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- Updates for Thursday 19 May 2016
- Crucial political talks could decide fate of next Stormont Executive
- Teaching union calls for urgent action against growing use of iPads and tablets in schools
- Irish Open getting under way in County Kildare
- Picture: Shrove Lighthouse, Inishowen, County Donegal (by James Gardiner)
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The County Fermanagh businessman Sean Quinn is to leave the operation he once controlled.
He was taken on as a consultant by the new owners of Quinn Industrial Holdings in 2014, but there has been growing tension between him and the firm's management team.
A second Northern Ireland Baptist church has been attacked in under 24 hours. Police received a report of a window smashed at the church on Cornagrade Road in Enniskillen this morning.
It follows an attack on the Rathfriland Baptist Church last night.
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness says he and First Minister Arlene Foster are confident the challenges of putting an administration together will be resolved.
SDLP leader Colum Eastwood says his party has made "a bold decision that did not come lightly" in terms of going into opposition.
He added that the party has been "100 per cent honest" with the electorate.
The SDLP announces it will go into opposition in the Northern Ireland Executive.
A school of sharks enjoyed the recent spell of spring sunshine off the coast of County Waterford.
The basking sharks - the second largest fish in the world - were filmed by County Cork photographer James McCarthy using drone technology.
A High Court battle that threatened to delay major new developments on Belfast's waterfront has been settled.
The city's harbour commissioners and developer Titanic Quarter Ltd were in dispute over an agreement for the 185-acre site's regeneration.
Alliance leader David Ford says he's "not in a position to recommend to the Alliance Party Council this evening that we should nominate a justice minister".
He said there was "no point having Alliance in the justice ministry unless we're making a difference" and accused the First and Deputy First Minister of not wanting to have a serious discussion.
'...down by the Lagan side.'
Delta Print, the Belfast-based printing and packaging firm, has been sold in a £80m deal. The buyer is Huhtamaki, a Finnish-based packaging company, which already has a factory in Lurgan.
Delta Print was owned by the west Belfast man Terry Cross who founded the business in 1981.
The first and deputy first ministers have described the SDLP's opposition to the Programme for Government. as dishonest.
In a joint statement, Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness said: "For the SDLP to now claim they do not agree with the Programme for Government process is dishonest given that they were part of developing it."
An Eglinton man has been fined £3,000 at Londonderry Magistrates' Court for waste offences. William Brian O'Donnell, 42, of Craigbrack Road had pleaded guilty to four charges.
The NI Environment Agency found construction and demolition waste at a site in Eglinton when it visited a number of times between September 2013 and March 2015. Mr O'Donnell did not hold a licence or an exemption to deposit or store waste at this location.
DUP MLA Jim Wells has expressed "outrage" at the arson attack on Rathfriland Baptist Church last night.
The South Down MLA described it as "an act of cowardice and destruction which is unfortunately an increasing trend across Northern Ireland".
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Independent Unionist MLA Claire Sugden and the Green Party leader Steven Agnew have met with the First and Deputy First ministers about the possibility of taking the Justice ministry.
An Alliance delegation has left Stormont Castle after a meeting which lasted 10 minutes.
Country crooner Nathan Carter has offered free concert tickets to a super fan who had his windows smashed by a neighbour after repeatedly playing the song, 'Wagon Wheel'
The 'Ballymena Times' is reporting that Antrim is the third most 'friendly' county in the UK.
But of course the same research says Fermanagh is the friendliest with Armagh coming in in second - and that the top six counties are all in Northern Ireland.
Rathfriland Baptist Church says its congregation will have to meet elsewhere after an arson attack on its building last night.
The church's pastor, Ian Wilson, says it will be several weeks before they are able to use the building again.
Thousands of Zafira B cars in Ireland are being recalled for the second time over fire risk fears.
Last year, the German car brand, Opel, recalled 8,200 cars in Ireland following a series of fires. The company said they were caused by incorrect repairs of blower motor resistors and its thermal fuse.
Two of the PSNI's highly trained canines will be competing this weekend at the 56th National Police Dog Trials at Stormont.
PDs Mike and Finn were both successful at the regional competition and will now compete against some of the most skilled police dogs in the UK for the national title - last won by PSNI 11 years ago.
South Down MLA Harold McKee has condemned last night's arson attack on Rathfriland Baptist Church, describing it as "an absolute disgrace".
He said the local community shared his "shock and anger" as they woke this morning and offered his support to the congregation.