British Prime Minister Boris Johnson shook up his government on Thursday, firing and appointing ministers to key Cabinet posts.
Johnson began his Cabinet shuffle by firing Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith _ a surprise move. Smith had been widely praised for helping to end political deadlock that left Northern Ireland without a regional government and assembly for three years.
After pressure from the British and Irish governments, the main Irish nationalist and British unionist power-sharing parties returned to work last month.
As well as shuffling his Cabinet, Johnson needs to appoint a new leader for the UN climate change conference that Britain is due to host later this year.