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  1. Updates for Thursday 21 July 2016
  2. Teenager charged with death of woman in scrambler crash
  3. Ireland and France call for EU Brexit process to start 'as soon as possible'
  4. Health minister says there's political and clinical will to help change health and social care service
  5. Picture: Donaghadee Harbour, County Down (by Trevor Hartnett)

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By Fiona Murray and Erinn Kerr

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That's it from BBC News NI Live for today, thanks for joining us.

Garron Point
William Allen

We'll be back tomorrow from 07:00, but we'll leave you with this lovely photo of Garron Point on the Antrim coast road, as taken by William Allen.

Sunshine after the rain?

BBC Weather

There's some heavy rain to come in the west tonight, but it's looking mainly dry for tomorrow.

Angie Phillips

Angie Phillips has the full forecast for the next few days, and you can watch it here.

Four tied up during burglary

Two men and two women have been tied up and assaulted during an aggravated burglary at a house in Carryduff.

A police car

Four masked men, one armed with a suspected firearm and another with a baton, forced their way into a house on the Ballynahinch Road last night at about 20:00 and stole money.

Time running out on tradition?

BBC Newsline

Foster and McGuinness 'should end Brexit split'

Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness should meet Theresa May together "as joint leaders of the executive" to put the case for special recognition for Northern Ireland to the new prime minister, Alliance Party MLA Stephen Farry says.

Theresa May
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The first and deputy first ministers differ on their views over Brexit and Mr Farry adds: "Further splits will only serve to push Northern Ireland down the priority list in terms of any future negotiations."

Teenager in court over scrambler death

A teenager has appeared in court, charged with causing the death of a mother in a scrambler motorbike crash on the edge of west Belfast.

Valerie Armstrong with her family
Armstrong family

Valerie Armstrong died last night after she was struck while walking her dog in Colin Glen Park on Tuesday evening.

Road closed due to unsafe building

BBC NI Travel

The Bangor Road in Holywood is closed between Stewart's Place and Priory Park because of an unsafe building.

Derry out to make up ground on leaders

BBC Sport NI

Third-placed Derry City hope to make up ground on Dundalk and Cork City when they face Bohemians in the Premier Division at Dalymount Park tomorrow night.

Kenny Shiels
Press Eye

Candystripes boss Kenny Shiels says: "I'm confident in the ability of my squad and hopefully that is rubbing off on the players."

The post-Brexit poll

BBC Radio 5 Live

One month after Britain voted to leave the EU, how are people in the UK feeling about it?

Family flee from flaming home

A Craigavon family say they are lucky to be alive after a fire destroyed their home in the early hours of this morning, the Portadown Times reports.

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Dad Alex Magee got his wife and daughter out of the house after waking up and seeing the "terrifying orange flames".

Watching the weather

BBC Weather

The weather at Craigavon Lakes was super earlier today - thanks to Steve Brennan for sending us this panoramic snap.

Craigavon Lakes
Steve Brennan

But it looks like there's a bit of rain on the way in the shape or a shower or two. Check out Angie Phillips's forecast for tonight and tomorrow.

Traffic 'queued back' after Westlink crash

New PM 'set to visit NI'

Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to visit Northern Ireland next week, Martin McGuinness says.

Martin McGuinness

The deputy first minister adds: "Given that she has been to Scotland and she has been to Wales, I think it would be very surprising if she didn't turn up here next week."

Caught them all yet?

BBC Newsline

What do Belfast people make of Pokemon Go? Our reporter Helen Jones has been finding out.

'Outrage over tennis court chaos'

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People in Tobermore are "outraged" after a gang of drunk teens left a trail of destruction behind them at the village's new £80k tennis courts, the News Letter reports.

'Crisis is deepening at A&Es'

A "crisis facing hospitals is continuing to deepen" according to UUP MLA Jo-Anne Dobson. Latest figures show an increase in the number people waiting longer than 12 hours to be discharged at emergency departments.

Jo-Anne Dobson
Press Eye

"The current delays in receiving treatment, which would have been unimaginable and frightening only a few years ago, are directly contributing to conditions worsening," she says.  

Woman reunited with £10k ring lost in sea

Belfast Telegraph

A Belfast woman who thought her £10,000 ring was lost forever when she dropped it in the sea has been reunited with the precious family heirloom, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

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It was returned to Katie Patterson's finger by a metal detectorist who flew out to Majorca to search for it earlier this month.

Firm fined over river pollution

A renewable energy company set up by two farmers in Eglinton has been fined £4,000 for polluting a tributary of the River Faughan.

River Faughan
Mark Lusby

Greenan Generation Ltd admitted two charges at Londonderry Magistrate's Court and a defence solicitor said the firm's directors have since carried out remedial works.

Executive's plan is merely a 'wishlist' says David Ford

Police appeal over aggravated burglary

Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)

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Fatal foetal abnormalities group has met

The first meeting of the assembly's working group on fatal foetal abnormalities has taken place.


Justice Minister Claire Sudgen says she's met Health Minister Michelle O'Neill and they've agreed the establishment of the group, which met on Thursday 14 July. It'll report to the ministers by the end of September.

God bless 'wonderful' Big Sam, says Irish priest

BBC Radio 5 Live

Father Joe Young, the man who handed Sam Allardyce his first job in management at League of Ireland club Limerick, says he's "absolutely delighted" to see the big man become England manager.

Father Joe Young speaking to BBC Radio Five Live

"I'll say mass for him tomorrow morning and God bless him because he is wonderful," the former Limerick chairman says.

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Ireland and France call for swift Brexit

French President Francois Hollande and Taoiseach Enda Kenny have said Britain should begin the process of leaving the EU "as soon as possible".

Enda Kenny and Hollande
Brian Lawless/PA Wire

In a joint statement, they said they "looked forward to the notification as soon as possible by the new British government of the UK's intention to withdraw from the union".

Dog loose on A2 Bangor Road

Rise in long waits at emergency departments

Catherine Smyth


The number of people waiting more than 12 hours to be treated or discharged from emergency departments in Northern Ireland rose last month, in breach of the government's targets.

A hospital emergency department

A total of 281 patients waited longer than 12 hours, a higher number than the same month last year, but there was also a 5% increase in the overall number of people attending the departments.

BreakingAccused 'waited with woman' after scrambler crash

A 17-year-old boy who is charged in connection with the death of Valerie Armstrong stayed by her side until the ambulance arrived, a court heard.

Mila's Lake

A police constable told the court that the teenager co-operated with officers throughout interviews and showed remorse.

BreakingTeenager charged with woman's scrambler death

A 17-year-old boy wept in court as he was charged in connection with the death of a woman who was struck by a scrambler motorbike on Tuesday night in a west Belfast park.

Flowers at the scene of the fatal crash
Press Eye

The boy, who can't be named because of his age, is accused of causing Valerie Armstrong's death by dangerous driving and having no insurance.  

Risk of thunder later

Northern Ireland economy grows by 0.4%

The Northern Ireland economy grew by 0.4% in the first quarter of 2016 according to official figures.


The statistics are measured using the Northern Ireland Composite Economic Index (NICEI), which is roughly equivalent to Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

'Don't take risk with reservoir dip'

A quick dip in a reservoir or quarry to cool down in this heat might seem appealing but it can be "very dangerous", Northern Ireland Water and the Quarry Products Association are warning.

Silent Valley reservoir
NI Water

They say: "You may swim well in a warm indoor pool, but that does not mean that you will be able to swim in cold water. It could all end in tragedy. Don't take the risk.''

Diversions in place Carrickfergus/Ballyclare

Ballymena vehicle tests suspended due to power failure

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Paramilitary action plan critics 'throwing mud' says Claire Sugden

The justice minister has said critics of a plan to tackle paramilitary activity in Northern Ireland are "throwing mud for the sake of it".


The £50m action plan is the executive's response to the recommendations of an independent panel's report published last month.

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Enda Kenny welcomes President Hollande

The Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Enda Kenny has welcomed the French President, François Hollande to Ireland.

Kenny and Hollande

Brexit is expected to top their meeting's agenda with terrorism expected to be discussed as well.