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AP McCoy has been talking at the premiere in Dublin about the film documenting his final year as a record-breaking jump jockey.Copyright: Inpho
The 20-times champion jockey said he did the film, Being AP, so his children could look back at his racing achievements. Click here to watch the video.
Iain Henderson will make his first Ulster appearance of the season in Friday's European Champions Cup game against Saracens at Kingspan Stadium.Copyright: Press Eye
A hand injury has kept Henderson out since Ireland's World Cup quarter-final defeat by Argentina on 18 October.
On political life, outgoing DUP leader Peter Robinson tells the BBC: "It's a rough trade and the further you get up that greasy pole, the more people there are who are wanting to bring you down.Copyright: Thinkstock
"The notice I give to whoever takes over the position is don't expect the honeymoon to last too long - you will become a target, the crosshairs will be on your back straight away.
"There is a nasty streak in politics with some people who feel that their job is to smear and try and bring people down. If you're a sensitive flower, this isn't the role to be taking on."
The officer on watch when a cargo ship ran aground on Scotland's north west coast was drunk, according to a new report on February's incident.Copyright: PA
The Lysblink Seaways was on its way from Belfast to Skogn in Norway when it ran aground at full speed near Kilchoan in the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. The officer, a 36-year-old Russian, had drank half a litre of rum earlier in the evening, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch report said.
A judge has lifted civil restrictions on the activities of five convicted criminals because of a mix-up in the application process.Copyright: BBC
Serious Crime Prevention Orders were granted against the men following requests made on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions, but a High Court judge was told today that those who made the applications were not on a list of staff to whom the DPP had delegated authority.
Judgement was reserved today in former Health Minister Edwin Poots' bid to overturn rulings that his ban on gay men giving blood in Northern Ireland was irrational and "infected" by apparent bias.Copyright: BBC
He is also challenging judicial verdicts that he breached the ministerial code and appeared to have been influenced by Christian beliefs in maintaining the lifetime prohibition. A panel of senior appeal judges confirmed they wanted time to consider all submissions. Click here to read more.
A fire at a recycling plant in Campsie, near Londonderry, that started eight days ago has now been fully extinguished.Copyright: Tyler Collins
Residents were still being advised yesterday to close their windows as a smoke plume from the Electra Road facility continued to cause difficulties. The Fire and Rescue Service says the cause of the blaze is still being investigated.
Coleraine, holders Cliftonville and Warrenpoint Town have booked their places in the semi-finals of the 2015/16 League Cup.Copyright: Press Eye
Two goals by James McLaughlin earned Coleraine a 2-1 win over Ballymena, holders Cliftonville beat Glentoran 3-2 and Warrenpoint won 2-1 at Institute. Click here for a video round-up of last night's action.
East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson has described Peter Robinson as "the most self sacrificial individual in Ulster politics", and described comments criticising his role as "disgraceful" and "negative".Copyright: BBC
He said he wanted to add balance to today's discussion on his career. "If I am allowed to have my say, I want to make sure people don't focus on aspects of the past which are without any context or any credibility given the situation which Northern Ireland rests today."
While Ian Paisley had an acrimonious fallout with Peter Robinson after he stepped down as DUP leader, Mr Robinson says: "I simply wouldn't find myself in the position where I'm going to turn on friends and colleagues who have supported me throughout my lifetime.Copyright: PA
"I'll be there to give support, to encourage those who follow and if the party wants me to give advice I'll give it, but I'm not going to stick my nose in and interfere in future decision-making. I'll be there to encourage and support." Click here to watch a clip from the interview.
The Belfast Trust says the man who was shot in west Belfast earlier today is in a critical condition in hospital.Copyright: Pacemaker
Former hunger striker and PIRA volunteer Gerard Hodgins has told of how "nothing has changed in the paramilitary structures of the IRA since Mike Nesbitt walked out of the assembly".
Speaking to the News Letter after a deal was reached between British and Irish governments and Ulster's politicians to resolve the political crisis at Stormont, Mr Hodgins said: "I know they are saying there is an agreement, or whatever they are calling it, but I don't see any change in the body politic now that wasn't there whenever Mike Nesbitt walked out." Click here for the full story.
New SDLP leader Colum Eastwood says he wishes outgoing First Minister Peter Robinson "all the best in the future and the best of health".Copyright: BBC
He says: "His early career was forged as a right-leaning, hardline unionist so it's unsurprising that we don't have much political common ground. But despite our disagreements, on a human level it's clear to see that he has had a very difficult time personally and with his health."
U2 guitarist The Edge, who's in Belfast for two shows, has visited a new Mencap centre being built in south Belfast.Copyright: Mencap
He has been an ambassador for the charity since being invited in 2009 by his cousin, Ciara Lawrence, who has a learning disability. He says: "On a personal level, Mencap has done so much for my cousin, Ciara, in helping her reach her full potential. Everyone should have access to this kind of support."
Martin McGuinness of Sinn Féin says he has worked closely with Peter Robinson in the Office of First and Deputy First Minister since June 2008, and they have "faced many challenges together".Copyright: AP
"During that time we have had a close and professional working relationship and, despite media perception it has always been courteous and amicable," he says.
The deputy first minister adds: "Despite our political differences, I recognise fully the enormous personal contribution Peter has made, building on the work of his predecessor, Dr Paisley."
On his lifestyle, Peter Robinson says: "It's remarkable just how quickly, even after a heart attack, you can slide back into the same old habits of staying up late at night, not getting your sleep, not eating properly or getting any exercise.Copyright: Pacemaker
"The family, at least, will be pleased that I'm going to be having some 'me time'."
Asked about whether he plans to remain in politics in some capacity, Mr Robinson says: "I don't think the history of those who have given up full stop is very good, and there's no way I'm the kind of person who's going to sit and idle around the house and get in (his wife) Iris' way.Copyright: PA
"I'm going to be someone who finds something to do - I suspect it probably won't be politics, but we'll see as time goes on."
Peter Robinson says "towards the end of this year or the very beginning of next year" is the most appropriate time to leave, as "you do need to have some months for a new leader to get their feet under the table before the election".Copyright: Pacemaker
On the issue of whether his party leadership and first minister posts are split between two people, he says: "The rest is really up to the electoral college - if they pick somebody from outside the assembly, then clearly the position has to be divided. If they choose somebody from the assembly then that is an option that they hold both posts."
Peter Robinson suffered a heart attack in May, but he told the BBC that it happened after he had already informed his party officers he was stepping down as DUP leader.Copyright: BBC
"If it had happened before, it may well have been one of the factors I would have taken into consideration - the job is an exacting job, it is rigorous and at times brutal," he says.
Outgoing DUP leader Peter Robinson tells the BBC: "Right back from the Westminster election in May, I indicated to party officers that they had to factor into their calculations that I would not be standing at the next assembly elections, so they could do their forward planning.Copyright: BBC
"But the assembly was in some disarray at that time, and the view was, I should remain and attempt to stabilise the assembly and executive - we've done that successfully, so now it seems to me the appropriate time to announce the departure and allow the party to take it forward."
Outgoing DUP leader Peter Robinson tells BBC NI political editor Mark Devenport: "In politics, it's very difficult to find the exact moment that is right to announce a departure, because politics, by its very nature, continues to flow on.Copyright: BBC
"You never really get the end of a chapter, and I think probably what we have at this present time, with the agreement being reached, is as close as you're going to get."
A large quantity of lead has been stolen from the roof of a church in Londonderry.
The theft at St Columba's Church, Longtower, was discovered by contractors investigating a leak. Police say lead was also taken from the roof of Nazareth House in Bishop Street earlier this week.
The Ulster Unionist Party has issued a statement wishing outgoing DUP leader Peter Robinson "a long and healthy retirement".
A spokesperson added: "He remains first minister of the Northern Ireland Executive at a time when we share the ambition of seeing Stormont delivering positive outcomes for all our people. We will continue to engage positively with that objective in mind."
DUP chairman Lord Morrow says outgoing leader Peter Robinson was "the tactician behind all of the major advances made by the DUP over the course of the last 15 years".Copyright: BBC
He adds: "When historians come to reflect upon the history of Northern Ireland they will, I have no doubt, record that Peter Robinson was a transforming figure: helping Northern Ireland transform from civil strife and constitutional uncertainty into political stability and prosperity."
Veteran journalist Eamonn Mallie tells the BBC's Talkback: "There was a convivial side of Peter Robinson, but more often than not I would have incurred his wrath, and by golly, when one incurred his wrath you felt it."Copyright: BBC
Northern Ireland may now be a more attractive destination for inward investment than the Republic after a date and rate for a corporation tax cut was confirmed, it has been claimed.
Northern Ireland will have a new lower rate of business tax of 12.5% from April 2018 - bringing it level with the Republic's levy, which has been credited with helping it attract global tech giants like Facebook, Google and Apple to its shores. Click here to read more.
Earlier we heard the story of Enniskillen teenager Sophie Kerr, who was left alone on a school bus for almost three hours.Copyright: BBC
The family have told our South West reporter Julian Fowler that they're still waiting for a letter of apology from the Education Authority and have lost trust in the bus transport arrangements. Sophie is now being taken to school by taxi.
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The Northern Ireland Office confirms that the legislation putting welfare reform into effect here will be pushed through all its House of Commons stages on Monday.Copyright: PA
It will then be put before the House of Lords on Tuesday.
The SDLP's Brid Rodgers tells Talkback there's mixed feelings in the nationalist community about Peter Robinson, who "left a trail of destruction behind him" after converting to the idea of power sharing.Copyright: BBC
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In-year funding cuts to 32 of Northern Ireland's biggest arts organisations have been reversed following the November monitoring round.Copyright: BBC
Last month, the organisations were told they would lose 7% of their planned funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, but the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure now says the £620,000 will be restored for it to distribute.
Former Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern tells the BBC's Talkback that outgoing DUP leader Peter Robinson has been a "steady hand" in the Northern Ireland political process.Copyright: PA
"Of course he was controversial in the earlier period as far as we were concerned in the Republic, but I would far rather remember the role he has played over the last 15 or 16 years, and I think that was good political strategy, good tactics, bringing a party in that always said no to say yes, coming in with good policies and ideas."
An elderly Belfast woman, who was beaten up by burglars four years ago, has been targeted again by a gang of men in her home.Copyright: BBC
Josie Hamilton, who is in her late 80s, lives off the Shankill Road. It is believed that three men were involved in the latest burglary yesterday evening, taking money and a bank card.
DUP MLA Arlene Foster says Peter Robinson, who has announced that he will stand down as First Minister and party leader within weeks, "was instrumental in my decision to join the Democratic Unionist Party over 12 years ago".Copyright: Pacemaker
She adds: "Unionism is stronger today as a result of the sacrificial labours of Peter Robinson and, for that, we are eternally grateful."
Paying tribute to outgoing DUP leader Peter Robinson, East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson says: "I want to acknowledge the caring, compassionate side of his life.Copyright: Pacemaker
"Too young to remember the worst days of the Troubles, I cannot begin to imagine the pressure public service has had on him personally nor indeed his family, yet Peter never failed to put others first."
Two men have been arrested following a shooting in west Belfast.Copyright: Pacemaker
Det Ch Insp Gary Reid said: "A man in his 40s sustained a gunshot wound to the upper body in an incident at Rossnareen Avenue shortly before 9am. He was taken from the scene by car, and then transferred to an ambulance at Shaw's Road and brought to hospital." Police have appealed for information.
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Oil services firm Schlumberger is cutting 37 jobs in Newtownabbey. The firm has been hit by a fall in oil prices and has cut 15% of its global workforce.
Unite the union sasy 37 jobs is just over 10% of workforce at Schlumberger's Newtownabbey operation.
Paying tribute to outgoing DUP leader Peter Robinson, the party's deputy leader Nigel Dodds says: "Mere words cannot convey the enormity of the thank you owed to Peter by the DUP and by everyone who values progress in Northern Ireland."Copyright: AP
He says Mr Robinson has been a "towering figure" in the party who has made "huge personal sacrifices in the service of others".
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With a reputation as a steely strategist of ruthless ambition, Peter Robinson has been at the heart of Northern Ireland politics for almost 40 years.Copyright: News Letter
From rabble rousing during the street rallies of the 1970s and 1980s to thrashing out landmark peace deals, the 66-year-old has risen from a modest estate agent to one of the region's most powerful politicians running Stormont's "big house on the hill". Click here to read the News Letter article.
A man in his 40s was shot just before 09:00 this morning - he's in hospital and his condition is unknown.
The TUV's Jim Allister has also been sharing his views on Peter Robinson stepping down from his role as First Minister and DUP leader.
"On a personal level, I wish him well. Peter Robinson has been a very significant figure in our political landscape. He probably learnt from his predecessor about not overstaying his welcome.
"I think he had the wit to go before he was pushed."
The deputy first minister Martin McGuinness says he's never hated Peter Robinson and considers him as a friend, as he reflects on his political career.Copyright: BBC
Peter Robinson is stepping down from his roles as First Minister and DUP leader within weeks. "In politics, as in life, everything changes, nothing stays the same," Mr McGuinness told the Stephen Nolan show.
"I think we have developed a good working relationship over the years."
Sinn Féin MLA Rosie McCorley is at the scene of the west Belfast shooting. She says people are "shocked and concerned".Copyright: Pacemaker
BBC NI reporter Nicola Weir said after the shooting happened on the Shaw's Road, the woman who was driving the car continued driving towards the city centre and then stopped to get help for the injured passenger.
The DUP's Gregory Campbell tells the Stephen Nolan show that he's "not really surprised" Peter Robinson is stepping down as First Minister and DUP leader.Copyright: BBC
"It's been speculated for weeks, if not months. I would have liked Peter to have stayed on. It's been a difficult time for Northern Ireland."
A man has been shot in the head in west Belfast. BBC News NI reporter Claire Graham is at the scene:
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BBC NI reporter Claire Graham is at the scene of this morning's shooting in west Belfast.Copyright: Pacemaker
"At the minute there's a black car being cordoned off in the middle of the road by police. It's got a side passenger door wide open. The window has been shot through. Ambulance, cars and police vehicles surround the cordon. We're only 50 yards from a primary and nursery school in the area."
A man in his 40s has been shot in the head in the Shaws Road area of west Belfast. Our reporter Claire Graham is at the scene.Copyright: BBC
The man is being treated at the Royal Victoria Hospital. His condition is not known.
A man has been shot in the head in west Belfast.
It happened on the Shaw's Road. He's been taken to hospital and his condition is not known. We'll bring you more updates as we get them.
A police operation is underway at Shaws Road in west Belfast. Police have confirmed that shots have been fired.
The Sinn Féin president tweeted this morning, as news of Peter Robinson's decision to stand down emerged.
Modernising his party in terms of the people he recruits and the "devolution of policing and justice powers back in 2010" will be Peter Robinson's biggest legacy, says Professor Jon Tonge.
"There are no big wins ahead. It's a logical time to stand down."
If you're just joining us, Peter Robinson says he's stepping down from his roles as First Minister and DUP leader within weeks.
Professor Jon Tonge co-authored a major academic study on the DUP. He tells Good Morning Ulster that Peter Robinson will be "leaving a significant legacy".
"He will get a great reception at his party conference this weekend no doubt. You can understand why he stayed on after the 2011 election result. They won 38 seats. It was a fantastic result. He has modernised his party."
Our political editor Mark Devenport discusses Peter Robinson's decision to stand down as First Minister and DUP leader.
Good Morning Ulster
Peter Robinson wanted to achieve a number of goals he felt would be a lasting legacy for him before he stood down, the Belfast Telegraph's Liam Clarke tells Good Morning Ulster.
"One was to win back the East Belfast seat, Gavin Robinson did that. Peter set in place a strategy to achieve this at Westminster.
"If he could get a date and a rate on corporation tax and if he could get the Assembly back on a firm footing. Party officers have asked him to remain on until the Assembly is on a firm footing, which he reckons will be in the New Year."
The Education Authority has apologised to the family of an Enniskillen teenager with disabilities, who was left alone on a school bus for almost three hours.Copyright: BBC
Sophie Kerr, who's 17, was abandoned in a depot after both the driver and a special needs escort failed to deliver her to school. Her father Jon has been talking to our south west reporter Julian Fowler. Hear the interview on Good Morning Ulster after 8.
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Although Mr Robinson recently suffered a heart attack, he insists his decision to stand down as First Minister and DUP leader wasn't due to his poor health. He says he talked to the DUP party officers about leaving before his health scare.
After 8am on Good Morning Ulster, we'll hear from the Belfast Telegraph's political editor Liam Clarke, who broke the news in the newspaper today.
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What will be the reaction at this weekend's DUP conference, presenter Karen Patterson asks our political editor Mark Devenport. "Will Peter be leaving on a high?"Copyright: BBC
"He will think he will be leaving on that basis. At least this is a set matter and to that extent the DUP does tend to rally round at these times and I think they will."
Stay with us here at BBC News NI Live for more on this big political story. We'll have reaction throughout Good Morning Ulster.
We've been hearing from our political editor Mark Devenport on Peter Robinson's decision to quit as First Minister and DUP leader within weeks.Copyright: Reuters
"He is confirming what was very much an open secret in the DUP," Mark tells Good Morning Ulster.
"He hints that the jobs he holds - DUP leader and First Minister - will be split. Expectation and most of the hot money is on Nigel Dodds to be the next DUP leader and Arlene Foster to be the next the First Minister.
A Samurai sword and an axe have been seized by police and a teenager has been questioned after officers were called to a "disturbance" in Armagh.Copyright: PSNI
The 19-year-old man was arrested after the incident at Killylea Road during the early hours of Tuesday.
Peter Robinson says he'll step down as First Minister and DUP leader in the New Year, telling the Belfast Telegraph there are "massive pressures" on anybody in the job.Copyright: PA
Despite suffering a heart attack in May, he denies he'll be leaving for health reasons.
Ahead of the party's conference this weekend, Mr Robinson says it would be disrespectful to members to go through it with the pretence that he would be leading the party into the next election.
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