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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 4 July 2016
  2. USPCA sacks former chief Stephen Philpott
  3. Pay review for Maze prison site board
  4. SDLP's Durkan: SF and DUP cannot get best Brexit deal for NI
  5. Picture: Slieve Gullion, County Armagh (by James Carlisle)

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By Eimear Flanagan and Eunan McConville

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Goodnight

That's it for BBC News NI Live. We'll back tomorrow with more updates on news, sport, traffic and weather from 07:00. We'll leave you with Albert Boyle's picture of some hardy souls braving the rain to cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

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June duller, wetter and warmer

Weekend ambulance staffing issues to continue 'for months'

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) has said it will be months before it can provide full staffing cover at the weekends

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It had 24 fewer staff than required on Saturday, and ambulances from the voluntary sector had to be drafted in to deal with less serious calls. John McPoland, from NIAS, says: "It's well documented that our frontline staff are unhappy."

Centre court drama on city hall big screen

Both the Wimbledon men's and ladies' finals are being shown on the big screen at Belfast City Hall this weekend.  

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The ladies singles final takes place on Saturday and the mens final on Sunday, both at 14:00. Admission to the city hall grounds is free and on a first-come-first-served basis.

Bad weather not going away

Osborne to be asked 'to take foot off austerity pedal'

Finance Minister MáirtínÓ Muilleoir says he will be meeting Chancellor George Osborne shortly and will urge him to "take his foot off the austerity pedal" for Northern Ireland.

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir
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"I am very much in favour of taking more fiscal powers from London," he added.

BBC Newsline: More on the death of forum plan

Health minister on 'significant investment' for children's heart surgery

Earlier, Health Minister Michelle O'Neill and her Irish counterpart, Simon Harris, announced that the new all-island children's heart surgery network will benefit from £42m worth of investment. 

Children's heart surgery: £42m for all-island congenital heart disease service

Speaking in Dublin, the minister said the move would benefit everyone across the island. 

Weather: Rain clearing east coast, tomorrow to be better day

Corporation tax rate 'could go as low as 10%'

NI secretary supporting Leadsom to be new leader

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers is backing Andrea Leadsom to be the next Conservative Party leader.

Andrea Leadsom
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"Andrea is a woman of principle. Her message is fresh and optimistic; and it's backed up by a lifetime of business and political experience," Ms Villiers says. 

Rush hour delays on Westlink

Evening Extra: NI ramifications of corporation tax cut

Freedom honour proposed for Northern Ireland team

Evening Extra: 'Months' before full ambulance cover at weekends

More on first North South meeting since Brexit vote

Farage will be back says Ulster Unionist MEP

Ulster Unionist MEP JIm Nicholson has said Nigel Farage's announcement that he is standing down as UKIP leader shows that the Leave campaign had no coherent plan for the future.

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"He has been an MEP since 1999 and knowing him as I do and, given his love of the media spotlight, I very much doubt that this is the last we will see of Mr Farage," Mr Nicholson said.

Traffic slow on Stockmans Lane

It's not for you - Leitrim dog steals owner's phone

GAA: Clones confirmed as Ulster final venue

Clones will be the venue of the Ulster SFC decider between Donegal and Tyrone, despite calls for it to be moved to Croke Park.

Clones
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Several former players suggested that the Dublin venue would be better because of its higher capacity, but the Leinster finals are scheduled for that day. 

Ministers pledge £42m heart service investment

Health Minister Michelle O'Neill and her counterpart in the Republic, Simon Harris, have committed to a £42m investment in the all-island Congenital Heart Disease Service.

Michelle O'Neill and Simon Harris
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"The joint investment, over the next five years, will help to realise our vision of a world-class all-island network service," Ms O'Neill said.

Trimble backs Gove as Tory leader

Former NI first minister Lord Trimble has backed Michael Gove to be the new Conservative leader and prime minister.

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"The government's most important task will be negotiating a new relationship with our European allies and seeking opportunities worldwide. I've been involved in critical negotiations in the past, I know what it takes, and Michael Gove has it," he says.

Finucane case took personal toll says ex-officer

Rugby: Morris returns to Leinster from Tigers

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Niall Morris has returned to Leinster on a short-tern deal after his release from Leicester Tigers.

Niall Morris
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The 27-year-old utility back moved from the Irish side to Welford Road in 2011 and scored 18 tries in 75 appearances for the Tigers.  

Foster 'doesn't fear' UK corporation tax cut

Defibrillator stolen from Belfast garage recovered

A defibrillator stolen from a garage in west Belfast has been recovered, police have said.

Police officer
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The device was taken some time between Sunday evening and 07:00 today from a Topaz garage on the Andersonstown Road.

Clipper crew followed by some finned friends

Karl Airport Parking says it's to close

Belfast crash site has been cleared

Irish jockey retired due to 'profound depression'

Six-time champion jockey Kieren Fallon has retired from racing because of 'profound depression'  according to the Irish Turf Club's chief medical officer.

Kieren Fallon
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Dr Adrian McGoldrick, speaking on Fallon's behalf, said the jockey had "lost the motivation" to keep riding.

Warmer weather on way, but rain lingering

Foster not consulted about all-island Brexit forum

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster says an Irish government idea to create a new all-island forum to deal with Brexit issues "was not discussed" with her at the weekend.

Arlene Foster
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The idea was put forward by Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Enda Kenny in a press statement on Monday.  

Brexit '10-point plan' agreed at North South Ministerial Council

Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Enda Kenny says a "10-point plan" has been agreed between the Irish government and NI Executive ministers on dealing with Brexit issues.

Enda Kenny
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Mr Kenny, who hosted the North South Ministerial Council in Dublin Castle, said it was a "very constructive meeting".  

UKIP NI leader's tribute to Farage

UKIP in NI leader David McNarry has thanked Nigel Farage for his "total commitment to Northern Ireland", after the UKIP leader announced he was standing down.

Nigel Farage
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"The country owes Nigel Farage deserved recognition for his unstinting contribution in securing the nation's support to leave the EU," Mr McNarry said. 

Murder victim's daughter 'robbed of his love'

The mother of murder victim Kyle Neill has said his daughter, Sophie, has "yet to face and try to understand that her 'Dada' has been taken from her".

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"She has been robbed of his love and he will never see the milestones throughout her life," Drea Neill said. Wesley Harry Vance, 28, of Church Gate Studios, Comber, was today told he must serve at least 12 years for Mr Neill's murder.

Traffic: Delays on Stockmans Lane, Belfast

UUP seeks assurance over all-island heart surgery

Man to serve at least 12 years for stab murder

A man who admitted murdering a former friend by stabbing him about 200 times must serve a minimum of 12 years of his life sentence, a crown court judge has ruled.

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Wesley Harry Vance, 28, last month pleaded guilty to the murder  of Kyle Neill whose body was found in the boot of a car in south Belfast in April last year.

SDLP MLA claims NI tax cut plan is 'in tatters'