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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 7 September 2016
  2. Businessman at centre of Nama controversy 'record accepting £40k payment'
  3. MP 'knows names' of loyalist pub killers
  4. Gobbins coastal path closed until 2017
  5. Picture: Titanic Quarter, Belfast (by Trevor Hartnett)

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By Michael Hirst and Ciaran McCauley

All times stated are UK

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That's all  from us at BBC News NI Live until 7.00am tomorrow. Have a great evening and we'll see you again tomorrow. 

Three charges dropped against 'supergrass' Gary Haggarty

Some charges against a so-called loyalist supergrass accused of a catalogue of murders and paramilitary crimes are to be dropped.

Gary Haggarty
Sunday World

Gary Haggarty, 44, is no longer to be prosecuted for three alleged offences. His lawyers said these related to possessing explosive and firearms. 

The Journey: First footage from Paisley/McGuinness film

The highly awaiting film, The Journey, gets its world premiere in Venice tonight - and you can see the first clip from the film right here.

The fictional drama charts the beginning of the relationship between Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness during the St Andrew's Agreement negotiations. You can see the first footage of stars Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney above.

Dromore Leader: Salesman 'defrauded' motorcycle legend

A man has pleaded guilty to defrauding road-racing veteran Phillip McCallen while working as a salesman and manager at his motorcycle store, the Dromore Leader reports

Phillip McCallen
BBC

Police escort to beach barbecue after 'concerns'

A group of Syrian refugees were given a police escort to a County Londonderry beach barbecue after "concerning" Facebook posts.

Refugees and members were invited to the beach party in Benone, Magilligan, on 3 September. Police attended after organisers became concerned over what they said were "strong opinions" on Facebook. 

A PSNI officer accompanies Syrian refugee Bayan Khelo (left) and Lilian Seenoi ofThe North West Migrants Forum
Gerry Temple

Mid-Ulster Mail: Call for dual carriageway speed limit change

Talkback at 30: Let's get quizzical part two

So, you may have heard us say once or twice, but tomorrow is Talkback's 30th birthday. And to mark it, we've been testing your Talkback knowledge. Check out the video below for the second question in our quiz.

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

McGuinness/Paisley film gets world premiere

Mark Simpson

BBC News NI

The Journey, a fictional drama detailing the beginnings of Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness' friendship during negotiations for the St Andrew's Agreement, gets its world premiere tonight at the Venice Film Festival. 

The Journey
IM Global

The late Mr Paisley is played by Timothy Spall while Colm Meaney plays Martin McGuinness. A release date for the film has yet to be announced. 

Ice hockey: Giants offer 'too good to turn down'

BBC Sport NI

Canadian Michael Quesnele says he "couldn't turn down" the Belfast Giants when they approached him for the new season. 

The defenceman spent last season with the Coventry Blaze and says he wants to learn from playing alongside former National Hockey League players Derrick Walser and Jim Vandermeer. 

Coming up on Evening Extra

Evening Extra

BBC News NI

Seamus McKee will have the latest on Nama, the row over the decision of the Education Minister (pictured below) to reverse the Department of Education policy on the transfer test and will be live in Venice where the world premiere of a Paisley/McGuinness film is taking place tonight at the Venice Film Festival. 

Education Minister Peter Weir
BBC

Tune in at 5.00pm 

Talkback: Preparations under way for the big birthday

Tomorrow, BBC Talkback turns 30 and, to celebrate, the programme is going all-out for a birthday bonanza edition. Presenter William Crawley gives a sneak peak into what's planned...

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North West 200 to retain May date for next year

BBC Sport NI

The dates of the biggest event in the local motor-racing calendar, the North West 200, are confirmed for next May.

North West 200
Press Eye

The week-long festival of racing takes place frmo 7 to 13 May. 

The View returns!

The View returns to BBC One NI tomorrow night from 22:45, looking at the issue of a future border poll.

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Children's commissioner 'disappointed' at education u-turn

Northern Ireland's Commissioner for Children and Young People says she's "disappointed" by the education minister's decision to allow primary schools to prepare pupils for unregulated transfer tests.

Koulla Yiasouma
NICCY office

Koulla Yiasouma said the policy reversal would "do very little to reduce the gap between richer and poorer students and it is not in the best interests of all our children".

Space invaders?

Are we being invaded by aliens or are these strange lights in Liane Radcliffe's photos something a bit less supernatural?

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Report finds hospital overcrowding

A report has laid out concerns about patient overcrowding at the emergency department in the Royal Victoria Hospital.  

emergency department
BBC

The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) said overcrowding "made it difficult for staff to provide basic nursing care and maintain the dignity and privacy of patients".

Missed last night's Spotlight?

.@BBCSpotlightNI The #NAMAtapes : Corruption & Cover-Up - will be repeated tonight at 11.15pm on @bbctwoni #nama

.@BBCSpotlightNI The #NAMAtapes : Corruption & Cover-Up - will be repeated tonight at 11.15pm on @bbctwoni #nama

Arkinson coroner 'disappointed' with progress

The coroner leading the inquiry into the death of Castlederg schoolgirl Arlene Arkinson says he's disappointed with the lack of progress made by the Garda in providing documents and witnesses. 

Arlene Arkinson
BBC

Brian Sherrard told the inquest there should be a redoubling of efforts aimed at concluding evidence on 19 September.

Weather: Get ready for a wet evening

PSNI officer charged with gun and drug offences

A police officer has been remanded in custody after being accused in court of trying to get a gun, ammunition and a silencer.

Belfast courts
BBC

Allen Kennedy, 30, is also charged with having quantities of ecstasy and cocaine with intent to supply. 

Finance committee to ask NCA for update

Stormont FinCtte asking NCA for investigation up[date, particularly bail/ arrest status of individuals.

Stormont's Finance Committee is still discussing the Nama inquiry and allegations that the former Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay "coached" loyalist blogger Jamie Bryson ahead of appearing at the inquiry.

You can follow the proceedings here.

Minister to appear at committee over Nama coaching claims

Stormont's finance committee has been told that Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir will appear before the committee as it investigates claims former committee chair Daithí McKay coached Jamie Bryson over his Nama inquiry evidence

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Sinn Féin have 'nothing to hide'

Finance committee member Caitríona Ruane says "Sinn Féin have nothing to hide" in relation to the claims that the former MLA Daithí McKay "coached" loyalist blogger Jamie Bryson over his Nama inquiry evidence.

Caitriona Ruane
BBC

She says the party wants to see "absolute transparency" in all investigations.

Traffic: Delays after two-vehicle crash in north Belfast

Rugby: Gilroy and Marshall doubtful for Treviso game

BBC Sport NI

Craig Gilroy and Paul Marshall are injury doubts for Ulster's first away game of the season against Benetton Treviso this weekend 

Craig Gilroy playing against Benetton Treviso
Press Eye

Gilroy suffered a concussion during the win against the Dragons last Friday while Marshall picked up a rib injury. Rodney Ah You is still ruled out. 

Villiers: Loughinisland killings a 'terrible evil'

Former Secretary of State Theresa Villiers says the murder of six people in Loughinisland in 1994 were a "terrible evil" and that allegations of police misconduct would be "taken seriously".

Theresa Villiers
BBC

She was speaking at Westminster after a question by South Down MP Margaret Ritchie. She says the government accepts a Police Ombudsman investigation that found collusion between some police officers and the loyalist gunmen.

Rugby: Gatland to lead British and Irish Lions

BBC Sport

Next year the Lions face the fearsome All Blacks during a tour of New Zealand and the coach has been confirmed - Warren Gatland, the man who took on the role last time when the Lions beat Australia. 

Warren Gatland
Getty Images

Interestingly for Irish rugby fans, it means Gatland will once again step down from his role at Wales meaning Rob Howley will be in charge during the Six Nations. 

BBC Newsline: Latest on BBC Spotlight's Nama investigation

Ireland tax critics are drawing 'unfair caricatures', says minister

Critics of the Republic of Ireland's tax regime are drawing "outdated and unfair caricatures", the country's Finance Minister has said. 

Michael Noonan
RTE

As the Dáil parliament in Dublin was recalled early to debate the ruling that Ireland granted Apple illegal state aid, Michael Noonan reiterated the Government's position that no sweetheart deal had been done with the iPhone maker. 

Watch: Finance committee set to meet at Stormont

The finance committee at Stormont is set to meet shortly and they have plenty to talk about. 

The committee, which is leading Stormont's inquiry into the Nama loan deal, will be discussing last night's BBC Spotlight programme in which Frank Cushnahan (below) appeared to accept a cash payment from a Nama borrower.

Frank Cushnahan
BBC

They will also be talking about the latest on allegations that Daithí McKay, the committee's former chair, coached loyalist blogger Jamie Bryson ahead of his appearance at the committee's Nama inquiry. The committee will be streamed online via Democracy Live.

Software company to create 17 new jobs in Belfast

Cliff path to stay closed until 2017

The Gobbins Cliff Path in Islandmagee will not re-open until next year because of essential maintenance work, the local council confirms.

Gobbins Cliff Path
BBC

The tourist attraction closed in June for the second time since its £7.5m revamp last year. It was closed because of an "increase in levels of rock-fall".

AudioBoom: Rowing squad plan to regroup after disappointment in Rio

Listen again: No repeat of the 2012 medal winning exploits for the Chambers brothers and Team GB.  

Chambers Brothers
BBC

Younger brother Peter is back home and has thrown himself into good deeds.  

Lagan Homes NI create 100 jobs in £120m project

Buckets and spades at the ready - bright and breezy forecast for Saturday

Peter McMahon signs one-year deal with Dungannon Swifts

Dungannon Swifts have completed the signing of former Portadown and Bohemians forward Peter McMahon on a one-year deal.  

McMahon
Press Eye

 McMahon, 27, can also be deployed in an attacking midfield role.  

Policing Board launches Human Rights Report

Schools 'will not be compelled' to coach for transfer test, minister insists

The education minister has stressed that no school will be compelled to carry out transfer test preparation.

Transfer test
BBC

Peter Weir told Good Morning Ulster his actions were "about providing freedom to schools" which would "have the freedom to choose whether to prepare their pupils and what level of help and assistance they can give".