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  1. Updates for Tuesday 9 August 2016
  2. Man arrested over murder of prominent UDA member John Boreland
  3. The Gobbins coastal walk closed for more than 160 days in its first year
  4. Multi-million pound investment set to improve part of Belfast city centre
  5. Picture: Castlerock, County Londonderry (by Glenn Miles)

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By Ciaran McCauley, Fiona Murray and Nuala McCann

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That's it from BBC News NI Live on Tuesday 9 August. 

Join us again tomorrow at 07:00 when we'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

Let's hear David and his 'whataboutery'

Radio Ulster's Talkback is celebrating its 30th birthday next month.

What would you like us to dig out of the archives?

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Beating back the bracken

Dissident arrest: Man released unconditionally

A 40-year-old man arrested this morning by detectives investigating violent dissident republican activity in Londonderry has been released unconditionally, police have confirmed.


Sport NI boss 'still waiting for suspension reason'

The chief executive of Sport NI, Antoinette McKeown, says she is still awaiting a formal explanation for her continued suspension from the post.  


Ms McKeown, the first woman to be Sport NI's chief executive, was suspended from her role in March 2015.  

Last June, her union representative told the BBC she had been suspended due to "leadership issues".

On Tuesday, Ms McKeown told the BBC she remained "in a process with Sport NI".

Shop workers tied up in Yorkgate robbery

A man and a woman were tied up in a shop in the Yorkgate area of north Belfast this morning, by a man who got away with a sum of money.


The man, who looked to be in his 40s, pushed the two shop workers back into the offices of the shop before tying them up at about 08:00 BST. 

Police have appealed for information.

Target audience?

Traffic delays going out of town towards Ravenhill Road

Thanks for the memories

Rio Olympics: Campbell 'very happy' with performance

Coleraine rower Alan Campbell says he is very happy with his performance in making the single sculls semi-finals at the Olympic Games.  

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The London 2012 bronze medallist was able to coast to the finish in second place in his quarter-final on Tuesday.  

Bangor bound? Expect delays

Hanging on the telephone?

Sports NI chief executive breaks her silence

Bangor shooting range plan triggers complaints

Some 300 people have objected to plans for an outdoor shooting range in Bangor, County Down.

A local gun club, which already has access to indoor premises, has applied for permission for another site close to housing and schools.  


The application is for a green field area on the Ballymacormick Road in Bangor, close to Groomsport village.

Bangor, Clandeboye and District Rifle and Pistol Club said they were committed to working with planners and the local community.  

Promises, promises...

Private or public... who should run the Gobbins attraction?

Out of the saddle

Leading Irish jockey Paul Carberry has announced his retirement after a distinguished career.

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The 42-year-old, who won the Grand National in 1999 on Bobbyjo, trained by his father Tommy, had not ridden competitively since September because of a leg injury.  

Are unemployment benefits too high?

It's not looking good for tonight's meteor shower

Businessman wins £50,000 damages over 'Scrooge' libel

A County Down businessman whom a newspaper called a "Scrooge" after his hotel went into administration is to be awarded £50,000 in libel damages, a High Court judge has ruled. 

Gordon Coulter, 84, sued the Sunday World, claiming it portrayed him as callously discharging staff just before Christmas.

Kilmorey Arms
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Mr Coulter, 84, has also been awarded the legals costs of the case that centred on the temporary closure of the Kilmorey Arms Hotel, Kilkeel, in December 2014. 

The judge said it was a serious libel of a businessman who had no other option but to put the company into administration.  

Coleraine rower Peter Chambers out of Olympics

Coleraine rower Peter Chambers is out of the Olympics after the Light Fours semi-final - his crew came fourth and do not make the final.  

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It is a big disappointment as the lightweight men's four won silver in the London Olympics four years ago.

A little warmer in the south-east

Club fined £300 for selling fake vodka

A social club in north Belfast has been fined £300 for selling fake vodka.

Inspectors from Belfast City Council found that five samples of Smirnoff vodka from Shamrock Sports and Social Club in Flax Street had been adulterated. 


They said genuine Smirnoff vodka contains markers which were not detected in any of the samples.

City to host homecoming celebration for world champion Frampton

Belfast City Council is to host a "homecoming" celebration for world featherweight champion boxer Carl Frampton on Friday.

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It will be a chance for fans who could not make it to New York to see him beat Leo Santa Cruz to celebrate him in his home city. A reception begins at city hall at 18:00.

Hundreds pay respect to Edward Daly at St Eugene's Cathedral

Pipe bomb caused 'disruption and upset'

Army bomb experts have carried out a controlled explosion on a pipe bomb found in north Belfast.

Pipe bomb
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"The incident has caused massive inconvenience, disruption and upset for the local community of north Belfast," says Det Insp Mary White. 

Paramilitaries 'should not lead communities'

Paramilitary leaders cannot be "brigadiers at night and community workers during the day", says one of the authors of a report into the groups.

Solicitor John McBurney was speaking after Sunday's killing of prominent loyalist John Boreland.

UDA mural

Mr McBurney is part of an independent panel set up as part of last year's Fresh Start Agreement to devise strategies to help the disbandment of paramilitaries.  

Olympics: All the action from day four

There's plenty of local interest in today's action at the Olympics. Ballymoney brothers Peter and Alan Chambers set off in their respective rowing events later this afternoon.

Peter and Alan Campbell

Peter will take part in the men's coxless lightweight four semi-finals at about 14:50 while brother Alan is in the lightweight men double sculls.   

Meanwhile, Ireland's hockey team face a tough test against Germany at 16:30 while Great Britain take on hosts Brazil at 22:00. As ever, you can catch all the action on BBC Sport online or via the red button.

Rowing: Alan Campbell qualifies for semi-final

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Alan Campbell has qualified for the semi-final of the men's single sculls at the Rio Olympics after coming second in his quarter-final.

Alan Campbell
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The Coleraine rower, who won bronze at London 2012, is competing in his fourth Olympics. 

Attention all bike fans

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He's staying put

Pipe bomb found during alert

Perhaps it's not such a great idea?

Teenager suffers suspected broken leg in hit and run

A teenage girl has been left with a suspected broken leg after a hit-and-run incident in east Belfast.


It is thought that the 15 year old was hit by a black car near a bonfire site at Mountpottinger Road at about 02:00 on Tuesday.  Bonfires are traditionally lit in nationalist communities to mark the introduction of internment in Northern Ireland on 9 August 1971.

Labour leader pays tribute to Edward Daly


North Belfast security alert is over

A  security alert in north Belfast has ended and the road has been re-opened to traffic.

North Belfast

Earlier, an army robot was brought in to examine a suspicious metal object on the road.

Clannad founder member Pádraig Duggan dies

Pádraig Duggan, musician, songwriter and co-founder of folk music legends Clannad, has died in Dublin. He was 67.  

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A tweet was posted by Moya Brennan, Padraig's niece and the older sister of Enya.

Survey suggests 'wrong people' are getting benefits

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics and Business Editor

A survey commissioned by the the Dept for Communities suggests that more than half of people in Northern Ireland believe the welfare system is not working because too many people, or the wrong people, are receiving benefits.

The survey also suggests more than 40% of people in Northern Ireland think unemployment benefits are too high, with just over 21% saying they are too low and cause hardship. 

The survey was carried out in April and May by Analytical Services Unit, who carried out face-to-face interviews with 1,020 people.  

Dr Edward Daly: A 'father figure' to many people

The nephew of former Catholic Bishop of Derry, Dr Edward Daly, says he was a loving and inspirational man.

Dr Edward Daly

Gerard Daly, who grew up in Galway, said he was "humbled" by tributes to his uncle. "It's been very moving coming here to Derry," he says.