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Part of the United Kingdom lying in the north-east of the island of Ireland, created 1921

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Northern Ireland: Part of the United Kingdom lying in the north-east of the island of Ireland, created 1921
Northern Ireland is variously described as a country, province or region which is part of the United Kingdom. Located in the northeast of the island of Ireland, Northern Ireland shares a border to the south and west with the Republic of Ireland. In 2011, its population was 1,810,863, constituting about 30% of the island's total population and about 3% of the UK's population. Established by the Northern Ireland Act 1998 as part of the Good Friday Agreement, the Northern Ireland Assembly holds responsibility for a range of devolved policy matters, while other areas are reserved for the British government. Northern Ireland co-operates with the Republic of Ireland in several areas, and the Agreement granted the Republic the ability to "put forward views and proposals" with "determined efforts to resolve disagreements between the two governments".

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Graves dug in Northern Ireland ahead of coronavirus peak [Video]

Graves dug in Northern Ireland ahead of coronavirus peak

Funeral directors have appealed for members of the public to work with them during the pandemic after lines of freshly-dug graves appeared at a Northern Ireland cemetery. Drone footage posted on social..

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Abortion services become available in Northern Ireland [Video]

Abortion services become available in Northern Ireland

Women in Northern Ireland are now able to have an abortion up to 12 weeks into pregnancy, and up to 24 weeks if it would put the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman or girl at risk. It..

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'Diversity' of approach in Stormont over coronavirus [Video]

'Diversity' of approach in Stormont over coronavirus

Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill has said there is a "diversity" of approach to tackling the coronavirus crisis within the region's executive, during a press conference with..

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'Our fightback starts now': Stormont defiant as leaders defend Covid-19 strategy [Video]

'Our fightback starts now': Stormont defiant as leaders defend Covid-19 strategy

Northern Ireland deputy leader Michelle O'Neill makes a plea for the public to stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

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Seriously ill pastor warns 'coronavirus wants to kill you' [Video]

Seriously ill pastor warns 'coronavirus wants to kill you'

A pastor in Northern Ireland left struggling to breathe by coronavirus said it had sucked the life out of his lungs. Mark McClurg, from Co Down, has been in the intensive care unit at the Ulster..

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Michelle O'Neill: Any lockdown in place will be done to help save lives [Video]

Michelle O'Neill: Any lockdown in place will be done to help save lives

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill says any lockdown in place in the UK will be done to help save lives.

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Leo Varadkar refuses to criticise UK's approach to tackling coronavirus pandemic [Video]

Leo Varadkar refuses to criticise UK's approach to tackling coronavirus pandemic

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar refused to criticise the UK's approach to tackling the coronavirus pandemic but welcomed more co-operation with Northern Ireland over the crisis.

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Euro 2020 postponed due to coronavirus pandemic [Video]

Euro 2020 postponed due to coronavirus pandemic

Euro 2020 has been postponed until 2021 due to the outbreak of coronavirus across the continent. England and Wales have already qualified for the tournament, but Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland..

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Arlene Foster vows to learn the lessons of RHI after public inquiry report [Video]

Arlene Foster vows to learn the lessons of RHI after public inquiry report

Arlene Foster has vowed to learn the lessons of Stormont’s botched green energy scheme after a public inquiry identified a multiplicity of mistakes in its running. The First Minister and Democratic..

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Michelle O’Neill calls for Northern Ireland schools to close over coronavirus [Video]

Michelle O’Neill calls for Northern Ireland schools to close over coronavirus

Stormont Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill has said schools, universities and colleges in Northern Ireland should close in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. She claimed the public were..

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NI Deputy First Minister calls for immediate school closures [Video]

NI Deputy First Minister calls for immediate school closures

Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland Michelle O'Neill has called for the immediate closure of schools, colleges and universities across the province, following the Republic of Ireland's decision..

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Arlene Foster: UK still in containment phase [Video]

Arlene Foster: UK still in containment phase

Speaking after attending the government's Cobra meeting, Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster confirmed that the UK remains in the containment phase and said that people should continue to..

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Trump abruptly replaces acting chief of staff Mulvaney with Mark Meadows [Video]

Trump abruptly replaces acting chief of staff Mulvaney with Mark Meadows

President Donald Trump parted ways on Friday with acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and replaced him with conservative lawmaker and close ally Mark Meadows, who was a strong Trump..

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Two more cases of the coronavirus confirmed in Northern Ireland [Video]

Two more cases of the coronavirus confirmed in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's health minister Robin Swann announces that two more people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the region. The two cases are not connected. One recently travelled from northern..

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Cabinet ministers meet ahead of release of coronavirus battle plan [Video]

Cabinet ministers meet ahead of release of coronavirus battle plan

Senior ministers including Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis, Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey and House of Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg arrive for a Cabinet meeting at 10 Downing..

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IFAB to review offside laws, trial concussion subs [Video]

IFAB to review offside laws, trial concussion subs

The International Football Association Board announce their decision to review the offside law and to trial concussion substitutions.

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First Covid-19 case identified in Northern Ireland [Video]

First Covid-19 case identified in Northern Ireland

The first case of Covid-19 has been identified in Northern Ireland. The adult patient had returned from northern Italy, travelling from Dublin in the Republic of Ireland, chief medical officer Dr..

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Northern Ireland Secretary refuses to be drawn on prosecutions of ex-soldiers [Video]

Northern Ireland Secretary refuses to be drawn on prosecutions of ex-soldiers

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis has declined to say whether Londonderry prosecutors can be trusted not to take “vexatious” cases against military veterans of the Troubles, during his first..

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Manchester United legends gather for Harry Gregg funeral [Video]

Manchester United legends gather for Harry Gregg funeral

Manchester United greats Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Alex Ferguson and Denis Law are among mourners who have gathered for the funeral of club hero Harry Gregg. The former Northern Ireland international..

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Brandon Lewis makes his first visit to Belfast as Northern Ireland secretary [Video]

Brandon Lewis makes his first visit to Belfast as Northern Ireland secretary

New Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis made his first visit to the region. At Queen's University Belfast, Mr Lewis paid tribute to his predecessor, saying he wanted to build on..

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Julian Smith ‘not surprised’ by Cabinet reshuffle [Video]

Julian Smith ‘not surprised’ by Cabinet reshuffle

Julian Smith, who was sacked yesterday as Northern Ireland secretary, says he is "not surprised" by Boris Johnson's Cabinet reshuffle. The MP for Skipton & Ripon has been replaced by Brandon..

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Kate comes face-to-face with a snake during farm visit [Video]

Kate comes face-to-face with a snake during farm visit

The Duchess of Cambridge handled a corn snake on a surprise day trip to Northern Ireland. Kate held the pale yellow reptile named Sophie at the Ark Open Farm in Newtownards, confessing it was the first..

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Kate charms families during visit to Northern Ireland farm [Video]

Kate charms families during visit to Northern Ireland farm

The Duchess of Cambridge charmed children and parents during a surprise visit to the Ark Open Farm in Newtownards, Northern Ireland. Earlier, Kate had handled a corn snake named Sophie and was given a..

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Kate holds snake during visit to open farm [Video]

Kate holds snake during visit to open farm

The Duchess of Cambridge holds a corn snake during her trip to Northern Ireland. Kate was meeting young children during a visit to the Ark Open Farm in Co Down. In a one-stop solo visit to Northern..

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First same-sex couple ties the knot in Northern Ireland [Video]

First same-sex couple ties the knot in Northern Ireland

First same-sex couple ties the knot in Northern Ireland

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