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# Stormont

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# The Disappeared
Brother of one of the last missing Disappeared pleads for information to find him
The IRA is deemed responsible for most of the 16 murders and secret burials while the INLA was behind one of the disappearances.
# Brexit
Foster says Taoiseach's recent comments were 'detrimental to unionist-Fine Gael relationships'
The DUP leader said there is a feeling that unionist concerns about the Withdrawal Agreement are being dismissed.
# Change
Same-sex marriage legalised and abortion decriminalised in Northern Ireland
The British government has assumed responsibility for introducing regulations to provide access to abortion by next April.
# Explainer
Explainer: Why can't same-sex couples in Northern Ireland get married until next year?
The first ceremonies could take place on the week of Valentine’s Day 2020.
# Abortion
Walkouts from DUP and SDLP amid farcical scenes in Stormont
Private members’ legislation aimed at thwarting the imposition of abortion reform in Northern Ireland were not accepted.
# NI Assembly
Explainer: Why are some Northern Irish MLAs returning to Stormont?
Other parties are calling the return to Stormont a ‘stunt’.
# Brexit
Explainer: Here's how the consent vote in the North will work
How and when will elected reps get to cast their vote and why is it a thorny issue for the DUP?
# Stormont
Foster backs call for Stormont restoration as NI abortion to be decriminalised by Westminster
The move to decriminalise abortion will only be halted if the Stormont executive is restored by 21 October.
# Northern Ireland
'It's all over the place': What next for the Ulster Unionist Party?
UUP leader Robin Swann announced that he was stepping down this week.
# on its way
Lorenzo batters the Azores with 100mph winds
Lorenzo is currently still a post-tropical cyclone over the Atlantic but will have downgraded by the time it reaches Ireland tomorrow.
# grave concerns
Church leaders call for restoration of Stormont to stop abortion law being passed in North
Abortion will be decriminalised in the North if the collapsed assembly is not restored by 21 October.
# Dispute
DUP calls for pictures of Queen Elizabeth to be reinstated in Stormont following reports they were removed
The DUP said it has raised the issue with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
# Stormont Assembly
Boris Johnson pledges to do 'everything in his power' to break impasse in Northern Ireland talks
The PM and the new Northern Ireland Secretary are to meet with the five main political parties tomorrow.
# Stormont
New phase of power-sharing talks to begin in Northern Ireland
Karen Bradley and Simon Coveney said they “believe that there is a genuine but narrow window of opportunity to reach agreement in the immediate period ahead”.
# Northern Ireland
Fresh talks between political leaders in bid to restore power-sharing at Stormont
The executive dissolved in January 2017.
# Stormont
All-party talks could see Stormont up and running by mid-July, says Coveney
The talks are to begin following the Northern Ireland local elections.
# Crunch time
Talks to restore Northern Ireland power-sharing executive to be announced today
The talks are expected to begin after Northern Ireland’s local elections.
# Deadlock
It's more than two years since Stormont collapsed and a deal looks as far away as ever
The Northern Assembly has been shuttered for around 18,000 hours.
# Deadlock
Karen Bradley 'actively considering' external mediator to restore NI powersharing talks
Northern Ireland powersharing collapsed in January 2017 following the DUP’s and Sinn Féin’s failure to agree on a number of issues.
# Stormont Executive
Quiz: How much do you know about Northern Irish politics?
Karen Bradley admitted she didn’t know much about the divisive political history in the North when she took up her role in January.
# michael stone
Loyalist murderer launches art exhibition while on temporary release - victims' relatives not impressed
Michael Stone is coming to the end of a 30-year sentence for murdering six people. He is no stranger to the world of ‘performance art’.
# The North Is Next
170 Irish and UK politicians sign letter calling for change to the North's abortion laws
Northern Ireland has been without a government for over a year and a half – so Westminster and Dublin are being asked to introduce new abortion laws.
# Stormont
No hard border and a customs union: Four NI parties' stance on Brexit
The parties have varying stances on a number of issues, but have released a joint statement on their Brexit stance.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# Vacancy
Vacant Seanad seat should be filled by someone with a unionist background, says senator
Leo Varadkar previously said he would like to see people from both nationalist and unionist communities take seats.
# 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.
# bolt cutter
Sinn Féin's Gerry Kelly says he has spoken to police after being filmed removing a clamp
Kelly, who has been an MLA since 1998, is the party’s policing spokesman.
# 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.
# Robin Newton
Stormont speaker rejects allegations he misled assembly over role with UDA-linked group
The allegations were made in a BBC Spotlight programme last night.
# power sharing
Sinn Féin rejects Arlene Foster's Irish language proposal
Michelle O’Neill said the DUP has not acknowledged the reasons for Martin McGuinness’ resignation.
# at odds
Adams says young people will be radicalised by the DUP’s refusal to embrace their rights
Unlikely to reach a deal anytime soon, the Northern Ireland Assembly has remained empty since January.
# Referendum
With young people in 'Repeal' jumpers beside him, Leo Varadkar was asked about the Eighth in Belfast today
Varadkar will also give a speech at Queen’s University as part of his first trip to Northern Ireland as Taoiseach.
# Nigel Dodds
DUP accuses Varadkar of sending 'mixed messages' and 'going backwards'
“Just what is going on in Dublin?” DUP deputy Nigel Dodds has asked provocatively.
# Northern Ireland
DUP hits out at the Irish government for 'sticking its nose in' Stormont talks
The DUP have said that they are all “miles from agreement”.
# Deadlock
'What's wrong with someone who wants to live through Irish?' - Sinn Féin hits back at DUP
Earlier, Arlene Foster said that Sinn Féin’s ‘shopping list’ is holding up a deal in the North.
# looming deadline
Gerry Adams asks UK to not restore direct rule from Westminster in North
The Sinn Féin leader doesn’t expect a power-sharing deal to be reached in Northern Ireland by tomorrow.
# looming deadline
Gerry Adams doesn't think power-sharing deal will be reached by Monday
Theresa May has called both Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill to outline her government’s desire to see a deal in the North.