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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 1 September 2016
  2. Caterpillar announces 200-250 job cuts in Northern Ireland - 16% of local workforce
  3. Firefighters are still trying to put out a fire at a recycling plant in west Belfast
  4. The lifetime ban on blood donation by gay men is being lifted and is being replaced by a one-year deferral
  5. Picture: Portrush Harbour, County Antrim (by Gail Simpson)

Live Reporting

By Fiona Murray and Niall Glynn

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    That's it for another busy day on BBC News NI Live.  Join us again here from 7am tomorrow for more live updates on the latest news, weather and sport.

  2. GP claims patients at risk in out-of-hours service

    Patients are often being put at risk because the out-of-hours service in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust's is "broken", according to one of its GPs.

    Dr Frances O'Hagan

    Dr Frances O'Hagan said there was sometimes only one doctor available to provide out-of-hours cover for the entire trust area, with a population of 300,000.  The trust said part of the problem was people misusing the out-of-hours service for non-emergencies.

  3. Woman seriously hurt in 'cattle attack'

    A woman has been seriously injured in a weekend incident involving cattle on an island in Lower Lough Erne, County Fermanagh.

    Cattle

    An Irish Coastguard helicopter from County Sligo attended the incident at Devenish Island on Sunday 28 August.  

  4. Body found in search for missing man

    A body has been found in the search for a 59-year-old man missing off the County Donegal coast.

    RNLI lifeboat

    Anthony Griffiths, from Culmore in Londonderry, went missing on Monday near the Isle of Doagh. It is understood Mr Griffiths and his family were on a camping trip in the area. 

  5. Holy Cross pupils paid compensation over 2001 protests

    Three former Catholic schoolgirls have received compensation for having to walk through loyalist protests on their way to primary school 15 years ago.

    Fr Aiden Troy leading schoolchildren through protests in 2001

    They were caught up in a violent dispute outside Holy Cross Primary School in 2001, which made headlines around the world. The Department of Justice confirmed the payments after a Freedom of Information request from the Belfast Telegraph.

  6. Ulster Rugby must 'reluctantly' accept Pienaar exit

    Ulster Rugby's chief executive Shane Logan says the province did everything in its power to retain Ruan Pienaar but must reluctantly accept his departure

    Shane Logan

    The South African scrum-half is to leave at the end of the season when his contract runs out. "We are allowed only five players who aren't qualified to play for Ireland," Mr Logan told BBC Sport NI.

  7. Mother walks out of child's inquest in tears

    The mother of a stillborn baby has walked out of court in tears after a doctor accepted that she should have been kept in hospital when she was 38 weeks pregnant.

    Michelle Rocks, pictured with her husband Barry outside Belfast Coroner's Court at an earlier hearing

    The inquest into the death of baby Cara Rocks at the Causeway hospital in Coleraine in June 2013 is the first to focus solely on a stillbirth in Northern Ireland.  

  8. Butterknife shop robber comes unstuck

    A man who tried to rob a Belfast convenience store armed with a butterknife has been jailed for two and a half years. 

    Belfast court complex

    Scott McCormick drank 24 tins of lager and took 15 diazepam tablets before threatening the shop staff with the unusual weapon. The 28-year-old, from Lichfield Avenue in the east of the city, will serve a further two-and-a-half years on licence.

  9. Caterpillar job cuts plan 'deeply disappointing'

    The economy minister says Caterpillar's plan to seek up to 250 redundancies and close its plant at Monkstown is "deeply disappointing".

    Simon Hamilton

    Simon Hamilton said he was "mindful of the very direct and personal impact this devastating news will have upon the workers affected and their families". He said his department and Invest Northern Ireland will "work to minimise the impact on all those affected".