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# Northern Ireland

September 2023
Taoiseach appeals to UK government to not enact Troubles Legacy Bill as govt mulls legal action
Speaking today, Varadkar said: ‘It’s not a small thing for one state to take a case against another state, but this is a serious situation.’
Troubles Legacy Bill: 'It's almost as if the UK is writing itself out of the North's history'
Professor Laura McAtackney examines how the UK government’s controversial legacy bill will affect the writing of accurate and balanced histories.
Northern Ireland’s Euro 2024 hopes suffer huge blow with Slovenia defeat
Andraz Sporar scored a brace with a Jonny Evans own goal and a Benjamin Sesko strike sinking Northern Ireland.
Legal challenge lodged over Troubles Legacy Bill
The Bill has been challenged under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Families of Troubles victims say passing of Legacy Bill is 'disturbing' and 'upsetting'
MPs yesterday rejected a Lords’ amendment to the Bill, which is now on the verge of becoming law.
Taoiseach says people 'read too much' into Wolfe Tones but warns about 'how songs might be heard'
The group drew the biggest-ever crowd at Electric Picnic last weekend.
Government considering legal action as Westminster votes to end historical prosecutions in NI
Victims of the Troubles have accused the UK Government of abandoning them, after the Legacy Bill passed its final hurdle at Westminster today.
Two men charged with murder of Conor Browne in Co Tyrone
The 28-year-old died after he was stabbed in the Main Street area of Castlederg on Saturday.
House of Lords votes to amend controversial Troubles legacy Bill as UK govt urged to scrap it
Victims campaigner Raymond McCord said the Lords vote was an “embarrassment” to the Conservative government.
Major PSNI data breach could cost force up to €281 million, MPs told
The Northern Ireland Policing Board withdrew from today’s hearing following Chief Constable Simon Byrne’s resignation.
The PSNI controversies that have dogged Chief Constable Simon Byrne
Byrne last week vowed that he would not resign after the latest in a string of controversies during his time at the top of the force.
PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne has resigned after pressure over handling of two controversies
The news that the embattled police chief has resigned follows a string of controversies in recent weeks.
On Friday, DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson confirmed that his party had submitted a motion of no-confidence in Byrne.
Byrne had originally insisted that he would not resign following an emergency meeting of the Policing Board on Thursday.
The PSNI controversies that have dogged Chief Constable Simon Byrne
SDLP submits motion to mandate Ireland-UK cooperation on northern financing
The SDLP said that the motion aims to encourage cooperation and prevent a “stealth return” to direct rule.
Two men arrested in Derry over poster ‘linking names to PSNI’
Police said the poster contained incorrect information.
DUP submit no-confidence motion in PSNI chief
A High Court decision found that Byrne was not justified in discipling two officers after a Troubles commemoration in 2021
‘Police details’ poster in bus shelter contained incorrect information – PSNI
Last month details of about 10,000 officers and staff were mistakenly released online in a major data breach.
Poster with details of three serving PSNI officers placed on bus shelter in Derry
This incident comes after personal data on all serving members of the PSNI was mistakenly published last month.
August 2023
PSNI chief constable says he won't resign following lengthy Policing Board meeting
It comes after a court quashed actions taken against two junior officers following a Troubles commemoration event at Sean Graham bookmakers in 2021.
DUP's Jeffrey Donaldson says it's 'time for change' at top of PSNI following High Court ruling
PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne is meeting the Policing Board to discuss the latest controversy.
One man arrested after two children hospitalised in hit-and-run near Belfast
One driver made off from the scene and enquiries remain ongoing by the PSNI in attempts to detain the driver.
Brian Rowan: Does it really matter if Stormont returns when it has failed over and over?
The former BBC correspondent says Stormont for the sake of Stormont is not worth having.
Police searching for convicted murderer 'unlawfully at large' in Northern Ireland
Thomas McCabe was serving a life sentence for murder and did not return from a day release on Wednesday.
Military hearsay statements can be used in Soldier F's Bloody Sunday trial, judge rules
Former paratrooper Soldier F is accused of murdering James Wray and William McKinney in 1972.
A letter was sent to Terence O’Neill in 1964 about Northern Ireland to Scotland tunnel idea
Declassified files show some Stormont officials were scathing about the tunnel suggestion.
Mandelson was advised not to refer to Ireland as ‘the Free State’, declassified papers show
He was also advised not to refer to Britain as ‘the mainland’ after he took over as Northern Ireland Secretary in 1999.
Man (50) due in court for possessing documents following PSNI data breach
The PSNI’s Chief Constable believes information could be used by dissident republicans to target police officers.
Omagh bomb questions can ‘only be fully answered with tandem public inquiries’
A lawyer representing some of the bereaved families has called on the Irish government to indicate it will hold an inquiry into the 1998 atrocity.
Northern Ireland tops A-Level results table but questions raised over different UK standards
Many students in Northern Ireland and Wales were given advance information about topics to expect in exams this summer, but English pupils were not given the same support.
Archbishop asks Catholics to support PSNI in wake of data breach as man questioned by detectives
Detectives have arrested a 39-year-old man on suspicion of “collection of information likely to be useful to terrorists”.
Stephen Nolan allegations: Stormont parties united in calls for BBC NI to be more transparent
BBC NI has said that it is not in a position to comment on individual cases, or allegations that were reported on in an article by The Irish News.
President Higgins offers sympathies to loved ones of 1998 Omagh bombing victims
Today marks 25 years since a dissident republican bomb exploded in the Co Tyrone town on 15 August 1998, killing 29 people.
PSNI appeal for witnesses following death of 19-year-old motorcyclist in Co Antrim collision
Mr Gordon died at the scene, where PSNI, Air Ambulance, and Ambulance personnel were present.
Omagh marks 25th anniversary of the deadliest bombing of the Troubles
29 people were killed in the attack, four months after the Good Friday Agreement was signed.
200 police officers and staff not told of theft involving data for a month
The Police Service of Northern Ireland the theft on July 6 was not reported until July 27 and then investigated.
Catholic Police Guild asks PSNI Chief Constable for reassurance over data breach
Scores of officers have expressed concern for their safety.
Dissident republicans claim to have information after PSNI data breach, Chief Constable says
Some 10,000 PSNI officers and staff have been affected by the breach, which emerged on Tuesday.
Chief Constable Simon Byrne was questioned by politicians at the emergency meeting of the Policing Board this afternoon.
He said he is “deeply sorry” over the “industrial scale breach of data”.
'Critical incident' declared following PSNI data breach as second document theft emerges
Explainer: Why is the PSNI data breach so serious?
DUP's Sammy Wilson says Varadkar has 'cheek' after saying Stormont 'plan B' should be considered
Varadkar was in Belfast yesterday to meet with the main political parties of Northern Ireland in a bid to help restore Stormont.
'Critical incident' declared following PSNI data breach as second document theft emerges
Assistant Chief Constable Chris Todd said the data breach appeared to be the result of ‘simple human error’.
The incident happened when the PSNI responded to an FOI request seeking the number of officers and staff at all ranks and grades across the organisation.
The data was potentially viewable by the public for between 2.5 to three hours.
It emerged today that a separate data breach occurred last month after the theft of documents from a private vehicle.
Varadkar raises prospect of Stormont 'Plan B' during busy day of meetings in Belfast
Ulster Unionist Party leader Doug Beattie described his meeting with Varadkar as a “neighbourly catch up”.
Northern Ireland has been without a functioning government for more than a year amid unionist concerns around post-Brexit trading arrangements.
Alliance Party leader Naomi Long said she is concerned that the window to restore the powersharing institutions before a UK general election is closing.
Sinn Féin vice president Michelle O'Neill has said public patience with the DUP is "wearing thin" in relation to the restoration of Stormont.
DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson said his focus at the moment is on resolving the "major problems" that were created by the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Explainer: Why is the PSNI data breach so serious?
Detailed information about all of the force’s staff – officers and civilians – was potentially viewable to the public for several hours.