A House of Commons vote this week on a bill that aims to lift the total ban on abortion in the North will have encouraged, but probably not surprised, campaigners who want to see the province’s Victorian-era prohibition abolished. The bill, supported by four Conservative government ministers, was backed by 208 MPs and opposed by 123.
THE Catalan separatists may be too busy preparing to defend their assertion of independence in the Spanish courts — despite the absence of their leader, Carles Puigdemont — to look to Northern Ireland for lessons from that never-ending danse macabre of relentless conflict as tactic.
Democratic Unionist leader Arlene Foster has said today that she is disappointed an agreement to restore powersharing has not been reached in Northern Ireland, suggesting a deal will now have to wait until at least the autumn.
British prime minister Theresa May has yet to secure an agreement with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionists (DUP) on a deal to prop up her minority government after last week’s catastrophic election resulted in a hung parliament.