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  1. Updates for Thursday 18 August 2016
  2. Sinn Féin's Daithí McKay resigns amid Stormont 'coaching' scandal
  3. Arrested Irish Olympic boss visited in hospital by colleagues
  4. Students across Northern Ireland receive A-level and AS-level results
  5. Picture: Sunset at the Giant's Causeway (by Aidan Patrick McManus)

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By Erinn Kerr

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That's all from us for today on BBC News NI Live. We're back again tomorrow from 07:00. 

Irish politician uses Noah's Ark to support climate change views

An Independent Irish parliamentarian has used the biblical story of Noah's Ark to support his views on climate change.

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Danny Healy-Rae has consistently claimed that "God above" controls the weather. Earlier this year, the Kerry TD denied there was a human impact on climate change

Broken down lorry on Westlink has been cleared

Have a great time tonight, but take care!

Bohemians to meet Derry City

Derry City manager Kenny Shiels says he intends to make "three or four changes" for Friday night's FAI Cup last 16 game against Bohemians at Dalymount Park.


"We've had five games in 13 days so it's time to bring some fresh legs into the team. There are players on the bench who deserve a go," said Shiels.

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Emma Pengelly 'seeking early Finance Committee meeting'

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Hip, hip hooray!

Here are some of our brilliant students summing up their A-Level results in just three words.

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A-level results: Students reaction to receiving their results

'Positive' results today for Northern Ireland

Cash seized from lorry in Portadown

Police have seized an estimated £400,000 after stopping a lorry on the Portadown Road. The money - a combination of euro and sterling notes - was found in a holdall, a plastic bag and in the lorry's cab.


Two men, aged 30 and 32, were arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into money laundering and illegal drugs supply.

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Seventy jobs at risk as milk plant goes seasonal

A County Down milk processing plant is to move to a seasonal production pattern which could affect more than 70 jobs.


Staff at the Armaghdown Creamery at Banbridge were told the news last night. Seventy-two people are employed at the plant making butter and a form of milk powder.

He missed out on a medal - but set a new Irish record time

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A dry night ahead for Belsonic

McKay: A political career

Daithí McKay became the youngest member of Ballymoney Borough Council at the tender age of 23.  

Dathi McKay

Today, following allegations he coached loyalist blogger Jamie Bryson as a witness to an inquiry, he resigned as an MLA. We've tracked his political career, here.

Barr just misses out on medal

Hickey visited in hospital by colleagues

Arrested Irish Olympic official Pat Hickey has been visited in hospital in Brazil by his colleagues from the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI).

Patrick Hickey

He was detained in Rio on Wednesday amid an investigation into the alleged illegal sale of Olympic tickets.

Castlerock Road reopened after crash

Broken down lorry on Westlink causing delays

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Know how you're getting home tonight, say police

Temporary Chief Supt Simon Walls said: "We want to make sure anyone planning to go out to celebrate their results puts as much thought into how they are getting home at the end of night as they do into how they are getting there and what they are wearing."


"It's a good idea to have your lift home arranged or a taxi pre-booked before you go out. It's also important that friends look out for each other. Be responsible and stick together."

Irishman shot dead in Majorca 'case of mistaken identity'

An Irishman shot dead in Majorca is believed to have been killed in a case of mistaken identity in a gang-related attack.

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Trevor O'Neill was shot outside a supermarket on Wednesday night while on holiday with his family, RTÉ reported. His shooting is linked to the feud between the Hutch and Kinahan groups

Castlerock Road closed due to crash

Broken down vehicle on Westlink

Olympics: Russian boxer who beat Conlan out of Olympics

It's been confirmed that Russian Vladimir Nikitin, who controversially beat Michael Conlan in the Rio Olympics on Tuesday, has pulled out of his semi-final because of injury.

Vladimir Nikitin
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A statement by Russian Olympics officials said his injuries were "too serious".

Nesbitt: McGuinness statement 'lacks ring of truth'

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has said that Sinn Féin were unaware of any contact between Daithi McKay and Jamie Bryson ahead of Mr Bryson giving evidence to a Stormont inquiry into the Nama deal.

Mike Nesbitt

But, UUP leader Mike Nesbitt has said this "lacks the ring of truth". "As far as we are concerned, Martin McGuinness' statement is not the end of the matter," he said. 

Bryson contact 'ill-advised and wrong', admits McKay

Sinn Féin's Daithí McKay says his contact with Jamie Bryson ahead of the loyalist blogger's appearance before Stormont's Nama inquiry was "inappropriate, ill-advised and wrong".

Daithí McKay
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The former finance committee chair resigned as an MLA this afternoon, but says his intention when contacting Mr Bryson was "not to coach the witness with regard to the substance of his testimony".

"I hope that my own error of judgement on a matter of process will not provide cover or obscure the real and unresolved questions of substance which remain," adds Mr McKay.

Limavady: Appeal over woman missing since Monday

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Accommodation appeal for new nurses

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An appeal's been made to help find accommodation for hundreds of nurses from overseas who are due to take up jobs across Northern Ireland's five health trusts.

Nurses on a hospital ward

An international recruitment drive was prompted by an acute staff shortage, and it's understood the majority of the nurses are arriving from the Philippines next month.

Long calls for independent inquiry into 'coaching' claim

Naomi Long MLA has called for an inquiry into coaching claims, telling the BBC's Talkback programme: "This is something that an independent person is going to have to look into to restore some sort of public confidence."

Naomi Long

Barr aiming for first Irish track and field medal for 16 years

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Thomas Barr will aim to win Ireland's first Olympic track and field medal in 16 years when he races in the 400m hurdles final on Thursday afternoon.

Thomas Barr

His country has not clinched an Olympic athletics medal since Sonia O'Sullivan's 5,000m silver in Sydney.

'We'll hold SF to account,' says Wilson



DUP MP Sammy Wilson says allegations that Sinn Féin members provided "coaching" to Jamie Bryson over his evidence to a Stormont inquiry into the Nama property deal shows there was a dirty tricks operation against former first minister Peter Robinson.

Sammy Wilson
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"When things like this happen we're not going to brush it under the carpet, we're not going to pretend everything is rosy - we'll hold them to account," he adds.

McCartney: 'I do not know Thomas O'Hara'

Raymond McCartney has told the BBC's Talkback programme that he "does not know" Thomas O'Hara, a Sinn Féin party member who is alleged to have been in contact with Jamie Bryson via direct messages on Twitter ahead of giving evidence to Stormont's NAMA inquiry. 

Raymond McCartney

Mr McCartney said he doesn't recall ever having met Mr O'Hara. He adds that Daithí McKay acted on his own volition and "made an error of judgement".

Job fears after building firm enters administration

There are fears for dozens of jobs at a Belfast building firm after it was placed into administration, the Irish News reports.

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Mascott Construction employs about 30 people but, the paper adds, it is understood many times more than that number relied on the firm for work through sub-contractors.

Not a bad afternoon to come

'They can throw me in jail' says Jamie Bryson

Loyalist blogger Jamie Bryson has told the BBC he will not cooperate with any investigation into alleged "coaching" by Sinn Féin's Daithí McKay.

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Jamie Bryson 'will not cooperate' with any investigation into alleged SF coaching

"I won't be cooperating with any investigation into who I talk to, who my sources are: they can throw me in jail first," he said.  

Reaction to Daithí McKay resignation as it happens on Talkback