The smaller, northern segment of Ireland, the North Atlantic island. Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom. Site of decades of conflict between British loyalists and Irish republicans, it has calmed of late.
The capital city, Belfast, is also the seat of Northern Ireland's government. Politically, the country was dominated for decades by the violence known as "The Troubles," between predominantly Catholic Irish republicans and predominantly Protestant British loyalists. Since the Good Friday Agreement of 1998, a power-sharing system of government designed to guarantee legislative power to both sides of the argument, the fighting has broadly subsided. Some isolated incidents of violence continue, however. The Sinn Fein political party is the country's leading republican power, the Unionist Party stands for continued UK membership. This page collates recent DW content concerning Northern Ireland.
Farming is a big part of life in Northern Ireland. Around 48,000 people are employed in the sector and total gross output for agriculture last year reached more than 2 billion euros. But the industry is at risk. A loss of EU subsidies and the threat of a hard border with the Republic of Ireland has Northern Irish farmers concerned.
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Post Brexit the UK is in deep crisis. Scotland, which voted to remain in the EU, is determined to leave the UK through a second referendum. Northern Ireland is seeing calls for a similar split. And the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which ended 30 years of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland, guarantees a path to Irish reunification through a referendum process on the issue. Don Duncan reports.
Martin McGuinness, former IRA commander turned politician, died In Northern Ireland on Tuesday. In 1972 at the height of The Troubles he was in command of the IRA in Derry. When peace talks got underway decades later, McGuinness played a crucial role as a chief negotiator. And he eventually became Northern Ireland's deputy first minister. Journalist David McKittrick talks about his legacy.
The lower chamber of the UK parliament has rejected two amendments proposed by the House of Lords, the country's upper chamber, to launch Brexit. The Prime Minister can now trigger exit neogtiations from the EU any time.
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