Uncertainty about the future of the Irish border after Brexit is raising tension between the main Protestant and Catholic political parties.
The proposal aims to keep the United Kingdom and the European Union in a free-trade zone for goods, but not for services, which make up the bulk of the British economy.
Because the Democratic Unionists, the largest party in Northern Ireland's devolved Parliament, exercised a voting mechanism to veto the vote, same-sex marriage backers are now expected to turn to the courts.
Northern Ireland could again be ruled directly from London if the country's governing parties fail to agree on a plan to resolve deep disagreements over paramilitarism and welfare reform.
There is much more to be done before Ireland can make wider claims to equality, but the long-time-coming sexual rights revolution is finally changing the nation’s landscape of Catholic morality.
Three-thousand seven-hundred people were killed in the 30-year conflict known as the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland. Men who belonged to those groups met in Northern Ireland last month to talk about why they took up arms and how the future can be made less bloody.
Amal Clooney will represent 14 Irish prisoners who endured Britain’s version of Guantanamo in a case that, according to researcher Lauretta Farrell, has become “the benchmark by which other countries measure their ‘enhanced interrogation programs.’ ”
Although he may have shown a softer side to those who knew him, the Northern Irish politician did more to fan the flames of sectarianism than any other figure.
Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have all chosen women as their poet laureates this year.
The flames of conflict may be out, but parts of the country continue to glow as a legacy of violence remains with survivors of a sectarian dispute that lasted almost three decades and killed about 3,600 people.