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  1. Updates for Thursday 27 October 2016
  2. Picture: Spa, Ballynahinch, County Down (by Mervyn Robb)

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By Fiona Murray and Niall Glynn

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  2. DUP getting 'vicious' abuse over same-sex marriage stance

    NI first minister Arlene Foster says both she and her DUP colleagues have been subjected to "very, very vicious" online abuse over their opposition to same sex marriage. 

    Arlene Foster

    She warned those behind it that the tactic would backfire, saying: "They are not going to influence me by sending me abuse - in fact they are going to send me in the opposite direction and people need to reflect on that."

  3. Abortion charge after woman sought medical help

    The BBC has learnt a woman was reported to police in Northern Ireland and charged in connection with using abortion pills after she sought medical help. 


    The purchase and use of the drugs is illegal throughout the UK, and some people are likely to need treatment if they use them.

  4. DUP 'will continue to block same-sex marriage'

    First Minister Arlene Foster says her party will continue to use a Stormont veto to block same-sex marriage for the duration of this assembly term - another five years. 

    Wedding cake topper

    Last November, a majority of MLAs voted in favour of same-sex marriage for the first time, but the motion was blocked after the DUP deployed a "petition of concern" veto that requires 30 signatures. There are currently 38 DUP MLAs. 

  5. Irish PM will not appoint 'Brexit minister'

    The Irish government will not appoint a Brexit minister, Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Enda Kenny has told reporters.

    Enda Kenny

    Mr Kenny said every minister in his cabinet was, in effect, a Brexit minister and the matter was too important to be hived off to a particular department.

  6. NI first minister berates Brexit 'remoaners'

    First Minister Arlene Foster has branded an All-Ireland Brexit forum set up by the Irish prime minister as a "complete grandstanding exercise" by people "who haven't accepted the referendum result".

    Arlene Foster

    Explaining her refusal to attend the Dublin event next week, she said: "To be a lone voice amongst a whole lot of remoaners? No thank you - I have better things to do with my time." 

  7. Harland & Wolff wins £7m ferry contract

    Harland & Wolff's Belfast shipyard has secured a £7m contract to refit and maintain Stena Line's Irish Sea ferry fleet.

    Harland & Wolff crane

    Stena Line said the work will begin at the end of December and would run through until early May 2017.

  8. UUP says NI manufacturing in 'very dark place'

    Reacting to the Bombardier job cuts, the Ulster Unionist Party's economy spokesperson Steve Aiken says the last two days "have been very bad news for the economy in Northern Ireland".

    Steve Aiken

    "The announcement from Bombardier today, on top of job losses as a result of the Chain Reaction - Wiggle merger, leaves manufacturing in a very dark place," he says.

  9. Murder suspect's bail revoked over Facebook post

    A man charged with murdering prison officer Adrian Ismay in Belfast had his bail revoked over Facebook comments about a policeman's photo.

    Adrian Ismay

    Christopher Robinson, of Aspen Park in Dunmurry, was also held to have broken the terms of his release by failing to disclose details of a mobile phone.