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Good evening, our top stories on BBC Newsline tonight...

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A West Belfast father is found not guilty of killing his baby daughter.

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Police failings in their search for

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this young man were inexplicable, inexcusable

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His family welcomed the corner's finding. It has been so hard to find

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answers, the search was not done properly.

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A lucky escape for a County Antrim family, as a slurry tanker crashes

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Controversy over who will chair talks after the Assembly election -

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one former American chairman rules himself out.

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The geese who fly in from Iceland to winter in Belfast's Shankill.

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On a bumper weekend of rugby, illness sees Ireland's Rory Best

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While here in Belfast, Ulster aim for rehabilitation

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And the cold weather continues this weekend,

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I'll have your full forecast later in the programme.

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A man has been found not guilty of murdering his baby daughter.

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Caragh Walsh was three months old when she died in February 2014.

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Her father - Christopher O'Neill from the Whiterock Road

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in West Belfast - was accused of her murder.

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The jury at Craigavon Crown Court, sitting in Armagh, this afternoon

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Throughout the four-week trial, Christopher O'Neill denied any

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suggestion that he found bye-bye Caragh, saying that he loved her to

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bits. -Year-old from West Belfast was accused of killing his

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three-month-old baby daughter by shooting her violently whilst in a

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rage at her home in February 20 14. During the trial, he said that he

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had shaken her, trying to revive her, she thought she was dying,

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bye-bye Caragh died in hospital two days later.

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In Craigavon Crown Court, the jury of 10,000,001 woman, fined by

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majority verdict of at least ten to one was not guilty of killing his

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baby daughter. -- the jury of one man, ten men, one women. The family

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side with Billy. In the gallery behind him, the baby's mother stood

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up and shouted, you killed my baby, my baby is dead because of you. She

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was led from the court room with her family. Still in the dock, Mr

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O'Neill put his head in his hands. When the judge said he was free to

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leave, his family applauded and have Tim and said, we love you. Mr

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O'Neill's solicitor said it had been a difficult case with no winners.

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A coroner has criticised police for failing to find a young man

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who died after going missing from a mental health unit.

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His body was found ten weeks later close to the unit

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22-year-old James Fenton had been identified as "high risk"

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after telling staff he wanted to kill himself.

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The family of James Fenton were at court this afternoon

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for what marked the end of long, difficult and at times

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It's been our horrendously long road, not just for a few months, but

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for 6.5 years. It has been so, so hard.

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22-year-old James Fenton went missing from Ward 27

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at the Mental Health Unit in early July 2010.

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And police were called in to search the grounds

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They failed to find the missing man, whose body was discovered

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less than 40 metres from the Mental Health

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The coroner was a very critical of the police response when James

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Fenton went missing from the mental health unit. He describe you feel

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size inexplicable, -- describe refill yours as inexplicable and

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excusable. It was said that he could have found them more quickly

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although it could not be said with Steve would have been alive. --

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could not have said whether he would have been alive.

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A police ombudsman report was also critical of how the case

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was handled and 12 officers were subsequently disciplined.

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The PSNI has since changed its policy and practices on missing

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persons as a direct result of the Fenton case.

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The coroner described the actions of the hospital staff at the time

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But he had harder words for the PSNI.

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Joe McCrisken said consideration should have been given

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to a police dog search, which may have led to Mr Fenton

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being found shortly after he'd absconded.

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Today, the PSNI issued a wholehearted apology to the Fenton

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family for the police failings in this case.

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I am hoping things will change. I know that the PSNI have changed. We

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have changed how to search for a missing person but they cannot make

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the excuse of not enough funding for mental health, things have to

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change. How many more people have to lose their lives?

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The coroner found that, due to advanced decomposition,

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the cause of James Fenton's death was unascertainable,

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although it was his view that the young man died

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shortly after he climbed over the gate and absconded from

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the Ulster Hospital's Mental Health Unit.

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Mervyn Jess, BBC Newsline, at Belfast Coroner's Court.

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A care worker found guilty of abusing elderly residents

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at a care home in Dunmurray has been sentenced

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41-year-old Lisa Cullen from Lagmore Drive in Dunmurray

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was sentenced after pleading guilty to assaulting a whistleblower

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from the home at a previous court appearance.

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Our reporter, Dan Stanton, was in court.

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Lisa Cullen leaving court after being found guilty of abusing

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patients. She was released on bail because she is appealing her

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sentence. The judge said she had shown no

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remorse or change of attitude since being found guilty of the ill

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treatment of elderly patients in her care. The judge sentenced her to a

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total of four months in jail. The offences took place sometime

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between November 2012 and December 2013 at this care home in Dunmurray.

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Five elderly patients, two men, three women, were mistreated there.

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Relatives of the patients at the Kilwee nursing home Clapton Court

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after the sentence was passed. It was the hardest thing we have ever

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done was to put our model there, and to find out that she hit my mother,

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its soul destroying. She told my husband she had full Alzheimer's,

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was like a baby, and was better to go out and run around traffic. She

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was sentenced today after assaulting a whistle-blower on the grounds of

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Lisburn Magistrates Court after a previous hearing. She had a vendetta

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against me, she hated me for some reason, I do not know what, I have

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been tortured, I have been just literally tortured from all of this

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happening, she seems to have passed the blame onto me and be alone. Lisa

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Cullen didn't say anything as she was being driven away from court.

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A County Antrim man says he's been left in shock after a slurry tank

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crashed through a wall into his front garden

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Our north east reporter Sara Girvin has the story.

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CCTV shows the dramatic moment a slurry tank crashes

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It missed the home itself, in Glenavy, by less than a metre.

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The homeowner, who was in the property at the time,

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said he's just glad no-one was hurt.

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Well, obviously quite shocked, but believed, it could have been so much

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worse. If somebody was standing here, you can see where parts of the

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wall have gone flying. It could have been worse if myself, children or

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anyone had been there, postman, anybody at all!

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The Belfast Road was closed for a time while the car,

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tractor and slurry tank involved in the crash were removed.

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Oil also had to be cleaned up, but the road has reopened.

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Plans by the Health Minister Michelle O'Neill to tackle hospital

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waiting lists have been criticised by the DUP Leader Arlene Foster.

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In a letter, Mrs Foster responded to Minister O'Neill's

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thirty-one million pound plan to treat patients who have been

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The DUP leader accused Sinn Fein of electioneering.

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But Sinn Fein hit back saying the DUP were trying

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to deflect attention away from the RHI scandal.

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Opposition to the Secretary of State chairing negotiations after

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Sinn Fein, the SDLP and Alliance have doubted James Brokenshire's

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suitability after he claimed inquiries into Troubles-related

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killings were disproportionately focused on the police and army.

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Here's our political correspondent Gareth Gordon.

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The Secretary of State used an address to business leaders

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in Belfast last night to call for an early return to power

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But after his recent claim that there is too much focus

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on Troubles killings carried out by the security forces,

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is he the person to lead the negotiations?

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If you look at his actions to date, for example his comments in relation

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to British soldiers being given immunity, and the views of the

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people of the North who want to stay within the European Union, his

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one-sided partisan views on a lot of things, I don't believe he is an

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honest broker. Unionists came to the Secretary

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of State's defence. We have tried International chairs

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in the past, with no success. We are part of the United Kingdom. The

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Secretary of State is the Secretary of State. If they are going into

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further negotiations, I would expect the Secretary of State to cheer

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them. Sinn Fein want a period of direct rule. The person they are

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criticising, in the form of James Brokenshire, will have

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uncontrollable rule over Northern Ireland. From my perspective, I

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think the people of Northern Ireland will not react well to Sinn Fein

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arrogantly saying the British government should have no role in

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the talks. But opposition to the James

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Brokenshire having a talks role There is no way whatsoever now that

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the Secretary of State can act as some kind of honest broker, he is

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not independent, we need an independent, international figure

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who chaired the legacy element of the talks, that's the only way this

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can be done. The UK Secretary of State is a key player but has to

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reflect the approach is taken to date and change his approach. His

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approach to date has been and is viewed as many as being partisan,

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which will not produce the results in terms of ensuring that we have

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devolution restored to Northern Ireland.

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It's one more potential obstacle standing in the way

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Now, if the post-election negotiations require

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an independent chairman, it won't be Senator George Mitchell.

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He chaired the talks which led to the Good Friday Agreement,

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of course, but in an interview at Queen's University

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in Belfast today, he said the parties don't need him.

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He's been speaking to BBC Newsline's Mark Simpson.

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How have you been? The last time we met, he was during

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crisis talks at Stormont, sort two decades later, is he ready to make a

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comeback? I've done my tour of duty here. And I think, in every

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situation, you constantly have to meet new challenges. And with new

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people and new ideas. I know these men and women, they have been up to

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it in the past, they gotten over much bigger hurdles than this, and

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kept the process going, and I am confident they will do so again. The

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Good Friday Agreement will be 20 years old next year. Some believe it

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has now passed its sell by date. And there needs to be a new agreement? I

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don't look at it in terms of a new agreement completely replacing an

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old agreement. What I look at this as a process of change to meet the

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changing circumstances and conditions. Many people watching

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will be seeing BSG goes again, always so optimistic, cup holders

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half full, he must be worried this agreement is falling apart in front

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of our very eyes. -- many people will say, there goes again. I have

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been in Northern Ireland, both at home in the process that led to the

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agreement and to as Chancellor is this great institution, Queen's

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University, to know the basic strength of the people of Northern

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Ireland. One of the strengths is there a self-critical and sometimes

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they are too much self-critical. I am often asked, isn't it terrible,

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these problems we have politics? I said, you are asking an American

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that question? You don't think we have problems? That exists all

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around the world. Let's concentrate on solutions, rather than on how we

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get there. He is now 83 years of age and still working. But as far as

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Stormont is concerned, Mitchell has now retired. Mark Sampson, BBC

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Newsline at Queen's University. Now, they're seasonal visitors

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who return every year. But some of the Greylag geese

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who migrate to Belfast have picked a rather unusual spot

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to see out the winter. Our Agriculture and Environment

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Correspondent, Conor Macauley, They've been coming

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to the Shankill Estate for years. These Greylag geese fly

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in from Iceland for the winter. It's said that, when they first

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arrived, the word went out With an ample supply of food -

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both the short grass they favour and what the locals regularly

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provide - they've prospered. Greylag geese have been coming to

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the Shankill estate for around ten years. These birds are very

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site-specific so it is entirely possible that these are the

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descendants of the original flock. They're a bit of a

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novelty on the estate. The annual arrival a date

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in the Shankill calendar. I have a funny feeling it's the same

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keys. I know they all look the same, but... They all look the same, but

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there is one that of colour around it, and that of colour, so someone

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must be monitoring their flight. It may not be the obvious habitat,

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what with the potential risks posed by pets and people,

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but its working for the Greylags. It seems strange to people walking

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past, this flock of geese in the Nir Biton but -- in an urban

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environment, but they are safe, needing small amounts of water, and

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they can feed here during the day. Every night, they leave

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the estate for the lakes Clearly a bird that likes

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to spread itself around A woman from Belfast says she had

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no hesitation in undergoing major surgery in a bid

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to help save a stranger's life. 23-year-old Jenna Armstrong

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originally took part in a bone marrow test to help

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save a child with cancer. When no match was found,

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she was later told she was Our Health Correspondent

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Marie-Louise Connolly What better way to celebrate

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saving someone's life That's exactly what Jenna Armstrong

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did three weeks ago, after donating her bone marrow

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to a stranger. It was a no-brainer, it was one of

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those things that in my head I had to do. It was a chance to

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potentially help save someone in a particularly tricky situation and,

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in my head, what I was doing was insignificant what they had been

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going through. Last year, 23-year-old Jenna

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and her family registered to become That means, if a suitable match

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is found, they can donate blood When the call came, Jenna

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and her mum travelled I had five injections into my back

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and the extracted 1.2 litres of my bone marrow, the maximum they can

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take for my height and weight for the person, they told me it was a

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29-year-old man in America and he would be receiving the bone marrow

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of the day after I needed it. It was emotional because it was before

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Christmas and all I could think of was, if that was somebody in my

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family, or my child, my brother, my sister, I would hope someone would

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do what Jenna has done. Bone marrow is a spongy tissue found

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in the hollow centres of some bones. The stem cells found

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there are extremely healthy. When pumped into a sick person,

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it can help save their life. Here at Queen's University Belfast,

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clinical trials continue Basically, what it does is give them

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a new immune system, different from the patient. One, and that new

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immune system because it is different has the ability to fight

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the disease and we know from long-term working on this in the

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majority of people this will cure the disease. -- immune system

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different from the patient's own. A champion Irish dancer,

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Jenna's appealing to others to follow in her footsteps

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and to become a blood Sport now and Ireland played Italy

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tomorrow. Rory Best will have to sit it out because of injury.

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It was a captain's run with a difference for Ireland, no captain

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in attendance. Rory Best, who so often leads from the front, was back

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in his Hotel room nursing a stomach bug he picked up overnight. The

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other always think that crop up in the course of a week and I think how

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we react and respond to it will hopefully allow us to continue the

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preparation as seamlessly as possible and unfortunately these

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things happened, but we are confident he will recover in time

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for tomorrow. Before the Ireland team arrived here this afternoon,

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another Irishman was that to grace the turf but not playing, the

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Italian head coach Colin or she is plotting Ireland's downfall tomorrow

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after having war on the show many times. From my point of duty is

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someone great. Looking for the players to have a good environment

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and working well. If you win tomorrow, I think he is going to be

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happy, but for us as a team maybe not him as a person. The game

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against Scotland last week left a lot to be desired but that approach

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tomorrow will be different. As long as you are prepared and we know our

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job, I think that will take care of it and we focus on what we've got to

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do and trust the process. We have looked at it during the week and try

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to revise and we are in a good place, but it is International Rugby

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Board you have to go out there. So all eyes will be on the team

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sheet tomorrow, hoping for the best of news.

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Next to one of the most romantic and remarkable

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Their camogs are in an All-Ireland final, their hurlers

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and footballers are also one match away from an all-Ireland final.

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They are of course Slaughtneil, who tomorrow take

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on Dubiln and Leinster champions St Vincents in the club

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One tiny club, one total community effort, the efforts for Slaughtneil

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up almost as monumental as the mountains around and between these

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played people. The next challenge is to be the best that the metropolis

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of Dublin has to offer. Massive challenge ahead, we are under no

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illusions how tough it will be, bringing huge physicality to the

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game, they are fairly similar to Dublin seniors, it is going to be a

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massive battle for us. There are three strands to this story. The

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dream is Croke Park on St Patrick's Day. It has been so positive, not

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just because of one, but because of the together. -- because of all

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three together. We have to embrace that and continue. And now for the

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next and final chapter. And best of luck to Slaughtneil. And

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it has been chilly, what is in store this weekend?

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Not getting any warmer unfortunately and pretty chilly already this

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evening, temperature dropping close to freezing. If you are heading to

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the all-star match this evening, if you have not left, wrap up warm. But

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you can watch from the comfort of your own home on BBC Two. -- Ulster.

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Tonight we are looking at widespread frost. If you fancy hill walking

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this weekend or heading to the moors, there were some flurries of

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snow today, so it will be slippery and it will be bitterly cold. Lots

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of dry weather this weekend, just have lots of layers on. As I

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mentioned, temperatures falling away tonight. Possibly as low as minus

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five in parts of the countryside, not everywhere with sharp frost but

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frost in many places to start Saturday morning and taking a while

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for it to lift but we expect greater skies tomorrow and largely dry. The

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frost it gradually coming out of that ground, cold breeze picking up

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again, making it feel really better along parts of the East Coast.

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Cloudy skies rollback in from the east during the afternoon, so the

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best of the sunshine in the West, temperatures no different from

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today. In that wind it will feel better. A lot milder in Italy,

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temperatures in the low teens for Ireland's next match and you can

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hear that live on BBC Radio Ulster if you are not lucky enough to be

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going there. Tomorrow night back home, more cloud around, quite

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breezy, some patches of snow, frost tomorrow will be more patchy and

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Sunday another cold day. Generally dry but some flurries, quite cold,

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cloudy and breezy. As we move into the new week, temperatures will

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start to pick up. If you don't like the cold, we expect things to

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gradually become less cold next week, is still quite breezy, dry

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start, some sunshine, hopefully double figures by the middle of the

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week. Cecilia, thank you. You have been

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warned, wrap up warm.

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