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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 26 August 2016
  2. NI Terrorism: detention of Royal Marine Ciarán Maxwell extended
  3. Arlene Foster: Finance Minister should have stepped aside over Nama coaching scandal
  4. Sue McAllister to step down as head of NI Prison Service
  5. No plans to recover MLAs' £60k payments

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Who knows you may even discover a "lost" castle.

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13 Jewish graves damaged in Belfast City Cemetery

The PSNI say that 13 Jewish graves at Belfast City Cemetery have been damaged.

Belfast City Cemetery
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'Titanic' competitors battle it out to be crowned the strongest

The UK's Strongest Man competition has gathered for it's second day at the Titanic Belfast in Belfast. But who will be crowned the most powerful?

Competitors in the UK's Strongest Man event
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Sinn Féin concerned over loss of Frankie and Benny's

Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has said the closure of the Coleraine branch of Frankie & Benny's is "a blow to the town". She added: "Those employed by the restaurants in Coleraine and elsewhere will rightly be concerned about the closure."

Frankie & Benny's restaurant
Frankie & Benny's

Up to 100 jobs are at risk with the closure of Frankie & Benny's and Chiquito restaurants across Northern Ireland.

Reports of suspicious device in Armagh

BBC Newsline at 6.30: the 'lost castle' will be unveiled

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80 jobs at risk at Enniskillen food manufacturer

About 80 jobs are at risk at a food manufacturer and distributor in Enniskillen. Adelie Ireland took over The Bite Group last year has now gone into administration. 

Adelie Ireland Enniskillen
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Staff were sent home after being informed of the news today. Administrators are examining the options for the future.

Were you at Tennent's Vital? Were the Chili Peppers Red Hot?

BBC Radio Ulster

Motorcycling Ireland Motocross pay tribute to Daniel Sheridan

Motorcycling Ireland Motocross have paid tribute to Daniel Sheridan, the teenager who died following an incident at a motocross track in Magilligan yesterday.

Magilligan Motocross
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On their Facebook page, the organisation said: "On behalf of all in Irish Motocross I want to offer our support and thoughts to the Sheridan family in this incredibly sad time."  

BBC Talkback podcast puts NI schools to the test

Teen killed in motocross crash was from Dublin

The teenager who died following an incident at a motocross track in Magilligan on Thursday was  Daniel Sheridan from Dublin. 

Magilligan mototcross track
Pacemaker

The Parent's Association of Daniel's school, St. Killian's Senior School, Tallaght, have said their thoughts and prayers are with his family and the school will be open for a remembrance gathering tomorrow. 

RoI International signs to Brighton

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Family of Pat Hickey 'gravely concerned' for his health

The family of Pat Hickey, who is being held by Rio police in relation to alleged mis-selling of tickets for the Olympic Games, say they are gravely concerned about his health and continued detention in Brazil

Pat Hickey Olympic ID badge
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Mr Hickey's family say they hope to meet Taoiseach Enda Kenny concerning his detention in Rio. The family's solicitor has said the former president of the Olympic Council of Ireland "has a serious heart condition".  

Lightning snap on County Antrim coast

Enda McAuley captured this picture of lightning near Portbradden in County Antrim last night.

Portbradden, County Antrim
Enda McAuley

Sunday rail line closure between Coleraine and Derry

NI Terrorism: Royal Marine Ciarán Maxwell's detention extended

Detectives who arrested a serving royal marine in a Northern Ireland-related terrorism investigation have been given a further five days to question him. Ciarán Maxwell, from Larne, County Antrim, was detained in Somerset on Wednesday.

Ciaran Maxwell
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The 30 year old is suspected of preparing for acts of terrorism. A warrant for further detention was granted to the Metropolitan police by Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday. He can now be held until next Wednesday.

MLA raises residents concerns over tidal energy

Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has met DC Power, the company proposing a controversial tidal energy project in East Antrim, to raise  concerns of local residents. 

Murlough Bay
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The East Antrim MLA said: "This is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and I will continue to raise the concerns of the local community in relation to this proposal to ensure the environment is protected." 

Three years sentence for robbing 91-year-old

A Belfast man has been sentenced to three years for breaking into and robbing the home of a deaf and blind 91-year old. Judge Alistair Devlin told 38-year old Gerard Patrick Skelly he was a"determined and dogged serial offender" whose actions left the vulnerable and disabled victim "absolutely terrified."

Laganside Courts
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During police interviews, Skelly denied the break-ins and continued to verbally abuse officers. At one stage, he told police "I would love to help you out, but I just don't know what you're talking about."

Crash closes road in Lisburn

ATM warning after skimming device found

Going on a diet has never been so profitable!

Donegal is looking powerful today!

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Portadown FC to appeal £7,000 wages order

Portadown FC say they will appeal against an employment tribunal decision to order the club to pay £7,000 in unpaid wages to player Peter McMahon.  

Peter McMahon
Press Eye

The club said their representative was unable to attend yesterday's tribunal because of a "long standing engagement" and had requested a postponement.  

Sinn Féin says prison reform must continue

Sinn Féin MLA Declan Kearney says although outgoing Prison Service boss Sue McAllister has been "integral" to the implementation of the prison reform programme, comprehensive reform has yet to be completed.

Declan Kearney
BBC

Mr Kearney added: "It is essential that there is now a smooth transition to the appointment of a new Director General for the prisons' service."

Travel information for revelers headed to Tennent's Vital

David Ford pays tribute to outgoing Prison Service boss

Former justice minister David Ford has said that "the Northern Ireland Prison Service is now in a much better position" than when Director General Sue McAllister started.

MLA David Ford
BBC

Mr Ford added: "The reforms Sue put in place will have a long-running impact on the service."

Shocking image from Downhill beach!

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Heading to Tennents Vital tonight?

Scene of fatal motorbike crash

Dundalk's Europa League draw announced

Justice Minister commends work of outgoing Prison Service chief

Justice Minister Claire Sugden has said Sue McAllister should be "proud of what she has achieved in her time as director general".

Claire Sugden Justice Minister
BBC

She said the role was a "uniquely challenging post".

Boy dies after motorbike crash

A 13-year-old boy has died following a motorbike crash in Limavady, County Londonderry.

PSNI crest
BBC

The teenager was seriously injured in the incident at a Motocross premises in the area yesterday. He was airlifted to Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry, but later died.

Former Irish deputy prime minister dies

Former Irish Tánaiste (deputy prime minister) Peter Barry has died at the age of 88.

Peter Barry
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Taoiseach (prime minster) Enda Kenny said Mr Barry passed away in his home town of Cork surrounded by his family.  

Ever misplaced your phone? Lost your keys? Bet you've never mislaid a castle!

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Titanic sunrise in Belfast

Extra buses on the go for Avicci at Tennents Vital

Frankie and Benny's to close four NI restaurants

The Frankie and Benny's restaurants in Ballymena, Belfast, Coleraine and Londonderry are set to close along with 30 other sites across the UK.

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Concentrix has plan for vacant leisure centre site