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  1. Updates for Tuesday 30 August 2016
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That's all from us on another eventful news day. We'll be back tomorrow at 07:00 with news, sport, weather and travel. We'll leave you with Trevor Hartnett's picture of a sunny Belfast earlier today.

Trevor Hartnett

Fresher day ahead tomorrow

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European commissioner addresses Belfast audience

Second anniversary of NI poet's death

New Belfast air route welcomed by minister

Irish Olympic Council welcomes Hickey release

The Olympic Council of Ireland has welcomed today's release of Pat Hickey from a prison in Rio.  

Pat Hickey

"The OCI also welcomes the news that three OCI officials are due to have their passports returned over the coming days and we look forward to welcoming Kevin Kilty, Stephen Martin and Dermot Henihan home shortly," it said in a statement.

It had to happen - rain on the way

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Man jailed over 12 hoax bomb calls

A man who made a series of hoax bomb calls claiming devices had been left in the Markets area of Belfast has been jailed for nine months.  


Karl Patrick McCartan, 36, admitted making 12 hoax bomb calls to the emergency services between 1 October and 12 October last year, claimed he was calling from either 'Action Against Drugs' or 'Republican Headhunters'.  

A Wilder time in Dublin

A famous Irish pub has raised a glass and posted a picture tribute to Hollywood star actor Gene Wilder who shot a comic scene hiding in its toilet.  

Gene Wilder
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BBC Newsline reports on school uniform cost

Weir condemns primary school evacuation alert

Education Minister Peter Weir has condemned those behind a hoax bomb alert  that caused St Paul's Primary in west Belfast to be evacuated.

Peter Weir

"This is the first day of the new school year for St Paul's Primary School and a day when these young children should be settling and preparing for the year ahead," he said. 

Family's deaths 'so shocking' says bishop

The Bishop of Kilmore, Leo O'Reilly, has said the deaths of the Hawe family in Ballyjamesduff, County Cavan, were "so shocking because they were so well known in the community".

Hawe family tragedy

"The young lad was in the local GAA team, the father was involved in the club and they were very much involved in their church. The parents were both readers and the children were Mass-servers," he said. 

Man jailed for sending indecent image to teenage boy

A Belfast man who sent an indecent picture of himself to a 13-year-old boy via the Facebook messenger service has been jailed for a year.

Laganside Courts

Ciaran James McAuley, 27, committed the offence while on bail for sexually assaulting a nine-year old boy. He was jailed for two years last December for that attack.

Broken down vehicle close to Ulster Hospital

Rain to move in after dark

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Clarke 'has no worries' about Ryder Cup team

Darren Clarke says he has "no worries" about the strength of the Ryder Cup team he will captain next month.

Darren Clarke

"The talent that they all possess, I have no worries at all about the strength of that team. I'll be very proud to take them," he said.  

Larne dissident searches continuing

Searches are continuing in Larne as part of an investigation into dissident republican activity.

Larne search
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Royal Marine Ciarán Maxwell was arrested last week as part of the investigation.

Charges 'will be set aside' says Hickey

Former Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey has issued a statement following his release from Bangu Prison in Rio.

Pat Hickey

"I will now stay in Rio and my lawyers will proceed to have the charges laid against me set aside as there is no substantive proof of any wrong doing on my part," Mr Hickey, who remains under house arrest, said. 

Larne arrest over dissident activity

A man has been arrested as part of an investigation into dissident republican activity.


The 27-year-old was detained in Larne on Monday morning, police have confirmed.

Delays at Holywood Exchange due to broken-down vehicle

Images show Hickey prison release

Former Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey was released from Bangu Prison in Rio earlier and will now be under house arrest.   

Pat Hickey release

Education Authority searching for new boss

Gun crime accused face further questioning

Two men accused of robbing a priest and a retired sacristan and his wife at gunpoint are to be questioned about other allegations, a court has heard. 

Court crest

Between them Owen John Maughan, 32, and Patrick John Maughan, 37, face a total of 53 charges over gun-related incidents in Belfast, Dungannon, Holywood, Newcastle and Castlewellan.   

Today's temperatures peak at 23C

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Apple boss ponders 'unusual position'

Rowing brothers thrilled by homecoming

O'Donovan brothers thrilled by homecoming crowds in Skibbereen

Larne search linked to Royal Marine arrest

Police are carrying out a search at Inver Road in Larne linked to the arrest of 30-year-old Royal Marine Ciarán Maxwell.

Ciaran Maxwell

Mr Maxwell is being questioned on suspicion of  preparing for acts of terrorism. He can be held in custody until 12:20 tomorrow.

Irish Olympic official Hickey released from jail

Former Olympic Council of Ireland president Pat Hickey has been released from a prison in Rio after being held there for nearly two weeks since his arrest during the Olympics.   

Pat Hickey

Yesterday, a judge in Rio recommended that Mr Hickey be freed from prison and placed under house arrest.  

Stars help Irish best man with wedding speech

Advice for parents posting 'back to school' photos

Roadworks affecting Belfast Metro bus stop

'Notes found' at murder-suicide scene

Notes and documents have been discovered by Irish police in the house where five members of the same family were found dead after an apparent murder-suicide.

Coffin at scene of County Cavan deaths

A note was also found on the back door when a relative raised the alarm. It told people not to enter the house and to call the police

Belfast basks in 22C heat

Hoax bomb alert causes primary school evacuation

This is the scene of a bomb alert that caused St Paul's Primary School in west Belfast to be evacuated this morning.

Bomb alert

Police said the alert has now ended after Army bomb disposal officers examined a suspicious package and declared it to be a hoax.

SF resignation decisions 'not taken lightly'

Monica Digney, one of 18 North Antrim Sinn Féin members to resign over the treatment of former MLA Daithí McKay, has said it was "not a decision we took lightly".  

Monica Digney

"What has happened recently is there seems to be some people who get protected and other people are left hung out to dry," she said.  

Ryder Cup captain names wildcard players