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  1. Updates for Thursday 8 September 2016
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That's all from us on what's been a busy news day! We'll be back tomorrow from 07:00 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel. Hope you can join us!

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Brexit minister in Dublin for meetings

The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union is in Dublin for meetings with senior Irish ministers and officials.

David Davis in Dublin

David Davis is currently having talks with the Republic of Ireland's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, and the Tanaiste (deputy prime minister) and Justice minister, Frances Fitzgerald, on Brexit.  

On The View tonight, some strange goings on from the Mayor of Armagh..

Cannabis with street value of £190,000 seized

Cannabis with an estimated street value of £190,000 has been seized by police in south Belfast.

Suspected cannabis seized in south Belfast

 A 39-year-old man was arrested during the operation today in which two houses were also searched.

Traffic delays remain on Stockmans Lane and Balmoral Avenue

Teenager sues Facebook over nude photo

A 14-year-old girl from Northern Ireland is suing Facebook after a naked photograph of her was posted on the site. 


Lawyers for the child claim the picture was blackmailed from her and repeatedly published online as a form of revenge. The girl is taking legal action against Facebook and the man who posted the photo.

Talkback the after party!

When the show came off air at 14:00 William and the rest of the team posed with their 30th birthday cake before bringing it up to the newsroom to share with colleagues. Here's to another 30 years of Talkback!

Talkback after party

Mother jailed for fracturing baby son's ribs

A south Belfast mother who fractured three of her baby son's ribs has been given a 15 month sentence, half of which will be spent in jail and the remainder on supervised licensed parole.

Belfast Crown Court

The woman, 35, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted causing grievous bodily harm to her four-week old baby in August 2014. The baby has since been taken into care.  

Coming up on BBC Newsline at 18:30

Legal bid to ban quango board members

Eleven former board members of the NI Events Company are facing a legal bid to have them banned from acting as company directors.

Belfast High Court

Disqualification proceedings issued by the Department for the Economy over the directors' roles began today and follow critical reports into the oversight and running of the body which folded in 2007.

Munster bring in Taute on four-month loan deal

The Journey: Actors on playing Paisley and McGuinness

Timothy Spall is from London, Colm Meaney from Dublin. Stars of TV and cinema, the pair are no slouches when it comes to acting but they both faced a challenge in their latest outing - taking on two totems of Northern Ireland politics, Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness.

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The Journey: Actors on Paisley and McGuinness portrayal

They spoke to BBC Newsline's Mark Simpson about the filming of The Journey and their preparation for the roles. 

Foster rejects McGuinness Nama inquiry call

First Minister Arlene Foster has rejected a call by Martin McGuinness for a cross-border Nama inquiry saying it was "not appropriate".

Arlene Foster
Press Eye

Mr McGuinness said he supported such an inquiry following new revelations about Nama's role in Northern Ireland's biggest ever property deal.

The View: 52% don't want border poll, says survey

More than half of people in Northern Ireland don't want the government to call a border poll, according to a new survey carried out for the BBC's political programme, The View. 

Border poll result

After the Brexit referendum vote, Sinn Féin called on the secretary of state to hold a border poll to determine whether Northern Ireland should stay in the UK or join the Republic of Ireland. Full results of the survey will be revealed on tonight's edition of The View on BBC One at 22:45. 

FAI Cup: Shiels in bullish mood ahead of game

Sinn Féin supports new Nama inquiry call

Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness has supported a call for an all-Ireland inquiry into the Irish National Assets Management Agency (Nama).

Martin McGuinness

It follows revelations that ex-Nama adviser Frank Cushnahan was taped accepting a £40,000 cash payment from a Nama borrower.

Usual delays on Sydenham Bypass

Jury still out on The Journey

There was a standing ovation in Venice at the world premiere of the new film about Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness but tougher audiences lie ahead.

Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinnes and Timothy Spall and Colm Meaney

Despite its premiere's standing ovation, the jury's still out on The Journey, reports BBC Newsline's Mark Simpson from Venice. 

Traffic slow on M2

Football: Ards manager scoops monthly award

BBC Sport NI

Niall Currie, boss of newly-promoted Ards, has been named as the Northern Ireland Football Writers' Manager of the Month for August.

Ards manager Niall Currie
Press Eye

During the opening month, Ards secured Premiership wins over Dungannon Swifts, Portadown and Ballymena United.

Fault delays Portadown to Bangor train

Some sunshine may be headed our way..

Firth wins heat in 100m backstroke in Rio

Northern Ireland swimmer Bethany Firth has just won her heat of the S14 100m Backstroke in Rio at the Paralympics.

Bethany Firth
Press Eye

She broke her own world record by 17/100ths of a second, winning in 1:04:53.  

Cannabis plants seized by police

Man 'critically ill' after incident in Belfast this morning

A man taken to hospital after a "violent" incident in Belfast is now critically ill

Forensic officers at the site of the incident on Great Victoria Street

The Police Ombudsman's office says it is believed CS spray was used during the incident on Great Victoria Street, that closed part of the city centre earlier this morning. 

Boxing: Conlan to defend title in Belfast

BBC Sport NI

Jamie Conlan, Commonwealth super-flyweight title holder, will defend his crown in Belfast on 5 November.

Jamie Conlan
Press Eye

An opponent for the fight has yet to be announced. Conlan, 29, won the belt in April after stopping holder Anthony Nelson

Man charged with murder of Ronald Reid

A 37-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Ronald Reid (pictured below) in Bangor two years ago.

Ronald Reid

Stuart Alexander Reid, whose address was given as Bingham Street in Bangor, was charged with his murder on a date unknown between 18 to 21 December. His solicitor says he's currently being detained at Knockbracken Health Care Park in south Belfast.

Derry housing demand outstrips supply

The Housing Executive has warned that the demand for social housing in the north-west far outstrips supply.


Nearly 2,000 new houses are needed over the next five years for homeless people in the Derry City and Strabane District Council areas. 

Dangerous driving operation on hold after Facebook leak

A Londonderry councillor says it's "disappointed" that details of a surprise police operation to combat dangerous driving were posted on Facebook.


The SDLP's Shauna Cusack says the operation had been scheduled for the "coming weeks" but was now under review after Sinn Féin councillor Michael Cooper shared details online. 

The Journey director discusses 'feel-good' movie

With Talkback finishing its 30th birthday celebrations (or perhaps just starting), we move on to something different.

Belfast-born director Nick Hamm was the man behind the camera for the Ian Paisley/Martin McGuinness fictional drama The Journey. 

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Belfast-born director of 'The Journey' talks of 'feel-good' movie about peace

Here, he talks about why the film is a "feel-good" movie and a celebration. 

Cake, bubbles and happy birthday to Talkback!

That's it from the Talkback 30th birthday special - and what a better way to end it than cake, bubbly and a special rendition of happy birthday by the house band! 

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Happy birthday Talkback - here's to many more years of broadcasting excellence. 

Time for a bit of a laugh

Marking a milestone

We've delved into the archives to take a look some of the broadcasting highs over the past 30 years of Talkback. Read more here.

David Dunseith

This day 30 years ago...

Historian Eamon Phoenix has joined the party to recall what was going on this day 30 years ago when Talkback first took to the air. 


"We were recovering from Chernobyl (pictured), that had sent its volcanic cloud over this island that summer," he says. "But on that particular day, society here was struggling with the aftermath of the Anglo-Irish Agreement." 

Recognise any familiar faces in the audience?

Talkback producer goes down memory lane

Yes, they do exist!

The much heard but little seen Talkback regulars - in the flesh! 

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Familiar voices, new faces

Some of Talkback's regular voices have made a rare appearance in person for the show's 30th birthday party. 

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Presenter William Crawley was clearly delighted to meet them for the first time, though it didn't stop him telling one: "I think if you read a corn flakes box you'd still sound depressed."