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  1. Updates for Thursday 30 June 2016
  2. Image: Victoria Park, Belfast (by Morris Duncan)
  3. Overnight vigils are to take place in NI and across the UK to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme
  4. A man has been shot in the legs in a paramilitary style attack in Carrickfergus
  5. Football fans from NI and the Republic are to be honoured by Paris for sportsmanship during Euro 2016

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By Eunan McConville and Karen Atkinson

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Thanks for joining us. We'll be back tomorrow from 07:00 with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

We'll also have extensive coverage on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

British troops moving up to the trenches
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BBC News NI will also post events as they happened on 1 July, 100 years ago, detailing the first day of the battle starting at 06:00.

Fears over Brexit's health service impact

The health minister says she has "real fears" about the impact a UK exit from the EU could have on Northern Ireland's health service.

Michelle O'Neill

Michelle O'Neill she's worried over the impact a potential between Northern Ireland and the Republic could have.

Overnight vigil to mark Somme centenary

An overnight vigil is to take place in Newtownards to mark the beginning of the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago.

Somme Museum, Conlig
Albert Bridge/CC Geograph

The event at the Somme Museum is open to the public and begins at 19:00.

Teacher swaps classroom for saddle

A Dromore teacher is leaving the classroom behind as she prepares to compete as part of the Irish eventing team at the Rio Olympics, the Banbridge Leader reports.

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Clare Abbott says: "I found out I had made the team about a fortnight ago - it's starting to feel a bit more real now."

Somme soldiers training for horrors of war

Just a year before being thrust onto the front line at the Somme, soldiers of the 36th Ulster Division trained at Clandeboye Estate, near Bangor.

Soldiers from 36th Ulster Division training at Clandeboye Estate, near Bangor, in 1914-1915.
Family photographs/North Down Museum

That training was photographed by Capt James Samuel Davidson, and his pictures, which lay hidden for years, are now on show at North Down Museum.

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Carry On Governing

Boris Johnson's decision to rule himself out of the Conservative Party leadership race is an example of "surreal Carry On-style government" at Westminister, the SDLP MP Mark Durkan says.

Mark Durkan
Press Eye

"We now have a government party in the throes of a leadership election and we also have the opposition joining in with a crisis of their own," he adds. This is absolutely surreal," he adds.

Practice makes perfect

Motorists face delays in Belfast

BBC NI Travel

Woman 'critical' after Newry incident

A woman in her 50s is critically ill in hospital after she sustained head injuries in a suspected assault in Newry.

Tandragee Road in Newry

It happened at a house on Hollyridge Lane, between the Fiveways roundabout and Carnbane industrial estate.

Boris Johnson's father speaks to Evening Extra

Evening Extra


Manse Road in Crumlin reopens

BBC NI Travel

Derry boss aims for Dundalk upset

BBC Sport NI

Kenny Shiels says his Derry City players are confident of upsetting Premier Division champions Dundalk at Brandywell tomorrow night.

Kenny Shiels
Press Eye

League leaders Dundalk are nine points clear of the Candystripes, but Shiels says: "We believe we can beat them and get into the title hunt."

'Agent aware of Kincora sex abuse'

At least one MI6 agent was aware of sexual abuse at Kincora Boys' home in Belfast, the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry hears.

The former Kincora Boys' Home in Belfast

A document produced during evidence by a deputy director of MI6 stated: "We certainly ran at least one agent who was aware of sexual malpractice at the home."

Church leaders gather for Somme centenary

Four of Northern Ireland's church leaders have arrived at the Ulster Tower in Thiepval ahead of tomorrow's 100th anniversary commemorations for the Battle of the Somme.

Northern Ireland church leaders at Ulster Tower

Two of the leaders, Archbishop Eamon Martin and Archbishop Richard Clarke, made a pilgrimage to the battle site that began in Dublin last week.

Coming up on Evening Extra

Evening Extra


Fake drug trial doctor wins appeal

A GP who falsified clinical drug trials has won his appeal against immediate imprisonment after senior judges ruled his jail term should be suspended.

Hugh McGoldrick
Justin Kernoghan

Hugh McGoldrick, 59, from Crossgar Road East in Crossgar, County Down, was sentenced to nine months in prison before taking his case to the Court of Appeal.

Teen jailed over death of best friend

A teenager from west Belfast has been jailed for killing his best friend and seriously injuring a nun while driving at speeds of up to 100mph.

The scene of the crash
Kevin Scott

He admitted causing the death of Conal Daly and grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving to Sister Josephine McAteer in October 2014 and will serve three years in prison followed by three years on licence.

Murdoch snaps up Belfast media business

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics and Business Editor

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has bought the Belfast-based media business Wireless Group for £220m.

Rupert Murdoch

Wireless is effectively the radio assets of what was UTV Media. Its stations include U105 in Belfast and talkSPORT, the UK sports radio network.

RIR rehearse ahead of Somme ceremony

Swiftly does it...

Conor Macauley

BBC News NI Environment Correspondent

McIlroy shoots level par in Paris

BBC Sport NI

Rory McIlroy is five shots off the lead at the French Open after carding a level-par round of 71 on the opening day in Paris.

NI golfer Rory McIlroy
Getty Images

Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke had a triple bogey seven on the 18th and finished three over par with Michael Hoey further adrift on six over.

Somme play staged at Thiepval

A special performance of the play Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme has been staged at the site of the 1916 battle.

Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme play at Thiepval
Abbey Theatre

The play was performed by Dublin's Abbey Theatre and Headlong at the Ulster Tower in Thiepval in France.

Thompson takes break from cricket

BBC Sport NI

Ireland cricketer Stuart Thompson confirms he's taking a break from cricket to receive treatment for performance anxiety.

Stuart Thompson
Press Eye

The 24-year-old says he's "been struggling this season" but has "received expert help and I now understand a lot more about my condition and how I can overcome it".

Somme: Build up to commemoration underway

New inquiry into IRA man's killing

Vincent Kearney

BBC News NI Home Affairs Correspondent

A new investigation is to be launched by the Police Ombudsman into the killing of an IRA member by the RUC in Downpatrick 25 years ago.

Colum Marks

An eyewitness has come forward and supported claims by the family of Colum Marks that he was shot after being arrested in April 1991.

Bloodiest day of battle

BBC iWonder

The first day of the Battle of the Somme was the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army and one of the most infamous days of World War One.

A man holds a poppy

The broadcaster and historian Dan Snow explains how the British forces suffered 57,470 casualties, including 19,240 fatalities, on 1 July 1916.

Traffic disruption in Carrickfergus on Friday

Family bid to clear Spence name over killing

The family of the late Gusty Spence have launched a legal bid to clear his name over the murder of a Catholic teenager, the Irish News reports.

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Spence was sentenced to life in prison for the killing of Peter Ward in June 1966.

Johnson 'screwed country, walked away'

Boris Johnson has "screwed the country over and walked away" after ruling himself out of the Conservative leadership race, the Alliance Party MLA Stewart Dickson says.

Boris Johnson

"He led the country up the hill when it came to the referendum," Mr Dickson adds. "He also gave every indication he wanted to become prime minister, and what has he done? He's walked away."

Fire closes road in Crumlin

BBC NI Travel

Only one council meets planning target

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics and Business Editor

Only one Northern Ireland council met the statutory 30-week average target for processing major planning applications last year.

Wind turbines

Major applications are those that have important economic, social and environmental implications for council areas.

Can the law stop Brexit?

Clive Coleman

BBC legal correspondent

As the dust settles after the UK vote to leave the EU, lawyers are picking over the landscape and legal opinions are emerging as to how the UK's departure from the European Union might be slowed or even stopped.

A person holds a pro-EU placard outside the House of Commons
Getty Images

It has come as a shock to many that the referendum result itself is not legally binding in UK law and it alone does not trigger the UK's departure from the EU.

Injured woman transferred to Belfast hospital

A woman in her 50s, who sustained serious, life-threatening head injuries after a suspected assault in Newry, has been transferred to a hospital in Belfast.

Tandragee Road, Newry

Police say they found the woman at a house in Hollyridge Lane after following up a report from a member of the public regarding an intoxicated man.

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Hamburg fans' burning desire for Grigg

BBC Sport NI

Fans of German football club Hamburg have started a petition to sign Northern Ireland's Will Grigg after his rise to fame during Euro 2016.

Northern Ireland international, Will Grigg
Press Eye

The striker has become a cult hero over the viral chant adapted in his honour, and 5,000 Hamburg fans want to bring him to their club to "finally bring proper atmosphere to the stadium".