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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 17 November 2015
  2. Deal agreed in Stormont talks
  3. Family escapes injury in petrol bomb attack
  4. Republic of Ireland qualify for Euro 2016

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  1. Good night

    So that's all from us on what's been a busy day. We'll be back again from 07:00 in the morning for all the latest news, sport and weather in Northern Ireland. Have a good evening.

  2. Words in the document

    The Stormont document has 14,310 words - here's a word cloud showing the most common ones used over its 67 pages.

    Word cloud
  3. 'Corporation tax means cuts to public services'

    Steven Agnew of the Green Party is unhappy at the Stormont deal plan to introduce corporation tax in NI in 2018

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  4. 'Key questions need answered'

    Michael McGimpsey of the Ulster Unionist Party says they "only got the document at 4pm this afternoon" and after a brief reading of it, there are "a number of key questions that will need answered".

    Michael McGimpsey

    "For example, there's a startling omission of victims, there's nothing on the legacy of the past being addressed, we don't see paramilitary shootings, the IRA doesn't even get a mention, and that's before we even get into how the money is being handled," he says.

  5. 'Open doors'

    Invest NI CEO Alastair Hamilton says the confirmation of a reduced corporation tax rate of 12.5% by April 2018 will "open doors for us to be able to compete for, and seek to attract, new operations which are tax sensitive".

    Invest NI

    He adds: "Today's announcement will also provide a welcome boost to local, profitable businesses who will have additional finance to invest in their future growth."

  6. BBC's political editor on Stormont deal

  7. Religious leaders welcome agreement

    Church leaders have issued a joint statement welcoming the agreement reached at Stormont.

    "We recognise that everyone involved in the negotiations will not have achieved all that they wanted in this agreement, nor will everyone who reads it be fully content with every aspect of it - such is the nature of any agreed accommodation," they said.

    "However, we pray that this particular accommodation reached in the interests of all, will be the basis for beginning to restore hope to those who are struggling and re-establish the trust that has been slowly ebbing from our political institutions."

  8. 'Any deal would do'

    Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister says the "DUP/Sinn Féin deal" is "all about clinging to power, in spite of the fact that we still have an armed, active and Sinn Féin-controlling IRA.

    Jim Allister

    "Such was the DUP's desperation to delay an election that any deal would do."

  9. Business body welcomes deal

    Welcoming the Stormont deal, the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry says "political stability and a Northern Ireland Executive pulling together on the economy is vital for business growth".

    It says that with an April 2018 "rate and date" for the devolution of corporation tax powers, "businesses can plan for growth and Invest NI can start selling the proposition to potential inward investors across the world".

  10. Agreement 'tackles toxic legacy'

    Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny says the agreement "tackles the toxic legacy of paramilitarism and its links to criminality". "The agreement provides the people of Northern Ireland with a chance to have the burden of thuggery, intimidation and sectarian hatred taken off their backs once and for all," he says.

    Enda Kenny

    Mr Kenny adds: "We are delighted that our commitments under this agreement will see completion of the first part of the A5 motorway, which will help unlock the full potential of the north west of the island."

  11. 'Common commitment'

    Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness says: "This agreement represents an opportunity for a new start, an opportunity which we all must grasp."

    Martin McGuinness

    He adds: "At the heart of this agreement is our common commitment to a better future for all of our people, and Peter and I are at one in our determination to defend core public services, to continue to attract foreign direct investment, support indigenous businesses and to provide more and better jobs, particularly for our young people."

  12. 'United in determination'

    First Minister Peter Robinson says: "We believe the agreement will consolidate the peace, secure stability, enable progress and offer all our people hope for the future.

    Peter Robinson

    "Both the deputy first minister and I are pledged to work together to implement the vision contained within the agreement. While coming from different political backgrounds with different political outlooks, we are both united in our determination to forge a better, more prosperous future for everyone in Northern Ireland."

  13. 'Important turning point'

    Prime Minister David Cameron says: "This breakthrough today is an important turning point for Northern Ireland."

    David Cameron

    He adds: "What is vital now is that the parties in Northern Ireland use this agreement as the platform for stable devolved government that delivers on the day to day issues that matter to people."

  14. 'Credible roadmap'

    Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan says the agreement is "another milestone in the ongoing journey towards peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland".

    Charlie Flanagan

    "The agreement is a credible roadmap for the implementation of many aspects of the Stormont House Agreement and tackling the continuing impact of paramilitarism," he says.

  15. 'Fresh start'

    Secretary of State Theresa Villiers says today's agreement marks a "fresh start for Northern Ireland's devolved institutions".

    Theresa Villiers

    She says it will help to give the Northern Ireland Executive "a stable, sustainable budget". On paramilitary activity, she says it takes Northern Ireland's leaders "further than ever before".

  16. Where does the deal money come from?

    John Campbell

    BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

    The agreement trumpets more than £500m in new money, but even if that stacks up, it is effectively offset by funds that have to be found from Stormont budgets to pay for welfare mitigation.

    Stormont

    Stormont can expect its so-called "block grant" to fall by up to 2% a year up until 2019/20. Savings made through public sector redundancies and other measures should ease a bit of the pressure. Senior officials tell me that the implementation of welfare reforms will make the budget "manageable". But even with this agreement Stormont's finances will remain under pressure.

  17. Rural crime crackdown

    Police investigating cross-border rural crime have uncovered suspected smuggled diesel following searches of properties in Counties Tyrone and Monaghan.

    The multi-agency operation on Monday included police and agriculture officials from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. A man was arrested for having a firearm in suspicious circumstances. He has been released, pending further reports.

  18. BreakingBreaking News

    Deal reached in NI talks

    A deal has been reached between the Northern Ireland political parties.

    Lock outside Stormont

    After 10 weeks of talks, the parties have agreed a way forward on paramilitarism and welfare changes, but failed to break the deadlock over dealing with the past.

  19. Fire still burning

    A fire at a disused recycling plant on the outskirts of Londonderry is still burning six days after it started.

    Fire at recycling plant

    A Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said a change in the wind direction meant a plume of smoke was now blowing towards the Strathfoyle area, and advised people to close their windows until it clears. The cause of the fire at the former Brickkiln site at Campsie is still being investigated.

  20. Minister sticks with GCSE letter grading

    Robbie Meredith

    BBC News NI Education Correspondent

    Stormont Education Minister John O'Dowd has decided that there will be no change in how GCSEs are graded here.

    GCSE students

    Mr O'Dowd said that all exam boards operating in Northern Ireland will have to give their results using the letters A* to G.

    From summer 2017, English examining boards will give their results in the form of numbers, where 9 is the highest grade and 1 the lowest grade.

  21. Troubles legacy agreement 'impossible at this stage'

    One of the key issues discussed by Northern Ireland's politicians over the last 10 weeks of talks has been how to best deal with the legacy of the Troubles, but it is understood that politicians may press ahead without resolving these matters. 

  22. Nightclub fined for smoking area entertainment

    The owners of Belfast nightclub Box have been fined £200 for breaching the terms of their entertainments licence.

    Box

    Belfast City Council brought the prosecution against Sheridan Night Clubs Ltd after it was found that entertainment was being provided in the outdoor smoking area at the Odyssey Pavilion club in September 2014.

  23. Shop staff threatened by armed robbers

    PSNI

    Staff at a convenience store in south Belfast have been robbed by a number of men, at least one of whom was armed with a knife.

    It happened on the Lisburn Road shortly after 07:00 this morning. Three men aged 30, 28 and 23 have been arrested.

  24. Video link for prisoners and families

    As part of a prisoner rehabilitation project, more than 70 inmates in Magilligan jail near Limavady are being given access to Skype for personal video calls to their families.

    Magilligan prison

    It's the first prison in the UK to introduce the technology. Click here to listen to BBC Radio Foyle reporting on how prisoners and their families are using the system.

  25. 12 couples apply to tie the knot

    Same-sex marriage became legal in the Republic of Ireland on Monday and people have been registering their intention to marry at its general register office.

    Wedding cake

    The office told the BBC they received 12 applications on the first day of the law change.

  26. Legally wed: Husband and husband

    Here are some photographs of the first same-sex marriage in the Republic of Ireland after it became legal on Monday.

    Same sex

    Dublin based couple Richard Dowling and Cormac Gollogly tied the knot this morning in Clonmel, County Tipperary.

    Senior registrar for south Tipperary Mary Claire Heffernan confirmed it was the first same sex-marriage in Ireland.

  27. Man questioned over cocaine seizure

    PSNI

    A man has been arrested in Wales in connection with the seizure of 1kg of high purity cocaine in Bangor, County Down, in February 2011.

    The 37-year-old is being brought to Belfast for further questioning.

  28. Welfare mitigation package 'compressed'

    Mark Devenport

    BBC News NI Political Editor

    In the talks at Stormont, the sums involved in any new welfare mitigation schemes have not yet been confirmed, but sources say the package may have been compressed - which means it will be initially more short-lived than the six-year plan set out in the previous Stormont House Agreement.

    Stormont

    Informed sources claim extra resources, over and above those contained in the agreement reached last Christmas, have been obtained for the executive budget, possibly relating to areas like mental health and security.

  29. High winds may disrupt flights

  30. Where are we with Stormont talks?

    Mark Devenport

    BBC News NI Political Editor

    Stormont sources are predicting that a deal will be confirmed later today resolving the parties' differences over welfare, finance and paramilitarism.

    Stormont

    It's thought a meeting of the power-sharing executive may be called at Stormont Castle, where SDLP and Alliance ministers might be given more details.

    The parties are then expected to meet at the nearby Stormont House for a final round-table session of the talks, together with Secretary of State Theresa Villiers and Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan.

  31. Assembly meeting this afternoon

    Mark Devenport

    BBC News NI Political Editor

    A meeting of Stormont Executive is due at 15:00 today. The assembly is likely to convene for special meeting to deal with welfare tomorrow.

  32. How is Stormont dealing with welfare?

    Mark Devenport

    BBC News NI Political Editor

    It is understood welfare reform will be dealt with via a legislative consent motion, which means MLAs will vote to allow Westminster to implement welfare changes here.

    Money

    Sinn Féin has previously indicated its opposition to Westminster legislating directly for welfare reform, but republican sources say a better financial package has now been negotiated to help vulnerable people who will lose out as a result of the welfare changes.

    However, the same sources concede that the additional cuts to benefits and tax credits introduced by the Conservative government since the last election make it impossible for Sinn Féin to achieve its previous pledge that no one here would lose out as a result of the welfare changes.

  33. North coast could get very windy

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  35. Petrol bomb family targeted 'because husband is Muslim'

    Claire Graham

    BBC News NI

    Margaret and Amin Ibrahim believe they were attacked at their home in Ballymena because of the Paris attacks.

    FAMILY

    A petrol bomb was thrown through their living room window in the early hours of this morning. Mrs Ibrahim says they were targeted because 'her husband is Muslim'. Police have described the attack as as a religious hate crime.

    The couple now want to move away from the area they've been living in for nearly 20 years.

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  36. Bookies robbed in west Belfast

  37. Family targeted after Paris attack

    Petrol bomb thrown at their Ballymena home

    Four people were in the house at the time but no-one was injured.

    Supt Ryan Henderson said: "The criminals who carried out this attack are ignorant, intolerant and dangerous people."

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  38. Pancreatic cancer treatment 'breakthrough'

    A new treatment for pancreatic cancer could significantly increase survival rates, Ulster University has claimed.

    Ulster University

    It said the treatment, involving injecting tumours with oxygen micro bubbles that are coated with a drug which is then activated by ultrasound, could lead to a five-fold reduction in tumour size.

  39. Sinn Féin 'could park legacy aspect'

    Speculation of Stormont deal

    BBC NI political editor Mark Devenport tells the Stephen Nolan show that this deal "feels fairly real".

    MCGUINNESS

    "Another hint that they may be moving towards a deal, but not a comprehensive deal, came from Martin McGuinness yesterday.

    "He was saying that there was still a stumbling block over the new agencies which they plan to create to deal with the legacy of the Troubles."

    Here's a background we've put together on how Stormont's crisis unfolded

  40. 'This is all very fluid'

    Meetings this morning, possible deal this afternoon

    BBC NI political editor Mark Devenport is speaking to the Stephen Nolan show about speculation of a deal at Stormont later today.

    Stormont

    "It might not be a comprehensive deal which resolves all the issues confronting politicians.

    "Some other parties haven't been privy to discussions such as the SDLP and Alliance. They've been called in for meetings with the first minister. Presumably, they will be shown some of the detail ofwhat the two major parties have decided amongst themselves.

    Read more on how Stormont's crisis unfolded

  41. Stormont talks: Legacy issues may not be resolved

    It's understood that politicians may press ahead without resolving legacy issues and welfare could be dealt with by what's known as a Westminster legislative consent motion. 

    The inter-party negotatiations have been continuing for 10 weeks. 

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    For the latest from Stormont, follow @markdevenport

  42. Fast food outlet robbery

    PSNI

    Police are appealing for witnesses after the robbery of a food outlet in Newtownabbey at about 18:30 yesterday.

    PSNI crest
  43. Mater ED may no longer treat children

    David Maxwell

    BBC News NI

    A decision to no longer treat children at Belfast's Mater hospital's emergency department may become permanent.

    mATER HOSPITAL

    The Belfast Trust announced on Friday that children under-14 would be directed to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. While no final decision has been made, I understand that is likely to be a permanent decision.

  44. Reporter mobbed by delighted football fans

    BBC Sport NI

    All roads, buses and trains lead to France after the Republic of Ireland's match victory last night - and judging from the crowd who joined BBC NI reporter Thomas Kane, there were plenty of happy faces outside Dublin's Aviva Stadium.

    Thomas Kane

    They cheered and sang songs while he battled to deliver his match report - you watch the video again on the BBC SPORT NI website

  45. Derry solidarity for Paris

    BBC Radio Foyle

    About 100 people attended a rally in Londonderry last night to remember those killed in Friday's terror attacks in Paris.

    Journalist Eamonn McCann

    The journalist Eamonn McCann said the victims were "vaporised by evil".

    You can stay across what's happening in Paris on the BBC's live page - US Secretary of State is due to hold talks with President Francois Hollande later this morning.

  46. 'Unmanageable stress' among NI principals

    Robbie Meredith

    BBC News NI Education Correspondent

    More than a quarter of our head teachers have an "unmanageable level of stress", a survey from a teachers union suggests.

    Teacher stress

    The union accused the Department of Education and the employing authorities of "failing in their duty of care to safeguard health and wellbeing". The department said a range of measures were in place to address such issues.

  47. Coming up on Good Morning Ulster

    We'll also be hearing about first day hold-ups as 'wheel slip' slows down the new look Enterprise train from Dublin to Belfast.

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  48. Petrol bomb attack 'hate crime'

    A family has escaped injury in a petrol bomb attack at a house in Ballymena, County Antrim.

    PSNI van

    The bomb was thrown through the front window of the house - it set the room alight, but people inside put out the flames and no-one was injured.

  49. Good morning!

    Claire Noble

    BBC News NI

    Hello and welcome back to BBC News NI Live on this mild Tuesday morning. We'll be bringing you all the latest news, travel and weather.

    Start the party because the Republic of Ireland is joining Northern Ireland at Euro 2016. There were jubilant scenes at the Aviva Stadium last night - and our reporter Thomas Kane was there for BBC News NI.

    Football

    As you can see from the bottom right picture, he was greeted by some rather ecstatic Irish supporters.