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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 23 August 2016
  2. Finance committee members urge finance minister to step aside as Nama inquiry coaching claims are investigated
  3. Rio police statement expected on investigation into illegal Olympic ticket sales
  4. Picture: Black arch, Larne (by Trevor Hartnett)

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By Sharon Ferguson and Fiona Murray

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NI Secretary says dealing with the past 'a priority'

Tributes paid after body of John Thompson found

Former Northern Ireland goalkeeper and current St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has been among those paying tribute to 56-year-old John Thompson whose body was recovered from the River Bann yesterday.

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15 pupils at Newry school disqualified from A-level exam

Robbie Meredith

BBC News NI Arts and Education Correspondent

A number of pupils at a Newry school have been disqualified from an A-level exam and had their grades cancelled.

AQA document
BBC

The BBC understands that around 15 students who sat the A-level Sociology exam set by the AQA exam board at Our Lady's Grammar School are affected. 

Crash on the A1

BBC Evening Extra looks at teen summer jobs

Abandoned seal pups on BBC Newsline

Man on Ismay murder charge breached bail conditions as 'he fell asleep'

A 46-year-old man charged with murdering prison officer Adrian Ismay has been warned about any further breaches of bail.

Adrian Ismay
Ismay family

Christopher Alphonsos Robinson, of Aspen Park in Dunmurry, claimed a failure to report in with police on time was due to him falling asleep. He was released on bail by the judge, but told he "might not get as easy a ride again".

Internet memories on BBC Evening Extra

Police at Carrickfergus security alert

Police are at the scene of a security alert in Carrickfergus, County Antrim.

Man in hospital after Ballymena crash

BBC Evening Extra has good news about missing dogs

Rail level crossing closed in Moira

PSNI defends handling of probe linked to 'Derry Four' case

The PSNI is defending its handling of an investigation into alleged criminal activity within the Police Ombudsman's office linked to the 'Derry Four' case.  

The 'Derry Four' in 1998
BBC

Teenagers Gerry McGowan, Michael Toner, Stephen Crumlish and Gerard Kelly were charged with killing Lt Steven Kirby in 1979. They skipped bail and fled across the Irish border, but were finally acquitted of all charges in 1998.

Six new faces in Ireland team for Hong Kong games

Josh Little and Lorcan Tucker are handed a first Ireland call-up and are among six new faces for two T20 games against Hong Kong next month.  

Greg Thompson
Inpho

Greg Thompson, James Shannon, Sean Terry and David Rankin are recalled for the games which are part of two double-headers. Ireland women face Bangladesh in morning matches.  

65,000 diazepam tablets seized in three months

Police say they have seized 65,000 diazepam tablets over the past three months and made 17 arrests, with other drugs recovered including herbal cannabis, cannabis resin, amphetamines and mephedrone.

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Go west if you want some sunshine

Conlan to be disciplined for Olympic actions

Michael Conlan will face disciplinary action by amateur boxing's world governing body over his angry reaction to his controversial Olympics defeat, says AIBA president Dr Ching-Kuo Wu.  

Michael Conlon
Inpho

The Irish boxer made a rude gesture to the judges after he lost by unanimous decision to Vladimir Nikitin and gave a profanity-laced post-fight interview.  

Today's BBC Talkback podcast

McGuinness says finance minister will not be 'standing aside'

Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness says his party colleague Máirtín Ó Muilleoir will not be standing aside as Finance Minister "on the basis of calls from opposition parties, much less calls from the DUP".

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Whistl wins contract for NI government departments

The UK-based delivery firm Whistl has won the contract to provide postal services for all Northern Ireland government departments.  

Workers in a Whistl sorting room
BBC

The contract will last for up to five years and will involve the firm handling up to 20 million items a year.  

Preview of Dundalk v Legia Warsaw game

Aviva Stadium in Dublin to host Pro12 final

The Aviva Stadium will stage next May's Pro12 final with the announcement made during the launch of the 2016/2017 season at the Dublin venue today.  

Pro 12 launch
Inpho

Connacht are defending champions after their 20-10 win over Irish derby rivals Leinster in the Murrayfield decider. The Pro12 final will be played on Saturday 27 May.

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Man 'invades' stage at Rose of Tralee

A protester from Fathers 4 Justice was removed from the stage of a live-televised festival in the Republic of Ireland after interrupting the event last night.

The man, dressed as a priest, stormed the stage on Monday night during the Rose of Tralee International Festival in County Kerry.
RTÉ

The man, dressed as a priest, stormed the stage during the Rose of Tralee International Festival in County Kerry.

Talkback at 30: A listen back through the archives..

IRA gates row: GAA chairman resigns

The chairman of a GAA club at the centre of a row over funding for a community project has resigned.

The gates commemorated two IRA men
BBC

Eddie Haughey resigned from County Antrim's Oisín Glenariffe club following a vote to move a set of gates commemorating two IRA men.

Ballymena start Shield defence against Welders

Ballymena United will begin their bid to retain the County Antrim Shield with a home game against Championship side H&W Welders on 20 September.

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Listen: Japanese band wow crowds at fleadh

Japanese traditional music band, Toyota Céilí, wowed the crowds when then performed at the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Ennis, County Clare, on Sunday. Have a listen to Toyota Céilí.

From Tokyo to County Clare: Japanese céile group wows at Irish festival

NI female workers defy gender pay gap

Full-time female workers in Northern Ireland are defying the gender pay gap to earn more than their male counterparts, official figures have shown.

Men and a woman with laptops
Getty Images

A new report said the gap between the hourly earnings of the two sexes widens after women become mothers.  

Listen back: Tuesday's business podcast

Hickey 'did not try to escape arrest'

The former president of the Olympic Council of Ireland, who was arrested in Rio last Wednesday, "did not try to escape arrest his lawyers have said.

Pat Hickey was arrested in a hotel in Rio last week
SNTV

Patrick Hickey is being held at Bangu 10 Prison over his alleged role in a scheme to sell Olympic tickets for more than their face value.

Mrs Brown's Boys named best British sitcom

Mrs Brown's Boys has been named the best British sitcom of the 21st century, beating the likes of The Office and Gavin & Stacey.

Mrs Brown's Boys
BBC

Brendan O'Carroll, who stars as Angela Brown, said he was "lost for words...and that doesn't happen to me very often".

Talkback: Coming up after one

Four men arrested in dissident republican probe

Stormont Finance Committee to return on 7 September

Stormont Finance Committee ends for the day and agrees to meet again on 7 September.

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Finance committee chair comes to process 'with clean hands'

Emma Little-Pengelly tells the finance committee that in terms of her role and transparency she is coming to the process with "clean hands".

Emma Little-Pengelly
BBC

"If there is any issue that arises I will raise it at the earliest opportunity," she adds. "At this stage we are simply trying to establish facts."

Finance Committee asks Daithi McKay for more information on contacts