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# Stormont

This week
29th January 2023 - 1st February 2023
# Northern Ireland
Good Friday Agreement anniversary worth celebrating despite Assembly not functioning - Taoiseach
The 25th anniversary of the agreement is in April.
Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# Northern Ireland Committee
Protocol row ‘isn’t rocket science’, says Bertie Ahern in call for solution
The former Taoiseach was speaking today at the Northern Ireland Committee at Westminster.
Last month
January 2023
# Northern Ireland
Leo Varardkar says he has 'regrets' over NI Protocol as latest Stormont deadline passes
The Taoiseach said he understands why unionists feel that the protocol has “weakened the union”.
# Stormont
'We're on a positive trajectory': Politicians hope EU and UK talks on NI protocol can move forward
Micheál Martin has urged patience with the negotiations to resolve the Northern Ireland Protocol dispute.
# Northern Ireland
'The whole thing is absolutely bizarre': SF withdraw from talks over McDonald's exclusion from meeting
McDonald said her exclusion was the result of ‘British Tory petulance’.
# 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.
# Margaret Gibson
Belfast woman who made plea to Tony Blair feels 'betrayed' 25 years after Good Friday Agreement
Margaret Gibney was a Belfast schoolgirl when she asked the then-prime minister to bring an end to the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
Last year
2022
Voices
Brian Rowan: Northern Ireland cannot continue with pantomime politics and a pretend parliament
The former BBC correspondent looks back at a year of turmoil and persistent deadlock in Northern Irish politics.
# Powersharing
Sunak says he is working 'flat out' to restore the power sharing executive in Northern Ireland
Powersharing in Northern Ireland is in cold storage due to a dispute over post-Brexit trading arrangements.
# Stormont
DUP will not be ‘bullied or cajoled’ into restoring Stormont, Northern Ireland Secretary told
DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson said the UK Government should stop ‘expending energy’ targeting unionists.
# Northern Ireland
Varadkar to prioritise Northern Ireland power sharing when he becomes Taoiseach
Leo Varadkar said the Government had “not for a second” given up on the matter despite the failed attempt to restore the institutions.
# Not happening
The latest attempt to re-establish powersharing in Stormont just failed
Sinn Féin has urged the DUP to back the election of a speaker to deliver energy support payments.
# Northern Ireland
Full abortion services to be commissioned in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland’s abortion laws were liberalised in 2019, but the Department of Health never centrally commissioned the rollout of full services due to a political impasse at Stormont.
# Northern Ireland
Legislation introduced to push back deadline to form a Stormont Executive
It will also allow for MLA salaries to be cut by around a third while the Assembly is unable to sit.
# FAKE NEWS
Northern Ireland Secretary explains to Elon Musk what ‘tosh’ means after debunking bogus email
The NI Secretary has also warned that there is a ‘very, very big budget black hole in Northern Ireland’s finances’.
# Stormont
NI Secretary Heaton-Harris extends deadline for election to March with option to cut MLAs' pay
The Northern Ireland Secretary has already ruled out a December election.
# Stormont
'What is next?': McDonald and O'Neill say UK Govt must clarify its plans for NI next week
McDonald said that “plan B” in resolving issues at Stormont should be one of a joint authority.
# The North
Announcement of no December Stormont election is 'Christmas miracle'
The NI Secretary has faced criticism for failing to provide clarity on whether he will call an election.
# The North
Still no clarity on an election date in Northern Ireland, what's going on?
The NI Secretary has faced criticism for failing to provide clarity on whether he will call an election.
# The Disappeared
Families of Disappeared brave rain for walk in memory of loved ones
Relatives gathered together under umbrellas to say prayers, led by priest Father Joe Gormley.
# Northern Ireland
Taoiseach calls for 'recalibration' of Stormont after next Assembly election
Chris Heaton-Harris has said he will call another election but has not set a date.
# Northern Ireland
Taoiseach says Stormont system 'not fit for purpose' as SF pushes London to set election date
Martin told the Financial Times, that “there is room for the parties to look at changing the system’ 25 years after it was introduced.
# Deadline Day
Bertie Ahern: ‘Sad day’ for people of Northern Ireland as they face another election
The former Taoiseach said an election will not ‘change a damn thing’ because the Northern Ireland Protocol is not even on the agenda.
Voices
Brian Rowan: Would it really be progress if the Executive was restored?
The former BBC correspondent asks if voting in another Assembly election would change anything in Northern Ireland.
# Stormont
Voters in the North set to return to the polls for second time in seven months
A deadline for forming a new powersharing executive has lapsed, with an election due in December.
# Northern Ireland
Jeffrey Donaldson says Irish government 'deluded' to think joint-authority with London is possible
The DUP is set to block an attempt to elect a new Stormont speaker.
# Powersharing
NI Assembly to meet Thursday for last-minute attempt to avoid December election
The assembly will meet to try and appoint a Speaker, Deputy Speakers, First Minister and deputy First Minister
# Abortion Services
UK Government intervenes to commission abortion services in Northern Ireland
The move comes amid an ongoing impasse between Stormont politicians on the issue.
# Stormont
Micheál Martin: DUP should 'honour' mandate of people of Northern Ireland
Martin said that it did not appear that there would be an agreement on powersharing reached by Friday
Voices
Brian Rowan: Truss' resignation and Conservative chaos spell disaster for Northern Ireland
The former BBC correspondent says the ongoing chaos in London means Stormont is again forgotten.
# Northern Ireland
NI Protocol talks between UK and EU ‘will continue’ if snap Stormont election called
A previous round of talks between the EU and the UK were paused ahead of the last Stormont Assembly election in May
# Powersharing
December Stormont election likely if executive not formed by end of next week
Chris Heaton-Harris said he cannot ‘see the space’ for emergency legislation to potentially avert a fresh poll
# The North
Stormont should be restored while protocol negotiations continue, Taoiseach says
Micheál Martin met with Northern Ireland’s party leaders in Belfast today.
# Protocol
DUP leader says debris of protocol must be cleared for Stormont to return
DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson will meet Taoiseach Micheál Martin later today.
# The North
All efforts needed to avoid fresh Stormont elections, Coveney says during trip to Belfast
The Foreign Affairs Minister was meeting with Northern Ireland political parties in Belfast.
# NI Protocol
Coveney: Politicians ‘may need to surprise people’ to resolve row over NI Protocol
The Foreign Affairs Minister met with Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris in London today.
Voices
Brian Rowan: Can the parties of Northern Ireland truly make it work this time?
The former BBC correspondent says the signs of compromise are not good as another deadline looms for Stormont.
# Northern Ireland
There is no reason why Stormont should not be re-established now, Truss says
Liz Truss says she wants a settlement with the EU over the NI Protocol which works for everybody.
# Stormont
Stormont parties warned of ‘bleak outlook’ even with return of proper Executive
Party leaders met with the head of the Northern Ireland civil service at Stormont Castle today.
# Northern Ireland
SDLP rejects accusations that Stormont recall motion is 'stunt politics'
Two previous attempts to elect a speaker, which would open the way for the nomination of First and deputy First Ministers, have failed.