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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 16 December 2016
  2. Foster aides 'tried to cleanse' RHI scandal papers, says former minister
  3. Claims rejected by the DUP
  4. Political reaction to 'cash for ash' scandal

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  2. McGuinness call moves things to 'different level'

    Mark Devenport

    BBC News NI Political Editor

    Martin McGuinness' call on Arlene Foster to step aside has moved things on to a different level. Sinn Féin and the DUP are now saying very different things. Sinn Féin is probably under pressure and some of its supporters will be asking - why are you propping up these people?

    Martin McGuinness and Arlene Foster

    They feel that they must be seen to be doing something. Sinn Féin could side with the opposition in Monday’s no confidence motion, which would be extraordinary, but it would be symbolic as it would need cross-community support in the assembly. 

  3. 'Wrong pills' pharmacist sentenced

    A pharmacist has been given a suspended sentence for supplying the wrong drugs to a grandmother of 15 who later died.

    Martin White

    Martin White, 45, of Belfast Road, Muckamore, County Antrim, was sentenced at Antrim Court on Friday. It is understood this is the first prosecution of its kind in Northern Ireland. 

  4. BreakingArlene Foster says she will not step aside

    The DUP says First Minister Arlene Foster will be not stepping aside to allow investigations into the RHI scandal to be carried out. 

    Arlene Foster

    Earlier, Deputy First Minister said he had asked Mrs Foster to consider such a move but a DUP spokesman said her focus was "on ensuring the full facts about this issue emerge" adding:  "The first minister does not take her instructions from Sinn Fein, but from the electorate."

  5. 'Hand me your hat mate'

    "Hand me your hat mate" - Derry's hands across the divide sculpture gets into the spirit ahead of Sunday's Christmas jumper world record🎄🎅

    Hands across the divide sculpture Derry

    More than 3,473 people need to take part in the event in Londonderry to smash the world record currently held by Kansas in the United States.   

  6. BreakingMurphy says party to meet to discuss RHI scandal tomorrow

    Sinn Fein MLA Conor Murphy says the outcome of last night's programme on the RHI scandal "placed a very serious challenge to public confidence and in that regard, that perhaps, an inquiry beyond the Public Accounts inquiry was needed". 

    Conor Murphy

    "Martin McGuinness now clearly has had the opportunity to speak to the first minister which he hadn't had before last night's programme and he has suggested that she should consider stepping aside. We're meeting tomorrow and we'll decide what to do in the time ahead."

  7. MLAs to debate motion of no confidence in Foster

    A cross-party motion to exclude the first minister from office for six months over her handling of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) controversy has been accepted for debate by MLAs on Monday.

    Arlene Foster

    The motion, tabled by the leaders of the SDLP, the Ulster Unionists, the Alliance and the Greens will be voted on after MLAs hear a statement from Arlene Foster on her plans to deal with the estimated £400m in losses the controversial scheme could cost over the next 20 years.  

  8. BreakingMcGuinness asks Foster to consider stepping down temporarily

    The Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, has asked the First Minister Arlene Foster to consider stepping down to allow an investigation to be carried out into the RHI scandal.

    Arlene Foster Martin McGuinnness

    Mr McGuinness said he had spoken to Mrs Foster by phone this afternoon and said he asked her to "take the time and consider this suggestion carefully".