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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 24 May 2016
  2. Picture: Waves on the north Antrim coast (by David Brownlow)
  3. A 16-year-old is charged with the murder of Gerard Quinn in Londonderry
  4. The father of a Tyrone woman jailed for terror offences says she was wrongly convicted
  5. Three women go to police saying they have broken Northern Ireland's abortion law

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By Nuala McCann and Ciaran McCauley

All times stated are UK

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The end of another beautiful day

Good night everyone. That's all from us on BBC News NI Live. We're back bright and early at 07:00 tomorrow.

Dog enjoying sunshine
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Here's how tomorrow's looking

You can watch the full forecast by clicking through to the BBC News NI's weather page. For a full weather update and outlook for the next five days, visit the BBC Weather website.

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GAA hopes to start work on stadium in 2017

The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) has said it hopes to start building a new Casement Park stadium next year, with games hosted by 2019.  

Casement Park
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The GAA say the re-designed ground will take into account fears over the emergency exiting arrangements in the original design and it's willing to consider a capacity below 38,000.

Star Wars favourite wookiee goes back to school

Chewbacca, Star Wars' world-famous wookiee, has left pupils at a Republic of Ireland primary school star struck after landing for a visit.

Chewbacca
Scoil Fheirtearaigh National School

The star is filming the newest instalment of the blockbuster series in County Kerry.

Man pleads guilty to murder of car boot stab victim

A man has today pleaded guilty to the murder of Kyle Neil more than a year ago during a "frenzied'' knife attack in County Down. 

The body of 23-year-old Kyle Neil was found in the boot of a car in Belfast
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 Wesley Harry Vance, formerly of Church Gate Studios in Comber, had previously denied the charge.  

Man remanded in custody after cocaine seizure

A man appeared in court in Belfast today after Border Force officers at George Best Belfast City Airport seized more than 10 kilos of suspected cocaine on Sunday. 

UK Border Force
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30-year-old Shane James Delaney from Kilkenny in the Republic is charged with the illegal importation of a Class A drug and was remanded in custody.       

On yer bike: £500,000 for Belfast cycling

Conor Macauley

BBC News NI Agriculture and Environment Correspondent

Belfast is to benefit from more than £500,000 worth of European money to encourage cycling in the city.

Comber Greenway
Sustrans

The cycling charity, Sustrans, will use the cash to get more people to use the Comber Greenway in the east of the city. It will work with employers along the route.

Michael O'Neill set for Nolan Live

To the beat of the Lambeg drum

Prince Charles leaves Loughgall, County Armagh, to the beat of Lambeg drum after visiting an Orange Order museum.

Prince Charles visits Orange Order's Sloan's House

Prince Charles visited the Orange Order's heritage museum 'Sloan's House' in Loughgall earlier today. Charles and his wife, Camilla, will visit County Donegal tomorrow. 

Prince Charles meets well wishers in Loughall
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Prince Charles meets well wishers in Loughall
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Duchess tries a tipple of cider in the Orchard County

The Duchess of Cornwall took the opportunity to sample some local cider today whilst on a visit to the Orchard County, Armagh. 

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Pope Francis: Confirmed 2018 congress date fuels visit speculation

Pope Francis has confirmed the date of the World Meeting of Families congress in Dublin in 2018 - and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin says that the Pope has "expressed his desire to attend".

Pope Francis
BBC

The event will take place on 22 August to 26 August in 2018. Popes have presided over all but two of the eight congresses since they began in 1994.

DUP select Kingston as Belfast mayoral candidate

Schools bomb threats were hoaxes

Seven primary schools in Northern Ireland received hoax bomb calls this morning. Some of them chose to evacuate their pupils in what the PSNI describe as "a very serious and worrying situation."

Bloomfield Primary School
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The police are exploring a possible link to similar calls received by schools in GB on Monday. There's more on the BBC's Newsline programme tonight.

Delays on M1 southbound

Roy Carroll heading to Linfield

Five years for causing death of nurse by dangerous driving

A man, who caused the death of a nurse in a two-car collision, has been given a five-year sentence. Neil McKee, 26, from Castleburn Road in Carrickfergus, was also banned from driving for seven years.

Belfast Crown Court
BBC

He will spend half his sentence in prison.

A right royal visit in Loughgall

Spirits were high as people lined the streets ahead of Prince Charles' visit to Loughgall, County Armagh, earlier today.

Loughgall
BBC

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Cocaine seized at Belfast City Airport

Sydenham Bypass down to one lane - expect delays

Football: Paddy McCourt leaves Luton Town for Northern Ireland return

BBC Sport NI

In news that is sure to send local clubs into high alert, Northern Ireland international Paddy McCourt has left League Two side Luton Town and is set to return home.

Paddy McCourt
BBC

"Paddy has had to face up to some personal problems in recent weeks," said Luton manager Nathan Jones. "At the end of the season he came to me and it was soon clear that he wanted to return to Northern Ireland to be closer to his family and to play there again."

New executive to be in place by tomorrow

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness says he hopes a new executive will be finalised by tomorrow and will meet for the first time on Thursday.

Martin McGuinness
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Making his ministerial appointments, he said he was "delighted to be here with a strong ministerial team", following "huge support" in the assembly elections.

Reports of car on fire on Sydenham Bypass

Departments to be announced tomorrow

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness says the departments assigned to the new Sinn Féin ministers, will be announced tomorrow. These are your new ministers.

All four ministers
BBC
Clockwise from top - Megan Fearon, Chris Hazzard, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir and Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin ministers announced

Michelle O'Neill, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, Megan Fearon and Chris Hazzard will join Martin McGuinness in the Stormont Executive. 

PSNI to send team to Euro 2016

The PSNI have selected their squad for Euro 2016 in France but it is unlikely that they will need to pack their boots.

PSNI
BBC

Their job will be to liaise with French Police Commanders to monitor Northern Ireland fans' behaviour and assist their colleagues in dealing with any problems.  

McClosky to stay with Ulster rugby

McGuinness to announce four ministers

Spotlight: The Casement Park question

Spotlight is looking at the long-running stadium dilemma on BBC One NI at 22:45 tonight.

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Prince Charles visits Portaferry

Prince Charles is on the second day of his Northern Ireland visit. Among his appointments was a visit to Portaferry Presbyterian Church in County Down.

Prince Charles in Portaferry
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Prince Charles in Portaferry
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VIDEO: Bomb warnings at schools

Katie Taylor set for Rio

Ireland's Katie Taylor will defend her lightweight title in Rio after securing an Olympic Games berth at the World Championships.  

Katie Taylor
Inpho

It is after she beat Victoria Torres of Mexico on a unanimous decision to make the semi-finals of the World Championships in London - guaranteeing her a seat on the plane to Brazil. 

Debris on Belfast-Dublin motorway near Ardee

Sew lovely: Royal visitors view a carpet for the palace

Martin McGuinness to visit Somme battlefield

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, from Sinn Féin, says he is taking up an invitation from the Flemish government to visit Flanders Field and the scene of the Battle of the Somme next week.

Martin McGuinness
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He will be accompanied by senior party colleagues including Sinn Féin vice president Mary Lou McDonald TD.

Seven primary schools targeted in bomb threats

Police have confirmed that the seven Northern Ireland schools targeted in bomb threats this morning were all primary schools

Bloomfield
BBC

A number of them were evacuated and the PSNI said they were "investigating a series of malicious communications". 

Weather: Warm and getting warmer

Bomb threats 'were extremely threatening and violent'

DUP MLA Peter Weir, who is on the board of governors of Bloomfield Primary School in Bangor, said: "The school received malicious calls this morning, they were extremely threatening and violent in their nature.

Peter Weir
BBC

"The staff then reacted very swiftly and professionally and evacuated the school, but this must be still extremely traumatising for the children concerned."