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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 12 May 2016
  2. UUP decides to go into opposition at Stormont
  3. North West rider airlifted to hospital
  4. New power station planned for Belfast

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It's been a great day for the pool - good night!

It's 7pm and BBC News NI Live's coverage has come to an end for today. After such a sunny day we could have signed off with all sorts of pretty pictures.

JJ McGettigan from the Emerald Garrison in Farrens Bar in Malin Head, County Donegal
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But in the end we couldn't resist this shot of a storm trooper (or at a least Star Wars costume fan) chilling out during top secret filming in County Donegal. Until tomorrow, may the farce be with you.

It's enough to put you off your dinner

If you missed BBC Newsline, you missed our reporter Conor Macauley chowing down on a giant water beetle.  Yuck! 

Conor Macauley
BBC

Super Seeley makes history at North West 200

Brexit: UK ministers target Balmoral Show

Both sides of the EU referendum campaign were represented at the Balmoral Show today.

Environment Secretary Liz Truss and Farm Minister George Eustice
BBC

Environment Secretary Liz Truss is campaigning to stay in the EU while Farm Minister George Eustice wants the UK out.

What's so funny?

Plan for new power station at Belfast Harbour

BBC Radio Ulster staff cut some rug

Alliance criticises UUP move to opposition

Alliance Leader David Ford has questioned whether the Ulster Unionists were ever serious about going back into government after their leader Mike Nesbitt announced they were forming an opposition.

David Ford
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"Mike Nesbitt demanded two weeks for negotiations around forming a government, yet lasted two speeches before grandstanding out of the Executive," Mr Ford said.

RAF Tornado flying high over North West 200

Female touch at Stormont

May the force not hold you up too long!

Has Stars Wars spaceship landed in Donegal?

It may be a top secret mission but the activity of the Stars Wars crew in County Donegal is the subject much speculation and excitement.

JJ McGettigan from the Emerald Garrison, a Star Wars costuming club, in Malin Head, Co Donegal Ireland
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Is this the Millenium Falcon?
PA

The appearance of a large, circular structure on a cliff at Malin Head has fuelled rumours that it could be a replica of the famous Millenium Falcon. But shhhhh, don't say we told you.

A sunny outlook for the next few days

A school trip to the Balmoral Show

BBC Newsline is broadcasting live this week from our satellite truck at the Balmoral Show.

Bellarena PS pupils and teacher with Julie McCullough
BBC

Staff and pupils from Bellarena Primary School were a long way from home in Limavady.  They stopped by for a chat with our reporter Julie McCullough, on the second day of the three-day festival. 

Road reopens after fatal crash

SDLP 'won't be pressured' into opposition

The SDLP leader Colum Eastwood has said his party will wait until after the programme for government talks have concluded before making any decisions about going into opposition.

SDLP presser
BBC

"We are not going to walk away before the negotiating is done," he said. The SDLP leader denied that the UUP's move to opposition had put his own party under pressure to declare their position.

Schoolgirl, 14, assaulted 'because she is black'

Nesbitt: 'Let battle commence'

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt announces that his party will form an opposition at Stormont.

Sinn Féin says UUP move is a 'huge mistake'

Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness has criticised the Ulster Unionist Party's decision to form an opposition, saying he believes it is a "huge mistake". 

Sinn Féin press conference
BBC

Mr McGuinness said the move was a "very serious repudiation" of the principals of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and accused the UUP's Mike Nesbitt of a "lack of leadership". 

UUP leader says forming opposition is 'more honest'

Stormont - MLAs rule themselves out of ruling

Stormont's first opposition holds first press conference

SDLP still undecided about going into opposition

UUP leader explains opposition decision

Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt said his party was forming an opposition because "we face another five years of DUP/Sinn Féin carve up and mutual veto".

Mike Nesbitt
BBC

"We are convinced the right thing to do for the country is to forego our entitlements in government and establish an official opposition, to both scrutinise the work of the next Executive and offer the electorate something different next time around," Mr Nesbitt added. 

What will opposition mean for NI executive?

'New era' for Stormont as UUP goes into opposition

UUP to form Stormont's first 'official opposition'

Man, 20, dies following Portadown car crash

A 20-year-old man has died following a two-vehicle crash in Portadown, County Armagh, this morning,

Police accident sign
BBC

The car he was driving was in collision with plant machinery on Derryanvil Road shortly before 10am. The other driver was treated for minor injuries. The road remains closed.

Crash on Belfast's Westlink

Council to make Woodburn decision on Monday

A County Antrim council brought to court over a controversial oil drilling project outside Carrickfergus says it will make a decision on complaints about the project next week.

Woodburn protest
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Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is the subject of a legal challenge, brought by a local resident, about the scheme at Woodburn forest. The council decision will be issued by Tuesday at the latest.

Grieving family discover portrait of mother

Robin Newton elected as Assembly speaker

The DUP's Robin Newton has been elected as the new speaker in the Assembly.

Robin Newton
BBC

He replaces Mitchel McLaughlin who announced his retirement before the election.    

How murder charge destroyed football dream

Crash at Grosvenor Road offslip of Westlink

Judgement reserved in 'gay cake' case

The Court of Appeal has reserved judgement in the Ashers Bakery 'gay cake' case.

Ashers
Press Eye

Ashers is seeking to overturn a decision by the County Court which found they had discriminated in declining to ice a cake with the slogan 'Support Gay Marriage'. Lord Chief Justice Sir Declan Morgan said the judgement would be delivered as soon as possible.

Strike planned at Belfast leisure centres

Countdown to Rory teeing off

Traffic lights out at Lanark Way