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PM ‘open to overriding Brexit deal’ to ensure no barrier down the Irish Sea

PM ‘open to overriding Brexit deal’ to ensure no barrier down the Irish Sea

Business
Boris Johnson has vowed to "do everything we need to do" - including an attempt to override post-Brexit arrangements with the EU - in order to "ensure there is no barrier down the Irish Sea".Having held talks with Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster on Wednesday morning, the prime minister later raised the prospect of triggering Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol. It comes just days after the EU itself threatened - and then abandoned - an attempt to invoke Article 16 as part of the bloc's row with drugmakers over COVID vaccines and its efforts to introduce export controls on jabs.Meanwhile, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove has sent his EU counterpart a series of demands, including an extension of the current three-month light-touch regulation grace period for super...
BBC now filming series based on Irish novel ‘Normal People’

BBC now filming series based on Irish novel ‘Normal People’

Entertainment
June 1 (UPI) -- Filming is underway on a 12-part, modern love story set in Ireland and based on Sally Rooney's novel, Normal People. Daisy Edgar-Jones from Cold Feet and newcomer Paul Mescal are to star in the series, which Room filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson and Howard's End director Hettie McDonald are helming. The show is expected to air via the BBC's platforms in Britain and Europe, and on Hulu in the United States. Rooney wrote the screenplays for the show alongside Alice Birch and Mark O'Rowe. "As a long-time admirer of Lenny Abrahamson's work, it's a special privilege for me to be working alongside him on the adaptation of Normal People. I couldn't be happier with the cast and team we've put together, and I'm very excited to watch them bringing new life to the story on screen," Rooney...
Women protest acquittal in Irish rape case by showing their underwear

Women protest acquittal in Irish rape case by showing their underwear

World
Women in Ireland and on social media are showing their underwear as a sign of protest over the acquittal in a rape case where the defense used the victim’s underwear as evidence of consent. On Nov. 6, a 27-year-old man who was accused of raping a 17-year-old girl was acquitted after his defense attorney showed the girl’s underwear as evidence, prompting hundreds of Irish women to take to the streets in protest over what they say is victim blaming. During the trial in Cork, Ireland, defense attorney Elizabeth O’Connell presented jurors with a lacy thong worn by the girl on the night of the alleged incident, according to The Irish Examiner. O’Connell asked jurors, “Does the evidence out-rule the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and was op...
Kyle Lafferty: Rangers forward not available for Hamilton clash as Irish FA invoke five-day rule

Kyle Lafferty: Rangers forward not available for Hamilton clash as Irish FA invoke five-day rule

Sports
denied The FIFA ruling prevents players who withdraw from international duty from playing for the next five days Rangers forward Kyle Lafferty is not available for this weekend’s Scottish Premiership clash against Hamilton after the Irish FA blocked him from playing. Lafferty was expected to be fit for Sunday’s fixture, despite his withdrawal from the Northern Ireland squad earlier this month with an alleged Achilles injury. Lafferty has won 68 caps for his country but decided to rule himself out the most recent international break The 31-year-old ‘ruled himself out’ of the matches against Austria and Bosnia-Herzegovina, according to Michael O’Neill, the Northern Ireland manager, and the Irish FA have responded b...
Irish regulator opens Facebook data breach investigation

Irish regulator opens Facebook data breach investigation

Technology
Ireland's data regulator has launched an investigation of Facebook over a recent data breach that allowed hackers access to 50 million accounts. The probe could potentially cost Facebook more than $ 1.6 billion in fines. The Irish Data Protection Commission said Wednesday that it will look into whether the U.S. social media company complied with European regulations that went into effect earlier this year covering data protection. It's the latest headache for Facebook in Europe, where authorities are turning up the heat on dominant tech firms over data protection. Last month, European Union consumer protection chief Vera Jourova said that she was growing impatient with Facebook for being too slow in clarifying the fine print in its terms of service covering what happens to user data and ...