The fourth night of violence in Northern Ireland. Petrol bombs thrown at officers in Carrickfergus and a car set alight in Derry/Londonderry.

PSNI have also confirmed they are investigating following loyalist masked marches/protests on Monday afternoon.…
Loyalist anger over the decision last week not to prosecute Sinn Fein politicians for attending the funeral of republican Bobbey Storey and ongoing tension over the Brexit settlement/Northern Ireland protocol being widely cited as the cause.
There is also an element to this which appears to be around recent police crackdowns on paramilitary groups’ criminal activity.
It’s a complex picture and it resists simplistic conclusions. Nonetheless it’s indisputable that the politics of NI has been shaken by the Protocol and Brexit settlement. I made this piece for NN from there in December. So far think it’s being borne out.…
Labour Shadow Northern Ireland Sec reacts to the violence. Says there is a “vacuum” of leadership from Boris Johnson and “that is having consequences.”
Now Keir Starmer is echoing the same theme- linking the Prime Minister (and what he says is a lack of leadership) with the increasing tension in Northern Ireland.
The Prime Minister responds to tonight’s latest scenes of violence. But little indication from Downing St so far as to what practically should happen next to stop it getting worse.
Deputy First Minister says the NI Executive will meet tomorrow to be briefed on the violence
Belfast Telegraph photographer Kevin Scott assaulted and verbally abused as he covered the protest tonight. It's been condemned by Amnesty International NI and politicians.
No further comment from the NI Sec since this tweet late this afternoon
SDLP politician says "This needs to end now before someone is seriously hurt or worse, killed."
Picture, 1000 words, etc
The Taoiseach responds. This is a delicate for Dublin. They’re hesitant to wade in too deeply, conscious of already being portrayed as the bad guys by unionists but also can’t be seen to do and say nothing.
This is the sixth consecutive night of violence in Northern Ireland. The sixth. Talking to those from across the political spectrum in NI tonight there are fears that it may get worse this weekend and beyond into marching season and the summer. V worrying.
To those just waking up- an emergency meeting of the Northern Ireland executive is being held today after a sixth night of violence involved hundreds across Belfast, with petrol bombs thrown and a bus torched.…
Another 7 police officers injured last night in Belfast.
Former Deputy Chief Constable PSNI Jim Gamble tells @skydavidblevins: “This is a failure of politics.”
First Minister confirms she’s spoken with the Chief Constable
Chief Constable of Northern Ireland says 55 officers have been injured over the past six nights of violence.

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