# Northern Ireland

A couple wear surgical masks while shopping in the Grafton shopping area of in Dublin on March 12, 2020. - Ireland on Thursday announced the closure of all schools and colleges, and recommended the cancellation of mass gatherings as part of measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said "schools, colleges and childcare facilities will close from tomorrow (Friday)", as would state-run cultural institutions. (Photo by Paul Faith / AFP)
A couple wear surgical masks while shopp […]

Does virus crisis stoke case for united Ireland?

The coronavirus pandemic has spurred cooperation between Ireland and Northern Ireland, as the disease spreads without regard for borders, but will the crisis bolster the case for unification?
A pedestrian walks past a billboard in west Belfast on December 8, 2017 erected by Republican Party Sinn Fein calling for a special status for Northern Ireland with respect to Brexit and no hard borders in Ireland. Photo: Paul Faith / AFP
A pedestrian walks past a billboard in w […]

‘Brexit election’ raises hopes and fears in Northern Ireland

PM Boris Johnson's crushing election victory gives Britain a chance to move past years of Brexit gridlock -- especially in Northern Ireland, where social and political divides run deep