London, UK - Speculation is mounting that the UK government could impose "direct rule" in Northern Ireland as the clock ticks towards a potential "no-deal" Brexit on October 31. The move would suspend the troubled self-government that the region has exercised in fits and starts since a peace process resulted in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, ending violent communal strife. It would be a move that would likely be attacked by "nationalist" republicans who oppose British rule in the province, and will complicate the UK's already-strained relations with Dublin as it prepares to exit the European Union, which will damage Ireland's economy. What is direct rule? Direct rule means the UK government takes over responsibility for making key decisions in Northern Ireland which, under the peace process, is meant to be run by a devolved government with power shared by the opposing communities. The power-sharing executive collapsed in 2017 over political disagreements and since then - for nearly … [Read more...] about Will the UK impose ‘direct rule’ in Northern Ireland?
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Man who gave Sinn Fein £1.5m 'had no allegiance' to party BelfastTelegraph.co.uk A man with serious mental health issues left Sinn Fein £1.5m in his will because he wanted to "annoy the British Government", it has been claimed. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/man-who-gave-sinn-fein-1-5m-had-no-allegiance-to-party-38476347.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article38463722.ece/6bdbe/AUTOCROP/h342/2019-09-04_new_53067756_I4.JPG Email A man with serious mental health issues left Sinn Fein £1.5m in his will because he wanted to "annoy the British Government", it has been claimed. The Times has reported that William E Hampton was not connected to the party and wanted to annoy the government because he believed they were after him for his money. It emerged last week that Mr Hampton, who died in March 2018, left Sinn Fein the biggest political party donation in the known history of Northern Ireland. The executors and … [Read more...] about Man who gave Sinn Fein £1.5m ‘had no allegiance’ to party
Northern Ireland By Jayne McCormack BBC News NI political reporter 2 September 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-49551443 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Anyone who has even a vague interest in Northern Ireland politics … [Read more...] about Is Sinn Féin challenge a ‘rubicon moment’?
Same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland has taken a step closer after MPs voted to legalise it if a new Stormont Executive is not formed by October. The House of Commons decided by a majority of 310, 383 to 73, to include the provision in legislation. The gay marriage ban is a key dispute between the DUP and Sinn Fein, who have struggled for years to reconcile their differences. The Stormont powersharing administration has not sat for two-and-a-half years, and Labour MP Conor McGinn led the cross-party bid to address the issue at Westminster. Director of The Rainbow Project and member of the Love Equality civic campaign John O'Doherty said: "Parliament has always had the power to legislate for marriage equality in Northern Ireland and we are glad the House of Commons has seen sense and voted to give people in Northern Ireland the same freedoms enjoyed by everyone else in these islands. "All love is equal and we are proud to celebrate this achievement with our community, friends, … [Read more...] about MPs pave way to legalise same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland
Sinn Féin has seen its vote sharply fall in the Republic, costing it council seats across the country and putting pressure on its three southern MEPs to hold their seats. As counting continued last night, it was clear that Sinn Féin had seen its vote slump in both the council elections and European election, both of which were held on Friday in the Republic.Today, when counting of the votes in Northern Ireland’s European election gets under way in Magherafelt, the party can be confident of holding its MEP seat north of the borde but the number of votes for Martina Anderson will be closely scrutinised in light of what has happened in the south.Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has now led the party into three successive elections in which its vote has gone backwards and she acknowledged that it had not been a good result for the party. Ms McDonald gave no hint that she is considering resignation, saying: “It’s easy to lead and to be a political … [Read more...] about Major reversal for Sinn Féin in southern elections