# UK

Last week
17th September 2023 - 23rd September 2023
Brexit branded ‘a huge mistake’ as UK protesters march to re-join EU
Hundreds of people dressed in blue clothing and carrying EU flags filled the pavement ahead of the march through the city’s streets.
Taoiseach says Rishi Sunak rolling back on climate measures is 'bad economic policy' for UK
Varadkar says car industry can’t have uncertain targets and moving goalposts.
Rishi Sunak's U-turn on climate slammed as 'chucking the environment into a political fire'
The UK Prime Minister announced a reversal on several climate pledges but has attracted criticism on all sides.
'I would worry for the British people': Ryan on Sunak pushing out date on ban on new petrol car sales
The ban has been pushed back to 2035.
Brian Rowan: The head of the new Troubles legacy body will have a mountain to climb
The former BBC correspondent looks at the UK’s legacy bill and meets ex-police commander Peter Sheridan of the new Commission for Investigations.
'Easier said than done': Micheál Martin on UK Labour leader's comments about reopening Brexit deal
Keir Starmer has promised to seek a major rewrite of the Brexit negotiations if he wins the next election.
One year on, Liz Truss defends her mini-budget that sparked an economic crisis
Truss was forced out of office last October following the effects of the Budget.
Russell Brand: A timeline of the sexual assault allegations
The allegations came to light following a joint investigation by The Sunday Times, The Times and Channel 4 Dispatches.
The comedian has been accused of rape and sexual assaults between 2006 and 2013, as well as claims of controlling, abusive and predatory behaviour.
Channel 4, BBC and a production company have launched investigations following the publication of the allegations.
Brand vehemently denies the allegations and said all of his relationships have been “consensual”.
Internal investigations launched after sexual assault allegations made against Russell Brand
Russell Brand faces multiple allegations of sexual assault in joint UK media investigation
This month
September 2023
Annie Mac tells UK govt that women have to fight for their right to safety in music industry
The Dublin-born DJ, broadcaster and writer told of her experience in the music industry to the House of Commons’ Women and Equalities Committee.
MI5 warned Tories that MP candidates could be Chinese spies
The claims will fuel debates about the UK’s relationship with China following the arrest of the staffer under the Official Secrets Act.
Fugitive Daniel Khalife arrested in London four days after prison escape
Officers had been searching the district earlier this morning after confirmed sightings in the area.
Troubles Legacy Bill: 'It's almost as if the UK is writing itself out of the North's history'
Professor Laura McAtackney examines how the UK government’s controversial legacy bill will affect the writing of accurate and balanced histories.
Freddie Mercury's baby grand piano sells for £1.7 million at London auction
The manuscript for the classic Queen song Bohemian Rhapsody fetched £1.3 million at the Sotheby’s auction.
UK Department of Education releases report into concrete in school buildings
The Irish government have been quick to clarify that the material in question is not used in Irish buildings.
House of Lords votes to amend controversial Troubles legacy Bill as UK govt urged to scrap it
Victims campaigner Raymond McCord said the Lords vote was an “embarrassment” to the Conservative government.
UK education secretary apologises after being caught swearing on camera
The comments came in footage released by ITV News, filmed as the camera repositioned for extra shots.
London mayor hits out at Nigel Farage at black culture festival
Sadiq Khan hit back at the GB News presenter’s claim that the festival was ‘divisive’.
Last month
August 2023
Brexit a driver in rise of English and Welsh people holding Irish passports, UK figures suggest
Figures show a five-fold increase in people born in England and Wales holding both British and Irish passports.
UK air traffic services says fault was caused by flight data it received
There are no indications that the failure was caused by a cyber-attack, according to the UK’s National Air Traffic Services (Nats).
Michael O'Leary said Ryanair had to cancel 250 flights yesterday, with a further 70 flights axed today following the incident.
Flights "to, from and over the UK" have been delayed or cancelled today, a spokesperson for Dublin Airport said.
Dublin Airport has waived any car parking fees for customers returning to the airport as a result of delays.
Police investigation after Newcastle United club captain ‘attacked’
The incident took place on Sunday morning in Newcastle city centre.
London's Met police on alert after breach to the IT systems of one if its suppliers
Scotland Yard said it is working with the company to understand if any of its data has been breached.
Failures to deal with Lucy Letby complaints ‘more likely than not’ led to deaths - former hospital boss
Dr Susan Gilby said victims’ families were treated in an “appalling” way by executives.
Tory MP accuses Greece of 'opportunism' for suggesting British Museum isn't safe after thefts
Last week the museum announced that items from its collection were found to be ‘missing, stolen or damaged’.
Met Police under fire for protecting ‘one of their own’ as serial rapist ex-policeman jailed
Adam Provan was found guilty of eight rapes against two women and jailed for 16 years with a further eight years on extended licence.
Former nurse Lucy Letby sentenced to life in prison without parole for murder of seven babies
The nurse murdered seven babies and tried to kill six more while working at the Countess of Chester Hospital neonatal unit between 2015 and 2016.
UK health official calls for judge-led statutory inquiry on Lucy Letby baby murders
A Conservative MP expressed concern over the effectiveness of the inquiry announced by the UK Government.
British Museum dismisses staff member after discovering theft of artefacts
The items include gold jewellery, gems of semi-precious stones and glass dating from the 15th century BC to the 19th century AD.
Asylum seekers taken off Bibby Stockholm barge after Legionella found in water supply
Refugees are being housed in the barge in an attempt to reduce spending on hotels for asylum seekers.
Kinahan cartel associate Thomas 'Bomber' Kavanagh charged with firearm offences in the UK
Two other men, Jack Kavanagh, 23, from Tamworth, England, and Liam Byrne, 42, from Dublin, were arrested in Spain.
Expert says new Covid variant is probably in Ireland, but there's no need to be 'overly-concerned'
The ‘Eris’ variant has swept across the UK, but has not yet been detected here.
First asylum seekers arrive on board Bibby Stockholm barge in Dorset, England
Home Office minister Sarah Dines said people arriving in the UK via unauthorised means ‘can’t expect to stay in a four-star hotel’.
British media watchdog probing GB News programmes over due impartiality rules
Ofcom has launched four investigations into various episodes of programmes aired on the channel.
Paedophile rock star Ian Watkins stabbed in prison – reports
The former Lostprophets frontman is said to have been taken to hospital after being stabbed.
July 2023
Irish government to fund Erasmus places for students in Northern Ireland
As a result of Brexit, UK students lost access to the EU’s Erasmus+ programme from 2021.
NatWest CEO resigns over Nigel Farage bank account closure row
Alison Rose said she made a “serious error of judgment” when she discussed Farage’s relationship with private bank Coutts with a BBC journalist.
BBC apologises to Nigel Farage for suggesting he lacked wealth for exclusive bank account
Farage said the “spotlight” should now be on NatWest over how his private financial information became public.
Are UK mortgage affordability struggles a sign of things to come in Ireland?
Changes in mortgage interest rates could leave people paying hundreds of euros extra a month.
Tech experts recover messages from Boris Johnson's old phone wanted by Covid inquiry
The former UK prime minister had reportedly forgotten the passcode to the device.
Man who stole £31,000 worth of Cadbury Creme Eggs in England jailed for 18 months
Joby Pool (32) used a metal grinder to break into an industrial unit in Telford, Shropshire.
Rishi Sunak criticises EU after it signs deal using Falklands’ Argentine name
The Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs hailed it as a ‘triumph of Argentine diplomacy’.