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Thursday 2 February 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# The North

Last year
# new years message
Irish church leaders voice 'great concern for the state of our fragile peace' on the island
They were speaking in a new year’s message for 2023 which will mark the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.
# 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.
# United Ireland
Taoiseach ‘not surprised’ more from Northern Ireland favour staying in UK over Irish unity
A survey shows there is a majority of more than four to one in favour of a united Ireland in the Republic.
# Abortion
Anti-abortion group to launch legal challenge to Northern Ireland legislation
The UK Government is set to step in to introduce full abortion services in Northern Ireland.
# 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.
# Abortion
Less than half of adults in Northern Ireland realise abortion is lawful in region
Only 10% of women in Northern Ireland know how to access abortion, according to a new poll.
# Brexit
A Derry Girls screening ‘could help Good Friday Agreement understanding’
Northern Ireland Affairs committee chairman Simon Hoare made the suggestion as Chris Heaton-Harris said many do not appreciate the deal’s importance.
# The North
Stormont should be restored while protocol negotiations continue, Taoiseach says
Micheál Martin met with Northern Ireland’s party leaders in Belfast 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.
# 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.
# The North
UK Govt’s controversial Troubles legacy plan ‘can be improved’, says new NI Secretary of State
Chris Heaton-Harris said there is ‘no ideal solution’ on addressing Northern Ireland’s troubled past.
# Abortion
UK Government moves to ensure full delivery of abortion services in Northern Ireland
Abortion services have yet to centrally commissioned in Northern Ireland due to a political impasse.
# the north votes
Five things to look out for in today's Stormont elections
A new first minister, a surge in cross-community voting and where evangelical votes will go are among the things to keep an eye on.
# belfast summit
Political relationships between NI, Ireland and UK ‘not where they should be’, Varadkar says
The Tánaiste was addressing a high street regeneration conference in Belfast.
# Belfast
Belfast hijacking: Woman (48) arrested as part of the security threat investigation
Simon Coveney was giving a talk in Belfast on Friday when he was abruptly evacuated due to a security alert.
# The North
Ulster Unionist leader Doug Beattie vows not to be intimidated after office attack
His constituency office was targeted hours after he criticised loyalist rallies against the Northern Ireland Protocol.
# Brexit
Appeals to ruling against challenges to lawfulness of NI Protocol dismissed
The case was pursued in the names of unionists and Brexiteers from across the UK.
# Northern Ireland Protocol
Protocol has cast ‘long shadow’ over politics and life in Northern Ireland, Donaldson says
A Bipa meeting was told that the Stormont Executive would only be restored when issues surrounding the NI Protocol were resolved.
# mother and baby homes
PSNI probe 29 allegations around mother and baby homes in Northern Ireland
Over 14,000 girls and women entered mother and baby homes, Magdalene laundries and other institutions between 1922 and 1990.
# The North
O'Neill says 'real prospect' Covid restrictions will have to stay in NI due to legal issues
The North’s Health Minister sought guidance following the resignation of first minister Paul Givan last week.
# Northern Ireland Protocol
DUP urges Johnson to commit to Article 16, Taoiseach says benefits of Protocol not acknowledged
Triggering Article 16 could suspend elements of the Northern Ireland Protocol.
# The Protocol Row
Protocol dispute: NI minister Edwin Poots orders Irish Sea border agri-checks to end at midnight
Edwin Poots said he has received legal advice that he can order checks to be stopped in absence of the Executive’s support.
Edwin Poots has argued that he has received legal advice in favour of him suspending checks unilaterally.
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has said the move, if carried out, would be a “breach of international law”.
It is yet unclear whether the senior civil servant in Poots' department can legally comply with the order.
# The North
Stormont ministers agree to relax many Covid-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland
They include ending the legal requirement for Covid certification to enter some hospitality venues and the reopening of nightclubs.
# public apology
Public apology over historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland to be made on 11 March
Paul Givan and Michelle O’Neill announced how a recommendation of a public inquiry would be delivered.
# House Of Lords
UK Government to discuss Northern Ireland first ministers’ roles after elections
Stormont elections take place this year on 5 May.
# The North
Coveney says he wants deal on Northern Ireland Protocol by end of February
He said he doesn’t want the NI Assembly election in May become dominated by the ‘polarising’ issue.
# Northern Ireland
NI Health Minister requests military aid to help relieve Covid pressure in hospitals
This morning, there were 439 Covid-positive patients in hospital in Northern Ireland.
# 50 years later
Timeline of '72: Northern Ireland facing 50-year anniversary of Troubles' bloodiest year
The 50-year anniversary of Bloody Sunday, Bloody Friday and several other atrocities will take place in 2022.
All time
# covid pass
Politicians back mandatory Covid-19 certification regulations for Northern Ireland
Health Minister Robin Swann said the regulations were for the ‘overall protection of the people’.
# Troubles
Deadline for legislating on NI legacy issues has been missed, Brandon Lewis admits
Controversial plans to end prosecutions for Troubles-era incidents were expected to be legislated for this autumn.
# restrictions
Stormont ministers to consider proposals for mandatory Covid passports for Northern Ireland
A modelling paper says even Covid-19 passports may not prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed.
# Brexit
Johnson says triggering Article 16 of Northern Ireland Protocol would be ‘perfectly legitimate’
The European Commission vice-president said if the UK Government suspended the protocol, it would have “serious consequences”.
# Brexit
‘Serious headway’ needed in the next week over Northern Ireland Protocol, EU says
The European Commission vice-president said there had been a ‘change in tone’ from UK negotiators.
# Belfast
Witness appeal after bus hijacked and set on fire near loyalist estate on outskirts of Belfast
Four men boarded the bus on the outskirts of Belfast and ordered passengers off.
# Brexit
Frost accuses EU of ignoring political sensitivities in Northern Ireland
He also said the EU had “destroyed cross-community consent”.
# The North
Majority of people in Northern Ireland view Brexit protocol as a ‘positive’, poll finds
Queen’s University is monitoring public attitudes to the contentious Irish Sea trading arrangements.
# Brexit
UK and EU 'still far apart' on big NI Protocol issues as talks to continue in London
A round of talks in Brussels was ‘constructive’ but significant disagreements still remain.
# Troubles
Campaigners returning to Westminster to demand end to Troubles ‘amnesty’ plan
The UK Government is proposing a statute of limitations that would protect veterans from future prosecutions.
# Brexit
Still 'a long way' to go to reach resolution on Northern Ireland Protocol, Frost warns
The Brexit Minister will hold talks with European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic in Brussels today.