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  1. Updates for Friday 4 November 2016
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Well, that just about brings to an end a very busy week on BBC News NI Live. We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel updates from 07:00 on Monday. 'Til then, enjoy your weekend!

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Plans for US teams to join Pro12 dismissed

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Plans for American sides to join the Pro12 have been dismissed by the company running the pro game in the US.  

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Houston in Texas was one of the venues discussed that could one day host Pro12 rugby matches.

United subsidy 'should never have been approved'

People Before Profit MLA Eamonn McCann tells Radio Ulster's Evening Extra he was always opposed to United Airlines being given a £9m rescue deal, to save its Belfast to New York route.

Eamonn McCann

The route is to be stopped, after the deal was found to be in breach of EU rules. Eamonn McCann said there were "better uses" for the money, and that there was "never a guarantee" that the flight would've been preserved in the long-term.

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United decision a 'crash landing' for executive's economic strategy

SDLP MLA Sinead Bradley says United's decision to end its Belfast to New York service shows the executive's economic strategy has "spectacularly crash landed". 

Sinead Bradley

"We need to know what communication the economy minister had with the European Commission seeking advice on the decision before and after he issued a ministerial direction, ignoring the advice of senior civil servants," she adds.  

Elderly couple tied up during robbery

A man in his 70s and a woman in her 60s have been left badly shaken after an aggravated robbery at their home in Lisburn last night. 


Three men tied up the elderly couple at the Old Ballynahinch Road before locking them in the bathroom and making off with a sum of money.   

Funeral of musician Bap Kennedy takes place

The funeral of well-known Belfast singer-songwriter, Bap Kennedy, has taken place.


He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year and passed away on Tuesday evening. He was 54.  

It's the final countdown

Ballymurphy inquest to begin 'late November'

Vincent Kearney

BBC News NI Home Affairs Correspondent

An inquest into the deaths of 10 people shot dead by soldiers in Ballymurphy in west Belfast 45 years ago, will get under way later thismonth.


A preliminary inquest hearing has been scheduled for 30 November, but it won't be completed unless the coroner's courts service is given additional funding.

European Commission statement on United ruling

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Hamilton 'baffled' by EU ruling on United

Economy Minister Simon Hamilton says he's "baffled" by the European Commission's ruling against a £9m funding package to United, which Belfast International Airport says has led to the airline's decision to end its Belfast to New York route.

Simon Hamilton

He says his department had been working with United over the past number of days, and that he "regrets the decision Europe has taken".

Parents 'relieved' baby death inquest over

The parents of a one-month-old baby who died suddenly in Whitehead a year ago, say they're relieved the inquest is over and they have answers.

Shea Morrissey's parents, Sam and Louise Lynn Morrissey, spoke to BBC News NI reporter Kevin Sharkey following the inquest.

Slaughtmanus GAA player Kevin King dies during match

Tributes have been paid to a 22-year-old Gaelic player who died suddenly during an indoor football match in County Londonderry.  

St Mary's GAC

 St Mary's GAC chairman Eddie Deery described Kevin King as a promising footballer with a bright future.  

United decision 'slap in the face' to executive

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson says United's decision to end its only flight to the US from Belfast is a "slap in the face" to the Stormont executive.

Stewart Dickson

"We also need a clear strategy from the executive outlining what they are doing to attract another airline to this route as a matter of urgency," he adds.

Coroner issues 'co-sleeping' warning after baby death

Kevin Sharkey


A coroner has issued a warning about the dangers of following the death of a month-old baby in County Antrim.

Coroner court

Shea Morrissey died suddenly at his home in Whitehead a year ago.

Ancient art discovered at Hellfire Club dig

Archaeologists excavating Dublin's Hellfire Club have stumbled across ancient artwork thought to be 5,000 years old.

Hellfire Club ancient art discovery
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The outlines of a stone carving were so faint the team almost missed it, but now believe it to be an example of "a motif that appears in megalithic art at some of the most famous passage tombs in the country". 

Decision to save United was 'vanity project'

Green Party leader Steven Agnew says United's decision to end its Belfast to New York flight presents Northern Ireland with a "huge opportunity" to use the £9m funding package for other projects.

Steven Agnew

"Proposing to give the money to a large multinational airline was a vanity project from the very start, and it has now been shown to break the rules too, " says Mr Agnew.  

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EU decision on United aid package 'disgraceful'

Managing director of Belfast International Airport, Graham Keddie, has blamed the European Commission for United's decision to end its only Belfast to New York flight.

Graham Keddie

He told the BBC: "We had saved the flight - it was in good shape - and unfortunately the EU have gone and destroyed that. It's a disgraceful decision by the EU, they should never have done this."

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Hamilton stands by original United funding aid

Economy Minister Simon Hamilton says he stands by his decision to step in with a £9m aid package for the United Belfast to New York flight, even though the airline has now chosen to end the route due to EU regulations.

Simon Hamilton

"We were always aware of the potential of an issue around state aid compliance, but given the tight timescale to put a package of support in place, approval by the European Commission could not be sought in advance of agreeing a deal with United," said the minister.

Fifa takes action against Ireland's logo use

Fifa has opened disciplinary proceedings over the Republic of Ireland's use of a logo to commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising.  

Irish team
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The Irish FA will likely be fined by Fifa, the BBC's Richard Conway reports.  

DUP MP says United decision proves quick Brexit is 'essential'

DUP MP Sammy Wilson says United's decision to end its Belfast to New York flight is "another example of why a quick exit from the EU is essential". 

Sammy Wilson

It's understood the European Commission ruled that the £9m aid package breached EU rules. "Make no mistake about it, this decision will have serious consequences for our business connections," says Sammy Wilson.  

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Car crashes through Enniskillen shop

Six people have been injured after a car crashed through the window of Boots in Enniskillen.

Shop street
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shop crash
John McVitty/Impartial Reporter

Police have appealed for anyone who witnessed the accident to contact them. Townhall Street was closed for a time but has reopened.  

FSB 'regrets' United decision to end Belfast flight

The Federation of Small Business (FSB) says it regrets United's decision to withdraw its Belfast to New York flight

Dublin airport

Roger Pollen from the organisation says the decision "will leave visitors and investors with no other option but to travel via the Republic of Ireland".    

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Five taken to hospital after Enniskillen crash

Road reopened after Enniskillen shop window crash

BreakingUnited package 'no loss to public purse'

BreakingUnited decision 'international embarrassment' - UUP

Ulster Unionist MLA Steve Aiken says United's decision to end its Belfast to New York flight is an "international embarrassment".

Steve Aiken

"This is a huge blow to our international standing and the Economy Minister (Simon Hamilton) must tell us what he intends to do to sort it out," he says.    

BreakingUnited flight 'only direct link' from NI to US

The Belfast International Airport flight to Newark is the only regular direct link between Northern Ireland and the US.

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In September, members of Stormont's Public Accounts Committee criticised the £9m aid package, with some saying it had been agreed by the executive without proper scrutiny.