Northern Ireland

  • Ian Baraclough is set to become the new Northern Ireland manager.

    The former Sligo Rovers boss has reportedly been offered the job ahead of their Euro 2020 playoff semi-final against Bosnia this autumn.

    Baraclough is the current manager of Northern Ireland's under-21s and his first games as senior boss would be against Romania and Norway in the Nations League.

  • Mick Mulvaney has been appointed as the new US special envoy to Northern Ireland.

     

    He's been replaced as acting chief of staff, a role he's held since the end of 2018.

     

    Mr Mulvaney, who has links to Co. Mayo, will be replaced by congressman Mark Meadows.

     

    Scott Jennings, a former advisor to President George W. Bush, told CNN the timing of the changes is no surprise:

  • The ROI U16 team drew 1-1 with Northern Ireland in their penultimate Victory Shield match yesterday.

    Sligo Rover's Darragh Reilly captained the side in their final game of the Welsh Tournament.

  • Anyone living in Ireland with a UK/Northern Ireland driving licence is being urged to submit their applications to exchange it now as time is running out.

    As it can take up to 10 days to process an exchange, the National Driver Licensing Service says it cannot guarantee that any person applying in the second half of October will receive their Irish licence before Brexit day.

    In anticipation of an increase in demand for licence exchanges ahead of 31st October, the NDLS is offering some extra opening hours in some of their centres.