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  1. Updates for Friday 3 June 2016
  2. Picture: Mussenden Temple, County Londonderry (by Chris Ibbotson)
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By Fiona Murray and Niall Glynn

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Goodnight. enjoy your weekend

It's been another beautiful day in sunny Northern Ireland. We'll be back on Monday for more updates on news, sport, traffic and weather. We'll leave you with Hazel Black's stunning picture of Mount Stewart. Have a great weekend.

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Woman 'too scared to stay in home' after arson attack

A mother has said she is "too scared" to stay in her family home after the house was damaged in an arson attack for the fourth time in a year. 

Arson house

Her young family fled from their home in Larne overnight after the fire started in their pigeon loft and spread to two nearby houses. One man was treated for smoke inhalation and several pigeons died.  

Chief constable meets GAA delegation

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McCarthy says he will be fit for Republic opener

James McCarthy has declared himself fit for the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 opener against Sweden on 13 June.

James McCarthy

The Everton midfielder suffered a groin and hamstring injury in his club's final-day league win over Norwich. Asked if he's fit for the Group E game in Paris, McCarthy replied: "I should be fine, it's good to be back".  

Kincora witness 'not aware of involvement of prominent people'

A witness whose statement was read out at the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry today has said he was not aware of any prominent people being involved in abuse at the Kincora boys home.


The man, referred to as R10, was at the home from 1973 to 1977. He said: "I did not know of any politicians, police officers, justices of the peace, businessmen or civil servants being involved in any way at all with the hostel, staff or boys."

Street closed during village alert

Main Street in Eglinton has been closed in both directions and diversions are in place due to a security alert. 

Police officer

Police say it has been closed "to facilitate the examination of an object" found at a property being renovated in the area.   

Broken down lorry causing tailback

Mandelson echoes Orde over Villiers criticism

NIPSA votes to back Brexit

Northern Ireland's largest trade union, Nipsa, has voted to back Brexit. 

Press Eye

Delegates to the union's conference voted in favour of a Brexit by 68 votes to 58. The union has about 45,000 members working across the public sector.   

Police Federation launches stress initiative

The group that represents rank and file police officers in Northern Ireland is to launch an initiative to combat post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other psychological illnesses.


The Police Federation said PSNI officers took more than 35,000 days off sick last year because of stress-related problems. It said help is too slow because of a lack of resources.

First minister backs lifting of blood donations ban

Arlene Foster has said she backs the health minister's move to end the ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. 

Arlene Foster

Michelle O'Neill announced the decision yesterday. The first minister said it was a decision by the whole executive supported by medical evidence.   

Laundrette killer to appeal conviction again

A man jailed for shooting dead his ex-lover in a laundrette is attempting to have his murder conviction overturned for a second time.

Fred McClenaghan

Fred McClenaghan's appeal against the guilty verdict is listed for a hearing in November. McClenaghan, 53, is currently serving a 16-year prison sentence for killing Marion Millican with an antique shotgun in March 2011.

Kincora: Children 'attacked weeks after arriving'

Children were sexually assaulted just weeks after arriving at Kincora Boys' Home, the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry has heard. 


In statements, boys described how house master William McGrath preyed on them and would walk away laughing after assaults. One victim said: "Boys warned new boys that McGrath would try to touch them."

Listen: Mandelson and MEP go head-to-head on Brexit

Long calls for marriage equality legislation

Alliance MLA Naomi Long  has submitted an urgent assembly question asking when the finance minister intends to bring forward marriage equality legislation.

Naomi Long

"I would urge the finance minister to bring forward legislation immediately on this vital issue and appeal to the DUP to not abuse the petition of concern mechanism again, to help bring true equality to Northern Ireland," she said.  

Last word on assembly election

Troubles investigations details set for release next week

The Police Ombudsman is to publish a report, next Thursday, into the murders of six men by the UVF in Loughinisland in 1994. 

Loughinisland attack in 1994 / Fred Scappaticci denies he was an Army agent within the IRA

On the same day, the police will also release details of its investigation into the agent codenamed Stakeknife.

EU and NI: Everything you need to know for the big vote

With just 20 days to go until the EU referendum, what questions do you still need answers to? 

Union flag and EU flag

Here's the lowdown on who wants to stay, who wants to go and what a Brexit might mean for NI.

Woman jailed over witness protection research

A former Housing Executive employee who researched the details of three people living on a PSNI witness protection programme has been jailed.

Laganside Courts

Charlene Pierce, a 34-year-old mother of two, from Harmin Park in Newtownabbey, will serve six months in prison and six months on licence after she admitted misconduct in a public office.

Hughes' pride as 100-cap milestone in reach

Aaron Hughes says he never expected to earn 100 caps for Northern Ireland and will feel "a great sense of pride" if he reaches the milestone on Saturday.

Aaron Hughes
Press Eye

The defender, 36, is expected to feature in the final Euro 2016 warm-up friendly against Slovakia in Trnava.  

Cause of gorse fire still investigated

The fire service says the cause of a gorse fire that burned on a two-mile front near Strabane yesterday is still being investigated.

Gorse fire
Fire service

They left the scene at Stranbrack in Dunnyboe just before 8:30 last night.

Pigeons killed in Larne arson attack

A number of pigeons have been killed in an arson attack in Larne.

Generic pigeon photo

A pigeon loft was set on fire in the Loranville area. The blaze also spread to two nearby houses and a man was treated for smoke inhalation.

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BHS: union calls for buyer to be found

BHS administrators must "redouble their efforts" to find a buyer for the company, a trade union says. 

BHS store in Belfast

USDAW said it's "the least long-serving and loyal staff deserve" after BHS went into liquidation. Around 200 jobs will go at four stores in Northern Ireland.

Drinking jockey jailed over first date crash

A jockey has been jailed after he drove a stolen car head-on into a vehicle driven by a woman he was due to meet on a first date.

Trevor Woodside admitted four charges linked to the crash on 30 March 2014.

A judge told Trevor Woodside of Castleview in Killyleagh, that he had left his victim with "significant long-term" physical and psychological injuries.  

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Everything you need to know about Euro 2016

The biggest, the smallest, the winners, the debutants, the goalscorers: Euro 2016 in 90 seconds.

Euro 2016

Funeral of Dublin 'feud' victim takes place

The funeral of Gareth Hutch, who was shot dead in Dublin in May, is taking place in the city today. 

Funeral of Gareth Hutch in Dublin

The 35-year-old's murder is believed to be the seventh connected to a feud between two criminal gangs. Mourners heard that breaking the cycle of violence "needs courage, restraint and a desire for peace".

Protest calls for end to paramilitary attacks

A protest is being held tomorrow at Belfast City Hall to call for an end to attacks by republican and loyalist paramilitaries. 

Scene of Michael McGibbon murder

The organisers, Children of the Troubles, say it's "time to challenge the thugs and demand that they leave the people in peace".

Man crashed stolen car into woman ahead of 'first date'

A County Down jockey has been for 21 months for driving a stolen car at up to 87 mph head-on into a vehicle being driven by a woman he was due to meet on their first date.

Court crest

A judge told Trevor Woodside, 33, of Castleview, Killyleagh, it was an "appalling piece of driving'' which had left his victim with "significant long term injuries''.

Two arrested after 'suspicious activity'

Sinn Féin launches EU referendum campaign

Belfast hosts abortion justice conference

Gran Fondo: Great spectacle, or needless disruption?

SDLP: concerns over 'pre-school cut plans'

The SDLP has called for Education Authority officials to appear before the Assembly's Education Committee. 

Pre-school classroom

The party says parents have concerns about EA plans to cut pre-school hours for children with special educational needs. The Authority gave misleading evidence to MLAs investigating the issue but later said it was an "oversight."