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  1. Updates for Thursday 14 July 2016
  2. Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers resigns from the government
  3. Taoiseach Enda Kenny and new Prime Minister Theresa May discuss 'strong ties'
  4. Rory McIlroy tees off at the 145th Golf Open Championship at Royal Troon in Scotland
  5. Picture: Narrow Water, County Down (by James Carlisle)

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By Fiona Murray and Sharon Ferguson

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That's it for today folks, a day of big political change in Northern Ireland. The BBC NI News live page will be back at 07:00 tomorrow morning, until then, have a nice evening. 

Republic's population rises

The Republic of Ireland's population has risen by 3.7% since 2011 to 4.75 million.

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While most counties experienced growth, three counties saw their population fall, Donegal (-1.5%), Mayo (-0.2%) and Sligo (-0.1%). 

Brokenshire lays out his priorities

New Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire says one of his key priorities "is to continue with the full implementation of the Stormont House and Fresh Start Agreements".

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On Brexit he said: "It is vital that Northern Ireland’s interests are fully protected and advanced, including in relation to the border."

Road closures due to band parade

Call for Brokenshire to engage with opposition

Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt has congratulated James Brokenshire on his appointment as Northern Ireland secretary.

Mike Nesitt

Mr Nesbitt said: "We hope to see James actively engage with the official opposition as well as the Northern Ireland Executive. I also wish Theresa Villiers well for the future."

Brokenshire welcomed to the Northern Ireland Office

Man threatened with knife in west Belfast

A man has been threatened with a knife during an aggravated burglary in west Belfast. He woke in his Glenshane Gardens home between 04:00 BTS and 04.30 BTS to find two men in his room. 


They held a knife to his face and demanded money.

Call on Brokenshire to recognise NI 'Remain' vote

Alliance leader David Ford is calling on the new secretary of state, James Brokenshire, to recognise the desire of the majority of people in Northern Ireland to remain in the EU.

James Brokenshire

Mr Ford says Mr Brokenshire's role " will involve fighting for Northern Ireland in any Brexit negotiations".

SDLP leader welcomes the new secretary of state

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood says the new Northern Ireland Secretary of State, James Brokenshire, has many significant challenges ahead.

James Brokenshire

Mr Eastwood has also praised the outgoing secretary of state: "Theresa Villiers was a hard working Secretary of State, albeit one with whom I've had my fair share of disagreements, and I wish her well in the future."

Flanagan congratulates Brokenshire

The Republic of Ireland's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, has congratulated the new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire.

Charlie Flanagan

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Who is James Brokenshire?

James Brokenshire has been appointed as the government's new Northern Ireland Secretary. He is the Conservative MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup and previously served as Immigration Minister.

James Brokenshire

Mr Brokenshire was in favour of remaining in the European Union during the referendum.

The new NI Secretary of State says he's "delighted and honoured"

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Brokenshire to be new NI Secretary

James Brokenshire has been announced as the new Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. 


He was previously the Minister for Security and Immigration in the Home Office.  

Union in precarious position says McElduff

Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff says that Prime Minister Theresa May's comment that the word unionist is very important to her is a sign of desperation.

Barry McElduff

"The reality is that the union is in a more precarious position now than at any time in its history," Mr McElduff said. 

Foster speaks with new PM May

Oh no, not more rain, afraid so..

DUP MP thanks Theresa Villiers

NI drops two places in Fifa rankings

Two arrests during New Lodge alert

Police say searches are continuing in north Belfast's New Lodge area after a man and a woman were arrested earlier today. 

New Lodge alert
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Army bomb disposal experts are at the scene, but the police have not released any other details about the operation.   

Weir is 'sorry to see' Villiers' departure

NI political situation 'more stable' says Villiers

Ex-NI secretary writing on Facebook

Theresa Villiers

Heading to Longitude? Here's the forecast..

Seized cash put on display

The PSNI have put cash seized in Armagh yesterday on display. Four people were arrested in the anti-organised crime operation.

seized cash

Sinn Féin MEP says Villiers' departure 'no loss'

Bank of England keeps interest rates at 0.5%

Talkback on Theresa Villiers' decision to leave government

NI 'will have special place in my heart'

Ex-NI secretary writing on Facebook

Theresa Villiers

First Minister pays tribute to Villiers

First Minister and DUP leader Arlene Foster paid tribute to Ms Villiers' work in Northern Ireland. 

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BreakingTheresa Villiers 'sad to bring to an end' her work in NI

Theresa Villiers, who has announced her decision to leave government, said she was "sad to bring to an end" her work in Northern Ireland. 

Theresa Villiers

"I believe that I leave the political situation there in a more stable position than it has been for many years, not least because I was able to help tackle the crisis which a year ago left us on the brink of a collapse of devolution and a return to direct rule," she said. 

BreakingRole offered to Villiers unclear

Theresa Villiers posted her decision to leave government on her Facebook page.

Theresa Villiers

She said Theresa May had been kind enough to offer her a role but it was "not one which I felt I could take on".

Ms Villiers did not say what the role was. 

BreakingTheresa Villiers leaves government

Northern Ireland secretary Theresa Villiers has left the government. She has said on Facebook: "I regret to say that I have left the government. The new prime minister was kind enough to offer me a role but it was not one which I felt I could take on.

Theresa Villiers

"I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to serve on the front bench for 11 years, first in the Shadow Cabinet, then as transport minister, and finally as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for four years in David Cameron's Cabinet," she said.  

Police appeal after pedestrian struck by vehicle

NI man takes over at British Chamber of Commerce

Clodagh Rice

BBC News NI Business Reporter

The British Chamber of Commerce has unveiled its new president and, for the first time ever, it’s someone from Northern Ireland.

Francis Martin works at BDO in Northern Ireland and is a former President of Northern Ireland Chamber.

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