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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 27 May 2016
  2. Call for Treasury to lend to NI executive
  3. Man charged with human trafficking
  4. NI take on Belarus in last home game before heading off to European Championships
  5. Picture: Carlingford Lough, pictured from Rostrevor, County Down (by Kieran Mc Nally)

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By Erinn Kerr and Fiona Murray

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight!

It's been a nice end to a busy week, as this glorious snap of Enniskillen by James Little Jnr shows.

Enniskillen
James Little Jnr

That's all from us here on BBC News NI Live - we'll be back on Tuesday at 07:00, so please do join us then. Enjoy your weekend!

Foster wants transfer test action

First Minister Arlene Foster says she wants to address one of the biggest issues in education in Northern Ireland - the transfer tests.

Arlene Foster
BBC

"We will look at that, we will talk to the people involved, we will see if that can be done for this year," Mrs Foster says.

Watching the weekend weather

BBC Weather

Hopefully you'll get a bit of a break over the bank holiday weekend and you'll want a bit of sunshine to go with it, of course.

Cecilia Daly
BBC

So, Cecilia Daly will tell you what the weather holds on BBC Newsline shortly or you can find a forecast online.

Clarke names Ryder Cup vice-captains

BBC Sport NI

European captain Darren Clarke has selected Padraig Harrington, Thomas Bjorn and Paul Lawrie as three of his vice-captains for the 2016 Ryder Cup.

Europe team captain Darren Clarke with Paul Lawrie, Padraig Harrington and Thomas Bjorn
Reuters

Dungannon golfer Clarke said he plans to appoint two more vice-captains later in the year.

EU border debate shadowed by history

The border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland would be the only land border between the UK and the European Union if there is a Leave vote.

A sign near the Irish border that reads: 'Money changed'
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Mishal Husain, a presenter on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, takes a look at how that is colouring the EU referendum debate in those areas.

'Slab' Murphy set to appeal tax conviction

Prominent republican Thomas 'Slab' Murphy has been given a date in November to appeal his conviction for tax evasion, the Irish News reports.

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The 66-year-old, from Hackballscross in County Louth, was sentenced to 18 months in prison earlier this year after he was found guilty of failing to comply with Irish tax laws.

On BBC Newsline...

BBC Newsline

On BBC Newsline on BBC One now, First Minister Arlene Foster says she wants to see changes to the transfer test as soon as possible.

Police
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We also hear of more bomb threats to schools and our home affairs correspondent Vincent Kearney goes behind the scenes as the PSNI's public order unit is put through its paces.

McDowell eight off PGA pace

BBC Sport NI

Graeme McDowell is eight shots off the pace after a second-round 73 left him on two under par in the PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Graeme McDowell
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Michael Hoey is facing a battle to avoid missing the cut while Darren Clarke will definitely exit after finishing on 12 over.

Father sentenced after beating children with belt

A County Tyrone man who admitted beating his children with a belt has been given a combined probation and community service order at Dungannon Magistrates' Court.

Dungannon Magistrates' Court
BBC

The NSPCC said the man had "inflicted injuries on his children" and it was "right" he was convicted.

Possible delays near Shaw's Bridge

BBC NI Travel

Boy 'heartbroken' after motorbikes stolen

A 10-year-old Banbridge boy is "heartbroken" after his motorbikes were stolen, the Banbridge Leader reports.

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Taylor Trimble’s scramblers and his dad’s motorbike were taken from Edenderry Terrace in the town between 24 and 25 May.

Coleraine quartet progress in Lucerne

BBC Sport NI

Coleraine rowers Alan Campbell, Richard and Peter Chambers and Joel Cassells have progressed from Friday's heats at the second World Cup in Switzerland.

Alan Campbell rowing
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The event is the final regatta before the Great Britain squad for the Rio Olympics is announced on 9 June.

Hands up, who's off to Windsor?

Off to Northern Ireland's friendly against Belarus tonight? Head down in good time because police are warning of traffic disruption near Windsor Park.

Northern Ireland fans
BBC

Delays can be expected on the Lisburn Road, Tate's Avenue, Glenmachan Street and on the Boucher Road and Stockman's Lane areas before and after the match.

New sports facilities for Belfast High

Education Minister Peter Weir visited Belfast High School in Newtownabbey today as Dame Mary Peters officially opened its new sports facilities.

Belfast High School's new sporting facilities being opened
Press Eye
Peter Weir meets pupils of Belfast High
Press Eye

The new sports hall, fitness suite, pitch and drama studio cost £3.78m and Mr Weir said they would "create a better place for pupils to learn and flourish."

Road racer Farquhar 'stable' in hospital

BBC Sport NI

Ryan Farquhar has been moved out of the intensive care unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast and his condition is described as "stable".

Ryan Farquhar
Press Eye

He suffered six broken ribs and a lacerated liver after crashing at the North West 200 on Thursday 12 May.

On Evening Extra...

Evening Extra

BBC News NI

Seamus McKee is with you on this evening's programme, looking at what the executive's plans for the next five years all mean.

Sir Kenneth Branagh
BBC

We'll also hear from Sir Kenneth Branagh as he returns to Belfast and speak to the Northern Ireland and Republic fans who are digging deep to follow their teams to Euro 2016.

You can listen live to the programme now.

Crash causes traffic tailbacks

BBC NI Travel

Huston hits Rio Olympics target

BBC Sport NI

Belfast archer Patrick Huston will compete in this summer's Olympic Games after finishing third at the European qualifying competition in Nottingham.

Patrick Huston
PA

Huston, who represents Great Britain in the men's individual event, had to battle through qualifying and five rounds to clinch his plane ticket to Rio.

DUP and Sinn Féin 'failed to deliver'

Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt says the new executive has "failed to deliver on their first big promise from the Fresh Start Agreement" after the publication of its draft programme for government.

Mike Nesbitt
BBC

He says "we should at the stage where the executive is publishing the actual plans to deliver", but instead "it is just déjà vu all over again".

Delays expected due to parade

Harding takes Carrick hot seat

BBC Sport NI

Carrick Rangers have appointed former Portadown assistant boss Kieran Harding as their new manager.

Kieran Harding
Press Eye

Harding, who quit Shamrock Park along with manager Ronnie McFall in March, takes over from Gary Haveron after his resignation on Monday.

Government programme 'keeping expectations low'

The Stormont executive's new programme for government is "about keeping ambition and expectations low at a time when people's needs are great", the leader of the SDLP says.

Colum Eastwood
BBC

The draft document was released today, but Colum Eastwood isn't impressed and adds: "The fact they managed to spread it over 100 pages may be [its] only impressive feature."

Cash thief policeman 'disgraced himself'

A County Down policeman who stole more than £52,000 of warrant money from a Belfast police station "disgraced himself" with his crime, a judge has said.

Belfast Court Court
BBC

Bryan Thomas Stronge, 54, from Coastguard Lane in Groomsport, has been given an 18-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He has paid back all of the money.

McIlroy shooting for 'major' summer success

BBC Sport NI

"If I don't win a major this summer, I will be very disappointed," Rory McIlroy says.

Rory McIlroy
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The Hollywood golfer and current world number three hasn't won a major since 2014 when he claimed the Open and US PGA Championship, and he wants to "replicate" that golden summer.

Two cars set alight in Newtownabbey

Two cars were deliberately set on fire in the early hours of this morning in Newtownabbey.

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BBC

It happened in Glebecoole Park at about 03:00. Police are appealing for information.

Banking on the holiday weekend weather?

BBC Weather

It's a bank holiday weekend, but will it stay dry? Cecilia Daly has the full forecast.

Born in the USA, rooted in Ireland

Researchers have found that a great-great-great-grandfather of Bruce Springsteen, who plays Dublin's Croke Park tonight, was from County Kildare, the Irish News reports.

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Christy Gerrity was also known as a hell-raiser and outspoken protester in his glory days, the newspaper says, but left Ireland for New Jersey in 1853.

Irish woman's murder 'preventable', says coroner

Australian authorities could have prevented the rape and murder of Irish woman Jill Meagher by revoking her killer's parole as soon as he breached it, a coroner has found.

Tributes to Jill
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Adrian Bayley, who had a history of violent sex attacks, was sentenced in 2013 to life imprisonment with a minimum jail term of 35 years for her murder.

Plaque revealed in honour of the first US consul in Belfast

A plaque has been revealed in honour of James Holmes, the first United States consul in Belfast. 

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He was appointed after the country's first president, George Washington, signed an order establishing a consulate in the city on this day 1796.  

Listen again: The nurses receiving the Freedom of Belfast

Appeal against keeping Kincora with HIA fails

An appeal against a decision to keep abuse at Kincora within the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA) has been rejected at the High Court in Belfast.  It was brought by victim, Gary Hoy. 

The Kincora Boys' Home in east Belfast
Pacemaker

As the verdict was read he said to the judge: "If it was your grandchildren, would you not want justice?"  

T-A-O-I-S-E-A-C-H

An 11-year-old from Austin, Texas, has dazzled US audiences by successfully spelling the word ‘taoiseach’ as part of a National Spelling Bee.

Nihar Janga
Reuters

When asked to spell the word, Nihar Janga said: “Is that an Irish word for prime minister?” and nailed it, bringing cheers from the crowd.

Shot fired in west Belfast

A shot has been fired at the front door of a house in Colinbrook, on the outskirts of west Belfast.

PSNI officers
BBC

It happened last night at about 23:00. Three men and a women were in the house, but they were not injured. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Men arrested over Dublin gun murder

Police in the Republic of Ireland have arrested two men in connection with a fatal shooting in Dublin's north inner city.

Scene of the shooting
RTE

Gareth Hutch was shot dead at about 10:00 local time on Tuesday at the Avondale House flats on North Cumberland Street where he lived.

Collision in Bangor

Men being questioned after 'skimming devices' found

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of fraud offences after a number of incidents of ‘card skimming’ across Northern Ireland. 

Skimming device
PSNI
Skimming device
PSNI

The pair were detained in Omagh and are being questioned in connection with the placing of skimming devices on ATM machines across counties Fermanagh, Tyrone, Armagh, Derry and Down.

On your bike - Gran Fondo road closures

The Gran Fondo Northern Ireland returns on June 5. It's the legacy cycling event of the G'iro d'Italia. Some roads will be closed to accommodate cyclists.

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Security alert searches in Strabane

Grand designs receive architecture awards

Twelve of Northern Ireland's most spectacular architectural creations have been honoured by the Royal Society of Ulster Architects.

Lagan footbridge
RSUA
CLIC Sargent's Home from Home
RSUA

CLIC Sargent's Home from Home, near Belfast City Hospital, won the award for best public building under £3m, while the Lagan Weir Footbridge won the best public space award.

Four schools receive threats, police say

Four schools in Northern Ireland have received threats, just three days after seven others were given hoax bomb warnings.

Police vehicles
BBC

Police say there is nothing to suggest the incidents are terrorist-related and they are investigating whether the latest threats are linked to the calls made to schools on Tuesday.