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  1. Updates for Tuesday 6 September 2016
  2. Explosives found in NI terror searches
  3. MLA apologises for 'refugee dog' remark
  4. 'Homophobic attack' on Newry Pride organisers
  5. Picture: Sunrise at Portrush, County Antrim (by Philip Thompson)

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By Ciaran McCauley

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That's all from us at BBC News NI Live for today - we'll have more news, sport, weather and travel from 7.00am on Tuesday morning. Until then, have a good evening. 

Weather: Another warm night coming up

Last night was a balmy one and tonight looks like it's more of the same. 

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Irish tax loophole to close?

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics and Business Editor

BBC News NI's economics editor John Campbell wrote earlier about Ireland's other slow-burning tax issue - that saw "vulture funds" paying virtually no corporation tax on loan portfolios. Now, he says, the Irish finance minister is looking to close that loophole.

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Pat Hickey charged in Rio over alleged illegal ticket sales

Pat Hickey, former Olympic Council of Ireland president, has had charges laid against him in Brazil for his role in alleged illegal Olympic ticket sales.

Pat Hickey

A Rio prosecutor has formally charged Mr Hickey, fellow Irish man Kevin Mallon and eight other people. A judge must now decide whether to accept or reject the charges against the men. 

Maintaining border post-Brexit will be 'hard work'

Julian O'Neill

BBC News NI Business Correspondent

The UK and Ireland will have to "work hard" to maintain existing border arrangements during Brexit negotiations, a Westminster committee hears.

Dan Mulhall

Ireland's ambassador in London, Dan Mulhall, said any attempt to control "the free movement of people across the Irish border" would be "very damaging". 

Tesco end 24-opening at four NI branches

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics and Business Editor

Tesco is ending 24-hour opening at four stores as part of a change to its operations.


The move will affect stores in Banbridge, Carrickfergus, Enniskillen and Antrim Massereene. 

Castle closed after cattle attack

Monea Castle, a historic site in County Fermanagh, has been closed to the public after a recent incident nearby when a woman was left in a critical condition after being attacked by cattle.

Monea Castle

The women's dog also died after the cattle attack. The access gate to Monea Castle has been locked.

Cricket: Ireland lose T20 series after match called off

BBC Sport NI

Ireland have lost their T20 series with Hong Kong, despite a ball not being bowled in the second game. 

Hong Kong
Press Eye

Umpires called today's match off because of an unplayable pitch. It means Hong Kong win the series 1-0 after their 40-run victory at Bready, County Tyrone, yesterday. 

Police investigating Nama coaching claims

Mark Devenport

BBC News NI Political Editor

Detectives from the PSNI Serious Crime Branch have confirmed they are investigating allegations that Daithí McKay coached loyalist blogger Jamie Bryson before he appeared in front of Stormont's Nama inquiry.

Jamie Bryson and Daithí McKay
Press Eye

Police say they are investigating to see if "any offences have been committed". It's understood that a separate inquiry by the Assembly standards commissioner will be suspended while the police investigation is active. 

Attack on Newry Pride officials 'homophobic hate crime'

An attack on organisers of Newry's Pride festival is being treated as a homophobic hate crime by police.

Newry city centre

Two men sustained cuts to their face at the Mall in Newry in the early hours of Sunday. Pride in Newry said five of it committee members were "savagely beaten in a vicious homophobic attack". 

Larne searches recover 'significant terrorist material'

Searches in 12 separate areas in Larne have turned up "a significant amount of terrorist material" including explosive devices, components of explosives, chemicals for us in making bombs and a firearm, says the PSNI's assistant chief constable.

PSNI searches in Larne
Press Eye

"I am aware of the disruption this has caused to local residents and am extremely grateful for their co-operation and understanding," says ACC Will Kerr.

Talkback archive: When the love didn't flow at Dublin march

Ryder Cup: Clarke admits G-Mac heartache

BBC Sport NI

Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke admits it was a tough decision to leave close friend Graeme McDowell out of the European team.

Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell

"G-Mac is a good friend and I was speaking to him frequently during the qualifying process. It was very difficult, but he's just not firing on all cylinders right now."

Horror headlines to come?

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Well, many people have died on-air in Broadcasting House although let's hope this doesn't hint at anything worse.

Man appears at extradition hearing over Dublin boxing shooting

A Strabane man arrested in connection with a murder at Dublin boxing weigh-in has appeared at an extradition hearing in Belfast.

Boxing weigh in

Kevin Murray, 46, is objecting to the bid to extradite him to the Republic.

Bombardier cuts CSeries forecast

The aerospace firm Bombardier has cut its forecast for the number of CSeries planes it expects to deliver this year. 


The Canadian company said it now expects to deliver seven of the jets, down from an earlier estimate of 15 and blamed "delays" by its engine supplier, Pratt & Whitney.  

UUP MLA sorry for comparing refugees to dogs on Facebook

A UUP MLA has apologised after she said on social media that she "didn't need anymore" dogs after being asked if she would bring refugees back to Northern Ireland from France. 

Jenny Palmer's comments on Facebook for which she has apologised

Jenny Palmer made the comments in reply to a Facebook post that showed a bus at the Channel Tunnel on Saturday after a Somme commemoration event. The post also included an offensive, racist word. 

Talkback at 30: Ian Paisley clashes on air with Barry Cowan

It's BBC Talkback's 30th birthday and, to mark such a grand occasion, we've been delving into the programme's archives for some best bits of the last three decades.

BBC News NI replays some of the memorable moments from Talkback's 30 year history

Ian Paisley was known for his, ahem, occasionally confrontational presence to the media. This trait was on full display in 1986 when he and late Talkback presenter Barry Cowan went toe-to-toe in the Talkback studio.   

Football: Crusaders and Linfield find out Scottish opponents

BBC Sport NI

Linfield and Crusaders have found out who they'll take on in their first foray into the Scottish Challenge Cup

Linfield vs Crusaders
Press Eye

Linfield have been drawn away to Queen of the South while Crusaders will host Livingston. The Scottish lower-league competition has invited sides from Northern Ireland and Wales to compete for the first time.

Hotel chain reports rise in revenue

Are you brave enough to take the Talkback test?

Test your knowledge with part one of our 30th birthday quiz.    

How well do you know BBC Radio Ulster's Talkback programme?

Inspired by Grace Jones, what did Wendy Austin do while presenting the show in 2012?  

Ryder Cup: McIlroy hopes to maintain putting form

Former quarry searched in terror probe

Police are searching a former quarry on the Old Glenarm Road in Larne as part of an ongoing investigation into terrorism.

Former quarry in Larne

Larne arrest: Man released pending report to PPS

A 27-year-old man arrested in Larne last week has been released pending a report being sent to the Public Prosecution Service.  

psni crest

He was arrested on 29 August by police investigating dissident republican activity.

Empey: Boundary proposals 'brought many surprises'

UUP chairman Lord Empey says the proposals by the Boundary Commission had "brought many surprises".

Lord Empey

"The commission's own guidelines make clear that new proposals should respect geographical considerations, any local ties which could be broken and the existing shape of the 18 constituency boundaries," he said. 

Paint thrown at door of Belfast Islamic Centre

Coming up on BBC Newsline at 13:30

Catholics and women under-represented in PSNI despite increase

Catholics and women are still under-represented in the PSNI despite a small increase of successful applicants from both in the latest recruitment drive.


Of last year's 875 successful applicants, 25% were from a Catholic background compared to 22% in 2014. Women made up 38% of successful applicants compared to 35% the year before. 

Bus substitution in place between Coleraine and Derry

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Belfast footballer's successes captured in scrapbook

Many Northern Ireland football fans under the age of 50 are unlikely to have heard of Jack Vernon from Belfast.

Jack Vernon
Jim Peel

But his family remember his successes very well and a scrapbook of his glory days, put together by a close friend, is a treasured tribute to him.

Railway line closed after sudden death

Police are investigating the sudden death of a person on a railway line in Londonderry.


The railway line has been closed after the incident close to Caw Park. 

Warm weather set to remain until Thursday!

BBC Talkback: A new electoral dawn for Northern Ireland?

Lost pooch in police custody

2018 World Cup: McAuley urges caution against San Marino

Tuesday's business podcast

T20 international: Hong Kong secure win over Ireland

Rail line closed due to 'situation'

Translink say the rail line between Coleraine and Londonderry has been closed because of a "situation" but have, so far, not given any further details.

NIR train

Emergency services are at the scene. 

Train line closed between Coleraine and Derry