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  1. Updates for Thursday 16 June 2016
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Wow - what a result from the Northern Ireland team in Lyon. We're a bit exhausted after all that excitement. Back tomorrow at 07:00 with all your latest news, sport, weather and travel.

The latest weather forecast

After a grey, damp and miserable day - here's the good news: The rain is on its way out. Here's the latest forecast.


Northern Ireland bag a win!

Roux to make debut for Ireland in second Test

Quinn Roux will make his Ireland debut as one of five changes for Saturday's second Test against South Africa.  

Quinn Roux

Pretoria-born Roux joins Craig Gilroy, Stuart Olding, Tadhg Furlong and Rhys Ruddock are in Joe Schmidt's side for the match in Johannesburg.

Man struck by lightning 'continues to fight' says wife

A man who was left critically ill after being struck by lightning in County Antrim has "has fought hard and continues to fight", his wife has said.


George Allen, 36, was hit as he picked his son and daughter up from school in Lisburn last week.  

Republic commemorates countrymen who died in British uniforms

Shane Harrison

BBC NI Dublin correspondent

Colum Eastwood welcomes integrated faith school plan

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said the merger of Desertmartin and Knocknagin Primary Schools offered the opportunity to "re-imagine integrated education" and demonstrated the "positive role that faith schools have to play in bringing people together".

School children

The two small County Londonderry primary schools are set to make history by becoming the first jointly-run church school in Northern Ireland.

Fans phone-in: Give us your reaction from 19:00

It's a goal - NI lead 1-0

New acting principal at troubled Belfast college

A new acting principal has been appointed at De La Salle College in West Belfast, which has seen a number of industrial disputes this year.

De La Salle

Marian O’Neill, who was a vice-principal at the school, has taken over until further notice.

PSNI in Lyon

EU referendum: Immigration debate

Our economics and business editor John Campbell takes a detailed look at immigration and its impact on Northern Ireland.

Pity about the weather really...

US Open first round

Want to keep up to date with all the latest in the US Open? There's a dedicated live page running so you can do just that.

Rory McIlroy
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Woodburn oil drill over say Infrastrata

A controversial drilling operation at Woodburn Forest, County Antrim, has finished, apparently without hitting oil.

Site of the drill

The oil company, Infrastrata, announced the news on its website today. It said the well would now be plugged and abandoned.

EU referendum: The border question

BBC Radio Foyle

With the EU referendum just a week away, and the two sides pulling out all the stops to sway the voters, BBC Radio Foyle will be having a Breakfast Show special right on the County Donegal border, where there was once a permanent Army checkpoint.

EU Referndum

It’s only a stone's throw separating the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. But could things change in seven days' time? And what will Brexit mean for you? Tune in tomorrow between 07:00 and 09:00.

Spotted in Lyon

Lafferty to be left out of Ukraine game

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It's podcast time - How do you describe 'here'?

Euro 2016: Sing along when you're winning...

Here's a little ditty to get the hearts racing before today's match against Ukraine. It's a pretty catchy number, if we do say so ourselves. 

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All together now!

And delays on the Falls Road

Traffic slow on Sydenham bypass

How NI agriculture could be affected by a Brexit

BBC News NI business and economic editor John Campbell takes a look at how the agricultural industry could be affected by the result of the EU referendum.

Stand up for the Ulster men

May 'busiest month ever' for health trusts

GP who faked drug trials awaits trial

A County Down doctor who pleaded guilty to falsifying clinical trials on patients with sleeping disorders has been remanded in custody to await sentence.  

Hugh McGoldrick
Justin Kernoghan

Dr Hugh McGoldrick, 59, of Crossgar Road East, Crossgar, previously pleaded guilty to two charges.  

Tractor and pressure washer stolen

Ballymena book of condolence for Darren Rodgers

A book of condolence has been opened for Ballymena man Darren Rodgers, the Northern Ireland fan who died in a fall in Nice. 

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Darren Rodgers
Rodgers family

Eu referendum: The border debate

Our business and economics editor John Campbell looks at what is known as the 'common travel area' and its role between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The 'common travel area' and its role in Northern Ireland

Tell it as it is en Francais

Security stepped up around Lyon fanzone

BBC News NI's Josephine Long reports that the French police are very much present around the Fanzone in the run-up to Northern Ireland v Ukraine in Lyon.

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Newtownabbey Times: Baby steps in County Antrim classrooms

Six east Antrim primary schools have taken part in a unique scheme aimed at reducing levels of aggression among schoolchildren.

Baby hand

The Roots of Empathy programme involves bringing a baby and parent into a classroom once a month throughout the school year, giving youngsters the opportunity to track the infant’s milestones.

Son's poignant journey to Nice

The son of one of Northern Ireland's leading hairdressers David Aumonier  - who died last month - wanted to mark his father's love of the beautiful game and his devotion to the Northern Ireland team.

Simon Hamilton and Davis Aumonier

Davis, pictured here with Simon Hamilton, DUP, scattered his father's ashes at the stadium in Nice where they would have watched the game together, had his father lived a little longer.  

He said his father told him to go to the matches. "I've been with my dad's friends in Nice and having the best time of my life. It's been sentimental but fantastic," he said.

Irish naval ship in Mediterranean rescue effort

Self-harming among young people 'troubling'

Rugby: Olding and Gilroy to start against South Africa

BBC Sport NI

Joe Schmidt has made five changes to the Ireland team to face South Africa in the second test on Saturday. Ulster's Stuart Olding and Craig Gilroy are joined by Tadhg Furlong, Quinn Roux and Rhys Ruddock in the starting 15.

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