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  1. Updates for Wednesday 22 June 2016
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Sunshine and showers ahead

It looks like a mix of sunshine and showers over the next couple of days. Barra Best has the latest weather forecast.

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Trimble wants 'final push' against South Africa

Road closed after crash near Kilrea

'Gay cake' case cost Commission £44,000

Equality Commission for Northern Ireland official Eileen Lavery has told the Executive Office Committee at Stormont that the 'gay cake' court case against Ashers bakery cost £44,000.

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The DUP's Christopher Stalford had asked Ms Lavery the question.

Martin McGuinness meets James McClean ahead of Italy game

M22 has reopened at Dunsilly roundabout

Finance minister targets draft bill on same sex marriage

Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has asked his officials to work on a draft bill to introduce same sex marriage in Northern Ireland

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir

In a written answer to Alliance's Stewart Dickson, Mr Ó Muilleoir said he is committed to the concept of equal marriage and wants the assembly to legislate on the matter as soon as possible.  

Evening Extra has latest on closure of The Gobbins

McIlroy Rio decision 'disappointing but understandable'

Irish golfer and former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has said Rory McIlroy's decision to pull out of the Olympic Games in Rio because of concerns about the Zika virus was "surprising and disappointing, but understandable".

Rory McIlroy
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McGinley told Today Sean O'Rourke on RTE Radio 1: "There has been a lot of noise particularly in golfing circles about the Zika virus and Rory's opinion has changed in the last ten days."

Temperature builds ahead of Italy v Republic of Ireland

Traffic delays on Ravenhill Road

Airport says Orlando flights move is 'vote of confidence'

Donegal defender McGee loses his appeal

Donegal defender Neil McGee has lost his appeal against his two-match ban imposed for his sending off in the Ulster SFC win over Fermanagh.  

Neil McGee (left) was red carded late in the first half of Donegal's game against Fermanagh
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McGee was red carded after being judged to have struck Ruairi Corrigan with his arm following an initial foul by the Fermanagh man.  

Huge rise in currency sales at the Post Office

Singer Enya's father dies

Leo Brennan, the father of Enya and Moya Brennan and their Clannad siblings has passed away. The 90-year-old was also a musician in his own right. 


He died at home this morning.

Houghton says 'confidence is key' for Irish

Former Republic of Ireland star Ray Houghton has said confidence will be key as Martin O'Neill's men take on Italy in the Euro 2016 finals tonight.

Ray Houghton and Terry Phelan
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M22 incident 'set to continue'

One person injured in M22 crash

One person has been injured in a two-vehicle crash on the M22 motorway.

M22 crash

The Dunsilly roundabout has been closed as a result of the crash. It is understood the person's injuries are not serious.

Sarah Ewart is victim of NI abortion law, court told

A Northern Ireland woman, whose experience of abortion placed the issue back in the courts, is "a victim", the Court of Appeal has been told.

Sarah Ewart

In 2013, Sarah Ewart travelled to England for a termination after doctors said her unborn child had no chance of survival outside the womb.  

McGovern puts himself in the shop window

Biden on six-day visit to Republic of Ireland

US Vice President Joe Biden has been welcomed  "home" to the Republic of Ireland by the Irish prime minister Enda Kenny. 

Joe Biden and Enda Kenny

Mr Biden, who has Irish roots, arrived in Dublin with several members of his family yesterday evening for a six-day visit that is both political and personal. He met the Irish President Michael D Higgins today.

Martin McGuinness in Lille for Republic game

Boxer Paddy puts his spin on Rory's Rio decision

Boxer Paddy Barnes has offered his own unique take on golfer Rory McIlroy's decision to pull out of the Olympic Games in Rio because of concerns about the Zika virus.

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McCoy enters exclusive jockey club with knighthood

County Antrim jockey AP McCoy is only the second jockey in history to have been awarded a knighthood after Sir Gordon Richards in 1953.

AP McCoy and Princess Anne

Got a drum or bodhran? Bring it to the match

Drums, bodhrans and different sized flags have all been approved for Irish fans watching the game against Italy in the Euro 2016 finals.

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Rock fall closes Gobbins cliff walk

A "increase in levels of rock-fall" has forced the Gobbins tourism attraction in County Antrim to close for the second time in six months.

The Gobbins

The dramatic cliff face walk in Islandmagee  was unveiled to the public last August, following a £7.5m revamp.  

May we present Sir Anthony McCoy of Moneyglass

Justice minister to meet campaigner over stalking law

Soaking up the atmosphere in Lille

Ballymena Academy pupils celebrate NI success

Quinn receiver has list of donors

The list of donors who have effectively been paying Seán Quinn's legal bills have been disclosed to the receiver of the Quinn family assets.  

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Arise Sir Anthony

Jockey AP McCoy receives a knighthood for services to horse racing.

Arise Sir Anthony - Jockey AP McCoy given knighthood

It's cloudy folks but you still need to be careful in the sun

EU referendum in focus on BBC Talkback

Should punters have to dress to impress at clubs?

Ticket arrangements for NI game