Ireland is an island divided into two parts – Northern Ireland, which is officially a part of the UK and uses the pound sterling, and the Republic of Ireland, which is an independent state and part of the Eurozone.
A light aircraft crashed in Northern Ireland, reportedly killing two people. Emergency services arrived at the scene of the crash while the plane was still on fire, near Belfast International Airport .
A European court has rejected a request to find that a group of 14 men detained during internment in Northern Ireland suffered torture. The prisoners were subjected to white noise, sleep and food deprivation as well as beatings.
Thousands of pro-life activists took to the streets of Ireland’s capital Dublin, to protest an upcoming referendum which, in the event of a ‘Yes’ vote, will relax one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world.
The UK must find a solution to the Irish-border issue if Brexit talks are to continue, the EU has warned. It comes as Brussels is accused of acting like gangsters, “throwing threats of violence around” in the negotiating process.
Theresa May has rejected the EU’s plan to include Northern Ireland in a future customs union. “No UK Prime Minister could ever agree to it,” she told Parliament, as it would jeopardize “the constitutional integrity of the UK.”