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  1. Updates for Monday 15 August 2016
  2. More updates from 07:00 on Tuesday
  3. Picture: Strangford, County Down (by Michael O'Dwyer)

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That's all from us for now... and it's hopefully plain sailing all the way home.

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We'll be back in the morning from 07:00 with news, sport, weather, traffic and travel updates, so be sure to join us!

Sunny days here to stay?

BBC Weather

That's almost the end of one glorious day, but it looks like there's more to come tomorrow.

Cecilia Daly

Cecilia Daly has a full forecast for the next few days, and you can check it out here.

Road remains closed after collision

Boy critically ill after crash

A boy is critically ill in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital after a collision involving a lorry and bicycle in Dunmurry.

The scene of the crash

He was cycling along Brians Well Road earlier this afternoon.

Candystripes set for Cork City clash

BBC Radio Foyle

Derry City take on Cork City at the Bradywell tonight and Candystripes boss Kenny Shiels says he's "down to the bare bones" defensively.

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Derry lie second in the table, one point ahead of their opponents, but Cork have three games in hand because of their European club football commitments.

Ireland's hotspots today

Farquhar revisits NW200 crash scene

BBC Newsline

County Tyrone motorcycle racer Ryan Farquhar has paid an emotional visit to the spot where he crashed at the North West 200 earlier this year.

Ryan Farquar and NW200 Officials

Our north-east reporter Sara Girvin will have more on this story on BBC Newsline at 18:30.

Two jailed over attacks on hospital staff

A judge has hit out at those who subject hospital staff to abuse and violent threats after jailing a man and a woman for behaving aggressively at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital.

Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast
Press Eye

Judge Fiona Bagnall said nurses and doctors were having to endure aggressive behaviour "as a matter of course".

Road closed after collision

Loss of EU funding 'will hit universities hard'

A potential loss of an EU funding scheme could have a "hugely negative impact" on the Northern Ireland's universities and students, according to a Sinn Féin MLA.

John O'Down

John O'Dowd says that while the government will fund any Horizon 2020 research projects granted before November, that will be "cold comfort to groups currently applying or preparing to apply" after that time.

Experts investigate 'green heating fraud'

Conor Macauley

BBC News NI Environment Correspondent

Experts have begun checking whether businesses which took advantage of a lucrative green energy scheme have been defrauding the system.

Burning wood pellets

A whistleblower claimed some clients intended to earn hundreds of thousands of pounds in subsidies, costing the taxpayer at least £150m. Get the full story on Evening Extra

Concern for Norman Gates in Drogheda

BBC Newsline

Orangeman 'doesn't know' why hall was targeted

A member of an Orange lodge based at Salterstown Orange Hall, which has been badly damaged in an arson attack, says it "never had any problems", even during the Troubles.

John Bryson says he does not know why the hall has been targeted.

Serious crash causing Dunmurry delays

Loyalist band barred from parade

A loyalist band has been barred from an upcoming parade in a County Antrim town this Friday, the News Letter reports

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The Parades Commission made the determination denying Dervock Young Defenders any right to participate in the march through the mainly nationalist Rasharkin this Friday.  

Tribute to Rainy Boy Sleep singer

BBC Radio Ulster

Tonight's Across The Line will pay tribute to Londonderry musician Stephen Martin, also known as Rainy Boy Sleep, whose body has been found after he went missing last month.

Stephen Martin

The BBC Radio Ulster programme will play some of his music and hear tributes from the fellow Northern Ireland musicians from 20:00.

Fields of gold in Dromore

BBC Weather

The sun is splitting the trees in Dromore in County Down today, as this photo from Paul McFarland shows. 

A barley field in Dromore
Paul J McFarland

Cecilia Daly has a full weather forecast for the rest of the day here.

Arrest in serious city centre assault

A 19-year-old man has been arrested after an incident which left one man with a serious head injury.

Fast food outlet

The attack happened outside a fast food outlet on Donegall Place in Belfast in the early hours of Sunday. 

Titanic Belfast welcomes milestone visitor

Titanic Belfast has welcomed its three-millionth visitor -  Kathy Jefferson from Telford in England who made the trip to Northern Ireland with her family.

Kathy Jefferson and her son cut a celebratory cake outside Titanic centre
Titanic Belfast

Mrs Jefferson said: “To be named Titanic Belfast’s three-millionth guest was a wonderful surprise and the Titanic exhibition is a must-see for anyone visiting Belfast."

Orange arson a 'despicable hate crime'

A "despicable" arson attack on Salterstown Orange Hall in Ballyronan has "caused real distress" to lodge members, an Ulster Unionist MLA says.

A burnt band hat in Salterstown Orange Hall
A lodge member assesses the damage in Salterstown Orange Hall

"This hate crime will not defeat the determination of the local people from rebuilding and coming back even stronger from it," Sandra Overend adds.

Taylor heads home after split decision

BBC Sport NI

Irish boxer Katie Taylor has lost to Mira Potkonen on a split decision in the quarter-finals of the women’s lightweight division at Rio 2016.

Mira Potkonen throws a punch at Katie Taylor

One judge scored 39-37 to Taylor and one 39-37 to Potkonen. The third judge scored it as 38-38 but was then asked to nominate the winner and opted for the Finnish fighter.

Orange Hall fire 'started deliberately'

A fire at Salterstown Orange Hall in Ballyronan, County Londonderry, was started deliberately.

Fire damage to a poppy wreath inside Salterstown Orange Hall

John Bryson, the lodge's deputy master, said he could not understand why the lodge had been targeted.

Katie Taylor is out of Rio Olympics

Poster for Olympic athlete defaced

A DUP councillor says he "totally abhors" the defacing of a poster wishing luck to Team Ireland Olympian Ciara Mageean, the Irish News reports.

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The poster was put up along a road between Downpatrick and Strangford in support of the Portaferry runner, and Nigel Edmund says he's "absolutely dumbfounded" at the vandalism.

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Crowds gather to explore refurbished aquarium

People of all ages have gathered at the Exploris centre in Portaferry, which has re-opened after two years following a £2m refurbishment.


Cold snap scaring off the berries?

Angie Phillips

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Blackberry sightings are down by 90% on this time last year - that's according to the Woodland Trust. 

Margaret Barton

But don't worry, there could still be an abundant crop this year, just a little later than normal. This could be down to a late cold snap this spring which may have slowed down the bramble leafing and fruiting.

Children 'let down' by safeguarding body

Vulnerable children in Northern Ireland "are being let down" by the body set up to oversee their safeguarding, Green Party leader Steven Agnew says.

Steven Agnew
Press Eye

The Safeguarding Board was criticised in an independent review, and Mr Agnew adds that the report "makes for troubling reading".

First minister sees glass half-full in Fermanagh

Arlene Foster and Madam Wang Shuying, the Chinese consul general in Belfast have visited glass manufacturer Encirc in Derrylin to discuss potential opportunities within the Chinese market.

First Minister Arlene Foster and Adrian Curry, Managing Director Encirc
Press Eye

The first minister said: "Not only is Encirc a major employer in the Fermanagh area, but the company is operating on the world stage."

20-year-old linked to bomb plot given suspended sentence

A man who was linked to the discovery of a bomb in north Belfast has received a suspended sentence.


The judge said there was nothing to suggest Conal Corbett, 20, from Oisin House, Victoria Parade in the city, was involved in preparing or setting the bomb in place.

Josh Magennis 'couldn't turn down' Charlton move

Striker Josh Magennis feels a move to Charlton Athletic from Kilmarnock was simply too attractive to ignore.

Josh Magennis
Getty Images

The Northern Ireland international made his debut for the English League One club on Saturday after signing a two-year deal on Thursday.

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Orange hall targeted in fire

An Orange hall in Ballyronan in County Londonderry has been extensively damaged and musical instruments have been destroyed in an overnight fire.

Fire engines

A spokesman for the Orange Order said Salterstown Orange Hall has been a "part of community life for over 100 years" and lodge members are "crestfallen" at the damage.

Hillhall Road reopens after crash

Health minster on call with ambulance service

Michelle O’Neill spent time with the ambulance service at the weekend, listening to 999 calls and travelling with paramedics to deal with real-time incidents.

Michelle O'Neill and a paramedic
Department of Health

She said: “The ambulance service is one of our key frontline health and social care services and I commend them for their dedication."

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