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Fiona Murray and Erinn Kerr

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  1. Good night

    That's all from us for another week on BBC News NI Live - it's a cold one out there, so wrap up warm and be sure to join us again first thing on Monday morning. Have a great weekend!

  2. CBI comment on Research and Development figures

    Confederation of British Industry Northern Ireland director, Nigel Smyth, says it is "vitally important for the future growth of the economy that we support more investment in R&D, both in our companies and in our universities."

    He was commenting on today's report by the Department of Enterprise that noted a drop in spending on R&D by Northern Ireland businesses.

  3. DUP could get free vote on moral issues

    Speaking on Inside Politics, First Minister Peter Robinson says he can see a time when the DUP gives MLAs a "free vote" on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage.

    Peter Robinson

    The outgoing DUP leader says that the party does not need a whip because everyone is thinking in the same way. "I've no misgivings about allowing people to have a free vote," he says.

  4. Men escape gun attack

    Police say three men have escaped injury after shots were fired at a parked van in west Belfast.

    Police sign

    It happened at about 16:15 GMT at Monagh Road. Det Insp Mary White says a man wearing dark clothing and a mask left the scene on foot. She appealed for information and said detectives were working to establish a motive.

  5. Legal aid backlog

    More than 500 criminal cases are currently unable to proceed due to a dispute over reforms to legal aid fees in Northern Ireland.

    Court scene

    Justice Minister David Ford introduced what he said were necessary cuts to payments to lawyers in May. Defence lawyers have withdrawn from new criminal cases requiring legal aid in protest at the changes.

  6. Lorry breakdown causes traffic delays

  7. Legacy documents

    First Minister Peter Robinson says key documents related to the legacy of the Troubles, that were part of the recent Stormont negotiations, should be made public for victims.

    First Minister Peter Robinson

    Speaking on Inside Politics, Mr Robinson says his party wasn't responsible for holding up this part of the talks. There was nothing in the Fresh Start agreement which dealt with legacy issues.

  8. Rory eyes top Euro spot again

    BBC Sport

    Golfer Rory McIlroy is in a strong position to be crowned European number one for the third time in four years, after two rounds of the World Tour Championship.

    Rory McIlroy

    The Northern Ireland man shot a four-under-par 68 at Jumeirah Golf Estates to lie eight under, four shots behind the halfway leader, Andy Sullivan.

  9. Motorway crash causing tailbacks

  10. Oil thieves warning

    Derry News

    Householders in Londonderry are being warned to be on the alert after several homes were targeted by oil thieves.

    An oil tank

    It follows thefts from a number of homes in the area in the last 24 hours, and local councillors are asking householders to keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

  11. Anti-bullying bill

    Robbie Meredith

    BBC News NI Education Correspondent

    Northern Ireland's education minister is to bring new anti-bullying legislation before the assembly before the end of November.

    A pupil being consoled by a teacher

    Under the new bill there will be a legal definition of school bullying and a requirement for schools to record all bullying incidents. School governors will be required to take responsibility for anti-bullying policy.

  12. Shots fired in north Belfast

    A number of shots were fired at a house in north Belfast last night.

    Sign and boarded up window in Ludlow Square

    Police said a bedroom window at a house in Ludlow Square was smashed in the incident at 22:00 GMT. Two men aged 21 and 33 were in the house at the time and one of them sustained minor injuries.

  13. No loan for Lafferty

    Norwich City manager Alex Neil says the club won't loan out any more players, including Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty.

    Kyle Lafferty

    Lafferty, 26, was subject to interest from Leeds United, having only made two appearances for the Canaries this term.

  14. Furniture, a fine art

    A new furniture exhibition, Crafted: The Fine Art of Furniture, has opened at the Ulster Museum in Belfast.

    Some of the furniture from the new exhibition

    It explores the changes in style, material and functionality of furniture from the 18th century to the present day. The exhibition opened today and runs until 4 June.

  15. Road closed after south Armagh crash

  16. Riot sentencing

    A man who attacked police lines with a bottle during disorder surrounding a republican parade in north Belfast last August has been handed a three-month prison sentence.

    Bernard Burns, 21, of Oldpark Road, pleaded guilty to riotous behaviour, assault on police and two counts of having an offensive weapon in the Rosapenna Street area. The judge granted him bail for an appeal against the sentence.

  17. Nurse faces child images trial

    A children's nurse is to stand trial accused of 22 counts of making indecent images of children.

    Laganside Courthouse

    Aaron Ravel, 46, of Cavehill Road, Belfast, appeared at Belfast Magistrates Court earlier. He will stand trial for the alleged offences at Belfast Crown Court but a date is yet to be fixed.

  18. Soaking up the limelight

    Londonderry teenager Soak, real name Bridie Monds-Watson, is up for the prestigious Mercury Prize, which will be awarded tonight.


    She is up against the likes of Wolf Alice, Slaves, Jamie xx and Ghospoet. You can watch the show on BBC Four tonight from 21:00 GMT.

  19. Research spending falls

    Spending on research and development (R&D) has fallen by 15%, according to a report from the Department of Enterprise.

    A researcher looking at samples

    However, it said there was an increase in R&D spending by higher education institutions.

  20. NI rally driver weighs up options

    BBC Sport

    Kris Meeke is without a drive for the 2016 World Rally Championship after Citroen revealed they will not take part in next year's championship.

    Kris Meeke and co-driver Paul Neagle secured second place at Wales Rally GB

    The eight-time winners of the series will take a year away from the sport to concentrate on the development of a new car running new regulations for 2017.

  21. Egg charges

    A Londonderry man has appeared in court charged with throwing eggs at Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness when he was doing a television interview.

    Martin McGuinness

    Aodhan Irwin, 20, from Acacia Avenue in the Waterside area denies the charges. He was released on bail, to appear in court again in January.

  22. 'Not aware' of Irish in Mali

    Special forces storm hotel to free hostages

    The Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin says it's not aware of any Irish people caught up in an attack at an international hotel in Mali's capital, Bamako, where Islamist gunman took 170 people hostage.


    Three people are reported to have been killed. The department has asked Irish citizens not to travel to Mali and have not received a request for consular assistance from any Irish people in the country.

  23. Shots fired in north Belfast


    Shots were fired and windows smashed at a house in Ludlow Square in north Belfast last night.

    Two men in their 20s and 30s were in the house at the time. Police say at least two shots were fired through a window. One man received minor injuries to his hand.

  24. Executive switches banks

    One of Northern Ireland's top bank officials is moving to a new position in a rival company.

    Ulster Bank

    Gerry Mallon has left Daske Bank, where he was head of the Belfast operation, and will become chief executive of Ulster Bank in the Republic of Ireland.

  25. Two killed in Republic road crashes

    Two men have died in separate road crashes in counties Monaghan and Louth.

    Garda sign

    In County Monaghan, a 24-year-old pedestrian died after he was struck by a lorry at Drumquill, while in County Louth, a 36-year-old man was killed in a two-car collision at Tullyesker, near Drogheda.

  26. Not fair game

    Irish News

    More than 30 birds of prey were killed in Northern Ireland in three years, according to a report on wildlife crime.

    Red Kite

    A golden eagle, white-tailed eagle and peregrine falcons were among the rare species poisoned between 2009 and 2013, although the most common casualties were buzzards and the recently re-introduced red kite.

  27. Water works

    Emergency repair work by NI Water will close Dee Street in Belfast between Severn Street and the Sydenham Road roundabout from Monday 23 November to Friday 27 November.

    Dee Street

    The closure is expected to cause major traffic delays but NI Water says a manhole urgently needs to be replaced.

  28. 'Real determination'

    BBC Sport

    Coleraine will look to extend their unbeaten league run to 10 matches when they face Carrick Rangers on Saturday.

    Coleraine FC

    The in-form Bannsiders are level with third-placed Linfield on 33 points. Manager Oran Kearney says: "There is a real hunger in the dressing room, a real determination and drive to do well."

    Read a preview of this weekend's Irish Premiership action.

  29. 'Changing consumer behaviour'

    The eight Xtra-vision stores which are to close are in Lurgan, Banbridge, Newcastle, Warrenpoint, Larne, Armagh, Cookstown and Limavady.

    Xtra-vision store

    A spokesperson for the company said the decision not to renew its leases in these areas was down to a "changing dynamic in consumer behaviour".

    The company says its leases are due to end from 1 February next year.

  30. 'Rigorous and challenging process'

    The PSNI says it received 5,498 applications in its recent recruitment drive.

    ACC Mark Hamilton says: "Each of the applicants has now started their journey through a rigorous and challenging process, which has been developed to ensure that the very best candidates will go forward to be offered a place on the training programme.

    PSNI recruitment statistics

    "Successful applicants will be invited to complete the 22 weeks of intensive training at the Police Training College which will include practical and operational policing skills, to ensure they are mentally and physically equipped to perform the important role of police officer."

  31. Area reopens after security alert

  32. Xtra-vision stores to close

    Eight Northern Ireland stores of the DVD chain Xtra-vision are set to close in the new year.


    The company says 18 full-time jobs will be lost, as well as more part-time positions. A continued decline in rentals is blamed.

  33. Cyber security centre wins award

    Queen's University's Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), which researches cyber security, has been given a major academic honour.


    It has been awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize for further and higher education, which will be presented at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in February.

    CSIT is based at the Northern Ireland Science Park in Belfast's Titanic Quarter.

  34. Derry alert ongoing

    An ongoing security alert in Londonderry could be linked to a hijacking in the city last night, say police.

    Derry alert

    A suspicious object discovered in Bayview Terrace last night has been declared a hoax. Searches are continuing on part of the Asylum Road and some residents in the area are still out of their homes.

  35. Road closed for TV filming


    There are rolling road closures on English Street in Downpatrick for TV filming. Diversions are in place so the police are asking drivers to be patient.

  36. Post update

    Trafficwatch NI

    Traffic remains slow on A12 Westlink towards the M2. No other delays have been reported

  37. Twitter call for Parisians to make 'noise and light'

    A group of "artists, anonymous citizens, free individuals" in France are calling on people to make "noise and light" at 21:20 tonight to mark exactly a week since the Paris attacks.


    They urge people to "turn on lights, light candles, occupy our cafes, our streets, our streets, our cities, play music".

    "We will do this simple act together to demonstrate, again, that culture and the light of hope and brotherhood will continue to shine and shine", they say in a letter published by the Huffington Post.

  38. NI legal high 'epidemic'

    The mother of Adam Owens, the young boy who died after taking legal highs in April, says Northern Ireland "is saturated" with the drug.


    Last night, his mother, Adele Wallace, spoke to a gathering in north Belfast. "There's an epidemic of legal highs now. It's as easy as turning on your water tap, getting a hold of these drugs. Stay away from them."

  39. Police investigate alert hijacking link


    A security alert in Londonderry is continuing this morning as the police investigate a possible link with a hijacking in the city last night.

    The alert began with the discovery of a suspicious object in Bayview Terrace. Daylight searches will continue on part of the Asylum Road and some residents are still out of their homes.

  40. Foster tight-lipped on first minister role

    We've been hearing from the Finance Minister Arlene Foster on Good Morning Ulster as the First Minister Peter Robinson prepares to stand down.


    The party's holding their annual conference this weekend. Asked if she would be expecting to take up the post of first minister, Mrs Foster said: "I'm not going to get into that this morning."

  41. Suspicious object in Londonderry 'a hoax'


    Police say a suspicious object found in Bayview Terrace in Londonderry last night was a hoax. But the alert's continuing and searches will take place in daylight.

  42. Overnight vigils for Somme centenary

    All-night vigils will be held across the UK next summer to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme in World War One.

    WW1 and poppies

    A national vigil is to be held on 30 June at Westminster Abbey, London, with overnight events being held in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Co Down.

    Read more on where the vigils will be taking place in Northern Ireland

  43. Special schools 'too full' for boy with autism

    Colletta Smith

    BBC News NI

    A nine-year-old boy with autism has been unable to go to school for three months because all the special schools in the area near his home are full.


    The boy is from Northern Ireland, but his family do not want him to be named to protect his identity. His mother had to give up her job to look after him.

  44. Homes evacuated during alerts

    Homes have been evacuated in two separate security alerts in counties Londonderry and Antrim, after the discovery of suspicious objects.


    A hijacked vehicle was abandoned near Strand Road police station in County Londonderry. The Lisburn alert was later declared a hoax.

  45. Morning all!

    Claire Noble

    BBC News NI

    Good morning and welcome back to BBC News NI Live on this Friday morning.

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