November 28, 2003 |
Northern Ireland's Protestants have given the Rev. Ian Paisley and his hard-line Democratic Unionist Party the majority of their votes in elections for the province's Assembly, partial returns showed Thursday, signaling that they were prepared to risk the collapse of the Good Friday peace accord rather than make more concessions to keep it alive.
April 10, 2003 |
Northern Ireland politics, with its fussy codes and tribal grievances, is just the sort of dizzying foreign entanglement George Bush vowed to steer away from when he became president. To the Bush White House, the province's Good Friday peace agreement was Bill Clinton's signature issue, perfectly suited to a politician happiest conducting diplomacy by group hug.
December 22, 2001 |
Protestant hard-liners lost a legal effort Friday to topple the leaders of Northern Ireland's unity government. In Belfast High Court, Justice Brian Kerr ruled that the Nov. 6 election of First Minister David Trimble and Deputy First Minister Mark Durkan was valid, even though it happened after a six-week deadline for the posts to be filled.
November 3, 2001 |
A week after the Irish Republican Army's groundbreaking move to give up guns, Northern Ireland's peace process was under threat again Friday when moderate unionist David Trimble failed to win reelection as leader of the British province's power-sharing government. Although 70% of Northern Ireland Assembly members backed Trimble, the Ulster Unionist Party chief didn't secure a majority of the votes cast by his fellow Protestants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2001 |
The Irish Republican Army did the right thing when it moved to consolidate the peace process in Northern Ireland by putting some of its arsenal verifiably and permanently beyond use. It was a bold gesture, even if made in the context of increasing political and moral pressure in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
June 24, 2001 |
The leader of Northern Ireland's power-sharing government, David Trimble, was reelected as chief of his divided Ulster Unionist Party on Saturday on the strength of his demand for immediate Irish Republican Army disarmament.