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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 19 May 2016
  2. Crucial political talks could decide fate of next Stormont Executive
  3. Teaching union calls for urgent action against growing use of iPads and tablets in schools
  4. Irish Open getting under way in County Kildare
  5. Picture: Shrove Lighthouse, Inishowen, County Donegal (by James Gardiner)

Live Reporting

By Fiona Murray and Karen Atkinson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    Thanks for your company on a day of political drama. Join us tomorrow for more news, sport, travel and weather updates.

  2. More showers to come this evening!

    Looks like more showers are on the way - catch up on the latest weather forecast here.

  3. Sean Quinn leaves Quinn Industrial by "mutual agreement"

    The County Fermanagh businessman Sean Quinn is to leave the operation he once controlled. 

    Sean Quinn

    He was taken on as a consultant by the new owners of Quinn Industrial Holdings in 2014, but there has been growing tension between him and the firm's management team.   

  4. Eastwood says PfG is about "bluer sky and greener grass"

  5. Eastwood explains opposition move on @bbcnewsline

  6. Second Baptist church attack in 24 hours

    A second Northern Ireland Baptist church has been attacked in under 24 hours. Police received a report of a window smashed at the church on Cornagrade Road in Enniskillen this morning. 

    Baptist Church attacked

    It follows an attack on the Rathfriland Baptist Church last night. 

  7. Momentous day at NI Assembly

  8. Nesbitt congratulates SDLP

  9. Ministers confident 'challenges' will be resolved

    Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness says he and First Minister Arlene Foster are confident the challenges of putting an administration together will be resolved.

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    Video caption: Martin McGuinness and Arlene Foster say they are confident challenges can be overcome
  10. Eastwood: SDLP has made "bold decision"

    SDLP leader Colum Eastwood says his party has made "a bold decision that did not come lightly" in terms of going into opposition. 

    Colm Eastwood

    He added that the party has been "100 per cent honest" with the electorate. 

  11. BreakingSDLP goes into opposition

    The SDLP announces it will go into opposition in the Northern Ireland Executive. 

  12. Basking shark school filmed by drone

    A school of sharks enjoyed the recent spell of spring sunshine off the coast of County Waterford.

    Basking sharks

    The basking sharks - the second largest fish in the world - were filmed by County Cork photographer James McCarthy using drone technology.

  13. Belfast waterfront court battle settled

    A High Court battle that threatened to delay major new developments on Belfast's waterfront has been settled. 

    Titanic Quarter

    The city's harbour commissioners and developer Titanic Quarter Ltd were in dispute over an agreement for the 185-acre site's regeneration.  

  14. Ford: Ministers "don't want a serious discussion"

    Alliance leader David Ford says he's "not in a position to recommend to the Alliance Party Council this evening that we should nominate a justice minister".

    Senior Alliance members in Stormont

    He said there was "no point having Alliance in the justice ministry unless we're making a difference"  and accused the First and Deputy First Minister of not wanting to have a serious discussion.  

  15. Is a different kind of Stormont emerging?

  16. Ford: 'Not in position to recommend' justice minister role

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    Video caption: David Ford: 'Not in a position to recommend Alliance Party take the justice minister role'