanish prime minister last night quashed the Catalan parliament and called an election for late December.
Spain has dissolved the Catalan parliament, removed its leader, and called an election for late December
Earlier, the Catalan parliament voted overwhelmingly to declare independence from Spain and proclaim a new republic.
450,000 protest in Barcelona as Catalan leader claims Spanish government is 'acting like Franco'
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont was scathing in his condemnation of the Spanish government’s decision to strip him and his administration of their autonomy.
Spain to suspend Catalonia's autonomy unless leader abandons independence push
If Catalonia does not provide a satisfactory response by 8am tomorrow, direct rule could be imposed.
Spain gives Catalonia deadline of 9am Thursday to make up mind on independence
The Prime Minister of Spain is said to be prepared to take the “nuclear option” and suspend the Catalan regional government.
Catalan president may declare region independent in defiance of Spain
All eyes will be on Carles Puigdemont’s speech later today.
Catalan leader says he must 'apply the law' after independence referendum
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is required by law to announce independence by tomorrow evening.
Thousands take to the streets of Barcelona campaigning against independence
Today, thousands of supporters of Spanish unity took to the streets of Barcelona.
Spain court orders Catalan independence session suspended
The Catalan leader had said it could declare independence after a meeting on Monday.
FC Barcelona, tourist sites and universities all expected to join Catalonia general strike today
The strike is to condemn police violence at a banned weekend referendum on independence.