September 17, 2004 |
In a bid to restore power-sharing between Roman Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland two years after the process collapsed, Prime Ministers Tony Blair of Britain and Bertie Ahern of Ireland opened a round of talks Thursday in southern England. The discussions at Leeds Castle in Kent are aimed at ending the deadlock that has frozen the peace process in Northern Ireland since the breakdown of the British territory's joint assembly in October 2002.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2000
Conflict has prevailed in Ireland since the Normans landed in 1169. The centuries have seen the people of Ulster, the northern tip of the island, struggling through short intervals of tranquillity and long periods of war, but at no other time had the prospect of a lasting political settlement between the Irish and English communities seemed so close as recently.
July 10, 2001 |
British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his Irish counterpart, Bertie Ahern, demanded immediate progress Monday to refloat Northern Ireland's listing peace process. The two premiers struck a determinedly upbeat tone after talks at Blair's country residence, Chequers. But Northern Ireland Protestant leader David Trimble warned that the province's 1998 Good Friday agreement was close to collapsing. "It's got to be done now.
January 18, 1998 |
Sinn Fein, political wing of the Irish Republican Army, said Saturday it would oppose new proposals aimed at ending decades of political and sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland. The proposals on new power-sharing arrangements in the province were hailed last week as a breakthrough after months of slow-moving negotiations between Northern Ireland's political parties.
October 13, 2009 |
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the rival leaders of Northern Ireland's power-sharing government to keep making their awkward coalition work for the sake of lasting peace. In an address to the Northern Ireland Assembly, with Irish republican Catholics to her left and British loyalist Protestants to her right, Clinton said they should take the next critical step in cooperation -- running the police and justice system together -- as the best way to defeat Irish Republican Army dissidents still plotting bloodshed.
November 26, 2006 |
The Protestant extremist who triggered a panicked evacuation of the Northern Ireland Assembly was charged Saturday with attempting to murder four people, including Sinn Fein leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness. Michael Stone, who was tackled by unarmed guards Friday at the entrance to Stormont Parliamentary Building, was arraigned in Belfast Magistrates' Court on five charges of attempted murder.