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  1. Updates for Friday 21 October 2016
  2. More updates form 07:00 on Monday
  3. Picture: Temple Lake, Strangford, County Down (by Michael O'Dwyer)

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That's all from us at BBC News NI Live for this week, thanks for joining us.

A seagull perched on a handrail
Seamus Kelters

We'll be back on Monday morning from 07:00, but for now we'll leave you with this sneaky seagull snap from Seamus Kelters. Have a terrific weekend!

What's the weekend got in store?

BBC Weather

There'll be a few cool breezes over the weekend, but it'll be mainly dry with a bit of sunshine, too.

Angie Phillips

You can check out Angie Phillips's full forecast for the next few days here.  

'No words strong enough to sum up murder'

BBC Newsline

Police say they have yet to establish a motive for the murder of a man in west Belfast last night.

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Joe Reilly was shot a number of times in the chest in Poleglass, and a detective says the words "brutal, senseless and barbaric are inadequate" to describe the killing.

Bringing your bucket and spade to Belfast?

Plans to designate Belfast as an official holiday resort and to extend Sunday trading hours have passed their first stage at Belfast City Council.

Munster retire number eight shirt in Foley's memory

BBC Sport NI

Munster will retire their number eight jersey in memory of Anthony Foley for Saturday's European Champions Cup game.

Anthony Foley

CJ Stander will instead wear number 24 against Glasgow in what promises to be an emotional occasion at Thomond Park after head coach Foley died suddenly in Paris last weekend.

M2 reopens after investigation

BBC NI Travel

The M2 has reopened after a police investigation into the death of a man on the motorway.

The scene of the crash on the M2

Closures at the Sandyknowes roundabout caused severe traffic disruption for several hours this afternoon.

Loyalist Stitt aims foul-mouthed attack on government

Stephen Walker

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

The chief executive of an east Belfast organisation that was recently given nearly £2m of public money has launched a foul-mouthed attack on the government, claiming it doesn't care about Northern Ireland.

Dee Stitt

The remarks by Charter NI head Dee Stitt, a leading UDA member, have been criticised by the SDLP.

Firm foundations to build NI for everyone - Brokenshire

Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire has marked what is his 100th day in the role by saying the "foundations are firm" to "build a Northern Ireland that works for everyone".

James Brokenshire

"I am in no doubt about the huge potential we have and my role in being a champion for Northern Ireland," he adds.

Soldiers 'aware of army guidelines', inquest hears

An inquest into the death of a Londonderry boy in 1972 has been told by an Army commander that soldiers were fully aware of Army guidelines.

Manus Deery
Deery family

Manus Deery was 15 when he was shot by a soldier. The Army claimed that soldiers were shooting at a gunman in the city's Bogside, something the Deery family rejects.

Shooting was 'cold-blooded execution in man's own house'

A murder in west Belfast last night was "a cold-blooded summary execution of a man in his own house", police say.

POlice at the scene of the murder

Joe Reilly, a 43-year-old father-of-one, was shot a number of times in the chest and died at the scene at Glenwood Court in Poleglass.

Appointment of new education boss halted

Robbie Meredith

BBC News NI Education Correspondent

The Education Authority (EA) has halted the recruitment of a new chief executive to succeed Gavin Boyd.

Gavin Boyd

He's headed the body since it came into being in April 2015 and was due to step down by the end of 2016.

Action would make farms more profitable, plan claims

Conor Macauley

BBC News NI Agriculture Correspondent

Farms could be more profitable and help improve the environment, according to a new plan commissioned by the government.

Tractors in a field

It includes recommendations for a publicly-funded analysis of soil on agricultural land across Northern Ireland. If the plan is adopted, it is claimed it would make farmers better off and improve habitats for wildlife.

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BBC Newsline

Finance ministers call for capital cash

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics Editor

The finance ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have called on Chancellor Philip Hammond to increase infrastructure spending in his autumn statement.

Derek Mackay, Mark Drakeford and Máirtín Ó Muilleoir

Derek Mackay, Mark Drakeford and Máirtín Ó Muilleoir met in Newry ahead of talks with the Treasury's chief secretary on Monday, and Mr Ó Muilleoir says there's a need for "immediate and significant capital funding" for the regions.

Ulster will face 'angry' Exeter side, says Kiss

BBC Sport NI

Ulster's director of rugby expects his side to face a fired-up Exeter side in Saturday's European Champions Cup match in Belfast tomorrow.

Les Kiss says Exeter's coach Rob Baxter has spoken of his side "coming here and being angry"

"It is going to be one hell of an affair," said Les Kiss.

Police appeal for patience over M2 delays

Traffic on the M2

Police are asking motorists caught up in a major traffic backlog on the M2 to remain in their vehicles as officers investigate a serious incident on the motorway.

Republic set to host Icemen in friendly

BBC Sport NI

The Republic of Ireland will play Iceland in a friendly at Dublin's Aviva Stadium on 28 March next year.

Iceland players celebrate a goal

Iceland were surprise quarter-finalists at Euro 2016, beating England in the last 16 before losing to hosts France.

European football at Brandywell 'under threat'

European football at Brandywell stadium is under threat, Derry City Football Club's chairman has warned.

Brandywell stadium

The Candystripes play their last home game of the season on Friday when they host Sligo Rovers, but the club still doesn't know when work on a multi-million pound redevelopment of their stadium will begin.

Pitau and Pienaar fit to face Exeter

BBC Sport NI

Charles Piutau and Ruan Pienaar have both been passed fit to take their place in the Ulster team to face Exeter Chiefs at Kingspan Stadium on Saturday.

Charles Piutau

Piutau (above) missed the recent defeats by Bordeaux Begles and Connacht because of concussion, but starts on the wing for the European Champions Cup clash, while Pienaar has recovered from a jarred knee.

Dry weather to continue this weekend

BBC Weather

Alliance MLA apologises over attorney general claim

An Alliance Party MLA has apologised to Northern Ireland's attorney general for a retweet she posted last month.

Paula Bradshaw tweet

In a tweet last night, Paula Bradshaw said the message "wrongly made reference" to John Larkin. She added that the retweeted allegation regarding Mr Larkin's views on women was "totally unfounded".

Foley lived life with 'great dignity', says priest

A priest at the funeral of former Munster head coach Anthony Foley has said he was a "man who lived life with great dignity and personal and professional integrity".

Mourners at Anthony Foley funeral including Brian O'Driscoll and Ronan O'Gara

Among the mourners at St Flannan's Church in Killaloe, County Clare, were former Irish and Munster stars Paul O'Connell, Ronan O'Gara and Peter Stringer, along with ex-Ireland teammate Brian O'Driscoll.

Union concern at Bombardier job cuts plan

Julian O'Neill

BBC News NI Business Correspondent

Person dies after M2 incident

Police have confirmed that a person has died in an incident on the M2 at the Hill Section near Sandyknowes roundabout.

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'Parties will work to minimise Bombardier cuts'

Belfast must send a message to Bombardier that "we can deliver", Ulster Unionist MLA Steve Aiken says.

A Bombardier CSeries jet

The plane and train maker is cutting 7,500 posts worldwide, and Mr Aiken's party will "work constructively with government to ensure that all that can be done, is being done" to minimise the impact on the workforce in Northern Ireland.

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Teen arrested after elderly man assaulted

A teenager has been arrested after an elderly man was assaulted during an aggravated burglary in Belfast in the early hours of this morning.

PSNI crest

The 19-year-old is being questioned over the incident on the Cliftonville Road, police say. 

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Bannsiders aim to leapfrog Blues

BBC Sport NI

Third-placed Coleraine could move above Linfield in the Irish Premiership table if the Bannsiders can beat the Blues tomorrow.

Action from Linfield vs Coleraine
Press Eye

The sides drew 1-1 in their first meeting of the season at Windsor Park, and Coleraine boss Oran Kearney is looking to take all three points from the clash at the Ballycastle Road.

Ash lead singer receives honorary doctorate

GP to stand trial over drugs fraud

A County Down GP accused of committing fraud by abusing his position to obtain prescription drugs for his own personal use is to stand trial.

Inside a GP's surgery

Thomas Egerton, 57, of Station Road in Holywood, appeared before Newtownards Magistrates' Court for a preliminary inquiry hearing. Among the drugs he is alleged to have possessed are diazepam and lorazepam. He was released on bail.

Funeral of Anthony Foley taking place

The funeral of Munster head coach and former Ireland rugby international Anthony Foley is taking place in County Clare.

Funeral of Anthony Foley
Funeral of Anthony Foley

Rugby stars, past and present, are among those attending the service at St Flannan's Church in Killaloe.

Launch of farming and environment strategy

Conor Macauley

BBC News NI Agriculture Correspondent

PSNI: 62 clown complaints in NI

Attack on rule of law is attack on us all - Attwood

Condemnation of the murder of a man in west Belfast last night "has to be consistent and strong", SDLP MLA Alex Attwood says.

A police Land Rover at the murder scene

Forty-three-year-old Joe Reilly was shot in Glenwood Court in Poleglass, and Mr Attwood says people must show that "an assault on the rule of law, an assault on a citizen is an assault on us all".

Minister 'will fight to save' Bombardier jobs

Stormont's economy minister said he "will fight to save as many Bombardier jobs in Northern Ireland as possible", after the aerospace firm announced it will be making major cuts to its workforce.

Simon Hamilton

Simon Hamilton says he will "take every opportunity to highlight" to Bombardier bosses the strength of the company's Northern Ireland operation and the skills of its workers.

M2 citybound closed due to 'incident'

BBC NI Travel

The M2 is closed at junction four towards Belfast at Sandyknowes because of an incident, police say.

Police vehicles

Motorists are advised to find an alternative route.

Bombardier in NI 'to evaluate' global job cuts plan

Bombardier in Northern Ireland says it will be evaluating the impact of the firm's announcement of 7,500 global job cuts in relation to its "Belfast operations and will communicate with our employees when that is completed".


"We are not in a position to elaborate further at this time," the statement added.

Ancient tomb found at site of Hellfire Club

An ancient tomb has been found at the site of the ruins of the notorious Hellfire Club in the Dublin Mountains.

Hellfire Club site
Alberta Heritage

Excavators say the "exciting discovery" was made as part of a dig delving into the history of the location. They believe it was a passage tomb, similar to the 5,000-year-old Newgrange in County Meath.