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  1. Updates for Friday 19 August 2016
  2. Sinn Féin 'will co-operate' with inquiry into Nama scandal 'coaching' claims
  3. PSNI finish interviews with Bloody Sunday soldiers
  4. Arrested Olympic chief Pat Hickey discharged from hospital
  5. Picture: Lighthouse on Rathlin Island (by Brona Turley)

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Erinn Kerr


It's time for us to head off for the weekend. We hope you'll join us again on Monday morning from 07:00 for all the local news, sport, weather and travel.

RTÉ: Pat Hickey 'sharing a cell' in Bangu Prison

Ticket controversy 'overshadowed' athletes' performances

A spokesperson for the Board of the Olympic Council of Ireland has said it "regrets" that recent events in Brazil have "overshadowed the many great performances of Team Ireland at the Rio Olympic Games". 


"With 11 top ten finishes at this stage this has been one of the most successful performances at an Olympic Games by an Irish team," they said. Senior Olympic official Pat Hickey is being held in a notorious Rio prison following his arrest over alleged illegal sales of tickets for the games.

More rain tomorrow :(

Slightly creepy looking up on Cavehill today

Inquiry to begin into Irish ticketing controversy

The Irish Minister for Tourism and Sport has announced a non-statutory inquiry into the Olympic ticketing controversy, RTÉ reports.

Shane Ross and Patrick O'Donovan

Shane Ross said it would be chaired by a retired judge who will be appointed next week. The Minister said the terms of reference would be finalised shortly thereafter and he hoped it could complete its work in 12 weeks.

Possible disruption due to Truckfest

Broken down lorry on A3 removed

Ballymena tractor films are worldwide phenomenon

A Northern Ireland company is reaping the benefits of an apparent world-wide fascination with tractors.


Gareth Gault is the brains behind Grassmen, a business built on the appeal of John Deere and Massey Ferguson tractors.

Broken down lorry on A3 Lisburn Road

Broken down car blocking inside lane M1

Broken down bus removed from M3

Parade in Rasharkin tonight

Lough Erne's ancient 'cots' to sail again

A race involving traditional wooden boats is to take place on Lough Erne for the first time in more than a century.


Cots were once the main mode of transport around the Fermanagh lakelands.

Martin McGuinness welcomes 'coaching' investigation

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has welcomed an investigation into claims members of Sinn Féin "coached" Jamie Bryson ahead of his appearance at a Stormont inquiry, prompting the resignation of finance committee chairman, SF MLA Daithí McKay. Mr McGuinness said: "I'm very sorry that we have lost Daithí McKay, he was a first class public representative, but by his own admission he made a huge mistake."


The deputy first minister also said claims that Mr McKay had been working along with senior Sinn Féin officials were "ludicrous".

Call for Máirtín Ó Muilleoir to stand down

There's a broken down bus on the M3

SF 'must come clean' over Nama coaching

TUV leader Jim Allister says there are "too many unanswered questions" in the Nama "coaching" controversy for the resignation of Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay "to be the end of the matter".

Jim Allister

"Sinn Fein's attempt to close down the Bryson collusion controversy has failed," he adds. "The facilitating of Jamie Bryson required the cooperation of other Sinn Féin members. It's time they came clean."

European Champions Cup: Ulster start with Bordeaux trip

Ulster will begin their European Champions Cup Pool 5 campaign against Bordeaux in France on 16 October.


It's followed by Kingspan Stadium clashes with Exeter six days later and Clermont Avergne on 10 December.

Surely that's good news for a redhead?

Hickey held in Bangu Prison

Senior Olympic official Pat Hickey is being held in a notorious Rio prison following his arrest over alleged illegal sales of tickets for the games.


Mr Hickey, 71, was detained by Brazilian police on Wednesday but was then taken to hospital for tests after he complained of health problems. After police questioning, Mr Hickey was denied bail by a judge and moved to maximum security Bangu 10 prison.

The options when grades fall short

Record numbers of students in Northern Ireland collected top A-Level grades yesterday - but what do you do if things didn't go as planned?

Girl crying

Here are some of the things you can do if you didn't get the results you wanted.

Collision on A1 at Hillsborough Road cleared

Pair denied bail after £400k cash find

Two men have been remanded in custody after being charged following the discovery of more than £400,000 in cash inside a lorry that was stopped just outside Armagh.

PSNI crest
Press Eye

Conor Toal, 30, from Oakridge in Armagh, and 32-year-old Darren Donnelly from Willowmount Avenue in Omagh, deny possessing criminal property, transporting criminal property and entering into an arrangement.  

Well, well, well, what do we have here?

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Hickey 'held in Rio prison'

Former Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey is being held at Bangu prison in Rio as he faces allegations of illegally reselling tickets for the Olympic Games, RTÉ reports.

Pat Hickey
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The 71-year-old was arrested on Wednesday and taken to hospital, but he was discharged last night for questioning by police.

Rugby: Ulster begin European campaign in Bordeaux

BBC Sport NI

Ulster's fixtures for the European Champions Cup have been announced and a trip to France is first up for the men from Ravenhill.


Les Kiss's team will take on Bordeaux on 16 October before facing Exeter in Belfast on 22 October and Clermont Avergne in December. 

Traffic: Crash on the A1 causing delays

Traffic: Road closed in Castlewellan

'Drumcree policing cost not Orange's fault'

The Orange Order has blamed the annual £23,000 cost of policing the Drumcree protest on the Parades Commission and residents opposed to the parade, the News Letter reports.

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The Portadown District LOL's worshipful master Darryl Hewitt says: "If residents were not objecting to the parade there would be no need for any policing and no costs."

Healy relishing Lurgan Blues clash

BBC Sport NI

Linfield boss David Healy believes tomorrow's clash against fellow Premiership title contenders Glenavon at Windsor Park will be a tough test.

Action between Linfield and Glenavon
Press Eye

The Lurgan Blues are two points clear of Healy's side and he says: "It's a game we should be relishing - we face a side in good form and they've good players."

'Second attack' on community centre

Sinn Féin councillor Patricia Logue has told the BBC that a petrol bomb attack on a Londonderry community centre was the second time the building had been targeted in 48 hours.

Dove House
Sinn Féin

On Wednesday, a window was smashed and paint was thrown at Dove House.

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DUP lodge complaint over McKay conduct

Mark Devenport

BBC News NI Political Editor

A formal complaint has been lodged by the DUP to the assembly's standards commissioner over former Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay's role in advising Jamie Bryson ahead of his appearance at Stormont's Nama inquiry.

Daithí McKay
Press Eye

DUP chairman Maurice Morrow submitted his complaint yesterday, the party says. Even though Mr McKay has since resigned, the commissioner has the power to investigate former MLAs.

BBC Talkback: On song with Anúna

Today's programme features a special performance from choral group Anúna - tune in before 13:30.

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RTÉ: OCI to 'co-operate fully' with any State inquiry

The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) has said it will "cooperate fully with any State inquiry into its handling of ticketing arrangements for the Rio Olympics", RTÉ reports.


In a statement, it said: "The OCI will now also commission its own independent inquiry into the ticketing arrangements for Rio 2016."

Listen again: The waiting game

People of Northern Ireland 'deserve better' says Green party leader

The leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland, Steven Agnew, has said trust in Sinn Féin has been "eroded" following allegations members of the party 'coached' Jamie Bryson ahead of his appearance at Stormont's Nama inquiry.

Steven Agnew

He said: "We need to know whether this is a one off solo-run or a regularly deployed tactic" and added: "People in Northern Ireland deserve better."