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  1. Updates for Thursday 8 December 2016
  2. Picture: CS Lewis Square, Belfast (by Morris Duncan)

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'I don't 'deal' with paralysis, I just go to work'

Robbie McNamara would not necessarily enjoy the description of him, but he is an inspiration.

Robbie McNamara
BBC

The 28-year-old was paralysed below the waist in April 2015, when his mount in a minor race at Wexford came down the day before he was due to travel to Britain to line up in the Aintree Grand National for a second time. But McNamara - whose cousin John Thomas McNamara was paralysed when falling at Cheltenham in 2013, and died three years later - simply won't acknowledge the word 'disability' nor let it interrupt his life.

McGuinness under 'medical assessment'

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has sent his best wishes to Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. McGuinness withdrew from a planned visit to China to enable doctors to conduct a medical assessment.

Martin McGuinness
BBC

He said: "I'm sure everybody who values his work will send best wishes to Martin, Bernie and their family. I met with Martin as normal at Stormont on Monday. I have been in regular contact with him since and he is totally committed to fulfilling his duties."

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Derry City will start new season at Maginn Park

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Rush-hour traffic easing up

Daithí McKay faces damages claim

Former Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay is facing a claim for damages from a leading Belfast property developer.

Dathu McKay
NI Assembly

Paddy Kearney has lodged a writ at Belfast High Court alleging Mr McKay "unlawfully conspired" with Loyalist blogger Jamie Bryson to damage his reputation.

Overturned lorry on Hillhead Rd

Man gets community service for illegal scrapping

A man who was illegally scrapping vehicles has been given 180 hours of community service for breaches of waste management legislation. 

Between June 2013 and February 2015, officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency visited a site adjacent to 37a Ballyblack Road, Newtownards and found vehicles, some of which were undepolluted, still with batteries attached and oil and fluids in their engines. 

Cars
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They were being broken for parts and various engines were sitting around the site. 

James Henry Green (71) of Moss Road, Millisle, was sentenced today at Downpatrick Crown Court on Thursday. 

Patrick Pearse 1916 surrender letter fails to meet reserve at auction

A letter of surrender hand-written by Irish rebel Patrick Pearse has been withdrawn from auction in Dublin after bidding stalled at 770,000 euros (£650,000).

Letter
James Adams

The letter, written at the end of the 1916 Easter Rising, had a guide price of 1-1.5m euros.  

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Slow on Hawthornden Way

Two men held over drugs

A bill to help tackle domestic violence

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Victim's son accuses Gerry Adams of lying

The son of a senior Irish prison officer murdered by the IRA has confronted Gerry Adams and accused him of lying in the Dail.

Brian Stack
Stack family

Brian Stack was shot in the back of the neck as he left a boxing match in 1983. His son, Austin Stack said Mr Adams should give police the name of a senior republican who met the Sinn Fein leader, Mr Stack and his brother Oliver.

150k for homeless groups

Plane crash report published

Final moved

Policing Board to sell 12 closed police stations

The Northern Ireland Policing Board is to sell 12 police stations that have closed, as it aims to raise £1.5m and save £600,000 on annual running costs.

PSNI CREST
BBC

The plans are part of the 2016 PSNI Estate Strategy which outlines "major and minor works, custody provision" and "proposed station disposals".  

Portglenone Road closed

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Ex-football coach Jim McCafferty in court on child sex charge

A former Celtic FC youth coach has appeared in a court in Belfast charged with sexual activity with a child.

Jim McCafferty,
ALAN LEWIS

Jim McCafferty, 70, from Raby Street, south Belfast, is accused of offences alleged to have taken place between 2011 and 2014, when the alleged victim was between 13 and 16 years old.  

Gerry Adams accused of lying by victim's son

The son of a senior Irish prison officer murdered by the IRA has confronted Gerry Adams and accused him of lying in the Dail.

Brian Stack
BBC
Brian Stack was shot in the back of the neck as he left a boxing match in 1983

Austin Stack said Mr Adams should give police the name of a senior republican who met the Sinn Fein leader, Mr Stack and his brother Oliver.

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