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  1. Updates for Monday 23 November 2015
  2. Commons set to push welfare reform bill
  3. Pupils sent home after school burgled
  4. 'Dog ate tag' claims burglary suspect

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By Fiona Murray and Erinn Kerr

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    That's it for another day on BBC News NI Live. Join us again at 07:00 tomorrow for all the latest news, traffic and travel.

    Dog at beach near Mourne Mountains

    We'll leave you with this pretty picture of a St Bernard puppy looking at the Mourne Mountains at Tyrella Beach, County Down, taken by Emma Conroy.

  2. Travel advice for schools

    The Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, has today provided new travel advice for Irish schools intending to travel to France.

    Minister for foreign affairs Charlie Flanagan

    This follows new instructions from the French Ministry for Education. He said: "I ask Irish schools planning trips to France in the coming days to actively engage with their tour operators, airlines and with any partner schools in France that they may be coordinating their trips with."

  3. Illegal workers

    Six illegal workers from outside the UK have been caught in Belfast and Crumlin, the Home Office has said.

    Acting on intelligence, officers from Home Office Immigration Enforcement visited Choys Asian Cuisine on the Cliftonville Road in Belfast and China Express on Main Street, Crumlin. Both businesses were told that a fine of up to £20,000 would be applied for each illegal worker if the correct documents were not produced.

  4. Burgled school to re-open

    Nigel Firth, principal of Drumragh Integrated College, says the school will re-open tomorrow morning.

    Drumragh Integrated College

    Speaking on BBC Radio Ulster's Evening Extra, he said: "The good news is that no one was hurt." The school closed today due to the damage done by burglars on Sunday night.

  5. 'Prison not affected'

    A spokesperson for the Department of Justice says the operation of Magilligan Prison has not been affected by the road closure.

    Point Road, Magilligan, County Londonderry

    Traffic is being diverted on the Point Road in Magillligan, County Londonderry, after a jogger found a suspicious object earlier today.

  6. Teen on target at world cup

    BBC Sport NI

    A Belfast teenager has claimed his first World cup gold medal at stage one of the 2015-16 Indoor Archery World Cup circuit in Marrakech, Morocco.

    Patrick Huston

    Patrick Huston, 19, beat 2014 2014 champion Italian Matteo Fissore 6-4 in the recurve final.

  7. Brother appeals for help to find missing 71-year-old John Concannon

    Searches are continuing today for the missing pensioner who has hearing difficulties and dementia.

    He was last seen a fortnight ago getting off a bus in the Lenamore Road area.

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  8. 'My dog chewed it off'

    An alleged burglar accused of removing his electronic tag has claimed it was chewed off by his dog - who wanted to go for a walk.

    Electronic tag

    Jamie Toland, 23, of Slemish Way in Lisburn is charged with burgling a house in February. He'll now stay in custody until his trial. He'll also face a new charge of criminal damage for allegedly removing the device.

  9. Christmas tree down

    The weekend weather has claimed a festive casualty - Coleraine's Christmas tree had to be replaced after being split in two during high winds.

    Christmas Tree

    The council says the tree has been moved to Bridge Street and the replacement will cost about £500.

  10. 'Considerable damage' done to school

    Pupils at Drumragh Integrated College were sent home today after burglars used sledgehammers to smash their way into the school last night.

    Damage done to school

    The school's principal, Nigel Frith said money had been taken.

  11. Robbery victim 'stable'

    A spokesperson for the Northern Trust says the victim of an armed robbery in Newtownabbey, County Antrim, last night is stable in Antrim hospital.

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    His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

  12. Pupils sent home after burglary

    A school in Omagh has been damaged during a burglary which happened on Sunday.

    DRumragh Integrated College

    It is thought that Drumragh Integrated College on the Crevenagh Road was broken into at about 20:00 but was reported to police this morning. Pupils were sent home.

  13. McIlroy guarding against complacency

    BBC Sport NI

    After a year of ups and downs for Rory McIlroy, he's ended up once again as Europe's number one golfer.

    Rory McIlroy

    Speaking to BBC Sport, he says he won't be letting up in the coming years. "You definitely can't be complacent," he says. "This is my time to capitalise on my career. The next 10, 15 years is my time."

  14. Ian Paisley settles libel case with SF MEP

    DUP MP Ian Paisley is to make a charity donation as part of a libel settlement after he was sued by Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson over comments he made on radio.

    Ian Paisley

    Mrs Anderson brought defamation proceedings against Mr Paisley over an interview he gave about the closure of Gallaghers cigarette factory in Ballymena.

  15. Pupils sent home after burglary

    Pupils at Drumragh Integrated College in Omagh have been sent home after the school was vandalised during a burglary.

    Thieves smashed their way into the property, breaking doors and windows, before making off with cash. The principal says the school should re-open tomorrow.

  16. Woman dies in Cork assault

    A 60-year-old woman has died after an assault in Cork in the Republic of Ireland.


    A man, reportedly the woman's husband, was also injured in the attack at a house on Murmount Avenue in the city. A man in his mid-20s was arrested at the scene.

  17. Son pays tribute to dad whose body was found in Portrush

    Coleraine Times

    The son of a man who died at the weekend has paid tribute to the man he said had been his "mentor" all his life.

    Dunluce Road Portrush, county Antrim

    The body of Glenn Allen from Cookstown in County Tyrone, was found on the Dunluce Road in Portrush on Sunday morning. The PSNI are currently investigating his death.

  18. Free festive parking

    All of Belfast City Council's charged car parks will be free to use after 18:00 Monday to Friday and all weekend from Friday 27 November until Sunday 3 January.

    Belfast City Hall with Christmas lights

    They will also be free to use on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Bankmore Street and Smithfield car parks will be closed on Christmas day.

  19. Prison Service response

    A Prison Service spokesperson said the actions to be taken after the unannounced inspections in May have been published.

    Maghaberry Prison

    The spokesperson said they are confident when the inspectors return in January they will see a significant improvement in the prison.

  20. Maghaberry prison 'run by prisoners'

    A prison officer at Maghaberry Prison claimed it is understaffed, chaotic and awash with drugs. He says the situation is getting worse and the prisoners are "running the jail".

    Maghaberry Prison

    His comments on the BBC's Stephen Nolan Show come after a damning report by inspectors who visited the prison near Lisburn, County Antrim, in May.

  21. Metal bar robbery


    Police are looking for a man who is more than 6ft tall, slim and in his 20s following an armed robbery in the Abbots Cross area of Newtownabbey, County Antrim, on Sunday.

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    At about 12:00 a man entered a supermarket with a metal bar and demanded money from the till before making off on foot. Police are appealing for information.

  22. Ulster Rugby 'neither supports or opposes' bill

    Mark Devenport

    BBC News NI Political Editor

    Ulster Rugby has written to the Stormont assembly to say it neither supports or opposes a bill into what's known as a soft opt-out system for organ donation.

    Jo-Anne Dobson

    During a debate earlier this month, UUP MLA Jo-Anne Dobson - the bill's sponsor - thanked sporting organisations including Ulster Rugby for supporting the bill. However, Speaker Mitchel McLaughlin says Ulster Rugby have contacted him to clarify their position.

  23. Masked gang attack man


    Four masked men, one armed with a hammer and one armed with a knife, broke into a house in Newtownabbey, County Antrim, last night.

    PSNI vehicle

    The aggravated burglary happened at Rathmore Drive shortly after 21:00 and one man was injured in the attack. He was taken to hospital but his injuries are not believed to be life threatening. Police are appealing for information.

  24. Huston on target

    BBC Sport NI

    Belfast archer Patrick Huston claimed his first World Cup gold medal at stage one on the 2015-16 Indoor Archery World Cup circuit in Marrackech.

    Patrick Huston

    The 19-year-old is a former junior world champion.

  25. Trust 'keen to reassure family'

    Earlier, we reported on a Coleraine family's fear that a 10-year-old boys brain tumours would return after he has been waiting almost two years for an MRI scan.

    Ewan MacKerracher

    The Belfast Trust has responded and says that "the recommended intervals for follow-up scans" is 12 to 24 months. It says it will be contacting the family to discuss a forthcoming scan.

  26. Ruth Patterson: 'I'll consider independent election bid'

    Kevin Magee

    BBC News NI

    Ruth Patterson (pictured with her dog, Paisley) says she might stand as an independent in next year's assembly election but that it's unlikely she'll join another party after being expelled by the DUP.

    Ruth Patterson

    "There's always the possibility of that," she says, when asked if she might make an election run as an independent. "I have to sit down now, take a look at my career - what the future will hold, my next move. Will I be joining another political party? I don't think so."

  27. Brain tumour fear over MRI wait

    Dean McLaughlin

    BBC News NI

    The family of a boy who has two brain tumours removed says that he has been waiting almost two years for a check-up scan and that they "live in fear" of the tumours reoccurring.

    Ewan MacKerracher

    Ewan MacKerracher, 10, from Coleraine, was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2010. His mother, Kerrie, says that she was told her son would need MRI scans every six months since successful surgery but that the scans have not happened.

  28. Ruth Patterson will not appeal DUP expulsion

    Kevin Magee

    BBC News NI

    Belfast councillor Ruth Patterson says she won't appeal her expulsion from the DUP.

    Ruth Patterson

    Party leader Peter Robinson revealed on Saturday that DUP officers unanimously decided to expel her for allegedly bringing the party into disrepute. Ms Patterson had criticised the party after Emma Pengelly was selected as a South Belfast MLA.

  29. Still Europe's number one

    BBC Sport NI

    He's done it again - Rory McIlroy has finished the season as Europe's number one golfer after winning the Race to Dubai title for the third time in four years.

    Rory McIlroy

    McIlroy won the World Tour Championship after shooting 21-under-par to seal the number on spot ahead of England's Danny Willett.

  30. Frosty morning for drivers

    For commuters about to hit the road to work this morning, take care - there's plenty of frost about this morning so cars may need defrosted and the advice is be careful on the roads.

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  31. Post-mortem after body found

    A post-mortem will take place later after a man's body was found at the side of the road in Portrush.

    Body find

    Police said the discovery was made by a member of the public on Dunluce Road at about 09:00 on Sunday.

  32. Arrests in dissident investigation

    Two people have been arrested by police investigating dissident republican activity after a security alert on the outskirts of west Belfast.

    Police arrests

    Suspicious items were found during a search of a house in Twinbrook yesterday morning.

  33. Good morning

    Ciaran McCauley

    BBC News NI

    Hello and welcome back to BBC News NI Live for Monday 23 November - we'll be here until 19:00 with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the country. So stay with us for all the latest.