Saturday 28 January 2023 Dublin: 4°C

# Northern Ireland

27th January 2023
# Troubles
Former British soldier convicted of killing Aidan McAnespie to be sentenced next week
He will serve a maximum of two years in jail regardless of the sentence, under a clause in the Good Friday Agreement.
This week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# Strike
Health workers take to picket lines in Northern Ireland over pay and safe staffing
Paramedics are among the workers taking part at picket lines across the region today.
# Strikes
Thousands of health workers to strike in Northern Ireland tomorrow over pay and conditions
Paramedics will be among the workers taking part in strike action across the region tomorrow.
# Northern Ireland
'Viable' pipe bomb discovered in Newtownabbey
The device has been removed from the area, which is located north of Belfast, for investigation.
# Prisoners
PSNI issue information appeal after duo escape from prison
49-year-old Alison McDonagh and 54-year-old Stephen McParland are believed to be together.
# Natalie McNally
Natalie McNally's brother: 'Everyone on the island' must be aware of appeal for info on her murder
Niall McNally said that his family need the support and awareness of ‘everyone across the island’.
# ring ring
Varadkar reiterates need to avoid hard border on island of Ireland during phonecall with Sunak
During the conversation, the Taoiseach repeated the need for a solution which avoids a hard border on the island of Ireland.
Last week
15th January 2023 - 28th January 2023
Man charged with murder in relation to shooting of father of four in Lurgan
PSNI Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell is urging anyone with information related to the murder to come forward.
# Northern Ireland
Leo Varardkar says he has 'regrets' over NI Protocol as latest Stormont deadline passes
The Taoiseach said he understands why unionists feel that the protocol has “weakened the union”.
# Northern Ireland Protocol
Protocol dispute must be resolved through a 'negotiated settlement', says Blinken
Speculation had mounted in recent days that the two sides could be edging towards a breakthrough.
This month
January 2023
# Lurgan
Man (46) arrested in Belfast over murder of Natalie McNally released on bail
The 32-year-old was stabbed in her home last month.
# Northern Ireland
Sinn Féin should reconsider stance on all-party talks with UK Govt, says Donaldson
The decision to exclude McDonald from the talks has been criticised by the Government and Sinn Féin.
# Natalie McNally
Man (46) arrested in Belfast over murder of Natalie McNally
McNally, who was 15 weeks pregnant, was stabbed in her home in Co Armagh on 18 December.
# Let's talk
Taoiseach hopes agreement on NI Protocol can be reached to restore power sharing
The Taoiseach is due to meet with leaders of multiple parties later today.
Tánaiste Micheál Martin met with Northern Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris earlier this morning in Hillsborough.
Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald criticised the UK Government for denying her access to talks yesterday.
DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson told the BBC that the UK and EU were not "anywhere close to a deal".
Explainer: What's the latest with Brexit and Northern Ireland Protocol negotiations?
# Northern Ireland
'The whole thing is absolutely bizarre': SF withdraw from talks over McDonald's exclusion from meeting
McDonald said her exclusion was the result of ‘British Tory petulance’.
# Bombings
Man charged with 1990 bombing in Northern Ireland went on the run, court hears
Eamonn Christopher O’Boyle, 53, who faces two charges in connection with the blast in Randalstown, was arrested at Belfast International Airport.
# Dungannon
PSNI locate 12-year-old girl who was missing from Tyrone
The PSNI thanked the public for their assistance.
# Stormont
Northern Ireland secretary invites parties to fresh talks as election deadline looms
Powersharing is in deadlock due to a DUP boycott in protest at the Northern Ireland Protocol.
# Cross border
Teens arrested after car failed to stop for gardaí in Donegal and crossed border into North
All five teenagers remain in custody at this time.
# Protocol
Mistakes were made on all sides in handling of Brexit, Varadkar says
The Taoiseach said he will be as flexible and reasonable as possible when attempting to solve issues with the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Last month
December 2022
Brian Rowan: Northern Ireland cannot continue with pantomime politics and a pretend parliament
The former BBC correspondent looks back at a year of turmoil and persistent deadlock in Northern Irish politics.
# Tourism
Concerns new visa waiver scheme could dissuade US travellers from visiting Northern Ireland
Tourism NI chief executive John McGrillen said visitors could confine their trips to the Republic of Ireland to avoid ‘extra hassle’.
# new years message
Irish church leaders voice 'great concern for the state of our fragile peace' on the island
They were speaking in a new year’s message for 2023 which will mark the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.
# Troubles
Progress at five peace wall sites in Northern Ireland
Work is ongoing to reduce or remove the walls which were built to separate communities during the Troubles.
# State Papers
Report into Aidan McAnespie shooting found it ‘difficult to accept’ soldier’s claims
McAnespie was killed in Aughnacloy, Co Tyrone, moments after walking through a border security checkpoint.
Three adults killed and four children injured in Tyrone crash
The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) said it got a call just before 3.30pm about a two-vehicle collision.
# Northern Ireland Protocol
Sunak and von der Leyen agree to ‘work together’ to find way forward on NI Protocol
There are hopes that improved relations between London and Brussels could lead to a breakthrough
Woman found dead in Lurgan named as Natalie McNally as man arrested is released on bail
PSNI officers attended the scene of the suspicious death of a woman in Lurgan in Co Armagh.
# irish-us relations
Joe Kennedy III says new role as US Special Envoy to Northern Ireland is an 'incredible honour'
Joe Kennedy III, who hails from one of the world’s most famous political families, will be focusing on strengthening US economic ties in Northern Ireland.
# Northern Ireland
NI Protocol issues can be fixed ahead of Good Friday Agreement landmark, says Bertie Ahern
The former Taoiseach said he understands that unionists and loyalists have concerns about the constitutional position.
Analysis: Are we seeing a change in mood music when it comes to the Northern Ireland Protocol?
Emma DeSouza writes her thoughts from Strasbourg on whether a breakthrough on the Protocol is possible.
# NHS Strike
Nurses across Northern Ireland strike over pay and safe staffing levels
Thousands of nurses across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are joining the biggest strike in the history of the NHS.
# Northern Ireland
PSNI detectives charge man in connection with Strabane bomb attack
The man is due to appear tomorrow before Dungannon Magistrates Court.
# Matthew McCallan
Detectives in the North no longer treating Matthew McCallan's death as 'unexplained'
The teenager’s family have been left “devastated” following his death.
# Northern Ireland
Varadkar to prioritise Northern Ireland power sharing when he becomes Taoiseach
Leo Varadkar said the Government had “not for a second” given up on the matter despite the failed attempt to restore the institutions.
# Not happening
The latest attempt to re-establish powersharing in Stormont just failed
Sinn Féin has urged the DUP to back the election of a speaker to deliver energy support payments.
# Report
Existence of paramilitary groups means 'clear and present danger' remains in Northern Ireland
The Independent Reporting Commission recommended that a formal process of engagement with paramilitary groups in the north take place.
# going again
Michael O’Neill agrees deal to return as Northern Ireland manager
The 53-year-old guided his country to a first major tournament in 30 years when he led them to Euro 2016.
# Matthew McCallan
Matthew McCallan case referred to NI Ombudsman as detectives continue to investigate death
The 15-year-old was found dead in a laneway near in Co Tyrone on Monday.
# Strep A
HSE investigating if death of four-year-old child is linked to Strep A
A total of 55 cases of Strep A have been confirmed in ireland.