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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 1 September 2016
  2. Caterpillar announces 200-250 job cuts in Northern Ireland - 16% of local workforce
  3. Firefighters are still trying to put out a fire at a recycling plant in west Belfast
  4. The lifetime ban on blood donation by gay men is being lifted and is being replaced by a one-year deferral
  5. Picture: Portrush Harbour, County Antrim (by Gail Simpson)

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By Fiona Murray and Niall Glynn

All times stated are UK

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GP claims patients at risk in out-of-hours service

Patients are often being put at risk because the out-of-hours service in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust's is "broken", according to one of its GPs.

Dr Frances O'Hagan
BBC

Dr Frances O'Hagan said there was sometimes only one doctor available to provide out-of-hours cover for the entire trust area, with a population of 300,000.  The trust said part of the problem was people misusing the out-of-hours service for non-emergencies.

Security alert in Ardoyne, north Belfast

Woman seriously hurt in 'cattle attack'

A woman has been seriously injured in a weekend incident involving cattle on an island in Lower Lough Erne, County Fermanagh.

Cattle
BBC

An Irish Coastguard helicopter from County Sligo attended the incident at Devenish Island on Sunday 28 August.  

Body found in search for missing man

A body has been found in the search for a 59-year-old man missing off the County Donegal coast.

RNLI lifeboat
RNLI Buncrana

Anthony Griffiths, from Culmore in Londonderry, went missing on Monday near the Isle of Doagh. It is understood Mr Griffiths and his family were on a camping trip in the area. 

BBC Newsline: The latest on the Caterpillar job cuts

Holy Cross pupils paid compensation over 2001 protests

Three former Catholic schoolgirls have received compensation for having to walk through loyalist protests on their way to primary school 15 years ago.

Fr Aiden Troy leading schoolchildren through protests in 2001
Pacemaker

They were caught up in a violent dispute outside Holy Cross Primary School in 2001, which made headlines around the world. The Department of Justice confirmed the payments after a Freedom of Information request from the Belfast Telegraph.

Long tailbacks after east Belfast crash

Ulster Rugby must 'reluctantly' accept Pienaar exit

Ulster Rugby's chief executive Shane Logan says the province did everything in its power to retain Ruan Pienaar but must reluctantly accept his departure

Shane Logan
BBC

The South African scrum-half is to leave at the end of the season when his contract runs out. "We are allowed only five players who aren't qualified to play for Ireland," Mr Logan told BBC Sport NI.

GP speaks out about out-of-hours staff shortage

New bus timetables take effect from today

GP 'the only doctor on call for entire health trust'

Mother walks out of child's inquest in tears

The mother of a stillborn baby has walked out of court in tears after a doctor accepted that she should have been kept in hospital when she was 38 weeks pregnant.

Michelle Rocks, pictured with her husband Barry outside Belfast Coroner's Court at an earlier hearing
PA

The inquest into the death of baby Cara Rocks at the Causeway hospital in Coleraine in June 2013 is the first to focus solely on a stillbirth in Northern Ireland.  

Butterknife shop robber comes unstuck

A man who tried to rob a Belfast convenience store armed with a butterknife has been jailed for two and a half years. 

Belfast court complex
BBC

Scott McCormick drank 24 tins of lager and took 15 diazepam tablets before threatening the shop staff with the unusual weapon. The 28-year-old, from Lichfield Avenue in the east of the city, will serve a further two-and-a-half years on licence.

Broken down lorry blocks M2 off-slip

Caterpillar job cuts plan 'deeply disappointing'

The economy minister says Caterpillar's plan to seek up to 250 redundancies and close its plant at Monkstown is "deeply disappointing".

Simon Hamilton
BBC

Simon Hamilton said he was "mindful of the very direct and personal impact this devastating news will have upon the workers affected and their families". He said his department and Invest Northern Ireland will "work to minimise the impact on all those affected".

Festival forecast for Electric Picnic fans

Coast Road crash delays school buses

NI manufacturing 'a lost cause to politicians' claims union

Crash near Sandyknowes roundabout cleared

Crash at bridge in Maghera

'Rat droppings find' results in primary school closure

Robbie Meredith

BBC News NI Arts and Education Correspondent

A Belfast primary school has been temporarily closed as a precaution due to what the principal describes as a "rodent issue". 

St Teresa's Primary School
Google Street View

The BBC understands that staff noticed rat droppings in a number of classrooms at St Teresa's Primary School in west Belfast. It is understood that the droppings were found on Wednesday, the day before term was due to start  

Throwback Thursday archive photo of Belfast Harbour

PSNI shows off 'new toy'

BreakingCaterpillar 'remains committed to Northern Ireland"

Caterpillar says that despite plans to cut up to 250 jobs and close one of its three plants here, it remains "committed to Northern Ireland". 

Digger
BBC

The firm's Vice-President Tom Frake said: "These potential changes would make us more efficient and competitive over the longer term as we adapt to the weak market conditions."

BreakingCaterpillar says cuts plan is 'difficult' for staff

In a statement, Caterpillar's management said they recognise that their restructuring plan "is difficult for our employees, their families and the communities where they live and work".  

Inside Caterpillar NI plant
BBC

They said the "contemplated closure" of their Monkstown plant in Newtowabbey "may also impact" the firms two other Northern Ireland facilities in Larne and Springvale, west Belfast.

BreakingCaterpillar NI staff told of job cuts at meeting

Julian O'Neill

BBC News NI Business Correspondent

US firm Caterpillar plans to axe up to 250 jobs in Northern Ireland - a move which would see the closure of its plant at Monkstown in Newtownabbey. 

Caterpillar NI plant
Press Eye

The firm currently employs around 1,800 at three locations, the others are in Larne and west Belfast. News was delivered to workers at meetings at 2pm and comes off the back of a global slump in sales for its heavy machinery products.   

BreakingCaterpillar closure 'results in up to 250 job losses'

BreakingCaterpillar job losses 'equate to 14% of NI workforce'

BreakingUnion claims up to 250 redundancies at Caterpillar

Latest from the west Belfast fire scene

BBC News NI reporter Catherine Morrison gives an update from the scene.

Crash on Scullions Road in Newtownabbey

Frampton fight replay on BBC1 NI tonight

Weather: Autumn has definitely arrived

25 firefighters remain at blaze scene

The Fire Service says 25 firefighters and four appliances remain at the scene of a blaze at a recycling plant in west Belfast.

West Belfast fire
Press Eye

"The fire is under control with the dampening down operation expected to continue for the next 24 hours," a spokesperson said. The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

NI's Lafferty joins Sheffield Utd on loan

Northern Ireland defender Daniel Lafferty has joined Sheffield Utd on a season-long loan from Burnley.

Daniel Lafferty
Press Eye

The left back has played only 40 league games for Burnley since joining the club from Derry City in January 2012.