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  1. Updates for Wednesday 31 August 2016
  2. More updates from 07:00 on Thursday
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That's it from us at BBC News NI Live for today - stay across our news site for the rest of the evening, including the latest on the major fire that continues to burn in west Belfast.

Fire in west Belfast

We'll be back at 7.00am tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel - until then, have a great night. 

Weather: Latest forecast ahead of change into autumn

Football: Keane set for final Irish farewell

It'll be an emotional goodbye in the Aviva Stadium tonight - after 145 caps and 67 international goals, Robbie Keane is hanging up his international boots with a final appearance against Oman.

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Smoke spreading across Belfast from major fire

The fire in west Belfast continues to bring us dramatic pictures. Here's a shot of the fire taken from Newtownbreda and, below that, Colin Williams sent us an aerial shot showing a huge plume of smoke over south Belfast.

Fire west Belfast
Belfast fire
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Hickey family meets Irish foreign minister

The family of Pat Hickey, the former Olympic Council of Ireland president arrested in Brazil over alleged illegal ticket sales, has met Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan.

Pat Hickey

In a statement from the family's solicitors, it said the family had been "reassured that the minister and Department of Foreign Affairs are doing everything in their power to provide all necessary consular support to Mr Hickey". 

Decision to be taken tomorrow on Exminster terrorism searches

A decision on whether to extend searches in Exminster as part of an investigation into Northern Ireland-related terrorism will be made tomorrow, say police in Devon and Cornwall.


The searches have been continuing since the arrest of Ciarán Maxwell, a Royal Marine born in Larne, last week in connection with arms dumps found earlier this year.

Dramatic pictures of west Belfast fire

BBC Newsline's Catherine Morrison is on the scene at a major fire that has broken out at a recycling centre in west Belfast.

West Belfast: Firefighters dealing with blaze at recycling plant

See her full report on BBC Newsline at 6.30. 

'Petrifying' ordeal on transatlantic flight hit by turbulence

"30 years of flying, I've been through a little bit of turbulence, I've been through some scary things... but I've never through anything this petrifying". The words of a passenger who was on board the flight that made an emergency landing in Shannon.

Passenger Gregory Giagnocavo explains what severe turbulence feels like

West Belfast fire: Latest from the scene

BBC News NI reporter Catherine Morrison tells Evening Extra that the fire in west Belfast is producing a huge plume of smoke and that onlookers have been moved back from the area.

Fire west Belfast

The fire has broken out at a recycling centre. "This fire could go on for some time," she says. "A firefighter here tells me he attended a similar fire that went on for three days."

Irish cabinet adjourn meeting over Apple until Friday

The Irish cabinet has adjourned its meeting over the European Commission's ruling that Ireland granted Apple undue tax benefits of up to €13bn (£11bn).

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"Following the discussion, it was agreed to adjourn the meeting to allow further time to reflect on the issues and to clarify a number of legal and technical issues," said an Irish government office statement. 

Rubbish fire in west Belfast

A fire has broken out at a business premises in the Blackstaff Road area of west Belfast.

Fire west Belfast

The fire service says seven engines are at the scene where a large quantity of rubbish is on a fire. The rubbish is creating a large plume of smoke that can be seen from the M1 and Boucher Road. 

Traffic: Slow going near west Belfast fire

Search for missing Derry man called off until Thursday

A search for a man off the coast of County Donegal has been called off because of bad weather.

Buncrana RNLI

Anthony Griffith, 59, from Londonderry, was last seen on Monday. The search off the Isle of Doagh will resume at 11:00 on Thursday.

Classic cars set on fire in Larne arson attack

Police are appealing for information after six classic cars were set on fire at a business in Larne early this morning.


Police received a report of the attack in the Brustin Brae Road area at about 07:00.

Caterpillar refuse to comment on jobs speculation

Caterpillar have refused to comment over speculation the company is set to make a significant announcement regarding jobs.

Press Eye

A spokesperson said: "Caterpillar is committed to communicating regularly and directly with our employees about the business environment and any resulting changes."

Donaldson inquest adjourned because of criminal investigation

The inquest into the death of Denis Donaldon has been adjourned for two years - the coroner in County Donegal says that the adjournment is because criminal proceedings have begun against an individual. 

Denis Donaldson

Supt Michael Finan said Gardai were now applying for a further adjournment until the criminal proceedings were finally concluded.

Rugby: Ulster sign prop on short-term deal

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Ulster have moved to ease their injury problems in the front-row by signing Georgia prop Anton Peikrishvili until 19 December.

Anton Peikrishvili
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Ulster are currently without three props - Wiehahn Herbst, Ricky Lutton and Jonny Simpson - because of injury.The 28-year-old Georgian has played in France since 2007 and has 23 international caps. 

Funeral details for family found dead in County Cavan

A joint funeral for five members of the Hawe family, who were found dead on Monday in an apparent murder-suicide, will take place this Saturday.

Hawe family

Mass will take place at St Mary's Church in Castlerahan, County Cavan.

Denis Donaldson inquest adjourned for two years

An inquest into the death of former Sinn Féin official Denis Donaldson has been adjourned for two years. 

Denis Donaldson
Donaldson family

He was shot dead in Donegal more than 10 years ago. The Real IRA claimed it was responsible. Months before he was killed, he confessed to spying for Special Branch and MI5.

Weather: Brighter afternoon but colder than yesterday

Irish cabinet meeting over Apple tax decision

The Irish cabinet is meeting to discuss the European Commission's decision that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to €13bn (£11bn) to Apple.

Irish cabinet

Ahead of the meeting, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said time was needed to absorb the decision and that it was an "unprecedented situation". 

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Searches near Carnfunnock Country Park

Police searches are ongoing in Larne, including near Carnfunnock Country Park where "a significant terrorist hide" of bomb-making components and explosives was found in March.

Carnfunnock Country Park
Press Eye

The searches are believed to be linked to the arrest of Ciarán Maxwell, a serving Royal Marine, who was arrested last week.

Where wedding bells are ringing loudest

BBC News NI's business editor has been delving into the latest wedding figures included in NISRA's latest released of mid-year population statistics - and there's wins for Derry and Ballymena. 

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Further five days to question man in dissident investigation

'Suspicious approaches' to children investigated

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Teenage pregnancies at new record low

The number of teenage pregnancies here have dropped to a record low, according to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. 

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The statistics were released as part of the organisation's release of mid-year population estimates

Royal Marine can be held for a second week

A Royal Marine who was arrested last week on suspicion of terrorism can be held for another seven days after the Metropolitan Police are granted a further warrant.

Ciarán Maxwell

Ciarán Maxwell, from Larne, County Antrim, was arrested in Somerset last Wednesday as part of an investigation into Northern Ireland-related terrorism.

Rugby: IRFU blocked Pienaar extension to benefit home-grown talent

Ruan Pienaar wanted to stay, Ulster wanted him to stay - but the IRFU says it blocked a contract extension for the South African star so that Ulster could "develop indigenous talent". 

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Rugby: Selection issues for Ulster ahead of league opener

BBC Sport NI

Ulster's Director of Rugby Les Kiss has a selection dilemma ahead of Friday's Pro12 opener against the Dragons at Kingspan Stadium.

Louis Ludik
Press Eye

Darren Cave, Wiehahn Herbst, Ricky Lutton, Tommy Bowe, Dan Tuohy, Peter Nelson and Chris Henry will miss out, while Stuart Olding and Louis Ludik (pictured) are doubtful.

Major search for Derry man Anthony Griffiths

A major air, land and sea search is continuing in County Donegal for a Derry man who has been missing since Monday night.

Buncrana RNLI

The search for Anthony Griffiths, 59, from Culmore centres on the Isle of Doagh area between Ballyliffin and Carndonagh. The search involves Irish police, the RNLI and volunteers.

Jet2 to create up to 50 jobs in Belfast

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics and Business Editor

The airline says it will create up to 50 new jobs in Belfast as part of a UK-wide expansion.

Jet 2

It wants to hire about 1,000 people, primarily cabin crew, across eight airports it operates from - Belfast International, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle. 

Shannon Airport: Ambulances met plane at airport

Shannon Airport says that a flight that performed an emergency landing this morning after severe turbulence injured passengers and crew members was met by ambulances at the scene. 

United Airlines flight Shannon

United Airlines says that 10 passengers and two flight attendants were taken to hospital. All have been discharged except one flight attendant. 

Latest on Shannon: Hospital discharges 11 injured in flight turbulence

University Hospital Limerick says that 11 of the 12 passengers taken to hospital when a transatlantic flight hit turbulence this morning have been discharged.

University Hospital Limerick

The hospital said nine adults, including two crew members, and three children were among those taken to hospital with soft tissue injuries, minor head injuries and lacerations. 

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