Latest Northern Ireland News

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2022

Dec. 05, 2022 13:17 PM EST

One would have to go back hundreds of years to find a monarch who reigned longer than Queen Elizabeth II. In her 70 years on the throne, she helped modernize the monarchy across decades of enormous social change, royal marriages and births, and family scandals. For most Britons, she...

As British voters cool on Brexit, UK softens tone towards EU

Nov. 20, 2022 10:33 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government on Sunday denied a report that it is seeking a “Swiss-style” relationship with the European Union that would remove many of the economic barriers erected by Brexit — even as it tries to improve ties with the bloc after years of acrimony. ...

Northern Ireland police vehicle hit in suspected bomb attack

Nov. 18, 2022 10:59 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Police in Northern Ireland said Friday that two officers escaped injury when their vehicle was damaged by a homemade bomb. The force said it was treating the attack as attempted murder. The Police Service of Northern Ireland said the blast in Strabane on Thursday...

Rishi Sunak seeks thawed relations at UK-Ireland summit

Nov. 10, 2022 14:55 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Rishi Sunak aimed to repair frayed relations with Britain’s European Union neighbors — and with highly skeptical leaders in Scotland and Wales — when he attended a summit of leaders from across the U.K. and Ireland on Thursday. It was the first...

UK delays N Ireland election call to buy time for talks

Nov. 09, 2022 11:34 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The British government on Wednesday delayed calling a fresh election in Northern Ireland, hoping to buy time to break an impasse over post-Brexit trade rules that put the administration there on ice. Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris said he was giving...

UK delays Northern Ireland vote to restore power-sharing

Nov. 04, 2022 07:54 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Northern Ireland elections aimed at restoring the region’s power-sharing government have been delayed until January amid concerns about holding them during the holiday season, the U.K. government said Friday. Efforts to end a stalemate over post-Brexit trade rules...

UK delays calling N Ireland election amid Brexit impasse

Oct. 28, 2022 13:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Northern Ireland's political deadlock deepened Friday when the U.K. government delayed calling an early election for the Belfast-based Assembly after a deadline to restore the mothballed administration expired. The limbo means more uncertainty and delays to government...

Brexit crisis pushes N Ireland to brink of new election

Oct. 27, 2022 12:24 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Northern Ireland is headed for an unwanted early election after its deadlocked lawmakers failed Thursday to break a political impasse triggered by Britain's exit from the European Union that has shaken the power-sharing structure underpinning the region's hard-won peace. ...

Mom convicted in death that led to child welfare reforms

Oct. 18, 2022 16:03 PM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A woman accused of fatally beating her 3-year-old son in a high-profile case that drew statewide attention and renewed interest in reforming Maine's child welfare system was convicted of murder on Tuesday. Jessica Trefethen, 36, of Stockton Springs, was...

UK's Truss fires trade minister over alleged misconduct

Oct. 07, 2022 12:23 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British trade minister was fired by Prime Minister Liz Truss and suspended by the Conservative Party on Friday over misconduct allegations. The government said Truss asked Conor Burns to leave the government “with immediate effect” after “a complaint of...