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  1. Updates for Tuesday 26 July 2016
  2. UK and Irish prime ministers to meet at Downing Street
  3. Names of Randalstown crash victims released
  4. Picture: Hillsborough fields, County Down (by Mervyn Robb)

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By Ross McKee and Fiona Murray

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  1. Goodnight folks

    That wraps up our coverage for this evening. It's certainly not barbecue weather out there. BBC News NI Live will be back at 07:00 tomorrow morning with more news, sport, weather and travel, until then have a good and safe evening. 

  2. DFM demands funding for legacy inquests

    Martin McGuinness has called on the secretary of state to release funding for legacy inquests. 

    Marin McGuinness

    The deputy first minister said James Brokenshire could instill confidence by "immediately approving the lord chief justice's request for funding to enable him to fast-track some 56 inquests involving up to 100 deaths".   

  3. Business leaders think Brexit will negatively affect NI

    Eighty-nine per cent of Northern Ireland business leaders believe Brexit will have a greater economic impact here than the UK as a whole. That's the result of a poll held at a seminar organised by the CBI today.

    UK and EU flags side by side

    Ninety-two per cent of participants believed the UK leaving the EU will have a negative impact on the NI economy over the next five years - no one present thought it would be positive.  

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  4. Archbishop shocked at priest's murder in France

    Irish primate Eamon Martin has written to the Archbishop of Rouen in France to express his shock and condolences following the violent death of a priest earlier today.

    Eamon Martin

    He said was deeply moved by Archbishop Lebrun's words that the "only weapons that we can take up" as Catholics "are prayer and fraternity among peoples" and his call for people "not to give up in the face of violence but to become apostles of the civilisation of love."  

  5. Economy minister says golf will showcase north coast to the world

    Economy Minister Simon Hamilton welcomes the announcement that Portstewart is to host the 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open golf tournament. 

    Portstewart Golf Course

    He said: "Golf tourism has huge potential and we will be working to ensure it is fully harnessed."  

  6. North Belfast parade dispute talks set to resume

    Talks aimed at resolving a dispute over a contentious Orange Order parade in north Belfast are expected to resume. A proposed agreement collapsed last month when one of three lodges involved - Ballysillan - said it wouldn't back it. 

    Ardoyne Parade

    A UDA faction supported Ballysillan, but the BBC has learned that a group representing the leaderships of the three main loyalist paramilitaries has backed the deal.   

  7. Dungannon manufacturer sold to investor

    Dungannon-based door manufacturer O&S is being sold to a private equity investor for an undisclosed sum.The business was established in 1988 and employs more than 360 people.

    O&S Dungannon

    The buyer is Sun Capital, a Florida-based firm whose other investments include the retailers Dreams and American Golf.  

  8. MLA: Plant vandalism 'an attempt to thwart village in bloom' effort

    Ulster Unionist MLA Rosemary Barton says an attack on plants in Castlecaufield, County Tyrone, was an attempt to thwart the village "being crowned Village in Bloom 2016 and Britain in Bloom 2016".  

    Castlecaulfield vandalism

    She added: "Judging was set to take place in the village today however, following this pointless act of vandalism last night, I believe judging has been postponed.”  

  9. Woman in court over Tesco bomb hoax

    A woman has appeared in court accused of making hoax warnings claiming a device had been left at a Tesco store at Knocknagoney, east Belfast, last month.


    Joanne Mitchell, 43, of Greenview Avenue in Antrim, faces two counts of communicating false information causing belief of explosives. She is to return to court next week.