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  1. Updates for Monday 24 October 2016
  2. Picture: Newcastle, County Down (by Mervyn Robb)
  3. More updates from 07:00 on Tuesday

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That's all from BBC News NI Live for today, we'll be back from 07:00 tomorrow with more updates on news, sport, weather and travel. 

Slieve Lamagan
Donal McCullaugh

 We'll leave you with Donal McCullaugh's picture of spectacular Slieve Lamagan in the Mournes. Have a good evening.  

Diverted flight passengers 'to continue journeys tomorrow'

United Airline says it is providing passengers on Flight UA76 with meals and overnight hotel accommodation "and are making arrangements for them to continue their journeys tomorrow".

United Airlines

The flight, from Belfast to Newark, was diverted to Shannon Airport due to a mechanical issue.

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Government 'patronising devolved administrations'

SDLP MLA Sinead Bradley MLA has accused the government of having a patronising attitude towards the devolved administrations in regards to Brexit negotiations.

Devolved administrations talks

"Theresa May's warm words in public about listening to the concerns of people in Northern Ireland and Scotland are cold comfort to those facing the very real prospect of losing access to the single market and their livelihoods," she said. 

Three arrests during Belfast dissident searches

Two men aged 37 and 48 and a 35-year-old woman have been arrested in west Belfast by police investigating dissident republican activity.

Police car

Searches have been carried out in the Foxes Glen and Hamill Street areas. Police said a number of items have been recovered from two properties.

Car chase motorist 'was wanted for four years'

A motorist who crashed after a high-speed pursuit through oncoming traffic had been wanted by police for nearly four years, the High Court heard today.

High Court

Prosecutors claimed Dean Brown, 29, of Avoniel Road, drove at 70mph on the wrong side of the road through Lisburn. His bail application was adjourned.

Crusaders Challenge Cup game to be replayed

Crusaders will host Livingston in a Challenge Cup replay after the Scottish side admitted fielding an ineligible player in the tie earlier this month.

Alan Lithgow

Livingston won the 7 October game 2-1, but Alan Lithgow was suspended and the club have also been fined £4,000.  

Controversy over play by former hunger striker

Judge directs jury in Owen Creaney murder trial

A judge has begun giving directions to the jury in the trial of two people accused of the murder of a Craigavon man whose body was discarded in a bin

Owen Creaney

Mr Justice Tracey told them they could find the accused guilty of murder or manslaughter or assisting an offender, in the trial over the killing of Owen Creaney two years ago.   

Giants in revenge win over Blaze

Stitt should not be CEO of Charter NI - Donaldson

May wants devolved input for Brexit negotiations

Prime Minister Theresa May has said she told the leaders of the devolved administrations she wanted their input in shaping negotiations to leave the EU

Theresa May
Press Eye

"Working together, the nations of the United Kingdom will make a success of leaving the European Union - and we will further strengthen our own unique and enduring union as we do so," she said.

Firefighters continue to tackle Portadown blaze

The fire service says a major blaze at a plant hire business in Portadown is likely to continue into the early evening.

Portadown fire

Five appliances are at the scene at Drumnacanvy Road. A spokeswoman said items on fire included "everything from diggers to wood".

Tree branch blocking Crawfordsburn Road

School choir of the year returns for 2017 series

The search is on to find Radio Ulster's School Choir of the Year, with a second series, presented by John Toal and Kerry McLean, back on the airwaves next year.

John Toal and Kerry McLean

All primary and post primary schools in Northern Ireland can apply. There will be two age categories: Primary schools up to and including 11-year-olds and post primary schools up to and including 19-year-olds.     

Video of major Portadown fire

Ireland coach Schmidt signs contract extension

Ireland rugby head coach Joe Schmidt has agreed a contract extension and will stay in charge until the end of the World Cup in 2019.  

Joe Schmidt

Schmidt took over from Declan Kidney as Ireland coach in 2013.  

'On the Runs' report raised with prime minister

Ashers owners have until Friday to launch appeal

NI must be involved in EU negotiations, say leaders

The first and deputy first ministers have said they emphasised to Theresa May the need for the executive to be fully represented in negotiations about future relationships with EU countries.

Foster May McGuinness
Press Eye

"That must mean nothing less than high level and ongoing involvement in the process on a continuing basis," Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness said, following a meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee.

Timeline of 'gay cake' legal case

'Gay cake' case key dates

Woman taken to hospital after falling onto railway track

A woman has been taken to hospital after falling onto the railway track at Waterside station in Londonderry.


Police and ambulance staff got the woman off the track following the incident at about 13:40.

Flight diverted 'due to mechanical issue'

United Airlines has said one of its planes that had to divert to Shannon Airport during a flight from Belfast International to Newark had a "mechanical issue". 

United airlines

"We apologise to our customers for the inconvenience caused," the airline said. 

Man faces dissident republican charges

An alleged dissident republican has appeared in court on terrorism charges. Darren Gleeson, 34, from Corduff Green, Dublin, faced four charges when he appeared in court in Newry.

Newry Courthouse

The charges are membership of an illegal organisation, conspiracy to possess explosives, preparing for acts of terrorism and receiving instruction in the preparation of IEDs. The charges arise from an undercover MI5 operation at a house in Ardcarn Park in Newry in 2014.  

Teenager sentenced for sex attack on schoolgirl

A teenage boy who pulled a 13-year-old schoolgirl down an embankment in Londonderry's Creggan area and sexually assaulted her has been placed on the sex offenders register for five years. 

Londonderry court

The teenager must also comply with the terms of a sexual offender prevention order for five years and complete a treatment and supervision order for three years.   

Dry weather hanging around

Diverted flight lands safely at Shannon

Shannon Airport has confirmed that a United Airlines flight from Belfast International Airport to Newark landed safely just before 14:30.

United Airlines

The flight was diverted to Shannon after an emergency was declared.

More than quarter of NI prisoners have mental health issues

Warning over 'major fire' in Portadown

Bid to bring John Lewis to Lisburn over says MLA

42 prisoners in segregation at Maghaberry

Crash under motorway bridge in Belfast

Revised plans for Casement Park stadium unveiled

Ulster GAA has unveiled revised plans for redeveloping its stadium at Casement Park in west Belfast

Artistic illustration of proposed Casement Park redevelopment
Ulster GAA

The original design caused controversy among residents and lost its planning permission over safety concerns. 

Belfast plane preparing for emergency landing

A United Airlines flight from Belfast to Newark which has declared an emergency is burning off fuel to in order to land at Shannon Airport

Flight path

It is preparing to make a low approach at the County Clare airport for inspection, according to

Gareth Lee breaks silence on 'gay cake' case

'Gay cake' case: Gay rights activist Gareth Lee breaks silence on case

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Emergency on board NI flight to US

A passenger plane from Belfast International Airport to the United States has declared an emergency.

Shannon Airport

United Airlines flight (UA-76), which was en route to Newark, is diverting to Shannon Airport in the Republic of Ireland.

Judges' ruling also criticises Equality Commission