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  1. Updates for Tuesday 26 July 2016
  2. UK and Irish prime ministers to meet at Downing Street
  3. Names of Randalstown crash victims released
  4. Picture: Hillsborough fields, County Down (by Mervyn Robb)

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By Ross McKee and Fiona Murray

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Goodnight folks

That wraps up our coverage for this evening. It's certainly not barbecue weather out there. BBC News NI Live will be back at 07:00 tomorrow morning with more news, sport, weather and travel, until then have a good and safe evening. 

Forecast looking good for agricultural show

Signing for Glens - former Gers ace puts pen to paper

Ex-SDLP councillor criticises party over Hussey support

Lebanese security chief in PSNI visit

Rain across Northern Ireland tonight

DFM demands funding for legacy inquests

Martin McGuinness has called on the secretary of state to release funding for legacy inquests. 

Marin McGuinness

The deputy first minister said James Brokenshire could instill confidence by "immediately approving the lord chief justice's request for funding to enable him to fast-track some 56 inquests involving up to 100 deaths".   

Men in court over burglaries

Business leaders think Brexit will negatively affect NI

Eighty-nine per cent of Northern Ireland business leaders believe Brexit will have a greater economic impact here than the UK as a whole. That's the result of a poll held at a seminar organised by the CBI today.

UK and EU flags side by side

Ninety-two per cent of participants believed the UK leaving the EU will have a negative impact on the NI economy over the next five years - no one present thought it would be positive.  

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Archbishop shocked at priest's murder in France

Irish primate Eamon Martin has written to the Archbishop of Rouen in France to express his shock and condolences following the violent death of a priest earlier today.

Eamon Martin

He said was deeply moved by Archbishop Lebrun's words that the "only weapons that we can take up" as Catholics "are prayer and fraternity among peoples" and his call for people "not to give up in the face of violence but to become apostles of the civilisation of love."  

Economy minister says golf will showcase north coast to the world

Economy Minister Simon Hamilton welcomes the announcement that Portstewart is to host the 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open golf tournament. 

Portstewart Golf Course
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He said: "Golf tourism has huge potential and we will be working to ensure it is fully harnessed."  

A lot of rain on the way tonight

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You can see the latest forecast here.

North Belfast parade dispute talks set to resume

Talks aimed at resolving a dispute over a contentious Orange Order parade in north Belfast are expected to resume. A proposed agreement collapsed last month when one of three lodges involved - Ballysillan - said it wouldn't back it. 

Ardoyne Parade

A UDA faction supported Ballysillan, but the BBC has learned that a group representing the leaderships of the three main loyalist paramilitaries has backed the deal.   

Delays in Belfast despite broken down car being moved

Foster talks to David Davis over NI Brexit impact

Broken-down vehicle on Westlink

Irish Open coming to Portstewart

Dungannon manufacturer sold to investor

Dungannon-based door manufacturer O&S is being sold to a private equity investor for an undisclosed sum.The business was established in 1988 and employs more than 360 people.

O&S Dungannon

The buyer is Sun Capital, a Florida-based firm whose other investments include the retailers Dreams and American Golf.  

MLA: Plant vandalism 'an attempt to thwart village in bloom' effort

Ulster Unionist MLA Rosemary Barton says an attack on plants in Castlecaufield, County Tyrone, was an attempt to thwart the village "being crowned Village in Bloom 2016 and Britain in Bloom 2016".  

Castlecaulfield vandalism

She added: "Judging was set to take place in the village today however, following this pointless act of vandalism last night, I believe judging has been postponed.”  

Woman in court over Tesco bomb hoax

A woman has appeared in court accused of making hoax warnings claiming a device had been left at a Tesco store at Knocknagoney, east Belfast, last month.


Joanne Mitchell, 43, of Greenview Avenue in Antrim, faces two counts of communicating false information causing belief of explosives. She is to return to court next week.

Tacking inefficiencies key to stopping student fees hike - Farry

The former employment and learning minister says says tackling inefficiencies is central to freezing fees and funding higher education. Stephen Farry was reacting to fears tuition fees could rise to £6,300.

Stephen Farry MLA

The Alliance MLA  added: “With a strong programme of reform, we can maintain the current approach to tuition fees and maintenance support and also invest properly in our future.”   

Child 'stung by fish' on Benone beach

Burglars steal cancer patient's rings

A Belfast breast cancer patient whose wedding and engagement rings were stolen while she was recovering from major surgery says she is "devastated". 

Engagement ring

Rooms in the house on Belmont Park in east Belfast were ransacked during the incident.

East Belfast broken-down bus cleared

Broken-down bus causes delays in east Belfast

Sinn Féin condemn west Belfast pipe bomb

Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has condemned those responsible for leaving a pipe bomb at a house in west Belfast

Alex Maskey, MLA

Mr Maskey said: "Incidents like this serve no purpose other than bringing disruption to the community and need to stop immediately."   

Novo signing for Glens

Former Rangers striker Nacho Novo has signed for Irish Premiership side Glentoran on a one-year contract.

Nacho Novo
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The 37-year-old Spaniard scored 73 goals in 255 appearances for the Glasgow giants between 2004 and 2010.  

The eyes have it

Dunlop lined up for Armoy Road Races

Michael Dunlop is set to compete at this weekend's Armoy Road Races.  

Michael Dunlop
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The Ballymoney man had expressed doubts about his participation after racing at the Southern 100 on the Isle of Man two weeks ago .  

Brexit tops agenda as British and Irish leaders meet

After meeting Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Prime Minister Theresa May said: "It is testament to the importance of the relationship between the United Kingdom and Ireland that Enda is amongst the first leaders that I have met since I took office."

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She added "discussions today have focused on Brexit; the particular impact on the Republic of Ireland and what this means for our economic relationship, travel between our countries and the peace process".  

Brokenshire has flurry of meetings in Derry

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire has held a series of meetings in Londonderry during a trip to the north-west, including visits to Seagate Technology, the PSNI, the Pat Finucane Centre and the Apprentice Boys of Derry.

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Mr Brokenshire also met the family of Paul Whitters, a 15-year-old schoolboy killed by a plastic bullet in 1981.

Peak condition: Frampton prepares for New York clash

Nesbitt: 'Name abortion panel members'

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt has criticised the Department of Health for refusing to name the members of the panel looking at reform of Northern Ireland's abortions laws. 

Mike Nesbitt

“I call on Minister O’Neill to name names immediately, and also make clear how those who have a legitimate interest in this matter can contact the panel to make clear their views,” he said.  

Guy Martin to miss Ulster Grand Prix

Guy Martin will not be racing at next month's Ulster Grand Prix because of TV commitments in America.  

Guy Martin
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The Tyco BMW rider also sat out this year's North West 200 and Isle of Man TT.  

McCoy's tears following death of JT McNamara

Northern Ireland's 20-time champion jump jockey Sir Tony McCoy has said he has "done nothing but cry all morning" after learning of the death of Limerick jockey JT McNamara.

AP McCoy

"He was a brilliant man and a brilliant amateur jockey," the Moneyglass rider said.

Abide With Me greets duke and duchess

Man in court on rape and human trafficking charges

A 29-year-old man has appeared at court in Londonderry charged with a number of offences including raping a woman, assaulting her, trafficking into the UK for sexual exploitation and inciting prostitution.

Londonderry Magistrates' Court

Florin Gheorge, was arrested at his flat in Meadowbank Court in Derry on Sunday. He denies the charges. The defendant was remanded in custody until 1 August.

Deputy FM hits out at 'Tory EU power play'

Diversions after south Belfast crash

County Fermanagh road reopens