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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 25 May 2016
  2. New Stormont ministerial team is appointed
  3. Independent unionist Claire Sugden is new justice minister
  4. Some staff at Queen's and Ulster universities go on two-day strike over pay
  5. Picture: Killylane Reservoir, Larne, County Antrim (by Bill Guiller)

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  2. Ulster Bank sells off agricultural loans

    Ulster Bank is to sell off agricultural loans in Northern Ireland with a face value of about £15m.

    It is part of a wider disposal of problem debt on both sides of the border. 

    Ulster Bank

    Most of the loans - 86% - are being sold off are in the Republic of Ireland.  The rest relate to business in Northern Ireland.  

  3. Minister says education budget his top priority

    New education minister Peter Weir says his top priority will be to focus on the pressure schools are under in terms of their budgets. 

    Peter Weir

    He says he wants to get a "clear handle" on the financial situation relating to the education budget.   

  4. Prince Charles brushes up on his Irish in Donegal

    Prince Charles opened his speech in Irish to an audience in County Donegal. 

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    Video caption: Prince Charles addresses audience in County Donegal in Irish

    The Prince of Wales was accompanied on his first official visit to the Republic of Ireland by the Duchess of Cornwall.

  5. Two arrested after suspected heroin seized

    Two men, aged 38 and 23, have been arrested on suspicion of a number of drugs offences after suspected heroin was seized in east Belfast. 

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    Police found the drugs with an estimated street value of £12,000 on the Holywood Road this morning.

  6. Alliance 'relishes challenge of holding new executive to account'

    Alliance leader David Ford says his party relishes the challenge of holding the new executive to account as part of Stormont's opposition.

    David Ford

    "While the DUP and Sinn Sinn Féin continue to abuse the petition of concern - blocking core issues for their own party gain - refusing to move on integrated education and their refusal to fully address the problem of paramilitarism on our society, Alliance cannot support the current executive," he said.