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By Eimear Flanagan and Eunan McConville

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    That's it for BBC News NI Live. We'll back tomorrow with more updates on news, sport, traffic and weather from 07:00. We'll leave you with Albert Boyle's picture of some hardy souls braving the rain to cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

  2. Weekend ambulance staffing issues to continue 'for months'

    The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) has said it will be months before it can provide full staffing cover at the weekends


    It had 24 fewer staff than required on Saturday, and ambulances from the voluntary sector had to be drafted in to deal with less serious calls. John McPoland, from NIAS, says: "It's well documented that our frontline staff are unhappy."

  3. Centre court drama on city hall big screen

    Both the Wimbledon men's and ladies' finals are being shown on the big screen at Belfast City Hall this weekend.  


    The ladies singles final takes place on Saturday and the mens final on Sunday, both at 14:00. Admission to the city hall grounds is free and on a first-come-first-served basis.

  4. Osborne to be asked 'to take foot off austerity pedal'

    Finance Minister MáirtínÓ Muilleoir says he will be meeting Chancellor George Osborne shortly and will urge him to "take his foot off the austerity pedal" for Northern Ireland.

    Máirtín Ó Muilleoir

    "I am very much in favour of taking more fiscal powers from London," he added.

  5. Health minister on 'significant investment' for children's heart surgery

    Earlier, Health Minister Michelle O'Neill and her Irish counterpart, Simon Harris, announced that the new all-island children's heart surgery network will benefit from £42m worth of investment. 

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    Video caption: Children's heart surgery: £42m for all-island congenital heart disease service

    Speaking in Dublin, the minister said the move would benefit everyone across the island. 

  6. NI secretary supporting Leadsom to be new leader

    Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers is backing Andrea Leadsom to be the next Conservative Party leader.

    Andrea Leadsom

    "Andrea is a woman of principle. Her message is fresh and optimistic; and it's backed up by a lifetime of business and political experience," Ms Villiers says. 

  7. Farage will be back says Ulster Unionist MEP

    Ulster Unionist MEP JIm Nicholson has said Nigel Farage's announcement that he is standing down as UKIP leader shows that the Leave campaign had no coherent plan for the future.

    Jim Nicholson

    "He has been an MEP since 1999 and knowing him as I do and, given his love of the media spotlight, I very much doubt that this is the last we will see of Mr Farage," Mr Nicholson said.

  8. GAA: Clones confirmed as Ulster final venue

    Clones will be the venue of the Ulster SFC decider between Donegal and Tyrone, despite calls for it to be moved to Croke Park.


    Several former players suggested that the Dublin venue would be better because of its higher capacity, but the Leinster finals are scheduled for that day.