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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 23 December 2016
  2. Hundreds lefts without power as Storm Barbara hits
  3. Man accused of skinning and cooking dog
  4. Picture: Waves crash against Castlerock pier (by Charles McQuillan / Getty)

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  1. Good night and merry Christmas!

    That's all from BBC News NI Live in 2016. Thank you for following our coverage. We wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. 

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  2. Irish language scheme 'cut by £50,000'

    Robbie Meredith

    BBC News NI Arts and Education Correspondent

    The Department for Communities (DfC) has withdrawn funding for an Irish language bursary scheme.

    Donegal gaeltacht.

    The Líofa (fluent) Gaeltacht Bursary Scheme enabled at least 100 people a year to attend summer Irish language classes in the Donegal gaeltacht. The Líofa programme was set up by former culture minister, Carál Ní Chuilín.

  3. Hundreds lefts without power as Storm Barbara hits

    Nearly 1,000 customers were left without electricity in Northern Ireland for a period on Friday afternoon as Storm Barbara moved in from the Atlantic.

    Pylons

    Most of the 941 affected were living close to the sea in south Down. Engineers are working to repair faults as gusts of wind up to 70mph (110km/h) batter the coastline. Currently, 384 customers across Northern Ireland remain without power.

  4. Man dies after crash on M1 in County Tyrone

    A man has died after a one-car crash on M1 at Tamnamore, County Tyrone, police have said. 

    Accident sign

    The grey Honda Civic crashed at about 12.35pm. The M1 remains closed between junction 13 and 14 while the scene is examined, and there are long delays on the motorway.

  5. Man accused of skinning and cooking dog

    A man charged with causing a dog unnecessary suffering is being seen by a psychiatrist while on remand in Maghaberry prison.

    Newtownards Court

    William Moscari, 27, of Rodden Street in Belfast is accused of killing, skinning and cooking a dog.  It is alleged he then fed it to a second dog.

  6. Scene of fatal Donegal crash

    This is the scene at Glebe in County Donegal in which a 25-year-old woman from Londonderry was killed.

    Donegal crash

    The woman is believed to have been from the Waterside area.

  7. Listen: The longest serving trader in St George's Market

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    Video caption: Jimmy the fruit and veg man

    The Good Morning Ulster team took the programme out to St George's Market this morning - and heard some memories of Christmas past from Jimmy, the fruit and veg man.