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  1. Updates for Tuesday 10 May 2016
  2. Man in his 50s shot dead in west Belfast
  3. Talks are due to begin on future Stormont programme for government

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By Fiona Murray and Eimear Flanagan

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We'll leave you on what's turned into another lovely evening with this picture of Dunluce Castle taken from the sea by Tim Nelson.

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We'll be back at 07:00 BST tomorrow for more updates on news, sport, traffic and weather.

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Man jailed over County Tyrone crash death

A County Tyrone man who was two and a half times over the drink-drive limit when he crashed and killed a man near Sion Mills in January 2014 has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years years in custody and two-and-a-half years on licence.

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Paul Nicholl, 50, of Carnkenny Road in Newtownstewart, caused the death of Patrick McCroary and grievous bodily injury to three other people by driving carelessly under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 

Man who assaulted doctor and sang sectarian songs jailed

No tie required at Stormont

Assembly Speaker Mitchel McLaughlin has moved to clarify whether it is necessary to wear a tie during assembly proceedings, after new MLA Eamonn McCann said he was unlikely to wear one.


Mr McLaughlin said MLAs should dress in a way which demonstrates respect for the House: "That should be smart and professional business attire. However, I am content that a tie is not an essential requirement."

Programme for government details on way

Ashers 'had no obvious restrictions', court told

A lawyer for the gay rights activist who brought a case against Ashers bakery over a cake with a slogan supporting same-sex marriage, has told the appeal court the Christian-run bakery had no obvious restrictions on cake designs

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The barrister told the court about an Ashers' leaflet on the shop counter, at the corner of which was a Halloween cake with a witch on it and said there were also cakes with commercial logos. 

Paramilitary assessment remains the same - chief constable

Chief Constable George Hamilton has said the paramilitary assessment commissioned by the secretary of state and published last October, remains valid.

George Hamilton

Speaking after meeting with the Ulster Unionist Party, Mr Hamilton said: "Over the course of the last seven months, there have been a number of very serious crimes committed in our community."

Paramilitary assessment disappointing - Nesbitt

Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt has said he is disappointed, but not surprised, that the paramilitary assessment published last October remains valid.

Mike Nesbitt

"The chief constable's assessment does not make re-entry to the executive any more attractive, but we have two other tests regarding the programme for government to which we expect to have answers in a few short days," Mr Nesbitt said.

Saffrons hopeful over captain Niblock

Antrim are hopeful their captain Kevin Niblock will be fit to face Fermanagh in the Ulster SFC on Sunday, despite his suffering a bout of tonsillitis.  

Kevin Niblock
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The Saffrons have no other fitness worries heading into the Brewster Park contest, but Fermanagh are likely to be without Che Cullen after the full-back broke a thumb a couple of weeks ago.

Murder 'followed paramilitary attacks plea'

McGuinness pays tribute to Jack Boothman

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has expressed his sadness at the death of former GAA president Jack Boothman. 

Martin McGuinness

"I was very privileged to meet Jack at many GAA events. Jack was a gentleman and I always found him to be very warm and courteous," he said. 

Dunlop quickest in NW200 practice

Michael Dunlop was quickest in Tuesday's sun-kissed opening practice session at the North West 200.

Michael Dunlop

In perfect conditions the Ballymoney man clocked 121.65mph in the Superbikes to pip Alastair Seeley.  

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Murder call made from phone box

Police say they believe a bogus call ordering a Chinese takeaway, then delivered by west Belfast murder victim Dan Murray, was made from a public phone box at the junction of the Antrim Road and Cliftonville Road.

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Irish Labour leader Burton to step down

Joan Burton is to step down as leader of the Irish Labour Party once her successor is appointed.

Joan Burton

Ms Burton made the announcement at a news conference this afternoon following a meeting of the Labour parliamentary party.  

Police hope they'll need factor 50 at Balmoral

The police plan to eat no less than 10 bags of fruit gums at the Balmoral Show, that's according to their Carrickfergus Facebook page

A view of the Balmoral agricultural show.

100,000 people are expected to attend the show which gets under way tomorrow. 

A very clever light for your bike

Philip McAleese, chief executive of Northern Ireland company See.Sense, shows off three things that his patented connected bike light can do.

Bike light

The light is packed with sensors and works in conjunction with an app installed on smartphones.

Officer suspended over cell death, police confirm

The PSNI have confirmed that one officer has been suspended over the death in custody of David McGowan in May 2014.

Lisburn police station
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ACC Mark Hamilton said: "The PPS have now made a direction in relation to this case and we will continue to cooperate with them over the coming months."  

Showery rain clearing to the west

Ex-detective criticises Arlene Arkinson investigation

A senior detective who briefly led the inquiry into the disappearance of Arlene Arkinson has told an inquest that Robert Howard could have been charged years earlier

Arlene Arkinson
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The 15-year-old disappeared in 1994 after a school disco in County Donegal. Norman Baxter, a retired PSNI detective superintendent, gave the inquest a frank and damning assessment of how the Arkinson family had not been helped.

Attack achieved only mourning and suffering, says Carroll

People Before Profit MLA Gerry Carroll has added his voice to condemnation of the murder of Dan Murray in west Belfast last night. 

Murder scene

"I am deeply saddened by the news of another paramilitary attack in west Belfast, this time with tragic results. Nothing has been gained or achieved by this unnecessary loss of life, only more mourning and suffering," Mr Carroll says. 

PSNI hope to avoid being stumped

Stomont row before ministers are appointed?

Police officers wing it 'on duck patrol'

Traffic was brought "to a stand still" in Carrickfergus as a family of ducks tried to cross North Road earlier today.

Duck with ducklings

"Officers controlled traffic and safely assisted the duck and duckling off the road", according to a post on the PSNI Carrickfergus Facebook page. "Thank you to all the drivers who stopped and for their patience while officers dealt with the problem," they added.

Bank of Ireland loses court battle

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Bank of Ireland has lost a court battle to avoid paying almost £30m tax on a transaction that dates back more than 10 years.

Bank of Ireland

The bank had attempted to exploit a change in tax law and differences in the timing of when two group companies filed their accounts. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) challenged the tax treatment of the deal and, after a lengthy legal process, the Court of Appeal has ruled in its favour.

Alliance angry over Nesbitt comments

The Alliance Party has accused the UUP leader of breaking confidentiality over this morning's brief talks at Stormont Castle.

Stormont Castle

Mr Nesbitt said: "It is clear beyond doubt that Alliance will be offered the justice ministry, so they have a decision as to whether they take it and if so who they put in." However, Stewart Dickson of Alliance said for Mr Nesbitt "to hurry out and go straight to the media" showed his party's "flippant attitude" to the talks.

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Child killer 'lost control' over Arlene Arkinson murder charge

SDLP unimpressed by programme for government paper

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood says he believes the party is "a very long way" from seeing a programme for government to which they can sign up.

Colum Eastwood

The parties were given a document outlining the main points during talks lasting minutes this morning. "We will only sign up to one that actually meets the needs of the people who've been left behind," Mr Eastwood says.

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Ulster Unionists condemn Belfast shooting

The Ulster Unionist Party has condemned last night's murder of a man in the Grosvenor Road area of Belfast. The party says it highlights "the importance of keeping the pressure on paramilitarism and criminality". 

Lady Street shooting

The party's representative on the Policing Board, Ross Hussey MLA, said: "It is especially concerning that this was the third shooting in north and west Belfast in the one day".

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Alliance condemns Belfast 'culture of violence'

Alliance Party justice spokesperson Stewart Dickson has said a "culture of violence" is rapidly developing in Belfast after the third shooting in 24 hours saw Dan Murray killed in the west of the city.  

Shooting car
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"Certainly three shootings in the space of 24 hours gives the impression of a growing cycle of violence in Belfast, whether any connection exists or not between them. The thugs behind them need taken off our streets immediately," Mr Dickson said. 

'Morecambe Missile' John McGuinness on the NW200 grid

Six time North West 200 winner John McGuinness on the grid this morning before his practice session. 

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