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- Updates for Thursday 27 October 2016
- Picture: Spa, Ballynahinch, County Down (by Mervyn Robb)
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.Copyright: PA
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."
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.Copyright: Getty Images
The purchase and use of the drugs is illegal throughout the UK, and some people are likely to need treatment if they use them.
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.Copyright: PA
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.
The Irish government will not appoint a Brexit minister, Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Enda Kenny has told reporters.Copyright: EPA
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.
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".Copyright: BBC
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."
Harland & Wolff's Belfast shipyard has secured a £7m contract to refit and maintain Stena Line's Irish Sea ferry fleet.Copyright: BBC
Stena Line said the work will begin at the end of December and would run through until early May 2017.
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".Copyright: BBC
"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.
A man charged with murdering prison officer Adrian Ismay in Belfast had his bail revoked over Facebook comments about a policeman's photo.Copyright: Ismay family
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.