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2006-05-15 05:33:11

By Anne Cadwallader BELFAST (Reuters) - Northern Ireland's regional parliament met for the first time in nearly four years on Monday as political enemies strove to overcome decades of mistrust and agree on how to share power. Progress is expected to be slow. Assembly members will gather only briefly in the morning before the meeting is adjourned, then politicians are due to attend a garden party given by Britain's Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain later. They have six weeks to...

2006-05-15 05:01:58

By Anne Cadwallader BELFAST (Reuters) - Northern Ireland's regional parliament will meet for the first time in nearly four years on Monday as political enemies strive to overcome decades of hatred and mistrust to forge agreement on sharing power. Progress is expected to be slow. Assembly members will gather only briefly in the morning before the meeting is adjourned -- politicians are due at a garden party hosted by Northern Ireland's Secretary of State in the afternoon. They have...

2006-05-11 09:52:19

By Paul Holmes and Jodie Ginsberg BELFAST (Reuters) - Gerry Adams stood on the steps of Stormont, home of the Northern Ireland parliament, and surveyed the sweeping driveway that looks down on the tiny workers' houses so typical of Belfast. For four decades until 1972, when Britain abolished the parliament at the height of the province's sectarian conflict, Stormont was home to governments led by Protestants committed to keeping Northern Ireland part of Britain. "They must all be...

2006-05-10 06:26:56

BELFAST (Reuters) - Northern Ireland's main Catholic republican party will nominate Protestant hard-liner and staunch political opponent Ian Paisley to lead the province's local government, its President Gerry Adams said on Wednesday. The move to propose Paisley, an outspoken critic of Catholic republicanism through decades of sectarian violence, follows a fresh bid by London and Dublin to revive the assembly and persuade Paisley to share power with his rivals in Sinn Fein. Adams...

2006-04-06 17:51:22

By Paul Hoskins ARMAGH (Reuters) - Britain and Ireland set a November deadline on Thursday for restoring Northern Ireland's regional administration in a final push to persuade the province's feuding politicians to share power. "The moment has come as we always knew it would for the ultimate decision," British Prime Minister Tony Blair told a news conference near the border with the Republic of Ireland. Blair and Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern unveiled plans to recall the Belfast...

2006-04-06 12:22:47

By Paul Hoskins ARMAGH (Reuters) - Britain and Ireland set a November deadline on Thursday for restoring Northern Ireland's regional administration in a final push to persuade the province's warring politicians to share power. "The moment has come as we always knew it would for the ultimate decision," British Prime Minister Tony Blair told a news conference near the border with the Republic of Ireland. Blair and Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern unveiled plans to recall the Belfast...

2006-04-06 09:24:26

By Paul Hoskins ARMAGH (Reuters) - Britain and Ireland set a November deadline on Thursday for restoring Northern Ireland's regional administration in a final push to persuade the province's warring politicians to share power. "The moment has come as we always knew it would for the ultimate decision," British Prime Minister Tony Blair told a news conference in County Armagh, close to the Irish border with Northern Ireland. Blair and Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern unveiled plans...

2006-04-05 08:28:09

By Paul Hoskins and Michael Smith DUBLIN (Reuters) - Police launched a murder inquiry on Tuesday after finding the mutilated body of former Sinn Fein member Denis Donaldson who last year admitted spying on fellow Irish nationalists on behalf of British security forces. The Irish Republican Army, which like Sinn Fein wants to end British rule in Northern Ireland, denied it was behind a killing that risks heightening mistrust two days before a fresh bid by Dublin and London to end a...

2006-04-04 15:52:30

By Paul Hoskins and Michael Smith DUBLIN (Reuters) - Police launched a murder inquiry on Tuesday after finding the mutilated body of former Sinn Fein member Denis Donaldson who last year admitted spying on fellow Irish nationalists on behalf of British security forces. The Irish Republican Army, which like Sinn Fein wants to end British rule in Northern Ireland, denied it was behind a killing that risks heightening mistrust two days before a fresh bid by Dublin and London to end a...

2006-04-04 14:17:42

By Paul Hoskins DUBLIN/LONDON (Reuters) - A former member of Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein who spied for Britain was found shot dead on Tuesday, just two days before a fresh bid by London and Dublin to end Northern Ireland's political stalemate. Police in the Republic of Ireland confirmed they were investigating the discovery of a man in his mid-50s in the northwestern county of Donegal. "The State Pathologist has been contacted and the scene is being preserved pending the...