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  1. Updates for Monday 16 May 2016
  2. Child abuse survivors lobby Stormont for compensation
  3. Mother's prescription drugs warning after son's death
  4. Teenager killed in Coleraine crash
  5. Picture: Apple Blossom by Morris Duncan

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By Fiona Murray and Nuala McCann

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Another busy day for BBC News NI Live - hope we kept you informed and entertained! Join us again tomorrow from 0700 BST. Enjoy your evening.

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Will BBC journalists get their groove on?!

The Gardai have done it, and the PSNI .... will BBC NI journalists step up to the running man challenge?We're limbering up in the newsroom right now!

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Weather update for the week ahead

Drugs mule expelled from Peru

A judge in Peru has granted an order expelling Scottish drugs mule Melissa Reid from the country.

Michaella McCollum (left) and Melissa Reid were arrested at Lima airport in 2013

The 22-year-old, from Lenzie, near Glasgow, and Michaella McCollum, from County Tyrone, were jailed in 2013 for attempting to smuggle cocaine to Spain.

Education Authority: some staff angry at processing 'error'

A payment processing error by Northern Ireland's Education Authority, has "angered" some non-teaching school staff who haven't received their wages yet. 

Staff pay cheques were due over the weekend

More than 5,000 workers, including classroom assistants and caretakers, were supposed to receive their salary on 15 May. The EA says staff should receive payments at midnight on Monday.

The force is strong with this one!

Who's got the best moves? PSNI take on Gardaí dance challenge

The gauntlet has been thrown down! Police officers across Northern Ireland have accepted a dance-off challenge put to them by the Irish police force.

PSNI officers taking part in dance challenge

Gardaí posted a video on social media of its officers doing the 'running man' dance last week. Now the Police Service of Northern Ireland has accepted the challenge.

Travel: traffic lights out in Omagh

Sinead O'Connor 'missing' in the US

Police in Chicago have said they are searching for the Irish singer Sinead O'Connor, who has been missing for more than a day.

Irish singer Sinead O'Connor

In a statement, police confirmed they are seeking to "check the well-being" of the 49-year-old. Officers were called after Ms O'Connor "left the Wilmette area" for a bicycle ride at 06:00 local time on Sunday.

Hunniford in Heaney tribute

Julian Fowler


Arkinson: inquest hears search information was 'third-hand'

The decision to search the home of Arlene Arkinson's sister was based on third-hand information, an inquest for the missing schoolgirl has heard.

Arlene Arkinson disappeared in 1994 after a school disco in County Donegal

Police and soldiers searched Kathleen Arkinson's home in April 1996 and dug up the entire garden over several days.

Man's ear 'ripped' in east Belfast attack

A man's ear has been ripped after he was bitten during an assault in east Belfast, police have said. 

PSNI crest

He was attacked by a group of men on the Albertbridge Road on Saturday evening. A man and woman with the victim were also injured.

In a galaxy not so far away....

The "force" was with a Londonderry teenager, who's battled cancer twice, when he met his Star Wars idol today. 

Londonderry teenager Jamie Harkin meets Mark Hamill
Jamie's Journie/Facebook

Jamie Harkin had breakfast with Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, at a hotel in County Donegal. Afterwards the 17-year-old said he was "starstruck".

Woodburn oil drill: company says work underway

The oil company behind a controversial oil drilling project near Carrickfergus said work is underway at the site.

Drilling site in Woodburn, Carrickfergus

Opponents of the drill, who have been monitoring the site at Woodburn, have disputed that claim. The drill is contentious because it is close to reservoirs that supply thousands of homes but NI Water says there is no threat to the water supply. 

Stormont: Executive seats could be decided next week

Travel: Metro diversions

Attack victim 'not seriously hurt'

A girl who was attacked in what was thought to be a sectarian hate crime in a west Belfast park was bruised but not seriously hurt, the police have said. 

PSNI crest

The teenager was walking in the Falls Park area at 21:00 BST on Saturday when she was attacked by a group of girls.

Police support for LGBT awareness week

Coalisland bomb accused can return to family home

A County Tyrone man accused of an IRA bomb attack on Coalisland police station in 1997 can return to live in the town again, a judge has ruled.

Paul Campbell is charged over a 1997 grenade attack on Coalisland police station

Prosecutors opposed Paul Campbell's bid to go back to his family home, claiming there was a risk of witness interference. The judge allowed Mr Campbell to return home citing delays in the case.

Funeral of crash victim takes place

The funeral of a man killed in a road crash in Portadown last Thursday took place at the weekend. 

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Belfast bid for 2017 World Ice Hockey Championship

Belfast could host next year's World Ice Hockey Championship third-tier event after a bid was submitted to the International Ice Hockey Federation.

Belfast Giants game

Great Britain will be joined by Croatia, Estonia, Lithuania, Japan and the Netherlands at the tournament which is scheduled to take place next April.

Local Man U fans "angry" over fake bomb scare

Manchester United fans from Northern Ireland have voiced their frustration after a dummy bomb used in a security exercise caused a Premier League match at Old Trafford to be postponed.

Fake bomb scare at Old Trafford

Adam Morton, from Portadown, was among those at Old Trafford. He said he was "angry and disappointed".

Good news! The sun will be coming out today

Why the long face?

Police investigate arson attack

Antrim minors see off Fermanagh in Ulster opener

Antrim minors beat Fermanagh 4-10 to 2-9 in the opening match of the 2016 Ulster Minor Football Championship.

Ulster Minor Football Championship

Three goals either side of half-time laid the foundation for the Saffrons' victory at Brewster Park.

Teen arrest over Londonderry burglary

Full house for big rugby clash

If you fancied going to Ulster and Leinster's Pro 12 play off in Dublin this weekend, you're too late!

Ulster plays Leinster at Kingspan Stadium

Leinster Rugby said all 18,400 seats in the RDS sold out over the weekend.  The match takes place on Friday 20 May. 

UUP opposition move "rattles other parties"

Larne teenager reaches European backstroke semi-finals

Conor Ferguson has reached the semi-finals of the men's 100m backstroke on day one of the European Championships at the Olympic pool in London.  

Larne teenager

Ferguson, 16, from Larne Swimming Club, was making his senior international debut for Ireland, and finished fifth in his heat in a time of 55.06 seconds.  

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Farquhar out of intensive care

County Tyrone's Ryan Farquhar, who was seriously injured during a high-speed crash at the North West 200, is out of intensive care. 

Crash, involving Ryan Farquhar, at North West 200

The Dungannon rider suffered suffered chest and pelvic injuries. Belfast Trust said the 40-year-old is now in a stable condition. 

Should Martin McGuinness visit the Somme?

A former soldier has told BBC Radio Ulster's Talkback programme that any decision by Martin McGuinness to go to the Somme centenary commemorations would be a "political stunt". 

Somme war graves

Phil Hamilton said the Sinn Féin deputy first minister's attendance would make him feel "uncomfortable". In March, Mr McGuinness said he intended to go to France to "remember the thousands of Irish men who died fighting for the British Army in the First World War".

Error leaves 5,200 schools support staff unpaid

About 5,200 schools support staff - mainly classroom assistants - have not been paid today.


The EA said it was a processing error that has mainly affected non-teaching staff who are paid by Omagh Education Authority office. The EA apologised and said payments should be in staff accounts by midnight tonight.

Funeral Mass for shooting victim

The scene outside Holy Trinity Church, west Belfast, where a funeral Mass for Dan Murray, 55, was held today.


He was shot dead last Monday as he sat in his car at Lady Street, near Grosvenor Road.

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Shooting victim's 'life snuffed out in the blink of an eye'

A priest at the funeral of Dan Murray has said his death was "horrific" and that "his life was snuffed out in the blink of an eye" as "his killers set themselves up as judge jury and executioner".   

Dan Murray

Mr Murray, 55, was shot as he sat in his car at Lady Street, near the Grosvenor Road, last Monday night. His funeral Mass is taking place at Holy Trinity Church, west Belfast.

Ulster University on gastric bypass research

Ulster University is working with Florida State University and University College Dublin on a £2m research project into the effectiveness of gastric bypass surgery.


Previous studies have indicated that weight loss surgery can reduce heart attacks and the risk of diabetes.

However, the surgery is only currently available on the NHS in England, Wales and Scotland, a UU spokesperson said.

Mother of shooting victim suffers broken arm.

The 58-year-old mother of a man who was shot in a paramilitary-style attack in Londonderry at the weekend had her arm broken, police have confirmed.

Derry shooting
Paul Faith

The shooting happened at Ballymagroarty on Sunday 15 May at 3.35. The man and his mother were both treated in hospital.