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So it looks like a weekend for the winter woolies.

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The Public Prosecution Service has decided NOT to bring a case

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against a man whose palm print was found in a stolen van -

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which was suspected of being linked to the Kingsmills killings over

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The only survivor of the attack says he understands why

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41 years ago ten Protestant workmen were shot dead by the IRA and what

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became known as the Kingsmill 's massacre. Last year during the

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inquest into their deaths, new evidence was identified and a fresh

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police investigation began. That evidence involved a palm print,

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discovered on a stolen van recovered near the dock at the time which was

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suspected of being links to the killings. The PBS says that after

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consideration it will not prosecute the individual reported by the PSNI

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in relation to the murder of ten people. The ascent stunt director of

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casework concluded that there is no reasonable prospect of the

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conviction based on evidence. How the van was handled at the time

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was a factor. Precisely when the palm print was placed on the

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windscreen also. The PPs is mindful of the reaction of the families. The

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iMac rather sceptical to start with but then as the months went on I

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thought they must be onto something. But then the policemen came to my

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door this morning to give me the file setting out all the reasons why

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the PPS didn't go ahead with it and really they didn't have a case. So I

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have to accept that this was going nowhere. We don't deserve that. We

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deserve to get the truth, we are never going to get justice, but we

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deserve the truth, and all their families... The coroner's office has

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confirmed that in light of the PBS decision, it is now giving

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consideration to the scheduling updates for the Kingsmill inquest to

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recommence. This news from the prosecution service is a knock-back

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for the families of the Kingsmill 's victims. The focus now falls back on

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to the coroner 's enquiry. The inquest into the death of a man

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who died after leaving a ward at the Ulster Hospital has heard

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of more concerns by experts in psychiatry about

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the way he was cared for. They were giving evidence

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about 22-year-old James Fenton, who left the mental health unit

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in July 2010. Despite police searches,

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Mr Fenton's body lay undiscovered in the hospital grounds

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for ten weeks. This this is Ward 27, the mental

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health unit at the Ulster Hospital with a smoking area outside.

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22-year-old James Fenton was admitted there one night in July

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2010 back then as I troubled young man. He had been ill and his family

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were relieved certain that the hospital would look after him.

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Today, to consultant psychiatrist expressed their concern about the

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way they did. Both men based in England had written reports, one for

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the coroner, one for the Fenton family, both questioning the

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hospital diagnosis, both believing James was clinically depressed, both

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questioning the level of supervision James received whilst on the ward.

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One professor says they had number of concerns.

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Doctor Trevor Turner concluded that the hospital didn't take appropriate

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steps to safeguard his health given the real and immediate risk he

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showed. He added the level of observation did not seem consistent

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with the pattern of events leading to the condition or his mental

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state. In court yesterday to other senior consultant psychiatrists said

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they disagreed with those conclusions. One of them is the

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director of mental health services at the south-eastern trust defending

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the hospital was like diagnosis and actions pivotal phase all -- but the

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professor said that in one matter evidence was being cherry picked

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supporting their view. James Fenton was lost if few dozen metres away,

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and his family has now spent four days listening to the evidence of 20

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witnesses, and tomorrow the coroner will issue his final findings.

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The number of agency workers doing jobs in the Northern Ireland

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A trade union has described the situation as "disgraceful",

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believing too many people were paid-off under a Stormont

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Here's our business correspondent Julian O'Neill.

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The Stormont estate still home to much of the civil service but today

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smaller than before after the Executive borrowed money to make

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thousands of staff redundant. But in have come more and more agency

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workers, hired through recruitment firms on a temporary basis. In June

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2015 as job cuts started, the civil service had 380 agency workers. The

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latest figure, post-voluntary exit scheme, for January 2017 is 889. At

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the date annual costs which will not be clear for a few months are likely

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to be more than ?10 million. For the non-eyeing the Executive to be spent

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this money on agency staff a year is disgraceful, that equates to 300

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permanent full-time jobs. The Department of Finance told me that

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the use of agency workers is normal practice in any large organisation,

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and that these workers are only used sparingly. They also point out that

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the costs are dwarfed by the savings. The department says the

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redundancy programme has brought savings of ?152 million over the

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past three years, and when the civil service has produced by one fifth,

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or around 5000 full-time posts. The public service union however agrees

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that the staff are paid off using a Treasury loan and are now back as

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agency workers. You are borrowing money to put people out of work and

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then go to a private sector the next day saying oh, we let too many

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people go, can we hire from your company? Some of these people have

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come back again so you are also paying the agency is all-round

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Northern Ireland loses, loses, loses. Peterborough diviners does

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how many former employees have come back but it is allowed under the

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rules. It also says that a particular contract for the GB civil

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service account by a big part in the rise of agency workers.

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Still to come before the end of the programme.

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A new scheme at a hospital accident and emergency department deals with

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a growing number of mental patients. A jury's begun considering its

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verdict in the trial of a west Belfast man accused

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of killing his baby daughter. Christopher O'Neill -

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from the Whiterock Road - has pleaded not guilty to murdering

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three-month-old Caragh Walsh She died two days after

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being taken to hospital Mr O'Neill denies

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the prosecution case considerable violence

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against the infant. A 22-year-old Londonderry man

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accused over a "one-punch attack" on a footballer has had the charge

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against him withdrawn, Matthew McDermott,

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from Cornshell Fields, had been charged with committing

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grievous bodily harm with intent against Institute Football Club's

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Niall Grace outside a city centre Mr Grace sustained serious head

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injuries from which he Well, we now know who all

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the candidates will be in the Assembly election -

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voters go to the polls However only ninety will be returned

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to Stormont unlike 108 Here's our political

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correspondent Stephen Walker: As we have seen over the last couple

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of weeks this is going to be a tightly fought contest and not

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delete because it will be a small assembly and in this election there

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will be fewer candidates. The DUP have the most in this brace with 38,

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followed by Sinn Fein on 34. The Ulster Unionist Party around 24, and

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the SDLP and the Alliance, 21 each. The Green party are running a team,

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the TUV, 14, conservatives, 13, and People Before Profit, seven. The

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workers party have five candidates, the cross community labelled

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relative, four, the BGP and citizens independent social fault Alliance,

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three, and Ukip are only running one candidate. There are also 22

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independents in the field. So what will Stormont look like after the

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election? What we are electing I think is a set of MLAs who at some

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point will take up their seats in the assembly but most immediately

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are going to go into probably three weeks of initial negotiations,

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whether they will prove sufficient to resolve all the SU 's, the wish

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list of Sinn Fein, that's another matter. I don't think we will have a

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second election, which James Brokenshire has kind of half

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signalled, I think it is more likely that we will go into a period of

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suspension if those three weeks don't as it were resolve the

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outstanding issues. Last time, 27% of the candidates were women but on

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this occasion it has increased to 30%. There are some familiar faces

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stepping down including Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness, Katrina Ruan, and

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Catherine Seely, all missing from the ballot paper. The DUP Alistair

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Ross is standing down along with Sammy Douglas. And Ross Hussey from

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the UUP is not a candidate this time. As we move from six seater to

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five seat as there are going to be political casualties and in this

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election every constituency will produce a story.

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MPs have rejected an SDLP attempt to ensure that the Government takes

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on board the Good Friday Agreement during Brexit negotiations.

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At Westminster last night an SDLP amendment was defeated

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The DUP and Ulster Unionist MPs backed the Brexit bill -

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while the SDLP and the Independent MP Lady Hermon voted against.

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You're watching BBC Newsline - coming up shortly

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Ireland coach Joe Schmidt insists it won't be

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a Roman Holiday for his side in the Six Nations this weekend.

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The founder of a school for children with cerebral palsy has accused

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the Education Authority of failing its pupils.

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The authority doesn't provide funding to the Buddy Bear

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school in Dungannon, but says it sends children

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to schools which best meets their needs according

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Our education correspondent Robbie Meredith reports:

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Meet five-year-old Jack and his mum Joanne. He's happy, a little child,

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he loves music, he is of a strong personality. Jack's cerebral palsy

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affects his speech and movement. Elsewhere in the school,

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three-year-old Maeve is learning to walk. She wants to walk, she wants

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to do things her younger sister can do and I feel in my heart and I know

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that Buddy Bear will help her to achieve that. Children with cerebral

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palsy can go to a variety of schools depending on the severity of their

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condition, and the parents of the 18 pupils he, though, said there this

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is where they want their children to be taught, but nine-year-old Katie

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is the only one whose place is paid for by the education authority and

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that only after her father fought a long legal battle. The tribunal

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lasted about four, four and a half years from the time we started the

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statement to the resolution. Very time-consuming, very hard on the

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soul, trying to keep motivated and fighting on and it is frankly we got

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there that we got there in the end. The education board in my opinion

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has failed children. The a few have a parent waiting three years for a

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statement, and another parent going through and appear process for three

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debt for years, the education authority cannot be proud of that.

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The authorities say they take significant account of medical

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advice in making the decisions but Joanne has now spent two years

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trying to get them to pay for Jackpot like a place in the School.

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We still don't know what is going to be the result of the additional

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authority 's decision, but I want him placed in a trust. This is a

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story of belief, Joanne believing that Jack has the best chance of

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progress here, but experts on the education authority said there isn't

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the evidence to back that belief up Antrim Area Hospital has introduced

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a new system to deal with the increasing number

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of patients with mental health problems arriving

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at its Emergency department. Physical and mental health

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specialists work as a team to ensure vulnerable patients are detected

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and are offered treatment quickly. In the past four months over 1800

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people have been referred. Our Health correspondent

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Marie-Louise Connolly reports. having had mental health problems in

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the past? So this is a new thing for you? Tucked away from the busy

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emergency department a member of the mental health team talks to an

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extremely vulnerable patient who was found in a distressed state by the

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police. How long have you been feeling that you would do yourself

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some harm? This scheme, called raid, based as Antrim Area Hospital

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specifically targets patients showing signs of depression and

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anxiety or at suicide risk. This consultant psychiatrist is part of

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the 24th emergency team. -- 24 hour. We made to have priority on mental

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health, because it is often overlooked, and in acute hospitals

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particularly, so if you'd have depression that has not been picked

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up by the nursing staff on the acute wards, the Raid team can come and

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see you, and start to give you you treatment, liaise with your GP and

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give you the chance of recovery. In 2015, more than 6000 people turned

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up at emergency departments across Northern Ireland as Abe result of

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alcohol, drugs and perhaps by cutting themselves. The majority of

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those people were aged between 16-24, and according to clinicians

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here is the beauty of the scheme is that they are preventing a large

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number of those men and women from slipping through the net. Thank you

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for coming down to see us today, the doctors are still continuing to look

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after him. It is all about teamwork, doctors and nurses and social

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workers. That puts the right care package in place both in hospital

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and after discharge. Praise from the woman whose mum had been admitted

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for delirious. There were links between the different teams in

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hospital in order to get her a very quick package of care, and she was

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able to return home the next day. The model of care has required

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additional resources guy but according to both staff and

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patients, it is working, and that is good news for the health service.

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The Ireland rugby team to play Italy was named today - Stephen's here..

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Disappointing defeat in the opening game to Scotland but Ireland hoping

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to get a first win on the board. Joe Schmidt has made two changes

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to the starting line-up from the side that lost

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in Edinburgh last weekend. Prop Cian Healy comes into the front

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row, replacing Jack McGrath - while Ulster's Iain Henderson has

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a tight hamstring and so is Meanwhile, Craig Gilroy

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is named on the bench. Ireland returned from Scotland

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with a bonus point and will be hoping to get another,

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along with a win, from their trip to Rome,

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but the coach was quick today to stress they're taking nothing

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for granted going into this game. It's only four years ago that

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Ireland went to Italy and lost and so you can't get ahead of yourself

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when we know how combative they will be. It is also if you starts chasing

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you can get yourself into trouble, I think it is just important first and

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foremost to get the win and if we get the win, still a lots of our

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future is in our own hands. Both Tommy Bowe and Stuart McCloskey

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have been released by Ireland and will now be on the bench

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for Ulster's Pro12 clash South African Marcell Coetsea will

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make his highly-anticipated debut, starting at number eight

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after recovering from a knee injury Peter Nelson and Stuart Olding

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will also make returns from injury and go straight

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into the starting side. We'll have match build-up

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on tomorrow night's Newsline - The seven-game winning streak

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of the Belfast Giants came They were beaten five-one at home to

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the Cardiff Devils in the second-leg The Giants had started

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the evening with a five-four lead But that was quickly

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wiped out by the Devils, Cardiff advance to the final

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after a 9-6 win in aggregate - while Belfast will now have to focus

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on beating them to the We just didn't seem to get out of

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second gear and they were one step ahead of us all night and they were

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winning the battles, it was far best one, 5- for, we can't dwell on this

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because we are back in action on Friday and we just had to give

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congratulations to the Cardiff Devils and how well they played.

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Not their night - BUT the Giants can go top of the Elite League table

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if they can win tomorrow night against Dundee Stars.

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Games are coming thick and fast, Tara. Really cold is denied, and

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lots of people remarked upon bouts. Temperature is not much higher than

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five or 6 degrees and of course we did not have the sunshine today so

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it looked and felt really cold as well. If you are thinking ahead to

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the weekend, those brightest eyes comeback, particularly on Saturday

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so if you had up to the hills or mountains perhaps up went to the

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moors this weekend at least the clouds will clear over the mountain

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tops but it will stay very cold, the air overheads today really bitter

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and any breeze at all will make it feel extremely cold. At the night,

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despite the cloud, it feels cold in the breeze. Most places to stay dry

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but the cloud thickens up to give the odd wintry flurry so one or two

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patches of snow around as temperatures could fall to freezing

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so any random breaks in the cloud at all. Not a widespread frost

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tomorrow, but it will be cold and some spots of frost and ice around,

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and it will be another cold day as well. You need to lay up, so gloves,

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scarves, hats already. Temperatures at one or 2 degrees, may be low in

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some spots, and the odd wintry flurry here and there as well. Don't

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be surprised if you see some flakes of snow or a little bit of drizzle

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at times but lots of cloud to begin with, expecting it to brighten up

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from the north-east as the day goes on. It should cheer up a bit.

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Temperatures still struggle in the cold breeze but some sunshine

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everywhere, just about, by the end of the day. Clear skies hang on

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tomorrow night, leading to a widespread frost, so looking at -4,

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minus five degrees come in the countryside. Heading to the Ulster

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match tomorrow evening? Be prepared for it to be cold, temperatures

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above freezing at that point may be. On Saturday a frosty start but

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thankfully a nice bright start to the weekend, dry, with some

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sunshine, still cold, but it will look and feel a bit better compared

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to be cloudy skies. Anyone lucky enough to go to the Italy match in

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Rome, 14 degrees there, much nicer, feeling quite spring like I'm sure.

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Sunday, one of the wintry flurries, but most of the weekend will be dry.

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Our late summary is at half past ten.

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The bps says it won't prosecute a man arrested over Kingsmill

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