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Last month
April 2023
# Northern Ireland
Majority in NI think Windsor Framework could bring economic benefits, poll suggests
The opinion poll was carried out on behalf of researchers at Queen’s University in Belfast.
# Stormont
Trade union asks UK government to direct civil servants running NI without Executive
Civil servants are effectively running public services as the DUP continues to block efforts to move forward with forming a functioning Executive.
This year
# Northern Ireland
Good Friday Agreement anniversary worth celebrating despite Assembly not functioning - Taoiseach
The 25th anniversary of the agreement is in April.
# Stormont
Northern Ireland secretary invites parties to fresh talks as election deadline looms
Powersharing is in deadlock due to a DUP boycott in protest at the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Last year
# Northern Ireland
NI Protocol issues can be fixed ahead of Good Friday Agreement landmark, says Bertie Ahern
The former Taoiseach said he understands that unionists and loyalists have concerns about the constitutional position.
# Brexit
UK MPs vote against proposed amendments to Northern Ireland Protocol Bill
The Bill proposes giving UK ministers sweeping powers to change almost every aspect of the post-Brexit deal.
# Northern Ireland
Shailesh Vara appointed as new Northern Ireland Secretary
He served in the Northern Ireland Office in 2018, but resigned after ten months in response to the UK’s proposed Brexit withdrawal agreement.
# Smuggling
EU says criminals have been trying to smuggle drugs and weapons into single market via the North
An official outlined details of attempts to smuggle drugs, weapons and high-end electrical products into the bloc.
# total recall
DUP attacks 'republican entitlement' and again blocks election of Stormont speaker
The DUP’s Paul Givan labelled today’s recall of the Assembly ‘a stunt’.
Jeffrey Donaldson cedes newly-won Stormont seat and opts to stay in UK parliament
Emma Little-Pengelly has been elected in the Lagan Valley constituency in Donaldson’s place.
# The Troubles
Tweaked Troubles amnesty plan met with opposition
Under UK Government proposals, immunity for Troubles-related crime will depend on co-operation with an information retrieval body.
# Assembly election
SDLP’s Nichola Mallon loses seat as Sinn Féin wins historic victory in Stormont election
Sinn Féin remains firmly on course to emerge as the largest Stormont party.
# Stormont
Election result will send message over Northern Ireland Protocol, Donaldson says
Rallies took place in Ballymena, Co Antrim, and Bangor, Co Down, on Saturday in opposition to the post-Brexit protocol.
# Stormont
Taoiseach says Northern Ireland politicians must return to power sharing after May election
Speaking this morning, Micheál Martin urged political parties to work “collectively” after the election.
# ni
UK government to prepare to ensure availability of abortion services in Northern Ireland
Secretary of State Brandon Lewis has set out the legislative options being explored in a written ministerial statement.
# Northern Ireland
DUP leader accuses Sinn Féin of pushing ‘radical all-Ireland agenda’
Jeffrey Donaldson made the comments as his party ratified their Assembly candidates for the election in May.
# Northern Ireland
NI language legislation to be introduced at Westminster if Stormont fails, MP says
MPs held a debate on the Irish diaspora in Britain to mark St Patrick’s Day.
Police not seeking to withhold answers on Noah Donohoe disappearance, PSNI chief says
The 14-year-old’s body was recovered from a storm drain near the M2 motorway in June, six days after he went missing in north Belfast.
# mother and baby homes
PSNI probe 29 allegations around mother and baby homes in Northern Ireland
Over 14,000 girls and women entered mother and baby homes, Magdalene laundries and other institutions between 1922 and 1990.
# Northern Ireland
Ending of Covid rules in NI is ‘not freedom day’, chief scientific adviser warns
Professor Ian Young urged people to continue to wear face masks in certain public settings, even though it will no longer be a legal requirement.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Is the Protocol costing Northern Ireland's economy £2.5 million every day?
DUP Leader Jeffrey Donaldson has made the claim multiple times in recent weeks.
All time
# into the lionesses' den
Northern Ireland women ready for ‘special’ night at Wembley
Captain Marissa Callaghan will lead her side out at England’s national stadium.
# Inquiry
Michelle O’Neill to push for public inquiry into mother and baby homes
An expert panel has recommended an ‘integrated investigation’ by a non-statutory independent panel, feeding into a statutory public inquiry.
# Nothern Ireland
Politicians condemn plan to prevent prosecution of NI veterans
Reports suggest the UK government is set to introduce a statute of limitations on prosecutions for conflict crimes that occurred pre-1998.
# Northern Ireland
NI announces 10-day mandatory hotel quarantine for 'red list' arrivals
The countries on the red list include Brazil, Kenya, South Africa and Venezuela.
# Northern Ireland
Two men charged with rioting following last night's violence in Belfast
One of the men was also charged with possession of a petrol bomb.
# Stormont
'We have a long way to go': NI ministers agree path forward for 'cautious' easing of lockdown
The plan includes up to six people from two households being able to meet outdoors in a private garden from 1 April.
# school reopening
Northern Ireland pupils return to school for first time since December
Around 100,000 children are also returning to pre-school in the Republic of Ireland.
# Brexit
Some port workers return to Brexit inspection duties in NI
Staff had been withdrawn on Monday night amid safety concerns.
# latest figures
18 deaths and 1,378 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Northern Ireland
The latest figures were confirmed by the North’s Department of Health this afternoon.
# Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland set for further restrictions as 'urgent decisive action' needed to stem virus surge
The Executive will meet this evening as the situation continues to deteriorate with Covid-19 in the community.
# Northern Ireland
Five deaths and 727 new Covid-19 cases confirmed in Northern Ireland
The latest figures were confirmed by the NI Department of Health this afternoon.
# ni
902 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Northern Ireland
Case numbers in Northern Ireland have surged in recent weeks.
# Appy too
Covid-19 contact tracing app launches in Northern Ireland
The app is called Stop Covid NI.
# Brexit
Arlene Foster says she fears Brexit trade talks ‘are not going particularly well’
The NI First Minister said she wants to see a trade deal agreed.
# Stormont
NI parties deadlocked over whether to extend Brexit transition period
The idea was backed by Sinn Féin and the Alliance Party, but opposed by the DUP and UUP.
# Northern Ireland
Michelle O'Neill questions logic of setting dates for Covid-19 recovery plan
Arlene Foster also confirmed that the NI Executive was not informed of the details of the Irish government’s Covid-19 road map.
# Roads
Three people killed in serious road crash in Co. Louth
The crash happened near the border at Carrickcarnon.
# Northern Ireland
NI-born woman lodges Court of Appeal challenge to British citizenship ruling
Emma DeSouza’s legal team submitted papers to the Court of Appeal in Belfast to challenge a citizenship ruling from October.
# Belfast
Woman prosecuted in Northern Ireland for buying abortion pills acquitted after change in law
“For the first time in six years, I can go back to being the mother I was,” she said.