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  1. Updates for Thursday 12 November 2015
  2. Police ombudsman rejects concerns over Coleraine attack
  3. Bombardier staff face two-year pay freeze
  4. Ex-soldier bailed in Bloody Sunday inquiry

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By Fiona Murray and Ciaran McCauley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night!

    Claire Noble

    BBC News NI

    That's all from us at BBC News NI Live - you can stay up-to-date with all the latest news on BBC Radio Ulster and online.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 07:00. Have a good evening!

  2. 'Change needed' warns Sir Liam Donaldson

    David Maxwell

    BBC News NI

    In an exclusive interview with the BBC, the former chief medical officer of England, Sir Liam Donaldson, says doing away with the health and social care board must bring about financial savings.

    Liam Donaldson

    He says change needs to happen as soon as possible.

  3. Flight makes emergency landing in NI

    An Air France passenger plane has made an emergency landing in Belfast after it was diverted by stormy weather and ran low on fuel.

    Stormy weather

    The flight, with 93 people on board, was originally bound for Dublin but was diverted to Belfast International Airport because of high winds.

  4. 'NI can't tolerate having most dangerous prison in Europe'

    Stormont's justice committee has been discussing Maghaberry Prison, following this week's damning report by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons in England and Wales.

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  5. 57 prison officers take ill health retirement

    Sue McAllister, director general of the Prison Service, has been addressing the Stormont justice committee today. Our Home Affairs correspondent Vincent Kearney is covering proceedings:

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  6. Shannon airport storm Abigail diversions

    BBC NI reporter Sean O'Halloran had his Rome to Dublin flight diverted to Shannon airport due to strong winds caused by storm Abigail.

    Group collage of Shannon airport

    He's sent us these pictures from the airport this evening as he waits for a replacement bus to Dublin. "Passengers have been waiting for three hours," he says.

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  7. Flu vaccine uptake falls 10%

    David Maxwell

    BBC News NI

    The flu vaccine uptake is down 10% in at risk groups in Northern Ireland compared to last year's figures.

    Doctors in the rest of the UK have expressed alarm at a seemingly sharp fall in the number of people having the seasonal flu jab.

  8. 'Full range' of drugs used by prisoners

    The chief inspector of criminal justice NI, Brendan McGuigan, is answering questions at a committee meeting in Stormont.


    He was asked what illegal drugs are being used by prisoners in Maghaberry. "It's the full range. Heroin, cocaine, legal highs and the very strong prescription sort of drugs, the Tramadols, the Valiums, you name it," Mr McGuigan says.

  9. Road reopens after fatal RTC

    The Tirkeeran Road in Garvagh, County Londonderry, has reopened following a road traffic collision in which a 20-year-old man died.

    PSNI crest
  10. Leeds keen on Kyle Lafferty

    Northern Ireland international striker Kyle Lafferty is the subject of interest from Championship side Leeds United, who have asked about taking him on loan.

    Kyle Lafferty

    The 28-year-old has only featured once for Norwich City this season, but was instrumental in helping Northern Ireland qualify for next summer's European Championships in France.

  11. Irish Navy vessel rescues 99

    An Irish Navy vessel, LÉ Samuel Beckett, has helped rescue 99 people from an "unseaworthy craft" near Tripoli in Libya.

    LÉ Samuel Becket

    It used its rigged hull inflatable boats to transfer the people to another vessel, the MV Dignity 1.

  12. New HMRC centre will be 'cost-effective'

    HMRC's chief executive Lin Homer says the new regional centre in Belfast will bring its staff together "in more modern and cost-effective buildings in an area with lower rent".

    "It will also make a big contribution to the economy of Northern Ireland providing high-quality, skilled jobs and supporting the government's commitment to a national recovery that benefits all parts of the UK," she added.

  13. Container damaged in arson

    A portable container has been damaged in an arson attack on the Ballysillan Road in north Belfast.

    PSNI crest

    Police have appealed for information about the incident which happened at about 21:00 GMT on Monday.

  14. Durkan to discuss redundancies

    SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan is to meet Invista management later following news that the textile maker is to cut up to 48 jobs at its Maydown plant on the outskirts of Londonderry.


    "News that Invista are seeking voluntary redundancies is a further blow to what is left of the textile manufacturing tradition in this city," Mr Durkan said.

  15. HMRC: UK-wide centre closures

    The closures at HMRC here are part of a wider shake-up across the UK, which you can read about on the BBC website.


    At the moment HMRC have 170 regional offices in the United Kingdom, they plan to close 137 of them by 2027.

    That will leave 13 regional centres, including one in Belfast. Other regional offices will close.

  16. HMRC to shut NI regional offices

    One Belfast office will remain

    John Campbell

    BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

    HMRC is to close its regional offices in Northern Ireland and operate from a single facility in Belfast.


    Offices in Newry, Coleraine, Craigavon, Enniskillen, Lisburn and Londonderry will close between 2016 and 2021.

    HMRC said it is phasing the closures to "allow staff time to make choices for their future and reduce the number of possible redundancies".

  17. Attempted ATM theft

    Two men have attempted to seal a cash machine from a service station in Mayobridge, County Down.

    PSNI crest

    Damage was caused to the machine but nothing was stolen in the incident, which happened on the Newry Road in the early hours of this morning.

  18. Windows smashed in hate crime


    Windows have been smashed by masked men in north Belfast in what police have called a hate crime.

    PSNi officer and crest

    It happened at a house on Wednesday night on the Crumlin Road. Police say the men made off in the direction of the city.

  19. Evans wants O'Neill to stay on

    BBC Sport NI

    Michael O'Neill has the talent to make it as a premier league manager, reckons Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans - but the West Brom man would prefer to see O'Neill stay on in the international game.

    Northern Ireland

    "It would be sad for us players if it got to a situation where he wasn't here," he said, speaking ahead of tomorrow night's friendly against Latvia.

  20. Pedestrian dies after being hit by a car

    A man has died after he was hit by a car in County Londonderry.

    PSNI armour

    The pedestrian, who police believe was 20 years old, was involved in a collision on the Tirkeeran Road in Garvagh at about 07:40 this morning.

  21. Lafferty credits O'Neill with new mindset

    BBC Sport NI

    Kyle Lafferty says manager Michael O'Neill is the man behind the red-hot form that saw the striker score seven goals and help fire Northern Ireland to Euro 2016.

    Kyle Lafferty

    "I let down everyone in the previous campaign - I talked with Michael and I changed my attitude," he says. "The team goes into every game thinking we can win and that's down to Michael."

  22. MLA to meet Derry firm over job cuts

    Foyle MLA Maeve McLaughlin is to meet management at Londonderry-based textile maker Invista this morning over plans to cut 48 jobs.

    Maeve McLaughlin

    The American-owned firm is seeking voluntary redundancies at the Maydown site, where it manufactures Lycra. The company says the voluntary service offer is to "improve the site's productivity".

  23. Ombudsman: 'Police did their best'

    Good Morning Ulster

    Dr Michael Maguire, the police ombudsman, says that he believes police "did their best in the context of the information they had" on the day Kevin McDaid was beaten and later died in Coleraine.

    Michael Maguire

    A report by Dr Maguire says that there was no evidence that police did not intervene to stop the attack. "I have been hugely critical of the police in the past," he says. "On this occasion, in looking at the events as they unfolded during the day, the conclusions we came to, I believe, were solid ones."

  24. Campsie fire continues to burn

    Good Morning Ulster

    A fire at a former recycling plant near Londonderry could burn for several more days - that's according to Fire Service Group Commander Mark Smyth.

    fire at former Brickkiln site in Londonderry.

    He says that the fire is currently burning through thousands of tonnes of waste and that it's a "very deep-seated fire". "We have warned this could go on for today, possibly tomorrow," he says.

  25. House prices still rising

    Clodagh Rice

    Business Reporter, BBC News NI

    A shortfall in the supply of housing continued to push prices up across Northern Ireland last month according to the latest survey by Ulster Bank and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

    House hunting

    They say that prices are expected to rise by about 3.5% every year for the next five years. Despite this, prices remain well below pre-crisis high levels.

  26. Arrest highlights sentencing differences

    Mark Devenport

    BBC News NI Political Editor

    The arrest on Tuesday of an ex-soldier in connection with Bloody Sunday raised an interesting question - if convicted, could a soldier serve a full sentence while paramilitaries can avail of the early-release scheme as per the Good Friday Agreement?

    Bloody Sunday

    In this case, it's not quite that simple - in my blog, I take a look at the complex legislative question that covers any possible conviction of a soldier in relation to Bloody Sunday.

  27. National Trust: 'Allow sea to reclaim land'

    Conor Macauley

    BBC NI Environment Correspondent

    The National Trust says it may be time to stop maintaining coastal defences in some parts of the country and allow the sea to reclaim land.

    Coastal defences

    The charity says it should be done where "appropriate" and in a way that's "sensitive to community needs".

  28. SDLP MLA disputes ombudsman report

    Good Morning Ulster

    SDLP MLA John Dallat says that the police ombudsman report into Kevin McDaid's death in Coleraine is "very unusual in that it doesn't appear to identify any weaknesses in the police at all".

    John Dallat

    Mr Dallat says he disagrees with the report's conclusions. "With probably no bad intentions, the police failed to protect the community and this must not be allowed to happen again," he says.

  29. Ex-soldier released on bail

    A former soldier arrested in connection with three deaths on Bloody Sunday has been released on bail.


    The 66-year-old was the first person to be arrested as part of an investigation into the events that day in 1972.

  30. Bombardier two-year pay freeze

    Julian O'Neill

    BBC News NI Business Correspondent

    Bombardier workers here are being asked to accept a two-year pay freeze, with the company telling them it's "in serious financial crisis".


    The Canadian firm's 5,500 local staff have been told there's a "business necessity" to cut costs in Belfast by 20% by 2017.

  31. Ombudsman backs police over attack

    The police ombudsman has found no evidence to support concerns that police did not intervene to stop a sectarian attack in Coleraine that led to a man's death.

    Kevin McDaid

    Kevin McDaid died after he was attacked outside his home in May 2009.

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    Ciaran McCauley

    BBC News NI

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