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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 8 July 2016
  2. Council drops plans for MTV festival
  3. Police group calls for 'spirit of Euros' over Twelfth
  4. Ireland fan Jamie collects Paris award
  5. Picture: Seagull in Larne (by Trevor Hartnett)

Live Reporting

By Ciaran McCauley and Niall Glynn

All times stated are UK

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That's it from us today. We'll be back on Monday morning but until then, enjoy the weekend. 

Belfast tribute to hundreds killed in Iraq this week

NI representatives to attend Irish Somme commemoration

A Brexit beer to drown Dublin's sorrows

The UK's vote to leave the EU sent shockwaves around the world but the tremors could be strongest by the Republic of Ireland. 

A bar in Dublin made its feelings about Brexit clear by renaming one of its beers 'big mistake'
Reuters

BBC Business has been speaking to Irish traders and business leaders who fear the fall-out of Brexit on both sides of the Irish Sea.

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Fifteen to One: Can Armagh break Antrim's winning streak?

Armagh will never get a better chance to win a first Ulster Senior Hurling title in Sunday's decider against 15-in-a-row seeking Antrim at Owenbeg.

Antrim defeated Armagh 2-20 to 2-12 in the 2011 Ulster Hurling Final
INPHO

The Saffrons will go in as favourites but there will be that suspicion that their Christy Ring Cup final defeat may have punctured Antrim's morale.  

Star angry over media reporting of Irish ex-girlfriend's death

Kincora cover-up claims 'should be struck down'

A police lawyer has asked the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry to strike down claims that there was a state cover-up of the Kincora child abuse scandal. 

Kincora Boys' Home
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The last day of the inquiry was told there was no evidence the UK's intelligence services knew about the abuse before the scandal broke in 1980.

Reds progress in Europa League tie

Is it the 'Enda' of the road?

If you think you had a bad week - spare a though for Taoiseach Enda Kenny.  First, his idea for an all-island Brexit forum got publicly slapped down by Arlene Foster.

Enda Kenny
AFP

Then, three members of his Cabinet rebelled and voted against the government on abortion legislation. Some members of his own party are now asking questions about his future

Villiers sees no need for all-Ireland Brexit forum

Secretary of State Theresa Villers says she sees no reason to have a new all-Ireland forum to examine Brexit issues. 

Theresa Villers
BBC

The idea, proposed by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny, appeared to have been dropped this week after the DUP gave it a cool response.  

Mother marks 20th anniversary of 'Drumcree dispute' mruder

O'Flaherty qualifies for European steeplechase final

County Down woman Kerry O'Flaherty produced a season's best to qualify for the 3,000m steeplechase final at the European Championships.

Kerry O'Flaherty
Inpho

The 34-year-old's time in the wet conditions was less than three seconds outside her personal best set in 2015.  

Dublin shooting: Gardaí investigate NI-registered car

Gardaí investigating a Dublin gun attack which left a man critically injured are trying to track the movements of a car with a Northern Ireland number plate. 

Cars at scene of shooting
PA

The 36-year-old victim was shot a number of times in the Dun Emer estate in Lusk on Tuesday. Detectives have appealed for information about a white Volkswagen Golf, registration XFZ 9316.

Concern over new paramilitary murals

The politician, the dab & the Dáil

It's not what you expect to see in the Dáil chamber - a TD engaging in a bit of hip-hop.

Richard Boyd Barrett did the dab during a drugs debate in the Dáil
Oireachtas

Getting down with the kids was Richard Boyd Barrett - doing the dab. We aren't sure if his fellow parliamentarians were impressed...

Tyres stacked inside bonfire pallets

Tyres have been stacked inside wooden pallets on a bonfire on the Cregagh Road, Belfast.

Tyres inside Cregagh Road bonfire
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Police and firefighters have appealed to bonfire builders to stop using tyres because of the toxic fumes produced when they are burned.

Man dies of injuries days after car crash

A man in his 70s has died days after he was injured in a four-car crash in Carrickfergus, County Antrim.

Police accident sign
BBC

The collision happened on Larne Road near Kilroot shortly before 7pm on Sunday. 

No kidding - the search is on for NI's 'best dressed goat'

Firefighters warn over tyres on bonfire

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Man gets suspended term for up-skirt pictures

A 26-year-old man who used his mobile phone to take pictures up a girl's skirt in a Belfast nightclub has been given a suspended sentence.

Belfast Crown Court
BBC

Slovakian national Marian Antal, from Woodbreda Avenue in Belfast, claimed he took the images "as a stupid bet with a friend." His two-month sentence was suspended for two years.

Ryan Farquar still recovering from crash injuries

Tyres on bonfires - will anything be done about it?

PSNI's Facebook tribute to police shot dead in Dallas

Weather: Not looking good for the weekend

Traffic back to normal on Craigavon Bridge

Small plane in emergency landing in field

A microlight aircraft has made an emergency landing in a field alongside the Comber to Ards carriageway, police have said.

Microlight
PSNI

The plane had to land due to engine failure. Neither of the two people on board are believed to have been injured. 

Man accused of blowing up ATM refused bail

A 39-year old man accused of blowing up an ATM machine at a Costcutters store in County Armagh has been refused bail.

Costcutters ATM
BBC

Gratian-Ioan Pinter, who is originally from Romania, but with an address in Dublin, is accused of causing an explosion at an ATM in Hamiltonsbawn on 5 June, 2014. It is understood that gas was pumped into it before it was ignited.

When cows lie down, it just means they're tyred

Damage to Irish language signs investigated

On air now: Is Tory contest victory for feminism?

'Orangemen repeller' hurl condemned by DUP

Europa League rout embarrassing says Hamilton

BBC Sport NI

Glenavon player-manager Gary Hamilton says his team's 6-0 Europa League home hammering by KR Reykjavik was "embarrassing in the end".

Gary Hamilton
Press Eye

"I thought we gave up when we went 3-0 down. I have to apologise for tonight's performance," he said.  

Should greyhound racing be banned here?

Lyttle lauds Reds after Europa League victory

BBC Sport NI

Cliftonville manager Gerard Lyttle says the team's Europa League first qualifying round victory over Luxembourg club Differdange 03 is incredible.

Gerard Lyttle
Press Eye

Goals from David McDaid and Jay Donnelly secured a 2-0 second-leg win at Solitude which gave the Reds a 3-1 aggregate success.  

Irish army defuse bomb in housing estate

An Irish army bomb disposal team has made safe a what has been described as a viable Improvised explosive device at a house in Dundalk this morning.

A controlled explosion was carried out on the bomb in the Blackwater estate, after the team was called to the scene at about 04:30.

Historical Abuse Inquiry hearings come to end

Public hearings at the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA) come to an end today after two and a half years.  

HIA
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 A report is expected next year.  

Weather: Things set to heat up, with high of 22C