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Northern Ireland sets March 2 election after government collapse


BELFAST Britain's Northern Ireland minister called an early election on Monday for March 2 following the collapse of the region's power-sharing government that risks a lengthy period of political paralysis just as Britain prepares for talks to leave the EU. | Video

Early elections set to be called in Northern Ireland

BELFAST Britain's Northern Ireland minister is set to call an early election in the province on Monday, a week after the resignation of Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness effectively toppled its devolved government.

World, Jan 15 2017

Northern Ireland elections would not delay Brexit timetable: British minister

LONDON Likely snap elections in Northern Ireland will not delay the British government's timetable for withdrawal from the European Union, Britain's Northern Ireland minister James Brokenshire said on Sunday.

World, Jan 15 2017

Northern Ireland political crisis could delay PM May's Brexit plans: lawyer

BELFAST Britain's plan to trigger Brexit talks by the end of March could be delayed by a political crisis in Northern Ireland if the British Supreme Court rules that Belfast's regional assembly must approve an EU exit, a lawyer for a Brexit challenger said.

World, Jan 12 2017

Northern Ireland will still have say in Brexit preparations: PM May

LONDON Prime minister Theresa May said on Wednesday that Northern Ireland would continue to have a say in Britain's preparations for leaving the European Union, despite the likelihood of fresh elections in the province.

World, Jan 11 2017

Cracks exposed at heart of Northern Irish peace by 'cash-for-ash' scandal

BELFAST After a decade of bitter compromises over paramilitaries and policing, Northern Ireland's power-sharing government finally fell apart this week over the abuse by farmers of a green-energy grant to burn fuels such as wood pellets instead of coal.

World, Jan 10 2017

Northern Ireland elections 'highly likely', says UK minister

LONDON/BELFAST The British government's Northern Ireland minister warned on Tuesday that an early election in the province was highly likely following the resignation of deputy leader, Martin McGuinness, which effectively collapsed its devolved government.

World, Jan 10 2017

Northern Ireland faces elections as deputy leader McGuinness quits

BELFAST Northern Ireland's deputy leader, Martin McGuinness, resigned on Monday in protest at First Minister Arlene Foster's handling of a controversial green-energy scheme, a move likely to trigger an election in the British province. | Video

World, Jan 09 2017

Hard Irish border likely in hard Brexit, EU's Hogan says: report

DUBLIN The return of a "hard border" between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic looks inevitable if Britain leaves the European Union's single market, Ireland's European Union Commissioner, farm chief Phil Hogan, was quoted as saying on Monday.

World, Jan 09 2017

Ireland accuses EU of exceeding power in Apple tax case

DUBLIN Ireland accused the European Commission on Monday of exceeding its powers and interfering with the EU member's national sovereignty over tax affairs in ruling that Apple owes Dublin billions of euros in taxes, saying it had failed to give proper reasons for its decision.

Tech Dec 18 2016

Britain to leave EU single market as May sets course for 'hard Brexit'

LONDON Britain will quit the EU single market when it leaves the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday, in a decisive speech that set a course for a clean break with the world's largest trading bloc. | Video