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Thursday 8 June 2023 Dublin: 15°C


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# Across the water
A British-Irish top-level meeting is happening for the first time in 11 years, but what is it about?
The meeting is supposed to be “regular and frequent”.
# Marriage equality
Arlene Foster says opposing marriage equality doesn't mean she can't value LGBT people
Northern Ireland remains the only part of the UK where same-sex marriage is still banned.
# Northern Ireland
DUP's Jim Wells criticised for comparing UK abortion rate to Holocaust
The DUP MLA made the comments on the BBC Radio Ulster’s Nolan show today.
# Right So
Arlene Foster claims Sinn Féin voters have told her they'll be voting DUP over abortion stance
Foster said that her party was “taking note” of the results of the referendum.
# Orange Order
DUP leader Arlene Foster to attend Orange Order parade in Scotland later this month
The parade will take place in Cowdenbeath, Fife on 30 June.
# major speech
Arlene Foster talks about her dad being shot by the IRA and 'no logic' in a hard border
Responding to her speech in London, Sinn Féin accused Foster of producing the “same old arrogance”.
# Northern Ireland
Nigel Farage denies claims that he's about to join the DUP
Farage will be the guest speaker at a local DUP event in Co Antrim today.
Opinion: 'The DUP has a talent for fusing bungled governance with election success'
This should give us all pause for reflection on the intricacies and ironies underlying our constitutional arrangements in these islands, writes Thomas Muinzer.
# paramilitary activity
UDA threat against journalist condemned
The NUJ has said it is concerned about the safety of the journalist and those close to them.
# in a room
'You had the unionist guy saying to the Tory - 'you're not understanding what Sinn Féin is saying''
Years before the Good Friday Agreement, politicians came together at Glencree for unofficial, trust-building talks.
# 20 years on
Explainer: What is the Good Friday Agreement?
The 20th anniversary of the landmark deal is being marked – here’s what’s in it.
# Marriage equality
Northern Ireland same-sex marriage bill passes first stage in House of Lords
Northern Ireland remains the only part of the UK where same-sex marriage is still banned.
# lost in the post
Mary Lou on not being invited to the White House: 'I don't feel snubbed'
Former Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams and DUP MP Ian Paisley Jr have been invited.
# no laughing matter
Northern MLAs could have their pay docked by over €15,000 while Stormont remains down
Secretary of State Karen Bradley ‘is minded’ to reduce their pay.
# not on the list
Mary Lou and Arlene haven't been invited to the White House - but Gerry Adams and Ian Paisley Jr have
The leaders of both parties are traditionally invited to the annual White House Patrick’s Day reception.
# Stormont
Northern Ireland budget to include £410 million from DUP deal with Conservatives
The budget also sets out £80 million in support of immediate health and education pressure.
# dup says no
EU/UK Withdrawal Agreement includes plan to keep Northern Ireland in the customs union
The draft treaty sets out the arrangements for Brexit.
# Acht na Gaeilge
The Council of Europe has told the UK to pass laws to protect the Irish language
The issue has been at the centre of the dispute at Stormont.
# ceart go leor
Most of those living in Ireland think the Irish language should be legally protected in the North
An Irish language act has become one of the main stumbling blocks in talks aimed at relaunching the Stormont government.
# Stormont
'A standstill is completely unacceptable': Sinn Féin to meet Varadkar and May over Stormont deadlock
Mary Lou McDonald said there is “no question of a return to direct rule” from Westminister in the North.
# Deadlocked
McDonald: 'Three language acts were included in draft DUP deal, but no agreement on marriage equality'
DUP leader Arlene Foster yesterday said that talks between her party and Sinn Féin had failed on the issue of the Irish language.
# arlene says no
The DUP party has collapsed power-sharing talks in Northern Ireland, Sinn Féin says
Sinn Féin says a deal was in place but the DUP has not followed through.
# roadblock
DUP will not sign off on stand-alone Irish Language Act, Arlene Foster says
Yesterday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said there is a “basis for an agreement” at Stormont and the Executive could be running soon.
# N-S Interconnector
Controversial electricity pylon plan takes big leap forward but some people aren't happy
The plan would link electricity stations in Meath and Tyrone.
# Northern Ireland
'The hamster wheel of talks': There isn't a lot of optimism that the Stormont Assembly will be restored
As we creep towards direct rule, time is running out for politicians on both sides to strike a deal.
# Brexit spokesperson
DUP's Sammy Wilson regrets calling Leo Varadkar 'a nutcase'
Sammy Wilson has previously called the Taoiseach and his Tánaiste Simon Coveney “cynical, aggressive, green, and partisan”.
# possible thaw
'We don’t have a lot of time': Last-ditch Stormont talks start next week
It’s been one year since the power-sharing administration collapsed in Northern Ireland.
# barry mcelduff
'Stop this gruesome tit for tat': Kingsmill loaf row rumbles on as cartoon sparks Twitter uproar
Sinn Féin’s Barry McElduff posted a controversial video of him with a loaf of ‘Kingsmill’ bread on his head on the Kingsmill massacre anniversary.
# power sharing
One year on from Stormont collapse, there's still no sign of a deal
It’s now one year since the power sharing executive in Northern Ireland collapsed after Sinn Féin walked out on government, citing a number of key issues with their partners the DUP.
# Tony Connelly
Ireland's Brexit expert 'wouldn't rule out the possibility of more trouble' with the DUP
The journalist told us more about the day when his tweet led to the DUP scuppering a new plan on a soft border with Northern Ireland and the EU.
# Kiss and make DUP
Coveney says that government has to 'repair' relationship with DUP
Relations between Dublin and the North’s largest party have been strained since contentious Brexit talks a week ago.
# housmans
UK bookshop selling tea towels saying 'F*** the DUP'
Housmans Bookshop calls itself a “long-running radical bookshop”.
# build a bridge
Sky News presenter says 'some of you Irish need to get over yourselves'
Some people have been critical of Adam Boulton’s line of questioning in an interview with Tánaiste Simon Coveney.
# Brexit
DUP's Sammy Wilson in scathing attack on 'cynical, aggressive and green' Varadkar and Coveney
The DUP MP says the pair have alienated unionists.
# Brexit
DUP 'pleased' with Brexit deal but says 'more work needs to be done' on border issue
A deal to avoid a hard border has been reached between the UK and EU.
'The agreement stands': Leo says DUP does not represent everyone in Northern Ireland
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says it’s now up the UK to come back to them.
# come on arlene
EU negotiating team 'reaffirms' its commitment to original Brexit border deal
Foster has claimed she was only told about the potential deal yesterday morning.
# there may be trouble
'DUP-ed', 'May humiliated': How UK papers reacted to the last-minute block on Irish border deal
They take a dim view of the DUP’s last-minute veto of the Brexit deal that would have guaranteed no hard border.
# ulster says snow
Listen to Arlene Foster belt out a classic Mariah Carey festive tune for charity
It’s all in aid of the organisation Aspire.
# Brexit
Phil Hogan: 'If NI remains in the EU customs union, there would be no border issue'
Prime Minister Theresa May has already ruled out staying in the single market and customs union.