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  1. Updates for Wednesday 26 October 2016
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That's it from us at BBC News NI Live for this Wednesday. We're rushing off home to see if Andrew can whisk his way to the Great British Bake Off crown. We'll see you all tomorrow from 07:00, have a great evening. 

No minutes of meetings on energy scheme 'scandal'

Conor Macauley

BBC News NI Agriculture and Environment Correspondent

No minutes were kept of key meetings between government officials and regulators of a botched green energy scheme, the assembly has heard. 

Energy scheme

The Renewable Heat Incentive is likely to cost Northern Ireland taxpayers hundreds of millions of pounds.  

Football: Derry City manager defends 'England's reserves' comment

BBC Sport NI

Kenny Shiels, the manager of Derry City, has said comments he made about international football were after a scathing attack by Republic of Ireland international James McClean.

Kenny Shiels

Shiels had said Republic of Ireland players were "England reserves" and Northern Ireland players were "England reserves' reserves". McClean, a former Derry City player, said the comments were "ridiculous" and that Shiels comments made him a "laughing stock". 

Concern over Army access to pupils' learning records

Laura McDaid


The chair of Stormont's education committee has said he is concerned about the Army being allowed access to an online database of school children's learning records


The Department of Education is introducing a Personal Learning Record (PLR) for every pupil aged 14 and over. It said information would only be shared with the pupil's consent. Barry McElduff, from Sinn Féin, said the move would cause alarm among parents. 

Rugby: New faces in squad for All Blacks test

BBC Sport NI

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has named six uncapped players in the squad to play New Zealand on 5 November in Chicago. 

Joey Carbery and Garry Ringrose

Leinster's Joey Carbery, Luke McGrath, James Tracy and Garry Ringrose are joined by Munster's Billy Holland and John Ryan in the 34-man panel. Bordeaux out-half Ian Madigan has been left out. 

Rugby: Earls banned for New Zealand test

BBC Sport NI

Ireland wing Keith Earls will miss next week's match against New Zealand after being suspended for two weeks for a red card while playing for Munster last weekend.

Keith Earls is sent off against Glasgow Warriors
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Earls was sent off for a dangerous tackle during the European Champions Cup game against Glasgow Warriors. 

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Brexit: 'No agreement' over travel controls with UK says Kenny

Shane Harrison

BBC NI Dublin correspondent

Enda Kenny says the Republic does not have an agreement with the government on how to control travel to the UK from Irish ports and airports.

Irish passport

The taoiseach was speaking in response to a question by Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams in the Dáil. "We don't have an agreement because we don't know what the British are looking for," said Mr Kenny.

Bengoa report: The jargon busted

The Bengoa Report and the health minister's 10-year plan to overhaul the health service generated plenty of news headlines yesterday - but what did the report actually contain? 

Dr George O'Neill

The full report weighted in at a Tolstoy-esque 92 pages and was, to put mildly, a tough read for anyone not in the health profession. Luckily BBC News NI got a GP, Dr George O'Neill, to take us through the report's recommendations and what they actually mean

Company moves facilities to Wolverhampton

Online bike retailer WiggleCRC says it is cutting 300 local jobs to concentrate its warehouse facilities in Wolverhampton.

Chain Reaction
Press Eye

The company was formed when Wiggle took over Doagh-based Chain Reaction Cycles earlier this year. 152 staff jobs and 161 agency roles are under threat. 

Union hit out over cycle company job cuts

Four arrested in right-wing extremism investigation

Police investigating right-wing extremism have arrested four people in Ballymena and Coleraine. 

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The men, aged 29, 30, 36 and 46, were taken to Belfast for questioning. Police said the arrests were part of an investigation into people "who appear to have right-wing views about tensions in north eastern Europe". 

Chemical spilled into river because of "inadequate" protection

A major fish kill in a County Down river happened because "inadequate" protection allowed chemicals to spill from a sewage treatment plant..

Fish kill in County Down

The chemical leaked from a cracked pipe at the Annsborough works. 1,600 fish were killed in the chemical spill. 

Anger over "regrettable" mobile phone pro-choice ad

A "pro-choice" ad used by Carphone Warehouse has angered both pro-choice and anti-abortion campaigners in the Republic.

Carphone Warehouse ad

The advert was used to sell mobile phones but uses images very similar to those used by pro-choice activists. It's been described as "very regrettable" and a "slap in the face". 

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Five hours for jury to find pair guilty of wheelie bin murder

The pair found guilty of the murder of Owen Creaney have received automatic life sentences but will find out on 18 November the minimum amount of time they must spend in prison before being considered for parole.

Shaunean Boyle and Stephen Hughes
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It took a jury just over five hours to find Shaunean Boyle, 25, and Stephen Hughes, 29, guilty of killing Mr Creaney and dumping his body in a bin. 

Radio 4 reports on NI prisoners' self-help scheme

Football: Linfield dump Cliftonville out of County Antrim Shield

Linfield recorded an easy 3-0 over rivals Cliftonville in the County Antrim Shield on Tuesday night and will now face either Ards, PSNI or Crusaders in the semi-final.

Linfield beat Cliftonville 3-0 in County Antrim Shield

It was Ards who produced the shock of the night winning 2-1 against reigning shield holders Ballymena United. Elsewhere, Armagh City Glenavon, Loughgall and Warrenpoint Town won their Mid-Ulster Cup quarter-final ties and Institute beat Coleraine on penalties to win the North-dWest Cup. 

Stun gun smuggler shocked by five-year jail sentence

A man who thought he'd get a "slap on the wrist" for bringing stun guns into the country has been jailed for five years.

Neil Dinsmore
Mike Gibbons

Neil Dinsmore, who lives in Banbridge, was caught at Edinburgh Airport with five stun guns disguised as torches and five batons. He told the court he had bought them as gifts.

Two guilty of Owen Creaney murder

Two people accused of killing a Lurgan man and putting his remains in a bin have been found guilty of murder.

Owen Creaney

BreakingWarehouse facilities being relocated

BreakingJob cuts at bike retailer

The online bike retailer, WiggleCRC, is planning to cut about 300 jobs in Northern Ireland. The company was formed when Wiggle took over Doagh-based Chain Reaction Cycles earlier this year. 

Weather: Cloudy and grey for the rest of the day

BBC Newsline: Southern shoppers enjoying savings

BBC News NI's Julian O'Neill has a special report from Newry tonight on shoppers hopping across the border to save money. 

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Watch: Jack Straw rejects suggestion victims "ignored"

Rugby: Les Kiss urges big response for Munster

Ulster face a crunch game against provincial rivals Munster this weekend - and coach Les Kiss says his side will have to be at their best. 

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BBC Newsline: Headlines ahead of lunchtime news

Here's what's coming up on BBC Newsline shortly. 

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Bag tax funds to boost environmental schemes

DUP MP gets giddy up from Westminster Speaker

Nothing scary in this weekend's forecast

More questions than answers over paramilitary plan

NI's Bake Off star ready for final

Health minister welcome lifeline funding for ambulances

Man stabbed in back in west Belfast

A man in his 30s has been stabbed in his back during an attack by a gang on a street in west Belfast.

PSNI crest

It happened on Springfield Avenue shortly before 21:20 last night. Police say the man's injury is not thought to be life-threatening.

Construction firm creates 38 jobs

The McAvoy Group, which has manufacturing plants at Dungannon and Lisburn, is creating 38 new jobs as part of a £10m investment.

McAvoy Group staff with economy minister

All of the jobs at the modular construction firm are in design, contract and cost management positions. Some 24 posts have already been filled.

'Arson attack' at museum construction site