Latest Northern Ireland News

Irish premier hopeful deal can be reached in post-Brexit row

Jan. 12, 2023 16:26 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Irish premier Leo Varadkar said after meeting with political leaders in Northern Ireland Thursday that he remained hopeful an agreement can be reached between the European Union and the U.K. over post-Brexit trade disputes in the region. Varadkar and Keir Starmer,...

UK, EU inch closer to deal over N. Ireland-Brexit trade spat

Jan. 11, 2023 12:19 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s foreign minister met politicians and businesspeople in Belfast bearing good news Wednesday: The U.K. and the European Union are inching closer to settling a post-Brexit trade dispute that brought economic headaches and political turmoil to Northern Ireland. ...

Ex-Rep. Joe Kennedy III named envoy to Northern Ireland

Dec. 19, 2022 14:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration named former Rep. Joe Kennedy III as a special envoy to Northern Ireland on Monday, turning to a member of a storied Irish American political dynasty to deal with post-Brexit economic tensions. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced...

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...