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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 5 May 2016
  2. Join us at 15:00 on Friday for live coverage of the Northern Ireland Assembly election results

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Thanks for joining us. We'll be back on Friday from 15:00 BST with extensive live coverage of the assembly election results across TV, radio and online. 

Stormont
PA

On our news website, live streams across all 18 battlegrounds will deliver the latest updates from the count centres.    

Dramatic footage of Cookstown 100 crash

NI election 2016: BBC News NI results coverage

BBC News NI will have extensive coverage of the assembly election results tomorrow across TV, radio and online. 

On our news website, live streams across all 18 battlegrounds will deliver the latest updates from the count centres.  

Stormont
BBC

Special live programming will start on BBC One NI at 15:00 and there will be an extended results show on Radio Ulster from 16:00.

Titanic traffic woes likely due to election count

Police question 15 men over alleged membership of 'new IRA'

Fifteen men are being questioned by police about alleged membership of the dissident republican group referred to as the New IRA. 

Police operation in Meeting House Street, Strabane, after Thursday's funeral
Strabane Chronicle

They were arrested after the funeral of murdered dissident republican Michael Barr in Strabane on Thursday.  

The 34-year-old was killed in the Sunset House pub in Dublin on 25 April. 

Signalling issues lead to traffic delays

Irish TD says no human impact on climate change

An independent TD (member of the Irish parliament) has denied there is a human impact on climate change.

Danny Healy-Rae
Dáil Éireann

Speaking in the Dáil (Irish parliament), on Wednesday, Danny Healy-Rae said "God above" controlled the weather.  

Details of BBC Sport NI's NW200 coverage

Driver over 'legal limit' when he killed car passenger

A County Tyrone man was two and a half times over the legal drink drive limit when he killed a man in a head-on collision, Omagh Crown Court has heard. 

Omagh Courthouse
BBC

Paul Nicholl, 50, of Carnkenny Road in Newtownstewart, pleaded guilty to causing the death of 62-year-old Patsy McCroary in January 2014. He'll be sentenced next week. 

Thumb injury could rule Che Cullen out of Fermanagh team

Men arrested on suspicion of robbery in east Belfast

Park rape: Victim feared she would be killed

A woman who was raped in a Dungannon park resigned herself to the sexual assault amid fears she would be killed, the High Court has been told.

Belfast High Court
BBC

James Wright, of Derrylee Road in Dungannon, is charged with raping the woman in Peatlands Park in the town last Wednesday.

Rush hour traffic leads to Metro bus delays

Prison officer murder accused breaches bail

A man charged with murdering prison officer, Adrian Ismay, in east Belfast was arrested less than 24 hours after being released on bail. 

Prison officer, Adrian Ismay, died 11 days after he was injured when a bomb exploded under his van
Ismay family

Police said Christopher Alphonsos Robinson breached conditions by failing to respond to curfew checks when they called at his Aspen Park home in Dunmurry this morning. However, the 45-year-old was again released on bail and told he must respond when police call at his house.    

Crash on A2 now cleared

Arkinson: Inquest 'should finish within two weeks'

Fault delays Bangor - Portadown train

Could Republic of Ireland have new taoiseach in 24 hours?

The Irish Parliament is to meet on Friday to try to elect a new taoiseach. Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny needs the support of six independent TD's to secure re-election.

Irish Parliament
BBC

Almost 10 weeks have passed since the Irish general election in February.    

Could a heatwave be coming our way?

Latest NI weather forecast

Another chance to see 'Crossmaglen: Field of Dreams'

This BBC "True North" documentary gained unique access to Crossmaglen GAA club over two seasons.

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It follows new managers Oisin McConville and John McEntee, both former All-Ireland winners with the club, as they attempt to guide the next generation to victory.  

Crash causes delays on A2

NI swimmers make Irish team for Euro Championships

Conor Ferguson is among five Northern Ireland swimmers named in the Irish team for the European Championships later this month. 

Swimmer Conor Ferguson
BBC

Sycerika McMahon, Danielle Hill, Curtis Coulter and Jordan Sloan will also compete.  

Man jailed over house party stabbing

A 46-year-old man has been jailed for eight years for stabbing a man at a house party in Londonderry.  

Londonderry Magistrates' Court
BBC

John Paul O'Rourke from Glengrainne Gardens Park stabbed his victim three times in the back with a kitchen knife.  

Will Ireland soon have a new prime minister?

There are indications that 10 weeks after an inconclusive general election the Dáil will soon elect Enda Kenny as taoiseach (prime minister).  

Enda Kenny
PA

On 26 February, voters went to the ballot box but it has taken almost 70 days of talks for politicians to interpret the message.  

Widow appeals to husband's killers for answers

The widow of a man who was murdered in a paramilitary-style shooting in west Belfast last month has appealed to his killers to tell her why he was targeted.  

Joanne McGibbon
BBC

Michael McGibbon, 33, was shot three times in the leg last month and died later in hospital from his injuries. Dissident republicans have been blamed.  

Glentoran's Allen dreaming of European play-off glory

Glentoran striker Curtis Allen has said he believes the newly-introduced Europa League play-offs are a potential lifeline for the Belfast club.  

Curtis Allen
Press Eye

If the Glens beat Coleraine at the Showgrounds tomorrow night they will face Cliftonville with a place in Europe on the line. "It is massive for the clubs," Allen said.

McIIroy: Only two shots at Olympic medal

A walk among the bluebells..

BBC NI business news round up

Birds of prey poisoned in Country Antrim

Three birds of prey found dead in Country Antrim were poisoned, the police have said.

Peregine Falcon
PSNI

Two buzzards were discovered in different parts of Glenarm in March. The third bird, a peregrine falcon, was found at a quarry in Ballymena in April.

Traffic delays in Bangor expected due to lane restriction

Irish jockey Jason Maguire leaves the saddle

Irish jockey Jason Maguire, who won the Grand National on Ballabriggs in 2011, is to retire aged 36 after serious injuries.  

Jason Maguire (right) with trainer Donald McCain
PA

He has not ridden competitively since February 2015 after a fall at Musselburgh.  

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15 arrested 'on suspicion of terror offences' in Strabane

Police say they have arrested 15 men on suspicion of terrorist offences as a result of their operation at the funeral of Michael Barr in Strabane, County Tyrone.

Police Officer
Pacemaker

Mr Barr, 34, was killed in the Sunset House pub in Dublin on 25 April. Hundreds of people attended his funeral Mass at St Mary's Church this morning.

Alliance leader David Ford casts his vote

Alliance Party leader David Ford cast his vote at Second Donegore Presbyterian Church in County Antrim.

David Ford
Pacemaker

Voters are deciding today who should represent them in the next assembly.       

Murder accused fails to secure bail

A man facing trial for the murder of Stephen Carson in south Belfast has failed in a bid to be released on bail.  

Scene of Stephen Carson murder
Pacemaker

Michael Smith, 37, from Ardmonagh Gardens, Belfast, is one of two men accused of the killing.  

Clash of the rugby giants this November

The Barbarians will play in Belfast for the first time in 59 years when they face Fiji at Ulster's Kingspan Stadium.

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The game, which takes place on 11 November 2016, will be part of the Barbarians' autumn tour.  

Man arrested after stabbing in Craigavon

A 31-year-old man's been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a stabbing in Craigavon on Wednesday night. 

PSNI crest
BBC

The 34-year-old victim was attacked with a knife and hammer just before midnight in Abercorn Park and sustained injuries to his head and shoulder.