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  1. Updates for Monday 20 June 2016
  2. More updates from 07:00 on Tuesday
  3. Picture: Mourne Mountains, County Down (by James Carlisle)

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That's all from us on BBC News NI Live today. Hopefully we're in for a cracking evening like this one captured by tweeter Jon at Donaghadee Harbour last night.

Sunset at Donaghadee harbour

Join us again tomorrow from 07:00 for a full day of news, sport, traffic, travel and weather... and, of course, the build-up to Northern Ireland's crunch clash with Germany at Euro 2016.

Pilgrimage to WWI sites

The Church of Ireland and Catholic archbishops of Armagh are to travel with 30 young people on a special centenary pilgrimage to the sites of the Battle of the Somme.

Soldiers at the Somme
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Archbishop Richard Clarke and Archbishop Eamon Martin are going with people from across the island of Ireland to remember the war dead.

NI fans remember Somme soldiers

Northern Ireland fans in France for Euro 2016 have attended a memorial service at the Ulster Tower in Thiepval to remember soldiers from the 36th Ulster and 16th Irish Divisions who fought in World War One.

Danny Kennedy and other Northern Ireland fans at the Ulster Tower in France

The ceremony was organised by the Amalgamation of Northern Ireland Supporters Clubs, and UUP MLA Danny Kennedy said it had been "an honour" to take part.  

Republic 'must win at all costs' - Keane

BBC Sport NI

Roy Keane wants the Republic of Ireland to be more "streetwise" when they face Italy in Wednesday's final Euro 2016 Group E match in Lille.

Roy Keane

The assistant boss has told the players to be prepared to "take out" an opponent if they need to in a game they must win to reach the knockout stages.

Farmer jailed over cattle suffering

A County Fermanagh farmer has been convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to cattle and failure to dispose of animal carcases.

Cattle in a field

Patrick Gerard Donnelly (61), of Cabra in Irvinestown, pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to two months imprisonment on each, to run concurrently.

Man dies after car and lorry collide

A man in his 70s has died after a collision between a car and a lorry on the Ballyutoag Road near Dundrod.

Police officers directing traffic

The road is closed between the Seven Mile Straight and Carnaghliss Road junctions, and police say people travelling to Belfast International Airport on that road should allow extra time for their journey.

Checkpoints set up near explosives hide scenes

Police have set up checkpoints close to the scenes of a two "terrorist hides" near Larne in the hope of gathering as much information as possible about the discoveries.


Bomb making components and explosives were found at Carnfunnock Country Park in March and Capanagh Forest last month.

New flag commission members revealed

The first and deputy first ministers have announced the names of the members who will make up the new Commission on Flags, Identity, Culture and Tradition.

Commission chairs Neville John Armstrong and Dr Dominic Paul Bryans with Martin McGuinness and Arlene Foster
Press Eye

Arlene Foster says it will "take a fresh approach to dealing with the complexities" of the issues, and will be chaired by Neville John Armstrong and Dr Dominic Paul Bryans (pictured).

Our Paddy would give you the shirt off his back...

Young Northern Ireland fan Matthew Tunney was in dreamland as he watched his side beat Ukraine 2-0 last Thursday.

Matthew Tunney wearing Paddy McNair's shirt
Laura Tunney

But moments after the final whistle, it got a whole lot better when midfielder Paddy McNair spotted Matthew in a sea of fans and tossed him his match jersey.

Leavin' on a jet plane

Majority 'do not want to move to Ballykelly'

The majority of staff at the headquarters of a key government department do not want to move to a new base in County Londonderry, the assembly has been told.


Agriculture Minister Michelle McIlveen said the "majority of current headquarter staff don't want to relocate" to the proposed new building at Ballykelly.

NI MPs in tribute to murdered Jo Cox

Northern Ireland MPs have paid tribute to Labour Party MP Jo Cox who was murdered last week.

Nigel Dodds

Speaking on behalf of the Northern Ireland members in the House of Commons, the DUP's Nigel Dodds said: "A life like Jo Cox's should not be defined by its end - it was her life that counts, and that's what we remember today."

Road closed due to broken down lorry

Remain vote will strengthen UK union, says Nesbitt

Northern Ireland will "acutely feel the implications of a Brexit, constitutionally, financially and politically", according to Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt.

Mike Nesbitt

He adds that if voters "cherish" the union, they should vote Remain, adding that would "not only strengthen our hand in fighting for reform within the EU, it also strengthens our United Kingdom".

O'Neill's selection poser for Germany clash

BBC Sport NI

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill must decide whether to make changes to his winning side for the big clash with Germany tomorrow evening.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill
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A full preview of the game, including team news, match facts and the details of what Northern Ireland need to qualify for the knockout stages, is available here.

Adams appeals for Remain vote

A UK exit from the EU will be "bad for the economy on this island, business, farmers, the environment and workers' and human rights", according to Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams.

Gerry Adams speaking to the press at Stormont
Press Eye

Speaking at Stormont today, he said: "We don't want to see the return of border checkpoints between the north and south or restrictions on trade."

Emergency patients' 90-minute ambulance wait

Dying and gravely ill patients in parts of County Down have to wait up to 90 minutes for an ambulance, the Irish News reports.

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EU vote 'a defining decision' - Allister

Jim Allister says voters are unlikely to ever "make a more defining decision on the future of the United Kingdom" than in Thursday's EU referendum.

Jim Allister

"In our hands lies the choice between reclaiming our nation's sovereignty in making and interpreting our own laws or deepening the subservience of our nation to Brussels diktats," the TUV leader adds.

New bus lanes for east Belfast

New bus lanes are being opened on east Belfast's Upper Newtownards Road as part of the Belfast Rapid Transit scheme, the Department for Infrastructure says.

A bus lane on the Newtownards Road

The lanes, located between Holywood Arches and Sandown Road, will be introduced on Monday 27 Jun, operating from 07:30 to 09:30 and from 15:30 to 18:30 between Monday and Friday.

Sectarian graffiti daubed on walls

Sectarian graffiti has been daubed on the walls of a church and several homes in the Springfield and Highfield areas of west Belfast.

Graffiti on a wall and a fence in west Belfast

A residential home specialising in care for dementia patients also had slogans painted on it during Sunday night.

Serious crash may affect airport travellers

Police say the Ballyutoag Road near Dundrod has been closed between the junctions of Seven Mile Straight and Carnaghliss Road after a serious two-vehicle collision.

Police vehicles

Diversions are in place, but anyone travelling to Belfast International Airport by that route should allow extra time for their journey.

Athlete Mageean set for 'whirlwind' summer

BBC Sport NI

Ciara Mageean is aiming to compete strongly for a medal at next month's European Championships in Amsterdam as she continues her build-up to the Olympics.

Ciara Mageean

The Portaferry runner won the 800m at the Northern Ireland Championships on Sunday as part of her preparation for running the 1500m in Rio.

Footballer Paddy McCourt reveals wife's successful brain tumour operation

Former Celtic footballer Paddy McCourt has spoken about his wife's battle with a brain tumour.

Paddy McCourt
Rex Features

Last month, the 32-year-old left League Two side Luton Town by mutual consent to return home.

They know to be good boys and girls now

What's green and white and can fly?

Belfast traffic update:

South Africa v Ireland: Henshaw to miss final Test

BBC Sport NI

Ireland centre Robbie Henshaw has been ruled out of the third and decisive Test against South Africa on Saturday because of a knee cartilage injury.

Robbie Henshaw

Ulster centre Luke Marshall is in line to be recalled as Henshaw's replacement.

£7m loan for poultry waste plant

Conor Macauley

BBC News NI Agriculture and Environment Correspondent

More than £7m of public money is being loaned towards the cost of a plant to deal with waste from Northern Ireland's poultry industry.

Poultry waste plant

The anaerobic digester is to be built near Ballymena. It'll take 40,000 tonnes of Northern Ireland poultry litter a year, generating a biogas and producing a fertiliser.

Jo's hard at work in Paris

Summer solstice at 23:34 tonight

Strong Irish challenge for NI Open

BBC Sport NI

Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup heroes Gary Hurley, Gavin Moynihan and Cormac Sharvin (pictured) are set to play in next month's Northern Ireland Open at Galgorm Castle.

Cormac Sharvin
Press Eye

Ardglass clubman Sharvin, 23, will have high hopes of performing well at the Ballymena venue at the end of July.

Man cleared over one-punch killing

A County Tyrone man who faced three trials over the one-punch killing of a teenager Jason McGovern (pictured) has been formally acquitted of his manslaughter.

Jason McGovern

Mark Donnelly, 23, from Greencastle, was cleared of the New Years' Eve 2012 manslaughter of Mr McGovern, from County Monaghan, after the prosecution offered no evidence against him.

'High turnout expected' in EU poll

Mark Devenport

BBC News NI Political Editor

An exceptionally high turnout is expected in Thursday's EU referendum, according to Conservative MP Peter Bone, a founder of the pro-Leave campaign Grassroots Out.

Peter Bone

Speaking at Stormont this morning, he said if everyone votes "we will wake up on Friday as an independent sovereign United Kingdom". But several high-profile Remain campaigners have have warned that Northern Ireland would suffer in the event of a Leave vote.

Listen again: The EU referendum is just days away

Crues draw Danes in Champions League

BBC Sport NI

Irish Premiership champions Crusaders have been drawn against Danish title winners FC Copenhagen in the second round of the Champions League qualifiers.

Crusaders celebrate with the Gibson Cup
Press Eye

League of Ireland winners Dundalk will play Icelandic side FH Harnarfjordur. The first legs of the ties will be played on either the 12 or 13 July, with the return fixtures the following week.

Stormont tributes to Jo Cox

MLAs are set to pay tribute to murdered Labour MP Jo Cox at the assembly today, and you can follow proceedings on our Stormont Live page.

Jo Cox

Business starts at midday, and also on the agenda is question time for the agriculture and finance ministers, and a motion on the proposed closure of regional electoral offices.

Lowry offers congratulations to Johnson