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  1. Updates for Tuesday 19 July 2016
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Goodnight, enjoy the sunshine

That's all from BBC News NI Live on the hottest day of the year so far. We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 07:00 tomorrow. 

Megan Bolingbroke

We'll leave you with 12-year-old Megan Bolingbroke's lovely photo of sunny Groomsport. Bye for now.

Thunderstorms could edge in tonight

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Ireland win to level series

Ireland's cricketers have beaten Afghanistan in Belfast to level the series at 2-2.

Ed Joyce
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Ed Joyce was the star man for the hosts, with an unbeaten 160 in Ireland's total of 265 for five. Afghanistan managed 254 for nine in reply.

UUP disappointed by paramilitary plan

Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt has described the executive's action plan on paramilitary activity as being little more than a wish list with no real detail as to how to achieve its goals. 

Mike Nesbitt

"We are deeply disappointed with the contents of the action plan, which has arrived three weeks late and utterly bereft of concrete actions. It isn't an action plan. It's a promissory note," he said.

Boxing clever in New York city

Making hay (well, silage) while the sun shines

Trident spending 'shows complete disdain'

The government's plan to replace the UK's Trident nuclear weapons system at an estimated cost of £31bn "shows complete and total disdain for ordinary people", Sinn Féin's Mickey Brady claims.

Placards at an anti-Trident protest
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"The money is there to support first-class public services but the war mongers of the Tory party choose instead to waste billions on weapons," the Newry and Armagh MP adds.

Ballintoy beautiful under blue skies

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Dissident suspect arrested in Lurgan

Police investigating "violent dissident republican terrorist activity" have arrested a 47-year-old man in Lurgan.

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13 tour winners to compete in NI Open

Last year's winner Clement Sordet looks set to aim for a repeat triumph at next week's Northern Ireland Open.

Clement Sordet
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The Frenchman is among 13 winners on this year's European Challenge Tour to have submitted entries for the Galgorm Castle tournament.  

Woman told to pay sister £100 over attack

A Belfast woman who assaulted her sister during a "heated" argument has been ordered to pay her sibling £100 compensation.

Laganside court

Heather McBlain, 45, from Duncairn Gardens, was also handed a four-month sentence, suspended for 18 months, after she admitted a charge of assaulting her sister, Lisa, earlier this year.  

Jockey 'recovering well' after being run over by ambulance

Young cub grins and bears it

TUV leader not impressed by paramilitary report

TUV leader Jim Allister has described the action plan for a strategy to disband paramilitaries, which was published today, as "farcical".

Jim Allister

"It is clear that the executive not only doesn’t have any notion about how to deal with paramilitaries, but has a vested interest in the public forgetting about the key role which one paramilitary group plays in the government of our province,” he said.

Ireland well in control against Afghanistan

Ireland look to be on their way to victory over Afghanistan in the one-day cricket international in Belfast.

Afghanistan cricket
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Chasing a target of 266 to win, the Afghans were 152 for six after 38 overs. 

Life's a beach in Crawfordsburn

The gates of Crawfordsburn Country Park were closed for a time today as it was at full capacity.


Car fire spread to two houses

What's the fuss about Pokemon?

Soaking up the sunshine in Belfast

They've been enjoying today's balmy weather in Belfast City Hall and Botanic Gardens.

Sun bathers
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Castlederg hits 28C on hottest day of year

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Report recommends changes to NI libel law

Northern Ireland's defamation law should be brought substantially into line with the law in England and Wales, a report commissioned by the executive has recommended. 


The law in England and Wales was reformed by the Defamation Act 2013 but it was not extended to Northern Ireland. The act introduced a new threshold meaning claimants have to show they have suffered "serious harm" before suing.  

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Delays on M5 motorway

Paramilitary action plan published

The executive has published an action plan on how it aims to implement the recommendations of an independent panel for disbanding paramilitary groups.

CIRA graffiti

The panel's report was published on 7 June. First Minister Arlene Foster, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Justice Minister Claire Sugden said they would meet regularly to review progress.

Watch: Fire hydrant damage causes flooding

Can we beat the heat of 1887?

Tailback leaving M2

McGovern seals switch to Norwich

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Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern has signed for Championship club Norwich City on a free transfer.

Michael McGovern

The 32-year-old has agreed a three-year deal at Carrow Road, having played a starring role in Euro 2016.

A big tip on how to keep cool in the sun

When it comes to keeping cool, the elephants at Belfast Zoo have got it sussed.

Elephant at Belfast Zoo

Flooding caused by broken fire hydrant

NI Water have issued a warning after a fire hydrant was broken in Belfast city centre causing flooding at Laganbank Road. Some people may consider it "harmless fun" on a hot day, a spokesperson said, but it is not. 

Fire hydrants cause flooding
Marty Lish

Customers may be left with low or zero water pressure, he said. More importantly, the fire service could find that water pressure is insufficient to deal with a fire.   

Joyce hits unbeaten 160 in Afghanistan match

Ireland's Ed Joyce scored an unbeaten 160 as Ireland's cricketers finished their 50 overs on a total of 265-5 in their one-day international against Afghanistan in Belfast.

Ed Joyce
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In reply, Afghanistan were 27-3 after 10 overs.

Gotta catch 'em all!

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Have you been caught up in the Pokemon Go craze yet? Well, our reporters Claire Graham and Darran Marshall have and they've been out and about in Belfast on the Poke-hunt!

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Tune in to Evening Extra at 17:00 to see how they got on.

Dunlop and Shiels head Armoy entries

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William Dunlop and Derek Sheils are among the confirmed entries for this year's Armoy road races on 29 and 30 July.

William Dunlop
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Dunlop will ride Yamaha machinery in the Open and Supersport classes, plus the feature 'Race of Legends' event, while Sheils competes for the Cookstown BE Racing team in the Superbike, Supersport 600 and Supertwins events.

Winging it!

A seagull chick managed to hop up a couple of flights of stairs and got into BBC News NI's offices this afternoon.

After a look around, it was safely ushered back outside by some caring members of staff.

Area closed due to house fire

Man gets suspended term for assaulting couple

A north Belfast man who punched a man and woman in a random and unprovoked attack has been given a  four-month prison  sentence, suspended for 18 months.

Laganside courts

Father of two Gary McComb, from Gainsborough Drive, was also ordered to pay his victims £75 each for the 19 May attack in Hill Street in the city.

DUP 'hypocrisy' over EU farm cash call

Agriculture Minister Michelle McIlveen showed "breathtaking hypocrisy" in travelling to Brussels yesterday seeking "immediate" aid for local farmers, the Alliance Party leader David Ford says.

A tractor in a field

Ms McIlveen and her DUP colleagues campaigned for the UK to leave the EU, and Mr Ford says farmers will "rightly ask where the support from that party was" during the run-up to last month's referendum.

Full capacity Crawfordsburn closes gates

Graves attacked in Derry