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  1. Updates for Monday 30 November 2015
  2. More updates from 07:00 on Tuesday

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By Fiona Murray and Erinn Kerr

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    That's all from us today on BBC News NI Live. We'll  be back tomorrow from 07:00 with all the latest news, sport, traffic and weather.

    We hope you have a lovely evening and can join us again in the morning.

  2. Proposals for climate change legislation

    Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has set out his proposals for climate change legislation.

    Mark H Durkan

    Speaking ahead of his attendance at the International Climate Change Conference in Paris, Mr Durkan said: "Climate change is one of the most serious threats we face, not just to the environment, but to our economic prosperity and global security."

  3. Soccer consultation launched

    Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has announced a 12-week consultation over the allocation of £36m to support local football. The consulation will run from today until 22 February next year.

    Sport Minister Carál Ní Chuilín

    She said: "This is a good day for football. The last decade or so has witnessed a marked improvement in the enhancement of stadia following years of historic under-investment and it is important that a broad range of clubs have the opportunity to benefit."

  4. Gavin Robinson 'disappointed' with Four Seasons meeting

    East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson was part of a delegation who met  Four Seasons Health Care representatives today to discuss their announcement that seven care homes would close across Northern Ireland.

    Four Seasons list of homes to close

    Following the meeting, he said: "It was disappointing that the company could not provide clarity about the future. I would hope they might be able to provide some level of certainty for both residents and staff about the future for other homes here."

  5. Lo calls for NI climate change bill

    Alliance spokesperson Anna Lo has called for climate change legislation for Northern Ireland after hundreds of protestors gathered in Belfast yesterday to attend a climate-change rally.

    Anna Lo

    Speaking on BBC's Talkback earlier, Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said we should be "a wee bit embarassed" at being the only place in the UK or Ireland without a climate change bill.

  6. Shooting victims are stable

    Both men who were injured in a double shooting in west Belfast earlier today are  stable, a Belfast Trust spokesperson has said. 

    Scene of shooting
  7. Gunshot wounds to 'lower legs'

    A spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said: "We received a report of a shooting at 16:00 and arrived within four minutes. 

    Scene of shooting

     "Two men with gunshot wounds to their lower legs were taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital for further treatment."  

  8. Scene of double shooting in west Belfast

    Here is the scene where two men were shot at the Grosvenor Homing Pigeon Club on Iveagh Street, west Belfast. 

    Scene of shooting in west Belfast
  9. Police at scene of shooting

    Police are currently at the scene of a shooting at the Grosvenor Homing Pigeon Club on Iveagh Street, off the Falls Road. Two men have been taken to hospital with gunshot wounds to their legs.

    PSNI car
  10. Two men shot in west Belfast

    Two men have been shot in the legs in west Belfast. They have been taken to hospital for treatment.

    PSNI logo

     The attack happened at a premises in the Iveagh Street area and was reported at 16:00.  

  11. Abortion ruling 'lengthy and complex'

    Justice Minister David Ford has called today's abortion ruling "lengthy and complex".

    Justice Minister David Ford

    He said it would be inappropriate to comment on the detail of the judgement but said:"I note that one of the conclusions reached by the court appears to align with my policy proposal to amend the law to provide for abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality."

  12. Archive: Bill Clinton shakes hands in Belfast

    US President Bill Clinton made a historic visit to Northern Ireland 20 years ago, addressing crowds in Belfast and Londonderry.

    Bill Clinton

    As part of his visit, he met people during a walkabout in the Shankill area - our archive report shows the reaction from the crowd.

  13. Anti-bullying bill starts passage through assembly

    Education Minister John O'Dowd has introduced a new anti-bullying bill to the Northern Ireland Assembly.  

    Child being threatened by a bully

    It gives a legal definition of bullying, requires schools to record all incidents and makes boards of governors responsible for policies.  

  14. Midwives welcome ruling

    Breedagh Hughes of the Royal College of Midwives says  the ruling by a High Court judge in Belfast today that NI abortion laws were a breach of human rights, was a "very sensible one" which would help prevent "a great deal of suffering for many women".

    Nurse with folded arms

     She said: "Today's ruling is extremely welcome. It now gives midwives and other health professionals legal protection and a release from the fear of prosecution."

  15. Conference loss for Belfast

    Clodagh Rice

    Business Reporter, BBC News NI

    A Belfast finance and technology event, Moneyconf, will be held in the Spanish capital of Madrid from next year because of difficulties encountered by international speakers when travelling to Belfast, Visit Belfast's chief executive has said.

    Mike Harvey, head of strategic communications at Web Summit, who organise the conference, said: "Belfast was an amazing venue and the welcome our attendees received in the city was world-class. Unfortunately for future growth, we have decided to move to the larger international hub of Madrid."

  16. Paisley 'alarmed' at sugar tax

    Ian Paisley, DUP MP for North Antrim, has said he is "alarmed" by the Commons health committee's recommendation to introduce a tax on sugary drinks..

    Child drinking a sugary drink

    He said: "I appreciate that the committee wish to tackle childhood obesity... but the answer is not by placing further burdens on this industry which will in turn hit the most disadvantaged families in our society the hardest."

  17. Attwood's tribute to Fr Reynolds

    The SDLP's Alex Attwood has paid tribute to the late Fr Gerry Reynolds who baptised his daughter, Nora, and concelebrated his mother's funeral Mass. Fr Reynolds died on Monday.

    Father Gerry Reynolds

    Mr Attwood says the priest was "forever working to make peace" and "was devoted to the monastery, the people of Clonard and all of West Belfast".

  18. On this week's BBC Spotlight

    Watch a preview of tomorrow night's BBC Spotlight that looks at the story of a pensioner robbed of her life savings by scammers.

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  19. Archive: Bill Clinton at City Hall

    It's two decades since US President Bill Clinton and his wife Hilary visited Northern Ireland, addressing crowds in Belfast and Londonderry.

    Belfast City Hall Christmas Clinton Visit 1995

    Our archive footage shows a clip from the president's speech in front of Belfast's Christmas Tree at City Hall - a tree, he notes, has come all the way from Nashville, Tennessee.

  20. Joe Lynskey search ends

    The search for the remains Joe Lynskey, one of the Disappeared, has ended, the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains (ICLVR) confirmed.

    Joe Lynskey

    The fresh search for Mr Lynskey began earlier this year. "Of course, I'm disappointed that Joe is not coming home to be laid to rest with his parents but I know that that ICLVR did absolutely everything they could to find him," says Marie Lynskey, his sister.

  21. Fr Reynolds helped me lose 'Protestant prejudices'

    Reverend Ken Newell has told BBC's Talkback his friendship with the late Father Gerry Reynolds helped him lose some of his "Protestant prejudices".

    Fr Reynolds

    He said he and Fr Reynolds had three great friends in common, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and that after 30 years of friendship some of his prejudices "just melted away".

  22. Archive: Presidential visit to Shankill

    It's 20 years since Bill and Hillary Clinton visited Belfast and Londonderry as part of a presidential visit to Northern Ireland.

    Bill Clinton

    As our archive footage shows, residents in the Shankill area got to meet and greet the US president during a walkabout in the area.

  23. Attorney general 'disappointed' over abortion ruling

    Attorney General John Larkin says he's considering appealing the High Court's decision this morning that abortion laws here breach human rights.

    John Larkin

    "I am profoundly disappointed by this decision and I am considering grounds for appeal," he says.

  24. Bowe aims for Six Nations return

    BBC Sport NI

    Ireland and Ulster winger Tommy Bowe is hoping to return to action in time for the Six Nations despite recently undergoing surgery for a serious knee injury.

    Tommy Bowe

    The 31-year-old is hopeful he can recover in time despite being initially ruled out for six months.

  25. Mother of Sarah Ewart 'relieved' at ruling

    The mother of Sarah Ewart, who travelled to England to have an abortion after her baby was diagnosed with anencephaly, a condition in which the brain has not developed, has said she feels "sheer relief" after today's ruling in the High Court in Belfast.

    Jane Christie

    Jane Christie told the BBC's Talkback that she hoped Sarah and other women would now be able to access the medical treatment which they should have been getting all along.

  26. Politicians have 'repeatedly failed' NI women

    Grainne Teggart, campaign manager for Amnesty's My Body My Choice campaign, has said it is "shameful" that the courts "have had to step in because politicians have repeatedly failed Northern Ireland's women."

    Grainne Teggart

    She called today's landmark ruling by the High Court in Belfast a "hugely significant step towards ensuring the right to access abortion for women and girls in Northern Ireland who have been raped, are the victim of incest or whose pregnancies have been given a fatal foetal diagnosis."

  27. 'Not a slippery slope'

    The Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Commission for Human Rights, Les Allamby, has told BBC's Talkback today's ruling is not the start of a "slippery slope" for abortion laws.

    Les Allamby

    He told the programme the judge had made it "very clear" that the Article Two right to life applied to the mother and not the unborn child and that the 1967 Abortion Act would not come into play as a result of the ruling.

  28. Anti-abortion campaigner 'does not accept ruling'

    Bernadette Smyth, director of anti-abortion organisation, Precious Life, has told BBC's Talkback that she does not accept today's ruling on abortion by the High Court in Belfast.

    Bernadette SmytH

    She told the programme that the judge had "decided to cherry-pick" over whether or not the unborn child had a right to life. She said: "This is about human beings, this is about unborn children who do have a right to life."

  29. Gurney knocked out in semi-finals

    BBC Sport NI

    Daryl Gurney's impressive run at the Players Championship ended last night when he lost 13-2 to Michael van Gerwen in the semi-finals.

    Daryl Gurney

    The Londonderry man was in the last four of a televised major tournament for the first time but could not match the form of the world number one, who went on to win the tournament.

  30. Abortion ruling background

    Today's ruling on abortion in Northern Ireland comes after the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission claimed a public consultation by the Department of Justice on changing the law to allow abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality, did not go far enough.

    High Court Belfast

    A judicial review hearing was held over three days in June, but judges waited until now to deliver their verdict. The 1967 Abortion Act does not extend to Northern Ireland.

  31. 70 customers without power in Tyrone

    Northern Ireland Electricity says that it has restored power to hundreds of customers after a power cut in County Tyrone. However, 70 customers remain without electricity.


    A spokesperson says that a fault in the network has been found by engineers and they hope to restore power in the remaining properties over the next few hours.

  32. BreakingAbortion decision 'historic'

    The Human Rights Commission, the organisation behind the court case, says that the decision by the High Court that abortion laws here breach human rights is "historic".

    High Court

    "It was important for the commission to take this challenge in its own name, in order to protect women and girls in Northern Ireland, and we are delighted with the result," it says.

  33. BreakingAbortion laws 'breach human rights'

    The High Court in Belfast has ruled that abortion legislation in Northern Ireland is in breach of human rights laws.

    Mr Justice Horner said women who were the victims of sexual crime and cases of fatal foetal abnormality were entitled to exemptions in the law. Abortion legislation is currently much stricter in Northern Ireland than in any other part of the UK.

  34. Power cut in County Tyrone

    Northern Ireland Electricity has confirmed that about 500 customers in County Tyrone are without electricity.

    Engineers are currently repairing a fault in the network - Ballyronan and parts of Coagh, Ballinderry and Ardboe are affected.

  35. 'Champion of the peace process'

    Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams says he has a "deep sense of loss" over the death of Fr Gerry Reynolds.

    Gerry Reynolds

    "Fr Reynolds was a champion of the peace process," he says. "Along with Fr (Alec) Reid and Fr Des Wilson, he was central to efforts to develop a peace process years before it eventually took root and he totally believed in the primacy of dialogue."

  36. Fr Gerry Reynolds dies

    Fr Gerry Reynolds, the Belfast-based priest known for working towards peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland, has died.

    Fr Gerry Reynolds

    The Redemptorist priest was based at Clonard Monastery in west Belfast for more than 30 years.

  37. County Tyrone school closed

    Ballylifford Primary School in Coagh, County Tyrone, is closed today - the school says it has no electricity or heating.

    We'll keep you informed if we hear of any more school closures throughout the morning.

  38. Pork exports a 'significant boost'

    Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell says that the announcement that NI pork exports have been provisionally approved for China will "significantly boost our economy in the near future".

    Jonathan Bell

    "There is no quick fix to doing business in China," he says. "Relationships and trust have to be built up over time. Our companies have been doing that through various trade missions, including Food Hotel China, and are now beginning to see the tangible benefits."

  39. Thousands raised for arson-attack family

    The mother of an Indian family targeted in an arson attack in Antrim last Friday says she's extremely thankful after thousands of pounds were raised to help replace a family car destroyed by the fire.

    Subi Philip

    Subi Philip says that the attack was "shocking" but that she wanted to give "a big thank you to whoever helped me and whoever gave me support".

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  41. 'No motive found' in original Clarke investigation

    Good Morning Ulster

    Police have re-opened the inquiry into the murder of David Clarke in 2001 - Alan McQuillan, former PSNI assistant chief constable, was involved in the original investigation and says that officers were unable to find a motive into the killing.

    Alan McQuillan

    "We couldn't find an obvious reason why this young person was killed," he says. "It wasn't a paramilitary killing, it wasn't anything to do with the Troubles. It was quite simply that he had some issue with someone and they murdered him."

  42. Allen through at UK Championship

    BBC Sport NI

    Mark Allen is through to the third round of the UK Championship after beating Michael Georgiou 6-2.

    Mark Allen
  43. Anti-bullying bill

    Robbie Meredith

    BBC News NI Education Correspondent

    Education Minister John O'Dowd is set to introduce a new anti-bullying bill at the assembly later.


    Anti-bullying organisations have welcomed the proposed new laws and MLAs will get the chance to debate the bill before Christmas.

  44. Pork exports 'could be worth £10m'

    Conor Macauley

    BBC NI Agriculture Correspondent

    Northern Ireland pork has been provisionally approved for export to China - the industry says the move could be worth £10m to the economy.


    Final approval is expected once the two companies intending to export - Karro Food Group and Dunbia - complete additional work to their factories.

  45. Good morning!

    Ciaran McCauley

    BBC News NI

    We're back with BBC News NI Live on this very wet Monday morning - we'll be here with the latest news, weather, travel and sport right up until 19:00 tonight.