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# Stormont

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# The North
Stormont ministers to decide whether to press ahead with further easing of Covid restrictions
The relaxations include the return of live music across the hospitality sector.
# Stormont
Mary Lou McDonald urges DUP to commit to ‘real powersharing’ in Northern Ireland
McDonald claimed that a DUP “failure to accept rights and equality” was a factor in the “political storm” that has hit unionism
# poots gets the boot
Taoiseach seeks 'calm heads' as Michelle O'Neill calls on DUP to 'get their act together'
Edwin Poots announced last night he is to quit as as DUP leader after only three weeks.
# Stormont
Crisis averted in Northern Ireland after late night deal on Irish language
The Tánaiste has said he welcomes the “agreement on an Irish Language Act going ahead”.
# The North
Sinn Féin holds talks with NI Secretary of State in bid to avert Stormont crisis
Brandon Lewis flew into Belfast for talks, saying he is exploring ‘all options’ in his efforts to keep powersharing on track.
# Stormont
DUP warns of threat to devolution from Irish language laws intervention
Paul Frew’s comments came as Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis faced calls from Sinn Fein to end the impasse.
# Stormont
Who is Paul Givan, the man set to replace Arlene Foster as First Minister?
At 39, Givan would be the youngest person to serve as First Minister.
# Stormont
A row over the Irish language and the new First Minister has raised election talk in the North, what's it all about?
New DUP leader Edwin Poots won’t be putting himself forward but the new FM has not been confirmed.
# Stormont
European Commission VP and UK's Brexit minister invited to give evidence to Stormont committee
The committee chairman said they’re being asked to give evidence on the impact of Brexit and the NI Protocol.
# Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland: Indoor dining to resume on 24 May as spectators to attend football game as test event
A number of restrictions will also ease on 24 May in Northern Ireland.
# DUP LEADERSHIP
Edwin Poots 'likely' to face competition from Jeffrey Donaldson for DUP top job
A source close to the Lagan Valley MP told the News Letter that he could contest the election.
Voices
Brian Rowan: Arlene's feathers are ruffled today, but the DUP itself is under pressure
Former BBC correspondent Brian Rowan looks at the embattled DUP leader’s position today.
# data-sharing impasse
Stormont leaders call on Irish Government to share data on passengers arriving on the island
First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill both expressed frustration over the issue.
# Stormont
Northern Ireland: Hairdressers to reopen from next Friday, indoor pubs & restaurants from 24 May
The executive has signed off on a plan with three key relaxation dates – 23 April, 30 April and 24 May.
The executive has signed off on a plan with three key relaxation dates - 23 April, 30 April and 24 May.
Northern Ireland marked reaching one million Covid-19 vaccines last weekend.
Yesterday, Health Minister Robin Swann said the “scales are tipping” in favour of accelerating the pace of the exit from lockdown.
Tánaiste 'increasingly confident' that indoor and outdoor dining will reopen during the summer
Arriving passengers from 16 more countries must enter hotel quarantine from this morning
Voices
Opinion: The violence this week was choreographed by criminal gangs using children as fodder
Emma DeSouza says the unrest in the North is not a failure of peace but a failure of leadership.
Voices
Brian Rowan: Once again, the politics of Northern Ireland is in a mess and violence has won out
The former BBC correspondent and author says it’s like a rewind button has been pressed to the past in the North.
# brandon lewis
NI secretary urges Stormont to roll out abortion services before he orders executive to do so
Brandon Lewis could have the power to rollout services from London next month.
# 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.
# Stormont
McDonald says Sinn Féin abstained in abortion bill vote because it was a DUP 'stunt'
Sinn Féin abstained from a vote on the Severe Fetal Impairment Abortion (Amendment) Bill last night.
# centenary plans
Boris Johnson unveils Northern Ireland's centenary programme
It will also pay tribute to those who worked tirelessly to support the region during the pandemic, Boris Johnson added.
# Northern Ireland
Stormont ministers to finalise details of lockdown exit plan
The plan is likely to outline the sequence in which current lockdown restrictions will lift.
# Stormont
Ministers to iron out final details of Northern Ireland's lockdown exit strategy today
The plan is likely to outline the sequence in which current lockdown restrictions will lift.
# Pigeon hold
Stormont researcher gets in a flap after pigeon interrupts finance committee meeting
The pigeon was dragged into a video call by an attendee’s cat.
# Don’t Screen Us Out
DUP's bid to change Northern Ireland’s abortion laws set for Stormont
The DUP private member’s bill will attempt to prevent terminations up to birth in cases of non-fatal serious disabilities.
# Cross border
No resolution reached between Irish government and Stormont leaders over passenger data sharing
Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill described the situation as ‘regrettable’.
# sharing is caring
Leaders in the North criticise Irish Government for failing to share passenger data
Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill said repeated efforts to secure the information had failed.
# Stormont
Northern Ireland cancels GCSE and A-level exams due to Covid-19
It comes amid stricter lockdown measures to stop a rise in transmission of coronavirus and prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed by new cases.
# Covid-19
20 more Covid-19 deaths in Northern Ireland as six-week lockdown begins
There have been almost 1,000 new cases of the virus in the North in the last 48 hours.
# Northern Ireland
Late-night NI Executive meeting called to discuss potential travel ban from Britain
Michelle O’Neill said there is “no time to lose in agreeing a travel ban”.
# reopening
Stormont leaders defend lifting of circuit-breaker lockdown in Northern Ireland
A two-week circuit-breaker is ending tomorrow.
# dr tom black
Taoiseach says DUP was 'wrong' to use cross-community veto on public health measures
The DUP had disagreed with other parties in the Stormont Executive on continuing the Covid-19 restrictions after today.
# restrictions
'This is the only way forward': Deadlock broken as ministers agree to extend circuit break in Northern Ireland
A fourth executive meeting in as many days reached a breakthrough in Stormont today.
# Coronavirus
Fifteen deaths and 548 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Northern Ireland
The Department of Health has provided an update on case numbers.
# Coronavirus
Ten deaths and 471 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Northern Ireland
The Department of Health has provided an update on case numbers.
# Centenary
Major funding for NI centenary set to be announced, as local politicians push for greater role in planning
Department of Foreign Affairs officials have been involved in meetings planning the centenary events.
# Stormont
Polls and pandemics: How Northern Ireland's two leaders are facing defiance and disappointment
Both leaders have faced a difficult few weeks.
# Brexit
Irish Sea checks will be ‘operationally effective’ by New Year even if facilities are unfinished
That’s according to Andrew McCormick, Stormont’s lead official on EU exit.
# Stormont
'Complacency is our enemy': New restrictions to limit social interaction between households in Belfast
Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill announced the new measures this evening.
# sinn féin NI leader
Michelle O'Neill admits public health message has been undermined by Bobby Storey funeral attendance
DUP leader Arlene Foster welcomed the admission, which she said caused “deep hurt and anger”.
# Local Lockdowns
Stormont Executive to consider renewed Covid-19 restrictions for Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health said that measures may be taken on localised or region-wide scales.