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# UK Government

Last month
November 2023
Troubles Legacy Act has retraumatised victims, legal challenge hears
Belfast High Court is hearing a legal challenge to the British government’s new laws to deal with the legacy of the Troubles.
This year
Amazon launches first satellites into space
A rocket containing two test satellites blasted off in Florida as part of a mission to bring fast internet connection to all corners of the globe.
Six families launch High Court challenge over Troubles Legacy Bill
Each family had relatives killed during the Troubles.
Taoiseach appeals to UK government to not enact Troubles Legacy Bill as govt mulls legal action
Speaking today, Varadkar said: ‘It’s not a small thing for one state to take a case against another state, but this is a serious situation.’
Victims’ images projected on Parliament as UK Government urged to scrap Troubles legacy Bill
The controversial legislation is set to return to the UK Parliament this week.
Record broken as almost 900 migrants cross Channel to Britain in 24 hours
The overall number of migrants who have crossed the Channel so far in 2023 is still less than at this point last year.
Work of new Troubles legacy body will be ‘led by the wishes of victims’, says commission chair
Declan Morgan, who will head the commission, said there may be the possibility that the commission would be able to recommend prosecutions for Troubles offences.
Taoiseach says UK government is ‘reluctant’ to co-operate with Irish State on Stormont impasse
Northern Ireland has been without a functioning government for more than a year amid unionist concerns around post-Brexit trading arrangements.
Scottish proposals to decriminalise all drugs for personal use knocked down within an hour
‘Whilst I haven’t seen those reports, I think I’m confident enough to say that there are no plans to alter our tough stance on drugs,’ said Rishi Sunak’s spokesperson.
UK Cabinet Office given until Friday to clarify stance on Boris Johnson's WhatsApp messages
The chairwoman of the Covid inquiry challenged the British government on why it wanted to block material Johnson was happy to submit to the probe.
Queen's funeral cost UK Government more than €186 million
The Treasury has ‘fully refunded’ the Scottish and Welsh Governments.
Tearing up Northern Ireland legacy Bill risks five-year delay, UK minister warns
Johnathan Caine holds out the prospect of further changes to the proposed law in a bid to meet the concerns of victims and survivors.
Sunak orders investigation into Zahawi over tax dispute penalty
The Conservative Party chairman and former chancellor paid a penalty to resolve a tax dispute.
Explainer: Why is the UK government trying to block a Scottish gender reform Bill?
An attempt to block the Bill under a never before used order has been branded a ‘nuclear option’.
Last year
Ahern sought rubber bullet ban to put pressure on UK to restrict their use in Northern Ireland
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Tadgh McNally
Internal controversy broke out over the purchase of 2,000 baton rounds in June 1997.
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.
Irish MEPs 'positive' about resolving Northern Ireland Protocol issues
The UK had previously signalled it would act unilaterally on the Protocol.
Gavin Williamson resigns from UK government after bullying allegations
The former cabinet minister is facing a series of inquiries into his conduct.
UK Government intervenes to commission abortion services in Northern Ireland
The move comes amid an ongoing impasse between Stormont politicians on the issue.
New UK Chancellor: Tax rises and spending cuts on cards with ‘difficult’ decisions ahead
Jeremy Hunt criticised the ‘mistakes’ of Britain’s prime minister Liz Truss administration in his first interview since taking the job.
Bank of England takes steps to ensure ‘orderly end’ to emergency bond-buying scheme
The Bank is doubling the daily limit on its gilt-buying programme to £10 billion as the scheme draws to a close ahead of Friday’s cut-off.
UK Ministers urge Tory MPs to back Truss or risk electoral defeat
The appeal for unity comes as fresh polling puts the UK PM’s personal approval rating at minus 47.
Liz Truss's government just axed the top income tax rate for highest earners
There has been an extremely negative reaction from Labour, SNP and the SDLP on the cuts.
UK Government announces energy price cap for homes in Northern Ireland
UK Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg said the scheme would begin in November but would be backdated to October.
UK risks angering EU further with response to post-Brexit legal threats over NI Protocol
The UK Government is understood to have told Brussels it will continue with the grace periods relating to the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Ireland cannot be 'bargaining chip' in UK negotiations with EU, says McDonald
McDonald said that Boris Johnson’s interactions with Ireland were “wholly negative”.
Johnson Government tables confidence motion in itself after blocking Labour bid
Johnson is expected to open the debate due to take place on Monday.
Tories call for end of Boris Johnson’s premiership as new Chancellor denies threatening to quit
Cabinet ministers, MPs and former Tory politicians have issued a slew of criticisms against the British prime minister.
First UK migrant flight to Rwanda grounded after European Court of Human Rights intervenes
All migrants weren removed from the plane, Government sources have said.
European Court of Human Rights issues order to prevent asylum seeker from being sent to Rwanda
The first flight of asylum seekers is due to depart from the UK to Rwanda this evening.
Taoiseach says UK government 'don't fully get' the Good Friday Agreement
DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson said that there was
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney said Ireland will not be made collateral damage by the plan.
Sinn Féin Vice President Michelle O'Neill said that the Good Friday Agreement and Brexit were incompatible.
DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson has not given a timeline for his party to return to power-sharing in the north.
NI Protocol Bill: What is the British government proposing and how has the EU responded?
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.
UK Government drops plans for more post-Brexit import checks on EU goods
Jacob Rees-Mogg said the decision would avoid potential disruption at the border.
UK teachers call for ban on conversion therapy for trans pupils
UK teachers at a conference raised concerns over the government’s “repeated U-turns” on banning conversion therapy.
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe calls for release of other detainees in Iran
The British-Iranian dual national also said: ‘What happened now should have happened six years ago.’
Businesses in Northern Ireland ‘hopeful’ of UK-EU deal after meeting UK Foreign Secretary
Liz Truss visited Northern Ireland today.
UK Government to discuss Northern Ireland first ministers’ roles after elections
Stormont elections take place this year on 5 May.
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Opinion: Make no mistake - this UK government will not rest until the Protocol is gone
Former negotiator Sydney Nash says it’s sovereignty, not sausages, that the UK government cares about.
UK report: 'Gradual approach' to Covid-19 lockdowns at start of pandemic led to more deaths
Experts and ministers sought to ‘only moderate the speed of infection’ through the population, MPs said.
British military tanker drivers take to roads of the UK to ease fuel crisis
200 British military personnel are being deployed to assist in the supply of petrol filling stations