- May 26, 2020
New British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday finished his rocky debut tour of the U.K. in Northern Ireland, where he faces a doubly difficult challenge: Restoring the collapsed Belfast government and finding a solution for the Irish border after Brexit.
This week, the pro-life protections in Northern Ireland were removed in a series of amendments to the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill, that had the primary function of dealing with the exercise of government functions in Northern Ireland, since the power-sharing agreement collapsed in January 2017.
Religious leaders in Ireland expressed their hope that “substantive progress” will restore the power-sharing government in Northern Ireland that collapsed over two years ago.
Two Catholic churches in Northern Ireland have been targeted with graffiti bearing a message opposed to abortion, ahead of a key referendum in the Republic of Ireland.
The Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin, joined other Christian leaders in calling for the major parties in Northern Ireland to form a new Executive before a June 29 deadline imposed by the British government. The leaders are concerned that until a government is formed, “the most vulnerable are at greater risk, while crucial decisions on education, health and welfare are not being taken.”