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  1. Updates for Tuesday 7 June 2016
  2. More updates from 07:00 on Wednesday
  3. Picture: Sunset at Ballintoy, County Antrim (by Chris Ibbotson)

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That's all for today folks. We'll be back tomorrow with more news, weather and sport from 07:00.

After today's storms, the weather should improve tomorrow

Report recommends help for former paramilitaries

A new report on tackling paramilitarism in Northern Ireland proposes helping former paramilitary prisoners to access employment, financial services, adoption and travel advice.

Paramilitary mural

It suggests creating a unit to specialise in paramilitaries and communities in transition.

Boy, five, and sister, seven, hit by lightning

The father struck by lightning while he collected his children from school in Lisburn is 37 years old.

Officer on duty near school

His five-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter were also injured. The father and son are now critically ill in hospital. 

Woman lit fatal fire 'after row with husband'

A woman started a fire at her home which led to the death of her elderly neighbour after she had a row with her husband over furniture, a court has heard.

The fire spread to oil tanks and set the pensioner's home alight

Karen Hasson (59), of Thorndale Park, Carryduff, County Down, had already pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 91-year-old Samuel Carson who died almost two years ago. Downpatrick Crown Court heard the fire ignited the family oil tank and burning oil then spread to the house next door.

Euro 2016: Watch NI squad's first training session

Drivers warned about flooding in County Antrim

NI manager explains remarkable turnaround

BBC Sport talks to Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill on how he brought his team to its first major tournament in 30 years, with their highest-ever Fifa world ranking.

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Derry city bus changes due to cycle race

McIntyre lawyers seek unredacted document

Lawyers acting for a former IRA member say they want to see an unredacted version of a legal document, as they try to prevent tapes of his interviews in the Boston College 'Belfast Project' being given to police. 

Anthony McIntyre

Last night, Anthony McIntyre's lawyers were given a heavily redacted copy of the document, which lists the reasons why the PSNI and Public Prosecution Service want to seize the tapes.

Republic of Ireland manager extends contract to 2018

Paramilitary 'control' must no longer be tolerated

One of the authors of a new report on tackling paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland says anyone who uses the "badge" of paramilitarism should face tougher sentences in organised crime cases.  

John McBurney

John McBurney told the BBC's Evening Extra programme they cannot have "control and coercive power within communities" and said so-called punishment attacks cannot be tolerated. 

Delay on Belfast to Londonderry train line

Flooding closes road in Ballykelly

New NI weapons decommissioning scheme recommended

An independent panel set up to recommend strategies to assist the disbandment of paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland says a new weapons decommissioning scheme should be put in place.

The report was published by the first and deputy first ministers and the justice minister

It recommends decommissioning should return for a limited time to deal with any fresh requests by groups. The suggestion is one of 43 recommendations made by the panel, which was set up as part of last year's Fresh Start Agreement.   

NI Ambulance statement on lightning strike

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service says it sent three crews and three rapid response paramedics after a man and two children were struck by lightning


It said the first paramedic was on the scene in Lisburn within seven minutes. It has also issued advice on what to do if you are caught in a lightning storm.

Belfast traffic lights fixed after several hours

Reality Check: Brexit and NI border controls

Chancellor George Osborne said on Monday there would have to be a hardening of the border between the UK and the Republic of Ireland if the UK votes to leave the EU.  Is he right?

George Osborne

BBC Reality Check verdict: It's hard to predict what would happen to the border between the two countries at this stage. It would depend on the type of agreements the UK negotiates.  Read more.

Eyewitnesses helped family injured in lightning strike

The principal of Lisburn school where a man and his two children were seriously hurt in a lightning strike said her staff and other parents "attended to the injured family until the arrival of the emergency services".

Police at scene of lightning strike

Fiona Douglas said other pupils were sent to a nearby college after the incident outside Killowen Primary School this afternoon. "The thoughts of the entire school community are with the family at this time," she added.

Guess which team Martin McGuinness drew in Euro 2016 office sweep?

GAA hurling final to be replayed after score fiasco

The Christy Ring Cup hurling final is to be replayed after GAA bosses acted on Tuesday following last weekend's scoreline controversy.

Meath's Joey Keena challenges Antrim's Neal McAuley at Croke Park last weekend

Meath were presented with the trophy after the referee calculated that they had won by a single point - 2-18 to 1-20. However, it quickly became apparent that the correct score in the second-tier hurling final was 2-17 to 1-20.

A1 update: both lanes reopen after Newry crash

Belfast traffic light fault continuing

NI ministers launch report on tackling paramilitarism

'Man and boy critically ill' after lightning strike

A man and a young boy are now both critically ill after a lightning strike in Lisburn, County Antrim. 

Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

A girl is seriously ill.  Both children have been taken to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

Man hit by lightning 'was collecting children from school'

Police cordon at scene of Lisburn lightning strike

Police have set up a cordon near a school where a man and two children were injured by a lightning strike.  Our reporter, Louise Cullen, sent us this photo of the scene. 

Police car and cordon at scene of lightning strike

Flash flooding in Lisburn after heavy rain

There's been some flash flooding in Lisburn, County Antrim, following heavy downpours this afternoon. 

Lisburn flooding
Paula Stewart

This photo, showing the water level in Market Place, was taken by Paula Stewart within the past hour.

BreakingMan 'critically ill' after Lisburn lightning strike

A man who was one of three people taken to hospital following a lightning strike in Lisburn is in a critical condition.

Ambulances at scene of lightning strike

Two children who were also hurt in the incident have been taken to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

Photo of scene after four-car crash in Newry

A four-vehicle crash on the A1 Dublin Road near Newry, County Down, has now been cleared.

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It happened just before the turn off for Armagh, close to the Carnbane Industrial Estate. Police said no-one had to be taken to hospital. 

Lisburn lightning strike: Photos of scene

Twitter user Richard Bradley, from NI Duathlon, tweeted these photos from Lisburn, where two children and a man where taken to hospital after a lightning strike. 

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A1 update: One lane reopens after Newry crash

BreakingThree taken to hospital after lightning strike in Lisburn

Three arrested in heroin investigation

Three people have been arrested in Belfast as part of an ongoing investigation into heroin supply.

Police officers

A 37-year-old man and 33-year-old woman were arrested at a house in the Upper Malone area. A 23-year-old man was arrested in Alexander Park Avenue in the north of the city.

Baby Adam meets womb surgeon

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Bar owner fined for selling counterfeit vodka

A Newcastle bar owner has been fined £6,000 for selling counterfeit vodka after pleading guilty at Downpatrick Magistrates' Court.


Patrick Robert Maginn, 55, of Bryansford Avenue, Newcastle, trading as Quinn's Bar and Off Sales, pleaded guilty to three charges under the Trade Marks Act 1994.

Pizza firm 'to create 400 jobs in NI'

North and east most at risk of downpours

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Both southbound lanes of A1 blocked after crash

The crash on the A1 in Newry is close to the Carnbane Industrial estate and is just before the A28 turn-off for Armagh.

Both lanes of the dual carriageway are blocked for drivers heading south.

Crash on A1 Dublin Road

Emergency services are at the scene of a crash on the A1 Dublin Road in Newry.


Up to four cars were involved in the crash which happened at about 13:20.