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  1. Updates for Wednesday 10 August 2016
  2. O'Reilly will not box in Rio after failing a drugs test, says Olympic Council of Ireland
  3. Bombardier brings forward almost 100 redundancies
  4. Picture: Culaville, County Armagh (by James Carlisle)

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By Ciaran McCauley, Fiona Murray and Iain McDowell

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That's all from us at BBC News NI Live for today - we'll be back in the morning from 07:00 with news, sport, weather, traffic, travel and anything else we can fit in.

Children sitting on a hay bale
Rachel L Smith

But we'll leave you with this cracking snap from Rachel L Smith. The weather might not have been up to much today, but these three were working hard!

What's the weather got in store?

BBC Weather

It was one of those days where you needed the brolly as well as the cooler box, as this gent in Portrush found out.

Man with umbrella
Kenny Allen

 What's the weather got in store for tomorrow? Barra Best has the full forecast for you.

Executive 'stating obvious' on Brexit worries

Ulster Unionist MLA Steve Aiken says the Executive Office is "quickly becoming the Department for Stating the Obvious" after the release of its Brexit letter to the prime minister.


"These are all concerns that existed before the referendum," he says. "It is about time the executive came forward with real plans for dealing with Brexit."

Ministers want involvement in Brexit talks

Mark Devenport

BBC News NI Political Editor

The first and deputy first ministers say they must be fully involved in negotiations regarding the UK's future relationships with the EU and other countries.

Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness

In a latter to Prime Mnister Theresa May, they say they want to "retain as far as possible the ease with which we currently trade with EU member states".

'Bombardier jobs cut brings uncertainty'

Bombardier's decision to bring forward almost 100 redundancies in Northern Ireland leaves staff at the firm with an "uncertain future", says the DUP's Gavin Robinson.

A Bombardier CSeries jet

"The [company's] CSeries jet is obviously very important to the future of Bombardier and this announcement reinforces the need to do all possible to assist in securing orders for the jet," adds the East Belfast MP.

Plane disturbance pair released

Two women who were arrested after they were removed from a plane at the City of Derry Airport this morning have been released.

City of Derry Airport
City of Derry Airport

The pair, both in their 30s, were taken off the plane at the request of the pilot and have received community resolution notices for disorderly behaviour.

'No prosecutions' for paying for sex

No-one in Northern Ireland has been prosecuted for paying for sex even though it has been illegal for more than a year, it has emerged.

A man in a car offers money to a sex worker

According to police, more than 800 men are paying for sex in the region every day, but since the new law was introduced last year only 10 men have been investigated.

BBC scores new Irish football contract

BBC Sport NI

BBC Sport Northern Ireland will continue to bring fans first class coverage of local football after signing a new four-year deal with the Irish Football Association.

Glentoran players celebrate after Ciaran Caldwell scores a goal
Press Eye

The agreement means the BBC will continue to broadcast Irish Premiership games from season 2016-17 through to 2019-20 across TV, radio and online.

'Beautiful' Belfast boat almost set to float

One of the largest currachs ever built in Belfast is nearing completion, the Irish News reports.

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Volunteers have been working on the 33ft handmade vessel, which will take 10 people to row and will ply the River Lagan from a mooring in the city centre. Organiser Niamh Scullion said: "It is like a work of art."

Ministers outline Brexit priorities in letter to PM

Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness have written to Prime Minister Theresa May to set out their priorities for Brexit negotiations.

Arlene Foster, Theresa May and Martin McGuinness

The first and deputy first ministers picked out the border, trading costs, the energy market, EU funding and the agrifood sector as five key areas for the region.

Cancer patient calls for workplace support

Marie-Louise Connolly

BBC News NI Health Correspondent

A County Antrim woman who's returning to work while fighting cancer has called for more support for others in her position.

Lynette McKendry says returning to work has given her something else to focus on

Lynette McKendry had inflammatory breast cancer in one breast and a different form of cancer in the other and says: "If the support isn't there then it can be a lot more traumatic."

Westlink traffic woes

Johnston doubtful after practice crash

BBC Sport NI

Fermanagh rider Lee Johnston is a major doubt for Saturday's racing at the Ulster Grand Prix after suffering a suspected broken collarbone in a crash during practice.

Lee Johnston
Press Eye

The 27-year-old, who won three races at the meeting last year, came off in the 250s session at Dundrod this afternoon.

Summer scheme for free meals pupils

Pupils who rely on free school meals can face hunger in the holidays, says a children's charity.  

Food for kids

Barnardo's is running a family holiday scheme in east Belfast which includes a free breakfast.  

Family 'distraught' over missing musician

A search is to resume along the County Donegal coast at 17:00 for a Londonderry musician who's been missing for three weeks.

Stephen Martin

A car belonging to Stephen Martin, 29, whose stage name is Rainy Boy Sleep, was found parked at Fanad lighthouse and Garda Supt David Kelly said the family are "very distraught".

Police appeal after crossbow attack

Police are appealing for witnesses after a masked man fired a bolt from a crossbow at a vehicle in Carrickfergus yesterday evening.

PSNI crest
Press Eye

He fired the weapon at a Renault Traffic van in the forecourt of a filling station on Prince Andrew Way at about 17:15 BST. No-one was hurt but minor damage was caused to the van.

Firefighters rescue dog from reservoir

'Cave-like' holes on pier being repaired

Work has begun to repair two large “cave-like” holes under Larne Promenade, amid fears it could collapse, reports the Larne Times.

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Man stuck in car for hours on pedestrian path

A driver is believed to have spent the night in his car after getting stuck on a pedestrian path down to a County Kerry pier.

Man stuck in car
Blasket Island Ferries

The man was found "in a shocked state" this morning by staff of the Blasket Island Ferry at Dunquin pier. He was taken out of his car through the boot before it was removed. 

What's it all about... Alfie?

A much-loved family pet has been returned to his relieved owners.

Alfie and owners
PSNI Antrim

PSNI Antrim said the six-year-old bichon frise had been the victim of an opportunistic dognapping on Saturday.  

Lives 'thrown into chaos' by Bombardier announcement

SDLP MLA Sinead Bradley said people's lives had been "thrown in to chaos" by the news that Bombardier is to bring forward 95 redundancies.

Bombardier graphic

She said: "The news coming from Bombardier this morning will be a huge disappointment to the workers there."

Watching the weather

BBC Weather

Damp, grey and a bit miserable just about sums up today's weather, as Belfast Snapper on Twitter found out during his dander up Cavehill overlooking Belfast earlier.

A walker on Cavehill

So, are things going to improve? Check out Geoff Maskell's full forecast for today and tomorrow to find out.

Do you know this goat?

'Need for Irish passport office in Belfast'

An Irish passport office must be opened in Belfast to cope with an increase in demand for the documents since the UK's vote to leave the EU, according to a Dublin politician.

An Irish passport

Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe adds: "It is clear that [an] office in Belfast makes practical and logistical sense. It would make the application process much easier for Irish citizens in the north."

Olympics: Chambers double sculls semi delayed

BBC Sport NI

Coleraine rower Richard Chambers will have to wait until tomorrow for his double sculls Olympic semi-final to take place in Rio.

Richard Chambers
Press Eye

Wind and rain led to the postponement of today's scheduled events, which included the double sculls semi-finals.

Women arrested over plane disturbance

Two women in their 30s have been arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft at the City of Derry Airport.

An aeroplane landing on a runway

The pair were removed from a plane that arrived at the airport this morning after a request from the pilot and they are being questioned by police.

Join Talkback for big birthday bash



Talkback is celebrating 30 years on Thursday 8 September, the very day the programme first hit the airwaves three decades ago.

William Crawley

To mark the occasion, William Crawley will present a special show from BBC Broadcasting House in Belfast, and you can be part of the audience by applying for tickets.

Shooting accused can attend Madness gig, judge says

A man accused of carrying out a paramilitary-style shooting in north Belfast in 2010 has had one of his bail conditions changed so he can attend a Madness concert.

Madness performing at Glastonbury

Patrick Joseph O'Neill, 41, of no fixed abode, applied for an extension to his evening curfew for the Belfast gig later this month.

Football: Irish League returns tonight

BBC Sport NI

There's a full programme of Irish Premiership fixtures tonight, with champions Crusaders travelling to Carrick Rangers and Linfield at home to Coleraine. 

Press Eye

You can read a full preview of tonight's games here

No option but to close office - Bradley

DUP MLA Paula Bradley says she's been left with no option but to close her Glengormley constituency office due to changes to rental lease terms brought in by a Stormont watchdog.

Paula Bradley outside her constituency office in Glengormley
Press Eye

The health committee chair adds: "This is very regrettable as my office has assisted several thousand constituents with enquiries during my first assembly term."

Executive 'must have manufacturing plan'

Stormont ministers must "take ownership" of the problems caused by Bombardier's reduction to its workforce, an Ulster Unionist MLA says.

A sign that reads: Bombardier

The firm's Northern Ireland base is in Andy Allen's East Belfast constituency, and he adds: "The executive [must] show it understands the need to have a long-term plan for the economy, particularly manufacturing."

Frampton 'delighted' by homecoming event

Carl Frampton says he's "honoured" after it was confirmed a homecoming event will take place at Belfast City Hall this Friday for the two-weight world boxing champion.

Carl Frampton
Press Eye

"I'm a working-class lad from Belfast and I'm delighted that I'll be able to celebrate my world title win with the people of this great city," he says.

BBC Talkback: Coming up at noon

Football: Live Irish League on Radio Ulster tonight

BBC Sport NI

Football: McNair set for Sunderland move?

BBC Sport NI

Northern Ireland defender Paddy McNair is being linked with a move to Sunderland.

Paddy McNair
Getty Images

Reports suggest the Manchester United defender and teammate Donald Love are set to sign with the Black Cats.

Homecoming event for 'The Jackal' announced for Friday

A homecoming event will be held for Northern Ireland boxing world champion Carl Frampton in Belfast on Friday.

Carl Frampton

Belfast City Council confirmed the event at City Hall to celebrate the first local boxer to win world championships at two different weights. It will take place between 18:00 and 19:00 with entry on a first come, first served basis.