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# Stormont

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# Minute of silence
Stormont recalled as MLAs pay tribute to inaugural first minister David Trimble
Michelle O’Neill described Trimble’s ‘courage and generosity’.
# Northern Ireland
SDLP to form new official opposition at Stormont as Northern Ireland Assembly recalled
Elected parties have yet to form an Executive since the election in May.
# Stormont
Stormont to be recalled next week in latest attempt to elect speaker
Currently, the Assembly is unable to function as the DUP have blocked the election of a new speaker.
# Powersharing
O’Neill to brief US politicians in Washington on need to restore Stormont
The Sinn Fein vice president will travel to the US on Monday for a series of meetings with Congressional members and Irish American leaders.
# 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.
Voices
Neale Richmond: Boris' Protocol Bill is an insult to everyone in Northern Ireland and the EU
The Fine Gael TD says the latest Tory moves in Westminster show a blatant disregard for the will of the people.
# Powersharing
British MPs support moves for UK Government to commission Northern Ireland abortion services
The bill had sparked debate on whether the UK Government was respecting devolution in Northern Ireland.
# Northern Ireland
NI Protocol legislation could have ‘colossal economic impact’, O’Neill warns
The Sinn Féin vice president said Boris Johnson was motivated solely by holding on to power.
# NI Assembly
Third time lucky? Stormont could try to elect a speaker again soon
The Taoiseach has said that unilateral action by the UK on the Northern Ireland Protocol “would be deeply damaging”.
# 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’.
# Centenary
Northern Ireland centenary celebrated in shadow of Edward Carson – and Covid-19
The Orange Order pledged to defend the place of Northern Ireland in the UK.
# Stormont
Stormont Assembly recalled in new bid to elect speaker
Jeffrey Donaldson has said his party will continue to block a return of powersharing until there is action over the protocol.
# richard neal
Donaldson slams US delegation as ‘most undiplomatic visit I’ve ever seen’
Congressman Richard Neal led a delegation of US politicians in meetings with the Stormont parties today.
# Stormont
Full protocol implementation would mean economic tsunami, says DUP
Jeffrey Donaldson said that calling on the Northern Ireland Protocol to be implemented in full was ‘such folly’.
# Irish Language Act
Thousands take part in Belfast march in support of Irish Language Act
Speakers urged those with “power and influence to end their decades-long obstruction of Irish language rights”.
# Brexit
Nancy Pelosi comments on Northern Ireland Protocol slammed as ‘unhelpful’ by DUP
In a strongly-worded intervention, Pelosi urged the UK and the EU to continue negotiations to uphold peace in Northern Ireland.
Voices
Emma DeSouza: Running in the Assembly elections was an education - Northern Ireland is changing
Emma DeSouza ran in the recent Stormont elections – she didn’t win but she shares her thoughts on it all.
# Brexit
O'Neill accuses Johnson of 'assisting DUP nonsense' amid UK plans to 'rip up' parts of Protocol
Liz Truss is expected to declare her intention to bring forward legislation which rips up parts of the UK’s post-Brexit trade deal.
# Amnesty
UK Government set to bring forward Troubles legacy proposals
It comes the day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Northern Ireland in a bid to restore power-sharing.
# across the irish sea
Johnson says plan to unilaterally redraw NI protocol is 'insurance' while 'ironing out problems'
The powersharing institutions in Northern Ireland have been plunged into crisis.
Johnson made clear that he did not favour scrapping the Protocol, and instead wanted to secure changes to it.
DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson said the Prime Minister will be judged on his actions and not his words over the Protocol.
Sinn Féin Stormont leader Michelle O’Neill said the Protocol "is here to stay" following a meeting with Taoiseach Micheál Martin.
# Stormont
DUP wants actions, not words, on protocol, says Donaldson
Boris Johnson will meet the main Stormont parties tomorrow in a bid to break the deadlock on returning to power-sharing arrangements.
# Northern Ireland
Coveney says British 'sabre-rattling and grandstanding' over NI Protocol is not helpful
The Foreign Affairs Minister said Ireland is “frustrated” and “dealing with the consequences now of a decision by the British people on our own country”.
# The Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Saturday
Here’s your round-up of what made the headlines today.
# Sinn Féin
DUP blocking formation of executive in Stormont is a 'matter of disgrace', McDonald says
Nobody should be “spooked by the actions of the British government”, McDonald said.
AS IT HAPPENED
DUP accused of 'thwarting democracy' as party blocks election of Stormont speaker
Here we go, or do we?
# Northern Ireland
Donaldson confirms DUP will not nominate Speaker, leaving Stormont Assembly unable to function
Sinn Féin vice-president Michelle O’Neill has called the decision “shameful”.
The DUP leader is refusing to sit in Stormont until issues around the Northern Ireland Protocol are resolved.
Sinn Féin's Michelle O'Neill said the party are "disgracefully holding the public to ransom for their Brexit mess".
The UK Government has indicated that it is set to override parts of the post-Brexit agreement.
# DUP
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.
# Brexit
Liz Truss ‘will not shy away’ from taking action on Northern Ireland Protocol
It is understood the British Cabinet minister is poised to take further action in the coming weeks if negotiations with the EU continue to stall.
# Stormont
Jeffrey Donaldson says he won't sit in Stormont Assembly 'until this Protocol issue is resolved'
Donaldson, who is an MP and can’t sit in both houses, says he’s staying in the House of Commons for now at least.
# UUP
Doug Beattie says the lack of checks on Ukrainian refugees shows Protocol checks are also not needed
The UUP leader said it was “quite right” that refugees are not subject to checks
# Assembly election
DUP leader urged to nominate deputy first minister to restore executive
British Secretary of State Brandon Lewis is set to meet with the leaders of the Stormont parties tomorrow.
Voices
Brian Rowan: Sinn Féin and Alliance's success represents a political shift in Northern Ireland
The former BBC correspondent says the story of “two tribes” in the North is now being stretched out across a wider canvas.
# 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.
# Assembly election
Sinn Féin set for best Assembly election result with most first-preference votes
The Sinn Féin vice-president and the leaders of the DUP and Alliance Party were all elected on the first count in their constituencies.
AS IT HAPPENED
Sinn Féin gains votes, on course to be largest party, Alliance and TUV also up
The first candidate was elected in Strangford this afternoon.
Brian Rowan: There's nothing dull about this election in Northern Ireland - it's hard to call
Six counties, 90 seats and 18 constituencies: Questions to be answered as Northern Ireland votes
# Stormont
What happens after count day? The real work begins on Government formation
Sinn Féin Vice President Michelle O’Neill said it would be “absolutely unfathomable” that a new Executive would not be formed after today.
# Stormont
SDLP facing 'tough election' as Eastwood suggests nationalists looked to Sinn Féin first minister
The SDLP leader said voters wanted to “send a message to the DUP”.
Voices
Opinion: The DUP in this election began to look like the lost tribe of the British Empire
Peter Flanagan says the election in Northern Ireland has shown that Loyalist and British values are no longer the same.
# Northern Ireland
Stormont election: Voter turnout estimated at 54% as counting set to begin
The process is taking place to elect 90 MLAs to the devolved Stormont Assembly, with 239 candidates running.
# Stormont
Polling stations close across Northern Ireland in Stormont election with 54% turnout
The process will elect 90 MLAs to the devolved Stormont Assembly, with 239 candidates running.