TAOISEACH Micheál Martin has met with party leaders in Belfast today as tensions resurfaced over the British government’s plans to act unilaterally over the NI Protocol. As the Taoiseach met separately with the North’s First Minister elect, Michelle O’Neill, and the DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney warned his UK counterpart Liz Truss about her government’s breaching of international law.
WITH Boris Johnson landing in Belfast today, the Andersonstown News spoke to shoppers in the Kennedy Centre about what they thought the British government is up to over the Protocol, and the DUP’s refusal to form an executive at Stormont.
WITH a looming collision between the UK and EU over the Northern Ireland Protocol and rising concerns for the Good Friday Agreement on Capitol Hill, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has indicated that the Biden administration is ready to appoint a U.S. Envoy to the North peace and political process.
Congressman Richard Neal is reportedly planning a trip to London on a mission intended to remind the British government that the U.S. Congress has the back of the Good Friday Agreement and the Irish Sea Protocol.
SINN Féin’s Michelle O’Neill has branded as ‘shameful’ the DUP’s decision not to support the election of a new Stormont speaker today. The DUP’s actions means the Assembly can not sit and no business can be done in the chamber or in committees. Crucially there can be no election of a First and deputy First Minister. The move is part of the party’s protest against the Irish Sea border. Last week's Assembly election saw Sinn Féin returned as the North’s largest party with the DUP being relegated into second place.