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  1. Updates for Wednesday 2 December 2015
  2. 'Breakthrough' in Army shootings probe
  3. NI MPs prepare for air strike votes
  4. Republican jailed for attacking ex-wife

Live Reporting

By Fiona Murray and Ciaran McCauley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    That's all from us for today on BBC News NI Live. 

    We'll be back again at 07:00 tomorrow with all the latest news, sport, traffic and weather. Have a good night.

  2. Festive Ponsonby Staples sketch on display

    A rare Christmas watercolour sketch by the County Tyrone artist Sir Robert Ponsonby Staples, is being displayed by the Public Recrods of Northern Ireland. 

    Christmas picture by Robert Ponsoby Staples

    The artist documented the Christmas scene in his diary, which dates back to 1930.

  3. Boy hit by car in Castlereagh

    A 15-year-old boy is in a critical condition after being knocked down by a car in Castlereagh, east Belfast.

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    The accident happened at about 16:00 on the Ballygowan Road. The Ballygowan Road is currently closed between Manse Road junction and the Knockbracken Road junction.

  4. Man killed in crash was retired firefighter

    A man who died in atwo-vehicle crashon the main road between Belfast and Newry, County Down, last night had recently retired from the Fire and Rescue Service.

    Police accident scene

    Eugene McNally, who was in his 50s, was a watch commander in Newry for 32 years.

  5. Anti-refugee rally will go ahead

    An application by a Syrian national asking the Parades Commission to review its decision on an anti-refugee march has been rejected.

    Syrian refugee

    The protest, which is described in the commission's documents as a "rally against open-door immigration" and is organised by the Protestant Coalition, will go ahead on Saturday.

  6. Dodds speaks in support of Syrian airstrikes

    DUP MP Nigel Dodds has told the Commons debate on bombing so-called Islamic State in Syria that terrorism "must be fought with all the means at our disposal".

    Nigel Dodds

    The 10-hour Commons debate will end with a vote on whether the UK joins others such as France, the US and Russia in bombing targets in Syria. You can watch the debate live by clicking here.

  7. Witness gives police new line of inquiry

    Det Ch Insp Peter Montgomery said a witness has given the investigation team significant new information. As a result there is a new line of inquiry.

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  8. Normal rail services resume

    Translink says railway services are operating normally again between Portadown and Lisburn.

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    There were signalling problems on the line earlier after a communications cable was accidentally cut during maintenance work.  

  9. Child injured during break-in

    A child has been injured during an armed break-in in Buncrana, County Donegal.

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    Four masked men who had a gun and other weapons forced their way into a family home in Mill Lane at around 01:00 today. Inspector David Murphy says it was a terrifying experience for the five children and their mother who were in the house at time.

  10. Three men held in dissident probe

    Three men have been arrested by police investigating dissident republican terrorism.

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    A 44 year old was arrested in Pomeroy, County Tyrone and two men in their thirties were arrested in Toomebridge and Lisburn, County Antrim. 

  11. Cut cable led to commuter chaos

    Signalling problems on the railway line between Lisburn and Portadown that led to commuter chaos happened because a communication cable was cut, Translink has said.


    Bus substitutions have been put in place for passengers on affected trains. Translink has apologised for any inconvenience.

  12. Judge praises McAuley victim's bravery

    The judge who sentenced Garda killer Pearse McAuley for a knife attack on his estranged wife Pauline Tully McAuley, praised her for the courageous and dignified way in which she gave her victim impact statement.

    Cavan Court

    Ms Tully said she had been treated "worse than an animal" and that her two young children were still having nightmares about their father killing their mother.

  13. Republican jailed for stabbing estranged wife

    A convicted IRA killer who stabbed his estranged wife 13 times in front of their children, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison, with four suspended.

    Pearse McAuley

    Pearse McAuley  also pleaded guilty to false imprisonment, having a knife and causing serious harm to Pauline Tully McAuley.

  14. Doak: Ulster not panicking yet

    BBC Sport NI

    Ulster coach Neil Doak says the Irish province's position in the second half of the Pro12 standings is not a major cause of concern at this stage of the season.

    Neil Doak

    "It's early days and we are not looking at the table at this stage," he says. "We have to make sure we get ourselves on a roll and get a few wins to help us move into contention."

  15. PSNI appeal over attempted robbery in Belfast

    Police have released a photo of a man they are trying to contact in relation to an attempted robbery in south Belfast.

    Robbery appeal

    The incident on Sunday 23 August happened on Adelaide Street - it involved a man who tried to rob another man of his mobile phone. 

  16. Translink: Cut cable caused train disruption

    Translink says that signal problems on the Belfast to Newry train lines that caused rail services to be cancelled was caused by a cable being cut by a maintenance worker.


    "We were doing some scheduled maintenance works into the night and unfortunately we managed to cut one of the communication cables on the line which caused the problem," says Ciaran Doherty from Translink.  

  17. Woman and child threatened with gun by masked men

    Two masked men armed with a hand gun forced their way into a house in the Parkview Court area of Belfast shortly after 20:00 last night.

    PSNI officers

    A woman and child were in the house at the time and were threatened by the men. There were no reports of any injuries. Police are appealing for information.

  18. Pearse McAuley arrives at court ahead of sentencing

    Pearse McAuley, the prominent republican who admitted falsely imprisoning his estranged wife and recklessly causing her serious harm, has arrived in court at Cavan ahead of his sentencing.

    Pearse McAuley
  19. Arrest after man assaulted in Bangor

    One man has been arrested following the assault of a man last month.

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    Searches were also carried out in the Clandeboye Road area of Bangor, County Down. The man has been arrested for aggravated burglary.

  20. The man who saw friendship where others saw enmity

    Today's thought for the day on Good Morning Ulster came from Corrymeala leader, Pádraig Ó Tuama, who shared one of his favourite memories of the late Father Gerry Reynolds.

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    He said that on one of their regular walks, Fr Reynolds spotted the outdoor gym equipment in Woodvale Park and said to Padraig: "Teach me how to use that". Padraig said the 80-year-old laughed the whole time.

  21. Wilson rules out leadership bid

    The DUP's Sammy Wilson has ruled himself out of the running to become the next leader of the DUP. 

    Sammy Wilson

    Speaking at Westminster today, the East Antrim MP said: "I've told Nigel Dodds that he's the natural successor to Peter Robinson".

  22. Wilson: 'We have not made this decision lightly'

    DUP MP Sammy Wilson has told the BBC that his party's decision to back military airstrikes in Syria "was not come to lightly".

    Sammy Wilson

    He says: "We found this in Northern Ireland - if you ignore terror and go easy on terrorists, all you do is give them further encouragement to continue their acts of terror".

  23. Plans for City Quays hotel

    Here's an artist's impression of the proposed new nine-storey, 190-bed City Quays hotel. The planning application was submitted earlier today.

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    A new public space, known as Waterfront Square, will be created as part of the development.

  24. Donnelly set for Rio Olympics

    BBC Sport NI

    Ballymena's Steven Donnelly has become the fourth Irish boxer to secure a place at the 2016 Olympic Games.

    Steven Donnelly

    He joins Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlan and Joe Ward in the Irish team.

  25. One MP undecided on Syria action

    So, we know how most of our MPs will vote in today's vote on launching airstrikes against Syria. But, as BBC News NI reporter Mark Simpson tweets we're unsure of which way one will go.

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    Lady Sylvia Hermon says she's not yet decided how she'll vote. With the vote not due until 22:00, she has most of today to make up her mind.

  26. Traffic signals out in east Belfast

    Drivers are being advised be careful when approaching the traffic signals at Woodstock Road at the junction of Beersbridge Road - the traffic signals are not working.

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  27. Enterprise train now operating from Belfast

    UPDATE - Translink say the Enterprise train is now currently operating from Belfast Central and calling at Lurgan and Moira. Passengers should expect some delays. 

  28. Mediator to settle McKenna Cup disputes

    BBC Sport NI

    Ulster Council president Martin McAviney will mediate any disputes over player availability in next month's McKenna Cup.

    Tyrone vs Cavan

    The series has been hit by a number of disputes over players who are wanted by both counties and university teams.

  29. Eastwood: SDLP will vote against Syria airstrikes

    SDLP leader Colum Eastwood says his party's three MPs "will proudly walk though the voting lobbies at Westminster" and vote against airstrikes on Syria.

    Colum Eastwood

    He also called on the prime minister to withdraw comments criticising those who oppose military action. "David Cameron's remarks describing those opposed to air strikes in Syria as 'terrorist sympathisers' are appalling, inaccurate and offensive in the extreme," the SDLP leader said.

  30. Department of Finance strikes IT deal

    Clodagh Rice

    Business Reporter, BBC News NI

    BT have signed a deal with the Department of Finance for two new data centres that will house much of the IT services for the civil service and wider public sector.

    BT server deal

    The contract is valued at £15m over 10 years. The department estimates the move could save them about £500,000 per year.

  31. Larne beaten by late Ballymena goals

    BBC Sport NI

    Ballymena United grabbed victory in extra-time with a dramatic 3-2 win against Larne in the County Antrim Shield semi-final.

    Ballymena United vs Larne

    Ballymena scored a late equaliser in normal time before winning it late on in extra time. 

  32. McGrath names Ulster squad

    BBC Sport NI

    This weekend Armagh will host the Inter-Provincial tournament, with Ulster facing Connacht on Saturday - Ulster manager Pete McGrath his named his panel with players from across eight counties included.

    Pete McGrath

    The squad features five players from Tyrone, four from Monaghan and Fermanagh, two each from Derry, Down, Armagh and Cavan and one from Antrim.

  33. Pair released in Peggy O'Hara funeral investigation

    A 53-year-old man arrested yesterday in connection with offences around a paramilitary display at the funeral of Peggy O'Hara in Derry has been released pending a report to the prosecution service

     A 34-year-old man, also arrested yesterday, has been released unconditionally.  

  34. MPs set to vote on Syria airstrikes

    MPs in Westminster will vote today on whether to support UK air strikes in Syria, with a majority of Northern Ireland's 18 representatives set to back the move.


    The debate is expected to last most of today, with the actual vote not expected until about 22:00 - you can stay up-to-date with the latest live online here.

  35. Distribution of Invest NI grants outlined

    John Campbell

    BBC News NI Economics and Business Editor

    A database showing how Invest NI has distributed grants of more than £200m to local firms in the last three years has been produced by data website The Detail.

    Invest NI

    The database focuses on NI firms rather than international investors and shows that some of the largest grants went to some of the biggest local employers including Almac, Kainos and Wrightbus.

  36. Hilden Mill up for sale

    John Campbell

    BBC News NI Economics and Business Editor

    The Hilden complex near Lisburn has been put up for sale.

    Hilden Mill

    The Clanmil Housing Association had been planning to redevelop the site and had signed an option agreement with Nama, but told the BBC it had made an unsuccessful offer before the option deal.

  37. Appeal over 'undercover Army shootings'

    Police have appealed for information about 18 shooting incidents, two of them fatal, in Belfast in the 1970s.


    The appeal is in connection with an investigation of allegations that soldiers in the Military Reaction Force (MRF), an undercover Army unit, shot unarmed people.

  38. Man dies in A1 crash

    A man in his 50s has died after a two-car crash on the main road between Belfast and Newry.


    Two men in their 30s were also injured in the crash last night. One of them is in a stable condition in hospital - the other was discharged.

  39. Good morning

    Ciaran McCauley

    BBC News NI

    We're back with BBC News NI Live on another wet morning (it's becoming a theme for the week) - we'll be bringing you all the latest news until 19:00 so stay with us until then.