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  1. Updates for Monday 21 December 2015
  2. More updates from 07:00 on Tuesday

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By Fiona Murray and Ross McKee

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    Thanks for your company today and hopefully you can dodge the wind and rain tonight.  We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 07:00 tomorrow.

  2. Rankin set for Ireland return

    Warwickshire bowler Boyd Rankin is to play for Ireland in the World Twenty20 cricket tournament after switching back from England. 

    Boyd Rankin

    Rankin's last appearance for England was on 17 January 2014, making him eligible under ICC regulations to play again for Ireland on 18 January 2016.  

  3. Mageean is heading to Rio

    Portaferry athlete Ciara Mageean has had her place at the Rio Olympics confirmed under a revised qualification process.  

    Ciara Mageean

    Athletics Ireland said today that it is adopting the new process, where qualifying standards are revised upwards in a number of events. Mageean will race in the 1,500m.

  4. NI farmers launch court action

    Northern Ireland's farmers are going to court in an attempt to quash a minister's intention to close a subsidy scheme for onshore wind a year ahead of schedule.  

    Wind turbine

    The Ulster Farmers' Union are joined by wind energy company Simple Power Ltd. They have lodged papers in Belfast's High Court seeking leave to take a judicial review.

  5. Van driver injured in hijacking

    A van driver is taken to hospital after he was injured following a hijacking in Carrickfergus, County Antrim.

    Van hijacked in Carrickfergus

    He was ordered to drive to Glencairn Road in north Belfast where the contents of his van were transferred to another vehicle. The driver was attacked and his van was destroyed after it was set alight.

  6. Robinson: Jury trial for Murphy 'madness'

    First Minister Peter Robinson has said the idea of having a jury trial in the case of Thomas 'Slab' Murphy would have been "sheer madness".

    Peter Robinson

    He made the comments to Newstalk radio today.  Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has said it was "extraordinary a case involving a failure to complete tax returns is heard before a non-jury court".

  7. McGuinness: Murphy 'a good republican'

    Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has said Thomas 'Slab' Murphy has been "invaluable" in building support for the peace process.  Last week, Murphy  - an alleged former IRA "chief of staff" -  was found guilty of tax evasion.

    Martin McGuinness

    Mr McGuinness, of Sinn Féin, described Murphy as a "good republican" during an interview with Dublin-based radio station Newstalk.