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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 6 December 2016
  2. Abortion bill begins NI Assembly passage
  3. McGurk's bar bombing families 'to reveal cover-up'
  4. EU customs union 'should be NI priority', says think tank
  5. Picture: Mourne Mountains, County Down (by Derek Black)

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Could tomorrow be the warmest December day on record?

Man jailed over Semtex in run-up to royal visit

A 25-year-old dissident republican has been jailed in Dublin for five years.

Dublin Criminal Court
BBC

Donal Ó Coisdealbha from Killester, north Dublin, was arrested on explosive charges in the run-up to the visit of Prince Charles to Ireland in 2015. Ó Coisdealbha admitted to the Dublin's Special Criminal Court that he was a dissident republican.

Seeley on lookout for 'right deal'

Why are people less keen to donate eyes?

Of the hundreds of thousands of people who agree to donate organs every year, there is often one sticking point - their eyes.

Eye
Science Photo Library

While relatives will sign away a loved one's heart or a kidney, they are more reluctant to give their eyes, said Belfast opthalmic surgeon David Frazer.

One lane of M1 blocked leaving city

Article 50 'won't change' Stormont agreement

Appeal for O negative donations

Arrests in Coleraine as part of drugs probe

NI Attorney General appears before UK's Supreme Court

Northern Ireland Attorney General John Larkin has told the UK Supreme Court that the consent principle enshrined in the Good Friday Agreement is "entirely and exclusively about the status of Northern Ireland within the UK".

John Larkin
Press Eye

He said that this clearly negated one of the key arguments made by victims campaigner Raymond McCord in his case that the people of Northern Ireland should be consulted before the UK government triggers Article 50.   

Delays on A2 towards Holywood

September start for NI Universal Credit

The Universal Credit (UC) benefit will start being paid in Northern Ireland from September 2017, with full implementation due the following September.

Bank notes and coins
PA

UC replaces tax credits, jobseeker's allowance, income support, employment support allowance and housing benefit.

Broken down lorry on M3 onslip cleared but delays remain

Rodgers having 'incredible experience' at Celtic

Remember the big snow of 2010?

Crash on M2 at Sandyknowes causing long delays

FM/DFM announce names on 'Fresh Start' panel

The first minister and deputy first minister have announced the names of a six-person panel which was promised in the Fresh Start Agreement. The panel will consider specific strategic issues relevant to the Programme for Government and report to the executive. 

Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinnness
BBC

The panel members are Peter Bunting, Julie Andrews, Marie Cavanagh, Hilary Singleton, Majella McCloskey and Janet Williamson.  

Broken down lorry on M3 onslip

Glentoran to face Linfield in Irish Cup

Ballystockard Road partially blocked following crash

Seventeen charged in connection with terrorism this year

Crash on Westlink cleared but delays remain

Crash on Westlink blocking one lane towards M1

Flood protection work may not go ahead

A County Tyrone village devastated by Storm Desmond may not get new flood defences because of a lack of funds.

Clady floods
Michael McShane

A number of homes and businesses in Clady were flooded after the storm last December. An initial study was carried out to replace a damaged floodwall and flood-banks but David Porter from the Rivers Agency said progressing that work was now subject to "the availability of funds". 

BBC NI weather team feeling festive..

Belfast Telegraph: Playing hard ball with the border

Sending schoolchildren to Somme battelfields

Heavy rain moving east...

Woman dies after being given wrong pills

An "overworked" pharmacist made a tragic error and gave out the wrong pills to a grandmother who became ill within minutes and later died, a court has heard.

Antrim Crown Court
BBC

Martin White, 45, of Belfast Road, Muckamore, County Antrim, admitted giving the wrong prescription to Ethna Walsh, 67, on 6 February 2014.

We hadn't forgotten, Cee :(

Britain can't cherry pick the Brexit deal, says EU negotiator

Brexit: UK cannot cherry pick, EU negotiator says

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Game of Thrones actor dies

NI civil service unions agree 1% pay rise

Dublin shooting victim critically ill

A man who was shot several times in Dublin on Monday night is now in a critical condition in hospital.

Garda sign
BBC

The attack happened at Parlickstown Green, Mulhuddart. at about 20:30 local time.

Alliance motion rejected by MLAs

Temperatures above average for December!

Watch: Currie 'proud and humbled'