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This is BBC Newsline with Tara Mills.

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Prime Minister Theresa May calls on all parties to work as hard

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The progress that has been made in Northern Ireland has been hard won

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and we must all recognise that we don't want to but that progress in

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jeopardy. But already Sinn Fein say

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it's too late for talks. What needs to happen next is an

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election. We are not interested in trying to get into negotiations.

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What we need is fundamental change. An RHI cost saving plan has been

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finalised, but will the finance The school caretaker who's admitted

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having thousands of pictures Plans for a woodland burial site in

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the County Down countryside. Rory McIlroy wants to be

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golf's world number one And with warnings in force for wind

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and snow, we can expect some disruption. I will have the forecast

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later in the programme. It's been a day of talks at Stormont

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as the Westminster government tries But the Secretary of

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State James Brokenshire has conceded an election now looks highly likely

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after Sinn Fein said they weren't interested in any more negotiations

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in advance of a poll. From Stormont here's our political

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correspondent, Gareth Gordon. This is the man whose job looks less

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like Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and more like ocean

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impossible. I do see the situation here as being grave. I think an

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election is likely to be divisive and the issues of bringing parties

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together again at the end of that election but I am also very clear on

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the responsibilities that I hold and that if there is no reappointment by

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the start of next week, it is incumbent upon me to call an

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election within a reasonable period of time and that is what I will do.

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And after that... If an election does not lead to an executive being

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formed within a relatively short period of time, around a week that

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follows on from that election for the assembly to meet, another two

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weeks to form an executive within that time period, the potential

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option at that stage would be another election. Never mind a

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second election. They first one would not be James Brokenshire 's

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first option but it may be his only one after hearing what Sinn Fein had

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to say to him this morning. We made it clear to him in terms of what we

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believe needs to happen and what needs to happen next is an election.

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We're not interested in trying to get into negotiations now. What we

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need is fundamental change. The public need to have their say. This

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has now gone beyond just Stormont. Last night, the Prime Minister

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spoke. The progress that has been made in Northern Ireland has been

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hard-won. And we must all recognise that we don't want to put that

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progress in jeopardy. That is why I think it is so important for the

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government and for all parties to work as hard as we can to see a

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resolution to this issue so we can see a return to the power-sharing

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institutions and ensure as we say that the progress that has been

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hard-won can be continued. And if that cannot happen... We need to see

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at that point joint authority in Northern Ireland, the Dublin

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government having a key role in the future of this place. The Secretary

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of State said speculation that type was unhelpful. The tensions were all

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too obvious at a meeting of Stormont 's Public Accounts Committee this

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afternoon. This whole place is falling to pieces... There is no

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First Minister. I have done it before and I will do it again,

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enough. It is a year to the day since Arlene Foster was sworn in as

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First Minister. I am tired of Stormont being a watchword for

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arguing and that is not why our people elected us. They did so to

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produce a better future for us all. Now she is fighting for a better

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future and after that who knows? The DUP Economy Minister Simon

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Hamilton has sent a fresh plan to the Finance Minister Mairtin

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O'Mulleoir aimed at sorting out the costs associated with

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the renewable heat incentive scheme. Our Business Correspondent,

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Julian O'Neill, is at Stormont. Julian, what do we know

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about the details of this plan? My understanding is that the plan

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which is now being formally submitted to the Department of

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Finance was essentially the same proposals that Simon Hamilton and

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Mairtin O'Mulleoir discussed last week. Although it has now been

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formalised, finalised and presented to Mairtin O'Mulleoir as a business

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case seeking his approval. It is a solution to the massive overspend in

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two parts. Stage one would be the amendment of the higher tariffs

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enjoyed by about 1800 recipients, that those who were on this scheme

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before November 20 15. Alongside that, there would be a consultation

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on a longer term fix. It could be that that longer term fix sticks

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with the initial reduction of tariffs for a year over that longer

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period of the entire scheme. I am told that it is instructed in this

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2-stage way on the basis of legal advice, although the Department for

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the economy still fully anticipates that if this plan gets off the

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ground, it could well still face a legal challenge. Any idea of the

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time frame? We know that it landed in the entry of the Finance Minister

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this afternoon and he has been on the airwaves saying that it will be

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assessed by his officials and he will make a decision free from

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politics. I suppose it all comes down to timing. Mr Hamilton would

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like this sorted at the assembly on Monday, get this dealt with as soon

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as possible. It then begs the question, when can a decision be

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made by Mairtin O'Mulleoir for his approval? And if it is a positive

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decision, when could it get to the assembly for a vote and would it get

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to the assembly while it is still in session if there is to be an

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election? You are also hearing there might be some sort of delay to the

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rates bills. This issue was raised earlier on today because of course

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we don't have a Stormont budget and part of that Stormont budget

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involves the regional rates, part of our rates bills. Now, I did get a

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statement just before I came on air from the Department of Finance and

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it does confirm that there could very well be a delay to the rates

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bills which are normally issued to all of us in April. The statement

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says the minister met today with officials to look at a number of

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options in relation to the rates bills and is actively exploring ways

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to avoid any losses to the public purse. Rates bills will still fall

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due for the coming year, whatever the outcome of the current political

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difficulties. There may be a delay in us getting the bills but we will

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still have two ultimately pay them. Up to 30,000 households may have

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to pay the so-called bedroom tax from next month as a result

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of the political crisis. The Executive had agreed a policy

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which meant that, in effect, However the legislation

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which would allow that policy to take effect has not been

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passed by Stormont. But Sinn Fein insists

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the Communities Minister still has the power to make payments

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to mitigate the tax. Here's our Economics

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and Business Editor, John Campbell. It is the tenants of social housing

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schemes like these who are in line to lose out. The so-called bedroom

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tax is a regulation which cuts housing benefit for tenants deemed

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to have too much living space. It has been implemented elsewhere in

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the UK. But the local welfare reform deal meant it was not supposed to

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apply here. But that arrangement needs legislation, legislation which

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has not been passed and with the crisis is now unlikely to be. As it

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stands, the 20th of February, bedroom tax is being introduced into

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Northern Ireland. We needed a parallel scheme to be in place and

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that requires a regulation to be put through in order to compensate the

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individuals impacted by this. 34,000 people will now not have that

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compensation. There is no way to provide the support that we all

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wanted to provide. My party was opposed to the bedroom tax. And now

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those people are going to suffer. The housing right service says the

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average loss for hard-pressed households will be ?20 per week.

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People are under very, very tight budgets at the minute. We -- it is a

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huge reason why people contact our advice line. Anything which could

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further weaken people's position and their ability to stay in their homes

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is of huge concern to us. Could the housing associations help by

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temporarily cutting rents? It would be very difficult for associations

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to absorb these costs. We are trying to build more homes as government

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has asked us to do. Whilst we do want to protect tenants, we do have

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to collect our rent. Sinn Fein says the answer lies with the

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Conservative government. It has the power to tackle the issue in

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Westminster. We are opposed to the bedroom tax. All of the parties in

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this institution are opposed to the bedroom tax. It is the British

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government to legislating for the bedroom tax. Late this afternoon,

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the Sinn Fein Finance Minister, Mairtin O'Mulleoir, took a different

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tack. His officials has told him the communities minister already has the

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authority to make those payments which effectively cancel out the

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bedroom tax. We are yet to hear what the Department of communities makes

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of that analysis. If an election is called

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soon, there will be 90 seats up for grabs, not the 108

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in the current Assembly. The change was agreed

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before the current crisis. So what impact will the reduction

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in numbers have on the parties? BBC Newsline's Mark Simpson

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has been taking a look. Winning a seat here isn't easy and

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it may be about to get even harder. Let's take a look at the state of

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the parties after last year 's election. 108 seats in total and the

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biggest party was the DUP. They had 38 of them. Sinn Fein got 28. The

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SDLP got 12. Alliance got eight and the Ulster Unionists over in the

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corner had 16. If there is an election, there will not be enough

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room in here for 108 MLAs. There were only be 90 seats next time.

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Instead of six members per constituency, there will only be

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five. The big question many people are asking is, how many seats could

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each party lose? It is impossible to predict. But for what it is worth,

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the election number cruncher Doctor Nicholas White dog figures from last

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year, put them into a 90 seat assembly and he worked out that the

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DUP could lose up to five seats. Sinn Fein could also lose up to five

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seats. And so could the Ulster Unionist Party PS DLP might lose

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only one seat and the Alliance party no seats at all. But of course, that

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doesn't take into account a range of factors, everything that has

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happened since the last election, how the campaign goes and which

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candidates actually run. Henry Bell says the first challenge for all

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politicians at Stormont is to make sure they get on the ballot paper.

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The big names will stay because of course what will happen is that...

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There has got to be a fewer number of nominations obviously. The first

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thing is they will have to bring down the number of nominations. If

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they don't do that, they are in trouble because you are fishing in a

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much smaller pond. Clearly it is going to be a slightly different

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kind of election. The earliest dated could be, wait for it, is Thursday

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March two. That is not too far away but as the past two days have proved

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that Stormont, nothing is certain. How this woman has been left in a

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wheelchair by a hit and run driver. A primary school caretaker has been

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given a three year sentence for having more than 28 thousand

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indecent images of children 35-year-old Gary Carruthers

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of Victoria Street in Belfast will Gary Carruthers was arrested in

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September 2015 after National Crime Agency officers uncovered images and

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videos stored on more than 20 devices hidden in a safe in his

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bedroom. They also found what were described in court as paedophile

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manuals which gave advice on how to groom children. The judge told Gary

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Carruthers that the harm was all too obvious. She said downloading such

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images from the Internet maintained the industry which exploits and

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abuses children for the sexual gratification of adults. The court

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heard Gary Carruthers abused his position of trust by superimposing

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pictures of children from the school at which he worked on to images of

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children being abused. The judge told him that entering guilty pleas

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would normally earn substantial credit but in this case, she said

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that the end -- evidence against you is overwhelming, you were

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effectively caught red-handed. She said the methods set out in the

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manuals and the images depicted in them were utterly shocking. He has

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been put on the sex offenders register indefinitely and because of

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time already served, he is now due to be released.

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A woman is in a wheelchair with leg and back injuries following a a hit

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The victim has just been discharged from hospital and the police say

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enquiries are continuing into the crash which happened last

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An afternoon drive began with a trip to the shops. It ended with these

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injuries. My husband says to me, they are going to hit and then just

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bang. I felt parts of my body shoot out of place. The crash happened

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here on this country road on the edge of the city. There were three

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cars involved than six people including a child were taken to

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hospital. But three people from one of the cars ran away and the police

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are still trying to find them. The impact of the crash still evident at

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the scene. Debrief on the cars damaged the land bank. Back at the

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family home, the impact of the injury is all too evident. I have

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nuts and bolts in my legs. I have a broken back. These are the things

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that you can see. But the body is all bruised and battered. Still

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hurting from her injuries, she is also angry about the people who fled

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the scene. Anybody who can have an accident, that is not the point but

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when they saw my husband pulling out of the car and they didn't even

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help, I think that's despicable. The six people injured in the crash have

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all been discharged. Six homes were evacuated in west

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Belfast overnight because of a fire The blaze was at this property

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on the Stewartstown Road 45 fire-fighters, six pumping

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appliances and an aerial appliance dealt with the incident

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which was contained An investigation has started

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into the cause of the fire. When the crews arrived, they were

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faced with a well-developed fire. They had to work very quickly. It

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was a very windy night. The wind was fanning the flames. They had to work

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to contain the fire. Through their hard work, they were able to stop it

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spreading to adjacent premises and private housing to the rear.

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The fire service says the cause of a fire in Enniskillen

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which destroyed eight boilers and a large quantity

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It happened in the early hours of last Friday at a former quarry

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Firefighters from Enniskillen, Irvinestown and Lisnaskea spent more

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The shed, which contained 14 tonnes of woodchip was badly damaged.

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Investigators returned to the scene today and said the fire

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The board of governors at De La Salle College in west

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Belfast has sent a letter to its 76 teachers inviting them

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The board says it's because of criticism

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of the recent school inspection, the acting principal and

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Our Education Correspondent, Robbie Meredith, reports.

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The inspection highlighted poor working relationships at the school.

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This 3-page letter appears to be further evidence of that. They did

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from Monday, this makes reference to a previous letter in December,

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signed by 28 teachers, which the governors allege was critical of

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both the Inspectorate and the vice principal and acting principal of

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the school. The governor 's letter in response accuses some staff of

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making totally unacceptable and potentially libellous comments about

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the acting principal and vice principal. It says there is a

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resistance to improvements by a small group and that criticises

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those teachers with the post of responsible at Uni management

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structure who signed the earlier letter for failing to see their

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involvement in shaping the current situation. The letter concludes by

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saying that any teacher that is not committed to addressing the issues

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should carefully consider their position. The governors also right

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that they do not expect to see their letter revealed in the media.

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Now, do you have strong views about where you end up when you die?

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Well if planners give the go ahead we may soon have a new option -

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Northern Ireland's first woodland burial site.

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And as our Agriculture and Environment Correspondent, Conor

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Macauley, has been finding out, there'll be no headstones and no

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traditional coffins, just some GPS technology to help

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It's not something we tend to dwell on but what becomes of us when we

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die is something that well-known artist Katherine McWilliams has

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given some thought to. She is in no hurry but she'd like to end up in

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what could be Northern Ireland's first woodland burial site. We

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arranged to meet on the hillside where its proposed. And as someone

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who has drawn on the landscape for inspiration, she tells me she is

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happy to return to it in time. Lovely little graveyards that are

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antique and ancient are lovely to visit, people take great pleasure in

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them. Nature is already trying to recapture the earth but there aren't

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any more graves like that available. You have to go to a bigger graveyard

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and I don't want that. Proposed on this site outside Downpatrick is a

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nature reserve. Thousands of trees and wild flowers would be planted.

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Standard coffins will be allowed. If you want to be buried here, it will

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have to be in a cardboard or wicker one. There will be no headstones or

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graves. GPS technology will be used to identify plots so that loved ones

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can be interred together. One of the key considerations was to protect

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the integrity of the lake. To that end, a buffer zone of trees will be

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planted along the shore to act as a natural filtration device. Planning

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permission is now being sought. If approved, around 750 burials could

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be accommodated here in the first phase, with more later. This kind of

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thing is already popular in Britain. And its backers think it could catch

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on here too. Rory McIlroy tees off tomorrow

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in South Africa for his first It's the first of eight tournaments

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on a globetrotting schedule as he prepares for the year's first

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major, the Masters at Augusta. Mcilroy must start the season

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with new equipment after his main sponsor withdrew

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from golf manufacturing. But the World number 2 told

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Stephen Watson in an exclusive interview in Johannesburg,

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he thinks he'll make the switch easily -

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and is planning an exciting 2017. New Year, new clubs, renewed focus

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for Rory McIlroy. He's promising some changes this season, but one

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thing remains the same, his drive and passion to win. I need to start

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major is better and maybe that starts with me putting a little bit

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less pressure on myself and going out and freewheeling a little bit

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more and just playing my game. I have felt the last year or so

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opening rounds of majors, a little bit tight and tentative, instead of

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just playing my game. What would make 2017 successful for you? World

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number one, green jacket,? All of those. I have a great chance to

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regain the world number one spot. And then it would be getting ready

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for the Masters. The hype around the Masters has been huge because I am

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going for something not a lot of golfers have been able to achieve.

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They are my primary focus is to start the year. The Masters is the

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only one of golf 's major titles that Rory McIlroy hasn't won. As the

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27-year-old starts his tenth season, as a professional. It is amazing to

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think it is a decade that I have been on tour. The thing I have

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learnt most is what works for me. I think whenever you are learning, you

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are looking at other players and seeing what they do, instead of

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focusing on yourself and focusing on what makes you do what you do best.

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I feel like I know myself better. I know how I think. I know what to

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think when I feel a certain way. I have a little bit more experienced

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and I am a bit more in touch with who I am and how I think and who I

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am as a golfer. That can only be of benefit. And do you think that the

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balance of the golf course, it does that help you be successful in your

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job? If I am really comfortable in myself, I am comfortable with

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everything that is going on and off the golf course, then it only makes

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it easier for me to go and play and know that no matter what happens on

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the golf course, I can go home and be very happy outside of that. So

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yes, it is a big year for me personally, I am getting married,

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that is going to be the biggest thing that has ever happened to me.

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Regardless of whatever happens on the golf course. This will be ten

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times bigger than that. One of my New Year 's resolutions was to get a

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little bit more involved in part of the decision-making process. It is

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exciting with everything that is happening. 2017 is going to be a big

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year for me. Ulster scrum half Ruan Pienarr

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will be out until of action for four to five weeks after knee

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surgery last week. The province must defeat Exeter

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on Sunday to stand any chance It is an opportunity to focus

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on a different competition, after the frustration of the Pro 12

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defeat to the Scarlets This was the moment that turned the

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pro 12 game in the Scarlets' favour. Davis tackled high and in the

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opinion of the referee, a foul worthy of a yellow card and a

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penalty try. That put the spotlight on the interpretation of the rules

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regarding high tackling. The incident was discussed after the

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game with the independent referee Commissioner. The conclusion won't

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make Ulster fans happy. It was agreed by all parties that it was a

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penalty try. We are not going to moan about it. We understand that

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these things happen and we had to be better than those decisions and

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learn from them. They looked at where the contact point was and it

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was agreed. That comes from a lot of areas of the game. Experts in the

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game agree with that. We have done it and we have dealt with it. We

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need to move on. The Scarlets were also yellow carded for a high tackle

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in the game. Our players struggling to understand what is legal and what

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isn't? We have had a couple of meetings about them and things like

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that but generally, there is not a lot you can do. It is not big

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changes. I think it is more just referees interpretations change more

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than anything and it will take a little time for referees and players

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to get used to it. And while that process continues, there is likely

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to be more controversy in the weeks ahead.

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It is good to be very cold. We have had some reports of snow. This was a

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short time ago. These are scenes we could see over the next two days.

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The Met office has issued a weather warning right through until Friday.

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You will want to wrap up warm. Over the coming day or so, we are

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expecting snow. Mainly for the high ground. But even for some low level

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areas, we will see some snow. As we all know in this part of the world,

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even a small amount of snow is enough to cause some disruption.

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Through tonight, the temperatures will quickly fall to freezing and

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below. Showers turning wintry as we make our way into tomorrow. There

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may be some problems on the road listing. As tomorrow itself, staying

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bitterly cold. We hold onto a strong north westerly wind which will be

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driving wintry showers our way from the beginning of the day. In between

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the showers, there will be some sunshine. That won't really help in

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terms of temperatures. At best tomorrow afternoon, three degrees.

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Factor in those winds and the wintry showers, it is going to feel much

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more like it is below freezing. As we make our way through the

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afternoon, across the island, if you are travelling, most of the wintry

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showers will be across Ulster and into Munster. One thing for sure, no

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matter where you are, it is going to feel bitterly cold with those chilly

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Arctic winds. Tomorrow night, they begin to change direction and start

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to come in from the north, driving in yet more snow showers as we make

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our way overnight into Friday. Even for low level areas, temperatures

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will fall and on Friday morning, we have the hazards of ice and some

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snow out there. Potentially for rush hour on Friday morning, treacherous

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driving conditions to bear in mind. Fewer showers in the forecast on

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Friday. Still feeling quite chilly. But we will lose those warnings come

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the weekend as temperatures edged their way back to double figures.

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The communities minister has responded to the suggestion from the

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Department of Finance that existing legislation would allow him to pay

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compensation for the so-called bedroom tax. Responding on Twitter,

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the minister says he is engaged with his officials and it is in his words

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regrettably not a way forward and that he continues to explore

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emergency options. You can also keep in contact with us

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