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2010-06-15 00:45:23

New research from Queen's University Belfast shows the number of paramilitary flags now flown on arterial routes in Northern Ireland during July has more than halved. The figure is down from 161 flags in 2006 to 73 in 2009. The largest proportion of those that were flying in July 2009 belonged to the UVF. The research is contained in a new report Public Displays of Flags and Emblems in Northern Ireland published by the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen's. The study is funded by the Office...

2009-04-11 05:51:21

The Republic of Ireland, in a concession to Protestants, says Northern Irelanders applying for Irish passports can give Londonderry as their birthplace. The city's name is one of the many issues that divide Republicans and Unionists in Northern Ireland and the Republic from the North. To the Republic and to Catholics in the North, the ancient city is Derry, from an Irish word meaning oak wood. More Northern Irish Protestants have begun seeking Irish passports, The Irish Times reports. The...

2006-05-15 07:10:03

By Anne Cadwallader BELFAST (Reuters) - Northern Ireland's regional parliament creaked into life for the first time in nearly four years on Monday as political enemies strove to overcome decades of mistrust and agree to share power. Progress is expected to be slow and few expect agreement before a November deadline, if at all. Assembly members gathered only briefly before the meeting was adjourned for a garden party given by Britain's Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain. They...

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...

2006-04-06 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 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...

2005-11-16 08:20:00

By Anne Cadwallader BELFAST (Reuters) - Change in Northern Ireland may be so slow it appears imperceptible, but the writing is on the wall for one of the most negative of its cultural traditions -- murals glorifying paramilitary violence. Often covering entire side walls of buildings, they are a common sight in working class areas of large towns, acting as a territorial marker, badge of victory or mark of sorrow in a country still deeply divided along religious and national lines. However,...

2005-10-05 04:15:01

(Corrects headline and first paragraph to read former paramilitary Protestant leader instead of former Protestant leader - inserting dropped word) By Paul Hoskins DUBLIN (Reuters) - Gunmen killed a former leader in Northern Ireland's largest Protestant paramilitary group on Tuesday, the most high-profile victim of a spate of violence among armed Protestant factions in the province. Jim Gray, who survived an assassination attempt in 2002 and was ousted from the Ulster Defense...


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