UK, Irish leaders attend funeral of slain journalist

Leaders of Great Britain and Ireland joined mourners at the funeral of Lyra McKee, the journalist shot dead during rioting in Northern Ireland last week. (April 24)

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Today in History for April 24th

Highlights of this day in history: An aborted mission to free American hostages in Iran ends in disaster; Ireland’s ‘Easter Rising’ begins; Armenians face mass deportation during World War I; Singer Barbra Streisand born. (April 24)

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Leo Varadkar, Prime Minister of Ireland

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar says he’s “open to extending the deadline” to allow for further discussions.

Michel Barnier, European Union chief Brexit negotiator

Michel Barnier, the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator, says the EU would be open to a customs union arrangement but warned that if the UK were to leave without a deal, the EU “would not discuss anything with the UK until there is an agreement for Ireland and Northern Ireland.”

EU negotiator says ‘fully behind Ireland’ in any Brexit scenario

The EU will “stand fully behind Ireland” whatever happens with Brexit, according to chief negotiator Michel Barnier during a visit to Dublin. SOUNDBITE

Gibraltar

Videographic looking at Gibraltar. As Brexit day looms, the question of how to handle Britain’s border with Ireland has dominated the debate over the withdrawal agreement. VIDEOGRAPHICS

The border between N. Ireland and Ireland

Videographic locating the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. A proposed arrangement to keep open the border with Ireland by aligning Britain with some EU trade rules has been one of the issues at the heart of Brexit talks. VIDEOGRAPHICS

Trump receives Shamrock Bowl from Irish PM

President Donald Trump received a Shamrock Bowl as part of day long festivities with Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar to celebrate an early St. Patrick’s Day. (March 14)

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Family members of ‘Bloody Sunday’ victims react to verdict

Families of victims react after a former British soldier was charged with murder over the “Bloody Sunday” killings of 1972 in a politically sensitive case that has stirred passions in both Britain and Ireland.

Trump: Brexit debate is tearing countries apart

During an Oval Office meeting with the visiting Prime Minister of Ireland, President Donald Trump weighed in on Britain’s ongoing debate over leaving the European Union, saying Brexit is “tearing the country apart.” (March 14)

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