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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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Belfast barbershop reopens just after midnight [Video]

Belfast barbershop reopens just after midnight

Cambridge Barbershop on Belfast’s Lisburn Road opened at one minute past midnight as the lockdown eased in Northern Ireland, allowing people the opportunity to have their first haircut in three..

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Michelle O'Neill defends attendance at Bobby Storey's funeral [Video]

Michelle O'Neill defends attendance at Bobby Storey's funeral

Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister has said she stands over her actions at the funeral of an IRA veteran that drew hundreds onto the streets of Belfast.Michelle O’Neill has faced calls to..

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The Last Surviving Sibling Of JFK Dies At 92 [Video]

The Last Surviving Sibling Of JFK Dies At 92

Jean Kennedy Smith, the last surviving sibling of late President John F. Kennedy has died. According to CNN, Kennedy Smith died on Wednesday. Kennedy Smith's daughter shared that her mother passed away..

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Lewis: ‘All decisions made have put health and safety first’ [Video]

Lewis: ‘All decisions made have put health and safety first’

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis has said that all of the decisions made during the coronavirus pandemic have been based on putting people’s health and safety first following scientific and..

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Jean Kennedy Smith, last surviving sibling of JFK, dies at 92 [Video]

Jean Kennedy Smith, last surviving sibling of JFK, dies at 92

Jean Kennedy Smith, the last surviving sibling of slain President John F. Kennedy, who as U.S. ambassador to Ireland in the 1990s played a pivotal role in the Northern Irish peace process, died on..

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Places of worship reopen in England as Covid-19 lockdown eases [Video]

Places of worship reopen in England as Covid-19 lockdown eases

Places of worship in England opened for private individual prayer from June 15, as the Government eased Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. Collective worship is still prohibited. Churches in Northern..

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Police recover gun used to kill journalist Lyra McKee [Video]

Police recover gun used to kill journalist Lyra McKee

Police have recovered the gun used to kill journalist Lyra McKee in Northern Ireland. Investigators believe the weapon may have been stolen some time ago and used a number of times prior to her murder..

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Dogs shorn of lockdown locks as groomers resume business [Video]

Dogs shorn of lockdown locks as groomers resume business

Dog groomers in Northern Ireland have been inundated with bookings from owners eager to get their pets’ lockdown locks trimmed. The service is one of those allowed to resume under the latest phase of..

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Couple among first to tie the knot in Northern Ireland following lockdown [Video]

Couple among first to tie the knot in Northern Ireland following lockdown

Michael McCaw married his fiancee Lucrecia Landeta Garcia on the steps of the east wing of Belfast City Hall in one of the first weddings that has taken place in Northern Ireland since lockdown. Just..

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Traditional Ulster bonfires called off due to coronavirus [Video]

Traditional Ulster bonfires called off due to coronavirus

Wood gathered for the traditional bonfires lit every July 11 across Northern Ireland is being removed from sites in Belfast by council workers after Loyalist communities agreed to call off this year's..

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Stormont leaders urge public to stop mass gatherings for George Floyd protests [Video]

Stormont leaders urge public to stop mass gatherings for George Floyd protests

Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster has reiterated that mass gatherings are a breach of the coronavirus regulations. Speaking the day after thousands gathered in Belfast city centre for a..

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MP contributes to abortion debate holding her baby daughter [Video]

MP contributes to abortion debate holding her baby daughter

Labour's Stella Creasy has contributed to the urgent question on abortion regulation in Northern Ireland with her baby daughter in her arms. Ms Creasy (Walthamstow), who has long campaigned on the..

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Brandon Lewis defends House of Commons return [Video]

Brandon Lewis defends House of Commons return

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis has defended the decision to have the House of Commons return to in-person voting, despite Business Secretary Alok Sharma being tested for Covid-19 after..

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Huge queues of cars as McDonald’s drive-thrus reopen in Northern Ireland [Video]

Huge queues of cars as McDonald’s drive-thrus reopen in Northern Ireland

There were queues of cars in Co Down as the first McDonald’s restaurants reopened in Northern Ireland following lockdown. The Bangor and Newtownards branches opened for drive-thru only customers,..

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Arlene Foster: People shielding in Northern Ireland to be allowed outside from June 8 [Video]

Arlene Foster: People shielding in Northern Ireland to be allowed outside from June 8

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster has said from Monday June 8 those who are shielding will be able to spend time outside with people from their own household or one person from another..

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Stormont's leaders announce proposed lockdown relaxations for Northern Ireland [Video]

Stormont's leaders announce proposed lockdown relaxations for Northern Ireland

Stormont's leaders have announced a series of proposed lockdown relaxations in Northern Ireland. The measures, which have been earmarked to come into effect from June 8, include small marriages in an..

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Brexit briefing: 218 days until the end of the transition period [Video]

Brexit briefing: 218 days until the end of the transition period

The UK left the European Union on January 31. Here we look at the latest figures and key dates in the ongoing Brexit process. Conor Murphy, Northern Ireland’s Finance minister is quoted saying..

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No new coronavirus deaths reported in Northern Ireland [Video]

No new coronavirus deaths reported in Northern Ireland

Minister of Health Robin Swann announces no new deaths with coronavirus were reported on Tuesday in Northern Ireland. This is the first time since the pandemic took hold in March that the daily figure..

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14 day quarantine for anyone coming into UK [Video]

14 day quarantine for anyone coming into UK

Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis has confirmed that people entering Britain will be required to quarantine for 14 days, with further details due to be announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel at..

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Brexit: UK backtracks on pledge to avoid Northern Ireland customs checks [Video]

Brexit: UK backtracks on pledge to avoid Northern Ireland customs checks

Brexit: UK backtracks on pledge to avoid Northern Ireland customs checks

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Sport-On this day: Born May 22, 1946: George Best, Northern Irish footballer [Video]

Sport-On this day: Born May 22, 1946: George Best, Northern Irish footballer

Sport-On this day: Born May 22, 1946: George Best, Northern Irish footballer

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Belfast PPE store sees new demand from resuming healthcare services [Video]

Belfast PPE store sees new demand from resuming healthcare services

One of Northern Ireland's main PPE stores is adapting to changing demands as orders start to flow in from health services paused during the height of the pandemic. The store on the grounds of the..

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