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Gay marriage, abortion laws liberalized in Northern Ireland

Oct 22, 2019 - 8:30 AM

Grainne Teggart of Amnesty International says the change 'is a hugely significant moment and the beginning of a new era for Northern Ireland – one in which we're free from oppressive laws that have policed our bodies and healthcare'

DECRIMINALIZED. Pro-choice supporters pose as they gather at Parliament buildings on the Stormont Estate in Belfast on October 21, 2019. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

Northern Irish rejection threatens Brexit deal as EU leaders meet

Oct 17, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party dramatically rejects the accord, which would see their British-ruled province remain under EU customs and Value Added Tax rules

NO DEAL BREXIT PROTESTS. Demonstrators from 'Border Communities Against Brexit' attend an anti-No Deal Brexit protest at the Carrickcarnon border crossing on the road between Dundalk, Ireland on October 16, 2019, and Newry in Northern Ireland. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

British, Irish PMs keep Brexit talks alive after meeting

Oct 10, 2019 - 9:32 PM

(UPDATED) The main sticking point in the divorce is how to keep open the border between the British province of Northern Ireland and the Irish republic

BREXIT TALKS. Ireland's Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar (L) and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) pose for a photograph at Thornton Manor Hotel, near Birkenhead, north-west England on October 10, 2019, as they met for Brexit talks. Photo by Noel Mullen/Pool/AFP

Apple slams EU as epic court battle over tax bill begins

Sep 17, 2019 - 10:19 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The EU's tax demand, made 3 years ago, 'defies reality and common sense,' Apple's lawyer Daniel Beard tells the EU's lower General Court

APPLE. This file photo taken on June 13, 2016 shows the Apple logo displayed on a screen at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference presentation at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. File photo by Barielle Lurie/AFP

Conor McGregor under fire anew for sucker punch in Ireland bar

Aug 16, 2019 - 3:51 PM

A CCTV video released recently shows MMA superstar Conor McGregor figuring in a bar assault

CONTROVERSIAL. Conor McGregor gets into trouble yet again. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Pelosi vows to thwart U.S.-UK trade deal if Brexit risks Irish peace

Aug 15, 2019 - 12:18 PM

Any trade agreement needs the green light from US Congress, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – Trump's political nemesis on Capitol Hill – has made clear she would not play ball if the Irish peace deal were put at risk

Boris Johnson visits Northern Ireland, heart of Brexit battle

Aug 01, 2019 - 1:53 PM

'The Prime Minister made clear that the UK would be leaving the EU on October 31st come what may,' says a Downing Street spokesperson

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the first meeting of the National Policing Board at the Home Office in London, on July 31, 2019.  Kirsty Wigglesworth / POOL / AFP

Ireland votes overwhelmingly to relax strict divorce law

May 26, 2019 - 2:31 PM

Some 82% of voters cast their ballots in favor of removing a provision requiring couples to live separately for 4 out of the previous 5 years before dissolving their marriage

SUPPORT. Majority of Filipinos support the legalization of divorce according to latest figures from the SWS. Stock photo

Ireland votes in European election after Dutch pro-EU surprise

May 24, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Eurosceptics are hoping for strong results across the continent but their momentum takes an early hit after a Dutch exit poll on May 23 shows pro-EU parties headed for a surprise win there

POLLS. A voter leaves a polling station as voting for the European Parliament elections got underway, in west Belfast, northern Ireland on May 23, 2019. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

EU elections shift to Ireland as populist forces gather elsewhere

May 24, 2019 - 11:08 AM

Around the continent, where most EU member states vote on Sunday, May 26, pro-European leaders are scrambling to mobilize their supporters to resist the populist surge

EU ELECTIONS. People leave and arrive at a polling station for the European Parliament elections at Bannside Presbyterian Church in Banbridge Co Down, northern Ireland, on May 23, 2019. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

New IRA admits responsibility for killing Northern Ireland journalist – media

Apr 23, 2019 - 2:11 PM

The New IRA attempts to justify its actions by claiming she was killed during an attack on 'enemy forces,' accusing police of provoking the riot which preceded her death

CONDEMNING THE KILLING. In this file photo taken on April 19, 2019 Sara Canning, partner of killed journalist Lyra McKee, addresses a gathering to condemn McKee's killing at the scene of rioting violence in the Creggan area of Derry (Londonderry) in Northern Ireland on April 19, 2019. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

Tourists follow 'Game of Thrones' trail in Northern Ireland

Apr 21, 2019 - 11:01 AM

Northern Ireland has now become one of the most visited countries thanks to the hit HBO show

French Game of Thrones fans, Claire Pottier (L) and Hugo Chivard (R), from Normandy, take part in archery at the Castle Ward Estate in Strangford, northern Ireland, on April 17, 2019 the location of Winterfell in Game of Thrones, and one of the many locations used by the hit HBO show across the province. - Since Game of Thrones began its rise to prominence in 2011, fans have started to flock on a pilgrimage to Northern Ireland to visit the coastal caves and ruined castles where much of the HBO production was shot. (Photo by PAUL FAITH / AFP)

Two teenagers arrested after killing Northern Ireland journalist

Apr 20, 2019 - 3:59 PM

(UPDATED) Detectives hunting the gunman has released footage of the unrest, hoping that the community would help trace her killers

JOURNALIST. A handout picture released by Jess Lowe Photography on April 19, 2019 and taken on May 19, 2017 shows journalist and author Lyra McKee posing for a photograph in Belfast. Photo courtesy of Jess Lowe

Journalist shot dead in Northern Ireland in 'terrorist incident'

Apr 19, 2019 - 7:21 PM

"Lyra McKee was murdered during orchestrated violence in Creggan last night," Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton says in a statement

LYRA MCKEE. A handout picture released by Jess Lowe Photography on April 19, 2019 and taken on May 19, 2017 shows journalist and author Lyra McKee posing for a photograph in Belfast.Photo by Jess Lowe/Jess Lowe Photography/AFP

Transparency International slams 'mysterious' Eurogroup

Feb 05, 2019 - 7:06 PM

'For an institution whose decisions have had an impact on the lives of millions of Europeans, there is much about the Eurogroup that is mysterious,' Transparency International says in its report

'Listen to Europe,' Dublin tells UK parliament ahead of Brexit votes

Jan 27, 2019 - 9:28 PM

'The European Parliament will not ratify a withdrawal agreement that doesn't have a backstop in it, it's as simple as that,' Ireland's foreign minister says

An anti-Brexit activist waves Union and EU flags as they demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in central London on January 16, 2019. Prime Minister Theresa May was left "crushed" and "humiliated", Britain's newspapers said today as they raked over the fallout from parliament's huge rejection of her EU divorce deal. Tolga AKMEN / AFP

With 2 months to Brexit, cracks form on Irish border

Jan 27, 2019 - 3:34 PM

A Brexit deal that guarantees an open border is looking increasingly frail

Police link Northern Ireland car bomb to 'New IRA'

Jan 20, 2019 - 11:56 PM

'The New IRA, like most dissident republican groups in Northern Ireland, is small, largely unrepresentative, and determined to drag people back to somewhere they don't want to be,' says Police Service of Northern Ireland assistant chief Mark Hamilton

CAR BLAST. Police forensic officers work at the scene in the aftermath of a suspected car bomb explosion in Derry, Northern Ireland, on January 20, 2019. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

Theresa May accused of misleading MPs over Brexit deal

Dec 05, 2018 - 11:21 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May is accused of misleading MPs over her Brexit deal as her government published legal advice likely to increase opposition to the agreement ahead of a crucial vote next week

PRESSURE. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London on December 5, 2018 to attend Prime Ministers questions in Parliament. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Main points of the draft Brexit agreement

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:00 PM

A quick look at the key provisions of the 585-page draft Brexit deal


UK, EU close to Brexit deal over Irish border

Nov 04, 2018 - 7:08 PM

The Irish border has proved the biggest obstacle to a deal, with both sides vowing not to reinstate a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland for fear of destabilizing the peace accord that ended decades of deadly sectarian violence

MAY AND TUSK. British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) is welcomed by European Council President Donald Tusk for a bilateral meeting during an EU summit in Brussels on October 20, 2017. File photo by Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AFP

EU offers UK a sweetener before difficult Brexit summit

Oct 17, 2018 - 7:52 PM

To break the impasse in the Brexit negotiations, an EU negotiator offers to extend the transition period

Pope Francis 'begs for God's forgiveness' for sexual abuse scandal

Aug 26, 2018 - 7:31 PM

Pope Francis also demands 'firm and decisive' measures to find truth and justice for the victims

Irish PM urges action on abuse as Pope admits 'shame and pain'

Aug 25, 2018 - 6:36 PM

(UPDATED) Pope Francis is in Ireland to close the 2018 World Meeting of Families

ARRIVAL. Pope Francis disembarks from the plane on his arrival at Dublin International Airport on August 25, 2018, at the start of his visit to Ireland to attend the 2018 World Meeting of Families. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Handshakes that shook the world

Jun 12, 2018 - 10:36 AM

US President Donald Trump's handshake with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore marks a historic moment

FIRST MEETING. US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Remains of Filipina student slain in Ireland arrive in PH

May 31, 2018 - 3:51 PM

Jastine Valdez had just left her home in Wicklow County when she was abducted and murdered by a 40-year-old Irish man on the evening of May 19

HOME. The remains of Jastine Valdez, a 24-year-old Filipina student who was abducted and murdered in Ireland, arrive home via the Clark Airport. Photo courtesy of Clark International Airport Corporation

Ireland set to repeal abortion ban by a landslide

May 26, 2018 - 2:38 PM

(UPDATED) Counting is under way, with the 40 constituencies to declare individual results before the full final declaration at Dublin Castle

REFERENDUM. A voter arrives at St Annes school, in South Dublin, Ireland on May 25, 2018, during the Irish referendum on liberalizing the abortion law. Photo by Paul Faith/Rappler

Apple shelves plans for Ireland data center over trees

May 10, 2018 - 6:33 PM

The project, first announced 3 years ago, would have been the biggest private investment in western Ireland

WATCH: 13-year-old Pinay wows judges on 'Ireland's Got Talent'

Feb 17, 2018 - 2:32 PM

Young Shaniah Rollo gets a standing ovation for her rendition of Cyndi Lauper's 'True Colors'

Ireland to hold abortion referendum in May

Jan 30, 2018 - 10:23 AM

The referendum will ask voters if they want to keep the constitutional restriction on abortion or repeal it and allow the Irish parliament to legislate on the issue

PRO-CHOICE. In this file photo taken on September 30, 2017 protesters hold up placards as they take part in the March for Choice, calling for the legalizing of abortion in Ireland after the referendum announcement, in Dublin. Paul Faith/AFP

Thousands in Ireland honor late Cranberries singer O'Riordan

Jan 22, 2018 - 9:13 AM

Mourners brave adverse weather and shelter under umbrellas as they queue to enter the church and file past the open coffin

GONE TOO SOON. This file photo taken on July 07, 2016 shows Irish singer Dolores O'Riordan of Irish band The Cranberries performing on stage during the 23th edition of the Cognac Blues Passion festival in Cognac on July 7, 2016. Guillaume Souvant/AFP

Britain and EU fail to reach Brexit deal

Dec 05, 2017 - 7:19 AM

A dispute over the Irish border scuppers talks in Brussels, but both sides say they are confident of reaching an agreement later this week

NO AGREEMENT. British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker give a press conference as they meet for Brexit negotiations on December 4, 2017 at the European Commission in Brussels. John Thys/AFP

Bob Geldof returns Dublin honor in Suu Kyi protest

Nov 13, 2017 - 10:29 PM

The Boomtown Rats singer slams the Nobel peace laureate over her country's treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority, calls her a "handmaiden to genocide" and says the city had "been duped" into bestowing the award

RETURNS. Irish musician Bob Geldof (right) holds aloft his Freedom of the City of Dublin scroll as he prepares to return it at Dublin City Hall, in Dublin, on November 13, 2017. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

'Paradise Papers' reveal offshore deals of Apple, Nike, Lewis Hamilton

Nov 07, 2017 - 7:16 AM

They are the latest disclosures from a trove of documents released by the US-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) concerning secretive offshore deals that have proved deeply embarrassing

This file photo taken on September 17, 2012 shows the Apple logo on the Apple store on 5th Avenue in New York. Don Emmert/AFP

Thousands still without power in Ireland after freak storm

Oct 17, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The outages mainly affect the south and west of Ireland

AFTER OPHELIA. Residents look at fallen trees that were blown down by Storm Ophelia blocking a road in Ireland’s southwest city of Cork, on October 17, 2017. Ben Stanstall/AFP

3 killed, 360,000 without power as freak storm hits Ireland

Oct 17, 2017 - 6:31 AM

Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean and the furthest north since 1939, was downgraded to a storm before it hit the Irish coast but nonetheless wrought havoc

VIOLENT SEA. Huge waves strike the harbor wall and lighthouse at Porthcawl, South Wales, on October 16, 2017 as Storm Ophelia hits the UK and Ireland. Geoff Caddick/AFP

Thousands without power in Ireland as freak storm hits

Oct 16, 2017 - 1:33 PM

(UPDATED) Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean and the furthest north since 1939, is downgraded to a storm before it hit the Irish coast but nonetheless poses enough of a threat

Rare north Atlantic hurricane heads for Ireland, UK

Oct 16, 2017 - 12:45 AM

Irish authorities say Hurricane Ophelia can damage buildings and provoke 'dangerous' sea conditions as well as potential flooding

Ireland approves massive Apple data center

Oct 12, 2017 - 9:57 PM

The project, first announced more than two-and-a-half years ago, would be the biggest private investment in western Ireland

Brexit negotiators clash as talks resume

Sep 26, 2017 - 7:19 AM

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier insists that he would not discuss Theresa May's call for a two-year post-exit transition deal until there was progress on key issues

European Commission member in charge of Brexit negotiations with Britain, Michel Barnier (R) and British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (Brexit Minister) David Davis give a joint press conference during the negotiation of Brexit at the EU headquarters in Brussels on September 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYS

EU warns Britain to 'start negotiating seriously'

Aug 28, 2017 - 10:23 AM

3rd UPDATE The EU says there has to be sufficient progress in 3 key areas – EU citizen rights Northern Ireland s border and the exit bill – before it can consider London s demand for talks on future ties in October

In this file photo, British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (Brexit Minister) David Davis (L) is watched by European Union Chief Negotiator in charge of Brexit negotiations with Britain Michel Barnier during a press conference at The European Union Commission Headquarters in Brussels on July 20, 2017. Thierry Charlier/AFP

May strikes power deal with Northern Ireland's DUP

Jun 26, 2017 - 8:07 PM

The agreement with the ultra conservative Northern Irish party is signed after more than two weeks of negotiations following her disastrous showing in the June 8 general election

WE'VE GOT A DEAL. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (L) shakes hands with Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster (C) as they arrive for a meeting at 10 Downing Street in central London on June 26, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Britain bows to EU Brexit talks timetable

Jun 20, 2017 - 7:22 AM

In carefully choreographed talks EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier and Brexit minister David Davis agree to discuss divorce issues before negotiations on a future trade deal can start

TALKS START. British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (Brexit Minister) David Davis (R) and European Commission member in charge of Brexit negotiations with Britain, Michel Barnier leave after addressing a press conference at the end of the first day of Brexit negotiations at the European Commission in Brussels on June 19, 2017. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Ireland's first gay prime minister enters office

Jun 14, 2017 - 11:15 PM

In his acceptance speech Varadkar emphasizes youthful energy arguing the politics of the past are no longer fit for purpose

PRIME MINISTER VARADKAR. Leo Varadkar listens to a speech after his victory in the party leadership election, at the National Count Centre in Mansion House, Dublin on June 2, 2017. Photo by Paulo Nunes dos Santos/AFP

5 challenges facing next British PM

Jun 09, 2017 - 7:38 AM

Whoever ends up becoming Britain s new prime minister faces a daunting 5 years in office Here are the 5 main challenges ahead

WHO'S THE NEXT PM? This combination picture shows opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn (L) voting in north London and British Prime Minister Theresa May voting in Maidenhead on June 8, 2017 during  Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

FAST FACTS: 2017 UK general election

Jun 05, 2017 - 1:03 PM

Britain s snap general election is set to go ahead on Thursday June 8 and will decide who shapes the United Kingdom s future as it leaves the European Union

WHO'S GONNA DRIVE? A Union flag themed toy car is pictured on Clacton Pier before the UK Independence Party's (UKIP) leader campaigned with their candidate for the Clacton constituency, in Clacton-on-Sea, eastern England, on May 20, 2017. Chris J. Ratcliffe/AFP

Ireland set for first openly gay prime minister

Jun 03, 2017 - 11:16 AM

His victory marks a watershed moment in Ireland a once overwhelmingly Catholic and socially conservative country with the Irish Times calling it a new dawn

FIRST. Fine Gael TD for Dublin West and Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar listens to a speech after his victory in the party leadership election, at the National Count Centre in Mansion House, Dublin on June 2, 2017. Photo by Paulo Nunes dos Santos/AFP

Myanmar army chief compares Rohingya crackdown to N. Ireland

May 12, 2017 - 9:37 PM

The military campaign leaves hundreds of Rohingya dead and forced some 75 000 to flee across the border to Bangladesh bringing harrowing accounts of rape torture and mass killings by soldiers

File photo of Rohingya migrants AFP PHOTO/ Romeo Gacad

EU adopts tough Brexit talks stance

Apr 29, 2017 - 8:59 PM

EU leaders say talks on a future trade deal with Britain can only start once London agrees divorce terms on citizens rights its exit bill and Northern Ireland

EUROPEAN UNION. European flags are reflected at the entrance of the Berlaymont building EU Commission in Brussels on May 21,2014. Photo by Georges Gobet/AFP

Sinn Fein declares Northern Ireland talks over despite UK hopes

Mar 27, 2017 - 9:26 AM

After 3 weeks of negotiations to form a power sharing executive in the province the Irish Republican party Sinn Fein says that no deal has been reached

A picture shows the Parliament Buildings, the seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly, on the Stormont Estate in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on March 4, 2017. Pal Faith/AFP