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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 31 May 2016
  2. Police are to re-open an investigation into the deaths of 10 Protestant workmen at Kingsmills
  3. The Historical Institutional Abuse starts its investigation into abuse at former Kincora Boys' home in Belfast
  4. Belfast hosts a special all-island commemoration for Irish sailors who died in World War One

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By Fiona Murray and Niall Glynn

All times stated are UK

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It's been a busy Tuesday for the BBC local live team. Enjoy what's left of the sun this evening - it was certainly shining down on Benone beach today! Join us again tomorrow from 07:00 BST. 

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Executive faces legal challenge over Irish language strategy 'failure'

An Irish language organisation has been granted leave to bring a judicial review against the Stormont Executive over claims it failed to adopt or implement an Irish Language Strategy.

Conradh naGaeilge
Conradh naGaeilge

A spokesman for Conradh na Gaeilge said they hoped the legal challenge would "not prove necessary" and that the executive would change its position.

(Dad) dancing in the dark!

The Taoiseach's used to being in the spotlight for political reasons, but it was Enda Kenny's dancing at Bruce Springsteen's Croke Park gig that got some eagle eyed commentators talking. 

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Eight child migrants go missing from NI authorities' care

Eight children who came to NI after fleeing their home countries have disappeared while they were in the care of the authorities, a BBC Spotlight investigation has learned.

Nadra Ali and Zahra Abdi have both gone missing while under the care of the authorities.
BBC

Spotlight looks in detail at the cases of two of the missing children. You can watch the programme on BBC1 NI tonight at 22:45 BST.

Battle of Jutland

Watch BBC Newsline at 6.30 for a full round up of today's centenary tribute in Belfast. Join Donna Traynor, who's on board the only surviving ship from the famous WW1 battle.

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Thornton inquest: killing not 'proportionate'

A coroner has found that the killing of a labourer by a soldier in 1971 was not 'necessary, reasonable or proportionate'.

A vigil was held after Harry Thornton's death in 1971 but the shooting also sparked rioting
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Henry Thornton, 29, was shot after the van he was driving passed Springfield Road police station in west Belfast.

Injured NW200 rider says he's 'lucky to be alive'

Dungannon rider Ryan Farquhar has told the BBC he's "lucky to be alive" after being seriously injured in a high speed accident at this year's North West 200. 

Ryan Farquhar
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The 40-year-old, who suffered a punctured lung, six broken ribs and a bad laceration to his liver, is still being treated at the Royal Victoria hospital.

Coming up on tonight's BBC Newsline

Orde criticises Villiers over EU border views

A former PSNI Chief Constable has criticised the NI Secretary over her view that a vote to leave the EU would not necessarily lead to new controls on the Irish border. 

Theresa Villiers and Sir Hugh Orde
BBC

Sir Hugh Orde says he thinks border controls will be inevitable in the event of a vote for Brexit. However Theresa Villiers has dismissed his comments as "scare tactics."

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Kincora: Amnesty questions whether inquiry can 'deliver for victims'

The head of Amnesty International NI says it's "difficult" to see how an inquiry into historical child sex abuse at Kincora Boys' home "can command the full confidence of the victims". 

Patrick Corrigan from Amnesty International NI
BBC

Patrick Corrigan said the inquiry "can only rely on voluntary cooperation by the Ministry of Defence and the secret intelligence services" as key figures "have indicated that they do not intend to testify".

Traffic: Long delays on Hillhall Road

Arrests linked to NAMA investigation

Two men have been arrested in Co Down by the UK's National Crime Agency in a fraud investigation linked to the biggest ever property deal in Northern Ireland. 

The National Assets Management Agency (Nama) logo
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The NCA said police helped to carry out searches linked to the controversial sale of assets and property owned by Ireland's National Assets Management Agency.

On tonight's Evening Extra...

Conor Bradford is in the Evening Extra hotseat tonight. 

Conor Bradford
BBC

Coming up: the latest on Kingsmills investigation, Belfast's central role in today's Battle of Jutland tribute and has the GAWA scored an own goal with its Euro 2016 team suits? Text 81771 or tweet @bbcevex

Thornton Inquest: killing not 'proportionate'

Traffic: delays on M1 near Saintfield Rd

Who's who in Finance & Economy committees?

The membership of Stormont's Finance and Economy committees has been finalised.

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Kingsmills: senior PSNI officer appointed to investigation

A senior police officer has been appointed to lead the re-opening of an investigation into the murder of ten Protestant workmen at Kingmills in 1976. 

The Protestant workers were travelling home from work when their minibus was ambushed
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Asst Chief Constable, Mark Hamilton, said "detectives from the Legacy Investigation Branch are now following a line of enquiry".

Travel: car crash near Broadway in Belfast

Loyalist questioned over Troubles murders

Leading Belfast loyalist Winston 'Winkie' Rea has been arrested.

Winston Rea
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It's understood the 65-year-old is being questioned about the murders of Catholic men John Benedict Devine in July 1989 and John Joseph O'Hara in April 1991.   

Giro legacy event: PSNI warn of road closures this weekend

Orange Order Drumcree parade plans 'absurd'

Nationalist residents on the Garvaghy Road in Portadown have described Orange Order proposals to complete a banned parade through the area as “absurd”.

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Barcelona, London, Paris... Derry

Hutch murder: woman charged in connection with killing

A woman has been remanded in custody accused of withholding information from Irish police investigating the murder of a man in a gun attack.

Police officers at the scene of the shooting of Gareth Hutch
RTÉ

Gareth Hutch, 35, was shot dead outside flats on North Cumberland Street in Dublin, where he lived, on 24 May. His murder is believed to be connected to a feud between two criminal gangs.

Car on Larne bonfire creates 'bad reputation'

Politicians have condemned those who dumped a car on a Larne bonfire for giving bonfires a “bad reputation” ahead of the Twelfth.

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Woman gets 10-year sentence for stabbing partner

A woman who stabbed her partner five times with a knife during an argument at an apartment in Belfast in 2009 has been given a 10-year sentence.

Belfast crown court
BBC

Angeline Mitchell, 44, from Lindsay Court, Belfast had been accused of the murder of Anthony Robin, but was found guilty of his manslaughter.

Two men arrested over Dublin boxing weigh-in attack

Two men have been arrested by police investigating the murder of a man a boxing weigh-in event in Dublin. 

The man who died was David Byrne, 33, from Raleigh Square in Crumlin, south Dublin
Paddy Cummins

David Byrne was shot at the Regency Hotel in Dublin on 5 February. The men, both aged in their 50s, are being questioned at Ballymun and Clontarf police stations.

Kingsmills: Police 'following line of inquiry'

Commenting on the reopening of the Kingsmills massacre investigation, ACC Mark Hamilton said police "are now following a line of inquiry in relation to the murders".

Kingsmills victims
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"The families have also been informed. I appreciate this is a very difficult time for them; however, we are committed to progressing this matter as expeditiously as possible," he said. 

Irish Language group to bring Executive to court

An Irish language group has been granted a judicial review against the Northern Ireland Executive.

Belfast High Court
BBC

Conradh na Gaeilge (CnaG) said it wants the action due to "failure to adopt or implement" an Irish language strategy.

Star Wars cast thank Cork in local paper ad

The cast of the new Star Wars film has taken out an ad in a Cork newspaper to thank locals and crew who facilitated filming in locations in the county.

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Don't forget the suncream

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Kingsmills development raises questions - Allister

TUV leader Jim Allister has said news that a palm print found on the getaway van used in the Kingsmills massacre has been matched raises questions about the thoroughness of previous investigations.

Jim Allister
BBC

"Why, at least, did the HET investigation not bring this palm print to light, in that all retained forensics were available to HET?" he asked.

Two held over Dublin hotel murder

Police investigating the murder of a man at a boxing weigh-in at a Dublin hotel in February have arrested two men in their 50s.

Dublin shooting
Reuters

David Byrne was shot dead and two other men injured when a number of gunmen opened fire inside the Regency Hotel.

First Bombardier C Series plane

Irish sailors of World War One remembered

Irish sailors who were killed during World War One are being commemorated in Belfast.

Sailors commemoration
BBC
sailors commemoration
BBC

The event is being held on the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, the biggest and deadliest sea battle of the war, when 6,000 men in the Royal Navy were killed - 358 were Irish.  

Kingsmills relative 'experiencing mix of emotions'

Reacting to the news that the Kingsmills massacre investigation is being reopened, Colin Whorton, whose brother was one of those killed, said: "I'm running through a mixture of emotions."

Colin Whorton
BBC

 "I have to be honest the first one is anger - after 40 years we're being told now there's been a development, it's hard to take in," he said.

Royal tribute at Belfast Jutland commemoration

BreakingKingsmills investigation to be led by detective chief inspector

Kincora inquiry gets under way

An inquiry into historical child sex abuse in Northern Ireland has begun examining allegations relating to the former Kincora Boys' Home.

Kincora
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The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry  chairman, Sir Anthony Hart, said possible "systemic failures to prevent such abuse" will be investigated.