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  1. Updates for Friday 20 May 2016
  2. More updates from 07:00 on Monday
  3. Picture: Ballintoy Harbour, County Antrim (by Steven Hanna)

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By Fiona Murray and Laura McDaid

All times stated are UK

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That's all from us for today. BBC News NI Live will be back at 07:00 on Monday. Until then, you can keep up to date with the latest news on our website, on BBC Newsline and on Radio Ulster bulletins. Have a good weekend.

Project for blind pupils gets £700,000 boost

A project that helps blind children who go to mainstream schools, like little Sala-Joy Storbeck, pictured below, has got almost £700,000 in lottery money. 


How's the weekend shaping up

Do you need an umbrella for the weekend? Cecilia has forecast. You can check it out here.

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Eastwood 'totally opposed' to Sugden taking justice role

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood says he is totally opposed to Claire Sugden being offered the position of justice minister. "I believe the justice minister, like all the other ministries, should be allocated through d'hondt."

Colum Eastwood

"We're beyond the point where these two parties need to get somebody from outside the executive to do that job."

Five charged with burglary following break-ins

Five men have been charged with five counts of burglary, following a series of break-ins around Portadown, Armagh and Newtownhamilton on Wednesday. 


The men, aged 18, 19, 28, 30 and 33, were arrested on Ballymore Road in Tandragee yesterday. 

Belfast actor no longer facing drugs charge

Belfast-born actor Martin McCann is no longer facing a charge of possessing cocaine. The 32-year-old star of The Survivalist and Killing Bono had contested having the Class A drug last July.

Martin McCann

The charge has since been withdrawn, but the actor still faces two other charges.

Four people detained by immigration officers

Four people were detained by immigration officials in Londonderry and Down yesterday. Two Chinese people and a Malaysian man were arrested in Derry when checks revealed that they were in the country illegally. 

Immigration Enforcement

A woman was arrested in China's Finest in Ballynahinch. All four have been transferred to immigration detention while steps are taken to remove them from the UK.

Newry TV screen faces uncertain future

A controversial large TV screen in Newry may have to be removed after the High Court quashed the decision to approve planning permission.  

TV screen

The Catholic Church sought a judicial review, saying they weren't consulted after the screen was installed close to Newry Cathedral last Christmas.

Eastwood 'advises Sugden against justice role'

Jail for financial administer who stole from charities

A former financial administer who stole more than £130,000 from two west Belfast charities to fund her online gambling addiction is today beginning a six-month jail sentence. 

Laganside Courts

Ann Marie Daye, from Summerhill Gardens in the city, was told that her actions had a "significant impact" on the charities she stole from. She'll spend six months in custody, followed by 12 months on supervised licence.

Mother distressed after website used picture of dead son

A mother whose son who died after taking so-called legal highs has spoken of her distress after a website used a picture of him alongside a misleading article. 

Adam Owens

Adele Wallace came across the piece by chance, that wrongly linked her son to a drug craze in America. It's just over a year since 17 year Adam Owens died following a party in Newtownards.   

Brexit debate coming up on Evening Extra

We hear from 2 Labour MPs on opposite sides of the #Brexit debate - Alan Johnson & @katehoeymp
We hear from 2 Labour MPs on opposite sides of the #Brexit debate - Alan Johnson & @katehoeymp

We hear from 2 Labour MPs on opposite sides of the #Brexit debate - Alan Johnson & @katehoeymp

Collision at Broadway roundabout

#Belfast: Broadway R'bout, collision near the Westlink on-slip for M2 bound traffic. Entry to on-slip partially blocked. Passable with care.

BreakingRodgers says Celtic role is 'dream come true'

Brendan Rodgers has described his appointment as new manager of Celtic as "a huge honour". The Carnlough man said: "I have followed Celtic all my life and to be given this opportunity is a dream come true."   

Brendan Rodgers
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He said he will give his new role "everything" and do all he can to bring the supporters "exciting, entertaining and winning football".

BreakingCeltic appoints Carnlough man Brendan Rodgers as manager

BREAKING NEWS: Celtic FC is delighted to announce that it has appointed Brendan Rodgers as the Club's new manager.

BREAKING NEWS: Celtic FC is delighted to announce that it has appointed Brendan Rodgers as the Club's new manager.

Archbishop meets loyalist group

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has met representatives of the Loyalist Communities Council (LCC) in London.  

Justin Welby

The private meeting was held over lunch at his residence, Lambeth Palace, and involved conversations around "his experience of reconciliation and peace building".

Rory's attention turns to rugby

Northern Ireland's golf stars will be cheering on Ulster tonight, they face Leinster in the Pro 12 semi-final. 

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Meanwhile, McIlroy remains in contention to win a first Irish Open title after a second-round 70 left him a shot behind leaders Danny Willett and Marc Warren.

Pair to be sentenced over UDA blackmail plot

Two men who admitted involvement in a loyalist paramilitary blackmail plot have been remanded in custody - they will be sentenced next week.   

Laganside Courthouse

David Moore, from Monarch Parade and David Pollins, from Lower Rockview Street in Belfast each admitted a charge of professing to belong to the UDA and blackmail.

Frosses Road now cleared after collision

'Storm trooper in the hills of Donegal'

The Star Wars films have inspired many things ... but a song by a GAA jersey-wearing storm trooper from Letterkenny? Well, that's a first!

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Man acquitted after gun and ammo find

A man has been acquitted by a jury at Belfast Crown Court of firearms charges.  

Belfast Crown Court

Stanley Robin Matthews, 34, from Tower Court in Belfast was accused of possessing a Browning pistol and ammunition in suspicious circumstances, and also of having the gun without a firearms certificate after an incident in March 2014. He was acquitted on both charges.

Floored by a stool - but Paddy rolls with the punches!

Paddy Barnes is clearly game for a laugh - even at his own expense. 

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He tweeted out this photo of himself missing the stool and falling onto the floor of the ring at his latest fight against Spain's Gabriel Escobar in Lithuania.   

O'Neill in rallying call ahead of Euro 2016 finals

Northern Ireland football manager Michael O'Neill has urged his players to "raise the bar" and work on their fitness levels ahead of the Euro 2016 finals. 

Northern Ireland football manger Michael O'Neill

This week O'Neill named his squad for next Friday's friendly against Belarus. Northern Ireland's first Euro 2016 finals match is against Poland in Nice on 12 June. 

Rainy end to the day

Irish Open: Rory McIlroy one behind leaders Danny Willett and Marc Warren

Rory McIlroy remains in contention to win a first Irish Open title after a second-round 70 left him a shot behind leaders Danny Willett and Marc Warren.  

Rory McIlroy

Party veterans welcome opposition moves

The former deputy leaders of the Ulster Unionist Party and the SDLP have welcomed their parties' decisions to go into opposition at Stormont.  

Brid Rodgers and Lord Kilclooney

Lord Kilclooney was UUP deputy leader from 1995 to 2001, while Brid Rodgers had the same position in the SDLP from 2001 to 2004.  

Three vehicles involved in Cloughmills crash

Long delays near Cloughmills after crash

BBC NI TV debate on EU referendum announced

O'Neill put on the spot about Celtic job

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill calls Celtic a "fantastic football club" but plays down links to the vacant managerial position at Celtic Park.  

Michael O'Neill

SF and SDLP clash on the Nolan Show

Appeal for witnesses after Omagh assault

Weather: wet weekend ahead

Police dogs put through their paces at Stormont

JTI Gallaher workers "gutted" as they leave

Employees of JTI have been expressing sadness as they leave the Ballymena-based firm on what is, for many, their last day of work.

JTI employee

One told the BBC: "I'm absolutely gutted but that's the way things go sometimes. I worked here 14 years and it's a very good firm, the best firm."  

Rodgers and Kilclooney back opposition move

SDLP and UUP grandees have given their backing to their respective parties going into opposition at Stormont.

Ulster Unionist peer Lord Kilclooney and former SDLP deputy leader Brid Rodgers

Former SDLP deputy leader Brid Rodgers said the party had "remained true to its beliefs and mandate". Ulster Unionist peer Lord Kilclooney, who was also deputy leader of the UUP, added that a cross-community opposition would be "good for Northern Ireland".

Coming up on BBC Newsline this lunchtime...

Kearney out of Pro 12 clash with Ulster

Leinster full-back Rob Kearney will miss tonight's Pro12 semi-final against Ulster in Dublin because of an ankle injury.  

Rob Kearney

The Ireland international has failed to recover from the injury, sustained in the win over Treviso on 7 May.  

Handle with care...

The finishing touches are being put to HMS Caroline ahead of its official re-opening at the start of June. 

Replica guns being loaded onto HMS Caroline
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Workmen were seen loading replica guns on board the ship today. HMS Caroline, based at at Alexandra Dock in Belfast, is the only surviving vessel of the Battle of Jutland.