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  1. Updates for Thursday 15 September 2016
  2. Picture: Kinbane Castle, County Antrim (by David Benson)

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By Erinn Kerr and Fiona Murray

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night folks

    That brings to an end our live page coverage for today here on the BBC News Northern Ireland page - it's been an eventful day.

    Our live page will return at 07:00 tomorrow keeping you up to date with breaking news, weather and traffic reports as well as bringing you the cream of what we have to offer online.

    Good evening. 

  2. Former Sinn Féin councillor who quit party says others might follow

    A former Sinn Féin councillor who resigned from the party over the way Daithí McKay was treated claims other party members are considering their futures as well.  

    Paul Maguire

    Paul Maguire was one of 18 members who quit in North Antrim last month.

  3. Irish government and opposition agree on Nama inquiry

    An agreement has been reached between the Irish Government and opposition that there should be a statutory investigation into Nama arising from the Comptroller & Auditor General's report

    Enda Kenny

    The report found that the agency incurred a potential loss to the taxpayer of £190m on the sale of its Northern Ireland portfolio after previous write-downs were included.   

  4. Specialist team examining site in search for Arlene Arkinson

    Police searching for the Castlederg teenager who went missing in 1994 have brought in specialist teams to examine a new site. They have sealed off an area in a field near Killen outside Castlederg.

    Arlene Arkinson

    The field is about a mile from the house where Arlene Arkinson was last seen alive, on the same road where she was seen in a car with Robert Howard - the main suspect in her killing.  

  5. Who is Frank Cushnahan?

    One of the key figures in the controversy over the sale of Nama's Northern Ireland property portfolio is Belfast businessman Frank Cushnahan.

    Frank Cushnahan

    But exactly who is Mr Cushnahan? Read our profile, here.

  6. Prison management to be summoned to Stormont

    Management staff at Maghaberry Prison will be asked to appear before a Stormont committee over a case in which a mentally ill inmate blinded himself.  

    Maghaberry Prison

    A report by the prisoner ombudsman said staff at the high-security jail watched but did not intervene as Sean Lynch inflicted "extreme and shocking" self-harm over three days. The Justice Committee has agreed to call prison chiefs and the ombudsman to answer questions on the case.   

  7. New challenge launched against Londonderry - Aughnacloy road

    A campaign group opposed to the A5 road scheme linking Londonderry and Aughnacloy has launched a second legal challenge to the project.

    Road sign

    Work on the Newbuildings to Strabane section of the new dual carriageway was due to go ahead in 2017.  

  8. McCann slams "secret deals" between Ryanair and Derry airport

    Foyle MLA Eamonn McCann says "secret deals between Derry City Council and Ryanair lie behind the current crisis at City of Derry airport". He adds: "Ten years ago, the council spent rate-payers’ money going to court to prevent Derry people knowing how much of their money was being handed to Michael O’Leary’s company under a deal done in the dark.

    City of Derry Airport

    "Anyone who objected was accused of damaging Derry’s progress."  

    A spokesperson for Derry City and Strabane District Council said it was continuing to work very closely with the NI Executive and all stakeholders "to respond proactively to secure the airport's future".

  9. Indeterminate sentence for Belfast manslaughter

    A man who stabbed his friend to death in south Belfast in January last year has been given an indeterminate custodial sentence. The judge ordered that Ahmed Noor must serve a minimum of six years before he can be considered for release on licence. Noor had admitted manslaughter "by reason of diminished responsibility".

    The murder scene on Botanic Avenue in January 2015
  10. Suspect package in Lurgan

    Police in Lurgan are investigating a suspect package in Lurgan's Windsor Avenue area. A bomb disposal team are in attendance and a home has been evacuated.  

  11. Ombudsman: TASER use justified

    The Police Ombudsman has found that police were justified in using TASER stun guns to stop people harming  themselves during incidents in Lisburn, Ballymena and Belfast. The weapons were used three times during one incident in Lisburn in July 2015, when a man who broke into two houses while on drugs, threatened to jump from a first floor window.


    In September 2015, TASER was used against a woman in Ballymena who was bleeding from her arms and holding a knife to her throat. And last November the weapon was used when a man with drug problems, who had recently attempted to take his own life, locked himself in a bathroom and caused self-harm.   

  12. Man arrested over hatchet attack

    A 31 year-old man has been arrested following an incident in the Chapel Road area of Londonderry in the early hours of this morning. 


    He was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent, possession of an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence, aggravated burglary and common assault. It follows a report to police shortly before 4:00 BST of a man attacking another man with a hatchet.