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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 29 June 2016
  2. UK's exit from the EU is expected to dominate talks at Stormont
  3. Swastika and far-right graffiti sprayed on house in Armagh
  4. David Martin succeeds Jim Shaw as president of the Irish FA
  5. Image: Portballintrae beach, County Antrim (by Gail Simpson)

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By Ross McKee and Iain McDowell

All times stated are UK

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Good night

That's the end of BBC News NI Live's coverage for today.  We'll be back tomorrow from 7am with more news, sport and weather updates.

Springhill House, Moneymore
Stephen Black

Somme centenary preparations at the Somme

Green grass, rather than a red carpet, has been laid at the Ulster Tower in Thiepval, France, ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

Ulster Tower
BBC

BBC News NI staff are there to report on the centenary.  And we have a special page on our website - bbc.co,uk/irelandandthesomme which looks at the events surrounding the battle and its impact here.

Broken down car adds to Westlink delays

McIlroy: Olympics withdrawals not embarrassing

Rory McIlroy says the number of leading players pulling out of the Olympics due to fears over the Zika virus should not be "embarrassing" for golf.

Rory McIlroy
PA

He says the Olympics are not the "pinnacle" for golfers who "dream of winning Claret Jugs and Green Jackets".

Coming up on tonight's BBC Newsline

Nama arrest pair named in Irish parliament

The Dáil has been told former senior Nama executive, Ronnie Hanna, was one of two men arrested in Northern Ireland earlier this month as part of a fraud investigation.

Nama logo
BBC

Two members of parliament said the other man who had been arrested was Frank Cushnahan, a former Nama advisor. The National Crime Agency arrested two men in County Down and carried out searches.    

And there's more...

Rush-hour quackers on Irish motorway

North Belfast crash causing long traffic delays

'Disappeared' trial decision 'could be heard next week'

A decision on whether a veteran republican should stand trial for involvement in the IRA murder of Jean McConville could be made next week, a court has heard. 

Ivor Bell,
Pacemaker

Ivor Bell, 79, from Ramoan Gardens in west Belfast is charged with aiding and abetting her kidnap, killing and secret burial in 1972.

Arrest over 'racially motivated hate crime'

Police say they are investigating a "racially motivated hate crime" after a report that two women were verbally abused and their car was damaged in Belfast.

PSNI crest
BC

The women were walking to their car on Kent Street on Saturday when racist language was directed at them.  A man was arrested and later released pending further inquiries.

Man arrested over McGibbon murder

A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Michael McGibbon, who died after a paramilitary-style shooting in Belfast.

Michael McGibbon
Pacemaker

He was shot several times in an alleyway in April. The arrested man, who is 34, was detained in Belfast.

Dundonald traffic lights working again

NI deputy leader says Brexit 'not a done deal'

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness says Northern Ireland's exit from the European Union is "not a done deal". 

Martin McGuinness
BBC

He said it was quite clear that the will of the people in NI is to remain and he rejected Theresa Villiers' assertion that there can be no special status for Northern Ireland within the EU.

'Brexit does not change NI tax cut deal'

Scottish leader 'like a spoilt child'

UKIP's leader in Northern Ireland, David McNarry, says "Nicola Sturgeon is behaving like a spoilt child well above her station" after the Brexit vote. 

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Irish passport 'does not make you less unionist'

Ulster Unionist MP Danny Kinahan tells the Newtownabbey Times he has been helping his constituents get Irish passports since the Brexit result.

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Teacher replacement scheme gets go-ahead

A controversial scheme allowing teachers over 55 to retire early and be replaced by those recently qualified will start in September.

Classroom
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It was due to begin in the spring but was delayed because of concerns about who would qualify for the vacated posts.  Up to 120 teachers are expected to retire early under the scheme.

Cathedral window marks wartime sacrifice

Julian Fowler

BBC News NI

A stained glass window commemorating the sacrifice of the Inniskilling Regiments that fought in the World War One has been installed at a cathedral in Enniskillen.

The stained glass window in St Macartin's Cathedral
BBC

The window will be dedicated on Friday at an ecumenical service of reflection at St Macartin's Cathedral to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

Activists 'grossly overstated' dredging impact

Conor Macauley

BBC News NI Agriculture and Environment Correspondent

An environmental group has "grossly overstated" the impact of sand dredging on Lough Neagh, a court has been told.

Sand dredging
BBC

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs is contesting a case over a former minister's decision not to immediately halt unauthorised sand dredging on the lough.

Kincora detective told to 'leave no stone unturned'

A retired RUC detective who investigated child abuse at the Kincora Boys' Home in the 1980s says he was told to "leave no stone unturned" by the then police chief constable.

Kincora Boys Home
BBC

Former Det Ch Supt George Caskey was giving evidence at the Historical Institiutional Abuse Inquiry. As a result of his team's work, six people were imprisoned for sexual abuse.

French tests for Ulster in European Champions Cup

'No special EU status for NI after Brexit'

Mark Devenport

BBC News NI Political Editor

Northern Ireland cannot maintain any kind of special status within the EU after the UK withdraws from the union, Theresa Villiers says.

Theresa Villiers
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The Northern Ireland Secretary says EU rules do not permit part of a country remaining within the union.

Alliance leader condemns Turkey attack

An attack on Istanbul's Ataturk airport that's killed dozens of people is an "horrific attack on democracy", Alliance Party leader David Ford says.

A police officer patrols outside Ataturk Airport in Istanbul
AP

"My thoughts are with all the victims and survivors of this attack, and their loved ones. Many from Northern Ireland will be familiar with this airport, as Turkey is a popular holiday destination for local people," he said.

Executive reaction to Brexit pathetic - Empey

The response by the Northern Ireland Executive to last week's EU referendum result has been "pathetic", Lord Empey says.

Lord Empey
Press Eye

"The executive waited until today to meet and in the process failed to show any sign of urgency and give its assessment of the situation," the Ulster Unionist peer adds. "This is an appalling dereliction of duty."

M3 lane reopens after crash

Boxer Taylor questions Rio withdrawals

BBC Sport NI

London 2012 gold medallist Katie Taylor has questioned the motives of golfers who have pulled out of the Rio Olympics over the Zika virus.

Katie Taylor
Getty Images

Irish trio Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry and Graeme McDowell have withdrawn, but the Irish boxer tweets: "I wonder what excuse they would have made if there was no virus," the Irish boxer tweeted.

Man arrested in dissident republican probe

Villiers still undecided over Tory leadership support

Secretary of State Theresa Villiers has declined to say who she might back for the Conservative leadership, saying she will wait until all the candidates have been declared.

Theresa Villiers
BBC

She also indicated she opposes an early general election, saying she believes her party should serve its full five-year-term.

PM pays tribute to Lord Mayhew

In House of Commons the PM and Jeremy Corbyn both pay tribute to Lord Mayhew. PM says he was a " kind and goodly man ".

Traffic lights off at Dundonald road junction

Teenager has serious head injuries after assault

A teenager who sustained serious head injuries in an assault outside a Belfast nightclub last week is still in hospital, police say.

A police car
Pacemaker

Officers found the 18-year-old man unconscious on the ground after they responded to a disturbance outside the club on Gordon Street at about 02:00 on Thursday.

SDLP tells Talkback Brexit 'not a done deal'

Irishman's trial delayed again in Egypt

The family of Ibrahim Halawa, the Dubliner who could face the death penalty in Egypt, have said a further delay to his trial is "deeply troubling".

Ibrahim Halawa
Halawa family

Ibrahim Halawa was 17 when he was arrested during a siege on the Al-Fath mosque in Cairo in 2013.  His family were expected a verdict today but have been told the three-year-long case will be reopened in October.

Translink posts £10.5m pre-tax loss

Blips at Translink. Just posted 25% increase in pre-tax losses to £10.5m + a dip in passenger journeys to under 80m

Blips at Translink. Just posted 25% increase in pre-tax losses to £10.5m + a dip in passenger journeys to under 80m

Heavy showers still a risk...

Roadworks divert Derry buses