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Tonight's top stories: A family's devastation as a young Donegal

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Loneliness attached to grief and loss.

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A Sinn Fein MEP's Brexit comments in the European Parliament

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The search continues in the waters off County Mayo for three

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Also on the programme tonight: Can Belfast City Council teach

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Stormont about power sharing after it lost its unionist

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There is no majority. We are all minorities.

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New teams, big names, extra TV coverage.

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Join me at the launch of motorcycling's NW200.

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And cloudy and mild tonight with light rain

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Brighter but cooler tomorrow after some early rain.

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The mother of a young Donegal woman who was murdered in a tourist area

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in India has paid tribute to her daughter and said

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Danielle McLaughlin from Buncrana, who was described as beautiful

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and kind-hearted, was found in Goa at breakfast time yesterday.

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She'd received injuries to her head and face.

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In a moment, we'll have the latest from India, but first

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here's our North-West reporter, Keiron Tourish.

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Described as bright, bubbly and full of life, but Danielle McLaughlin's

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life ended tragically in India. She was discovered at 8am local time

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yesterday in an isolated spot close the tourist spots in Goa. Her parish

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priest said the family had been devastated by the death. They are

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understandably grieving. They are overwhelmed by the sense of loss.

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They are supported by staff and the community and the people around them

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but nevertheless, as with all grief and loss, there is a terrible

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loneliness attached to it. Danielle McLaughlin had been a pupil in

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Buncrana before going to university in Liverpool. She loved travelling

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and was hugely popular. She was outgoing, lively, she took part in

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school musicals, she was a great Irish dancer, she had done soccer

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and athletics. She was a great part of the school. In Buncrana itself,

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people were left numb by the news. She was backpacking. Very sad time

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for people in Buncrana. It is terrible, awful, devastating news

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for the family especially. An absolute tragedy for the family.

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Full of beans, happy-go-lucky. Buncrana is a town reeling from this

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tragedy. Everyone here says the thoughts and prayers are with the

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grieving family. Our correspondent, Yogita Limaye,

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joins us live from Goa now. What more do we know

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about the investigation It is in this field by minute that

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Daniel's body was found yesterday morning. Police say she had injuries

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to her face and head. They were initially able to identify with the

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help of other foreign nationals living in the area as well as

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information from social media platforms. A couple of hundred

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meters to my right as the main highway that connects north and

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south Goa with lots of beaches and restaurant around it that this is

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quite an isolated spot. I have speaking with the officer

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investigating the case and he says the for by people in connection with

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the case and arrested one man yesterday. They believe they have

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found the main culprit because they found compelling evidence including

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CCTV camera footage showing the accused with the victim as well as a

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two wheeled vehicle with blood stains on it and produce with blood

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smears on them. They say have they had been in touch with British and

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Irish embassies but are still awaiting the result of the

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postmortem examination. Any reaction locally in Goa? Locally, a lot of

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people were organising a vigil. One thing is certain, it is brought back

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memories of the Scarlett Keeling case, a 15-year-old British national

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was murdered and raped in 2008. Her court case went on for years and it

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is only late last year that it came to the conclusion and even then, the

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two men accused of killing her were acquitted by a local court here.

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Police say that they believe that in this case, they actually had strong

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evidence, they feel confident, they had been questioning this man to see

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if he was acting on his own or if there were other people involved,

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and they have him in custody until the 21st of March to continue that

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investigation. Bonfire material dumped

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on a new multi-million pound greenway in east Belfast has been

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cleared after a month-long Workers from the Environment Agency

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removed the wood and tyres which had been stockpiled

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at Connswater Community Greenway. There will more than 100 wood

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pallets on the Greenway but now there are none. There were dozens of

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tyres but one by one they have been gathered up and taken away. Work

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started at ATM. The Environment Agency ordered the clear up and no

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one stood in the way. The bonfire material had been here for weeks. In

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spite of complaints about the mess on the new ?40 million Greenway, the

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authorities were reluctant to intervene. Then last night, a local

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agreement was reached. Community worker Robert Osborne said the

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decision had widespread support. There was a lot of money spent here

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and we do not want to see that going to waste. If we make our community

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better, it is better for us. So how are you able to persuade people to

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allow this material to be removed? They understand that the community

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comes first, there is a lot more to it. If we can progress as people. So

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has there been a deal done? No deal, we have just come to an agreement.

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It is just between us and the community. Would there be a payback

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for the community? Definitely, from us, we will help the community out

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anyway we can, if you approach me or any member of the community. We do

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not want to see ?40 million go to waste. Can you guarantee there will

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not be more bonfire material here tomorrow? We have come to an

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agreement that there will not be a bonfire here at all. Although some

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of the material was set alight, the damage has been minimal. Belfast

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City Council say they are confident this new multi-million pound

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Greenway will soon look as good as new.

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The discovery of a white substance in an envelope

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at Lagan Integrated College in the Castlereagh hills led

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to a security operation there this afternoon.

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The principal says classes continued as normal but pupils were supervised

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by police and staff leaving the school at home time.

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The police cordoned off from around midday. Fire and Rescue Service were

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also according to deal with what amounted to a security alert. The

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security alert began this morning after an envelope was received at

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the offices of the school, containing white powder. The

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emergency services were called in and that envelope and powder are the

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subject of a close examination. Pupils continued the class is what

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the operation to deal with the suspect went on although they were

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kept away from that part of the building where the powder was

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discovered. The principle of the school kept in touch with parents by

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e-mail and text, telling them their children would leave the school as

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usual at 3:30pm under the supervision of the police and

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teachers. They were anxious parents waiting at the school gates. It was

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a bit of a shock, coming to the school. There was no panic at all, I

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don't think, no real danger we felt anyway. The police investigation

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into who was behind today's is continuing.

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A Sinn Fein MEP who said the Prime Minister could stick

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a hard or soft border where the sun doesn't shine was dismissed

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as belligerent in the House of Commons today.

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Sinn Fein said Martina Anderson was reflecting anger

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over Brexit but, so far, there's been no comment

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from the party's Stormont leader, Michelle O'Neill.

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Here's our political correspondent, Gareth Gordon.

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This is the moment that Sinn Fein member of the European Parliament

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became an Internet sensation. Armoured cars, tanks and guns could

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not do in Ireland 27 member states will not be able to do, so your

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notion of the border, hard or soft, stick it where the sun does not

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shine! The Secretary of State will have heard the belligerent utterance

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of the former Sinn Fein director of the Unionist engagement to the Prime

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Minister can stick a hard or soft border where the sun does not shine.

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Can I buy the Secretary of State to remind Martina Anderson that it sets

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the terms for the future of Northern Ireland based on the majority of the

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will of the people is not changed? James Brogan Scheidt dodged the

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question, repeating only that the government did not want to see a

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return to the borders of the past. Sinn Fein's Stormont leader recently

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criticised her colleague for saying that Sinn Fein had put manners on

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the DUP leader, Arlene Foster. I have spoken to Michelle but it is

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not language I would use. I have seen in the last number of weeks and

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months the DUP treat the public with contempt, arrogance and disrespect.

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That is not the way we should conduct ourselves. Today she led a

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protest alongside family is calling the inquests into the deaths of

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their loved ones. So far she has not commented on Martina Anderson's

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remarks but in a statement, Champagne told the BBC that the

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comments were reflective of that anger that Northern Ireland could be

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dragged out of Europe by someone who has no mandate in Ireland. Today

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Martina Anderson issued a statement claiming that Brexit could

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jeopardise further infrastructure projects that using much more

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measured language. The government is not intending

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to erect posts on the border with the Republic after the UK

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leaves the European Union. That was the message from

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the Brexit Secretary, David Davis, Mr Davis confirms the plan is to use

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new technology to monitor Our political editor,

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Mark Devenport, was watching How close is this high-tech border

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to becoming a reality? David Davis told MPs that officials from the

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Customs service and the Northern Ireland Office are already working

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with their Irish counterparts in trying to design a new system but

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admitted there was a lot of design work still to do. He expressed

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confidence they would resolve the problems facing them because he said

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both governments were determined to do it because he has also said the

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technology available was much better than it was 20 years ago. The fact

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is, there is a board of the and there are duty differences across

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the border which are dealt with but dealt with in a subtle and not

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highly visible way. And the trusted scheme I was talking about before is

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the sort of thing that operates, and that is what we would have in mind.

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It is not going to be easy, it will cost us money, a lot of work on

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technology and so one, but without having heard a personal and so on,

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and that is what we intend to do. Does David Davis think the European

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Union will object? He does not think they will. He thinks they will

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cooperate with this and the maintenance of the Common travel

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area which allows for the freedom of movement of people between the UK

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and Ireland because he says the European Commission has a strong

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emotional investment in the Northern Ireland peace process and does not

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want to do anything to jeopardise that. Speaking of the peace process,

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we also heard from the Secretary of State today on the talks.

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Absolutely. He was asking questions in the Commons on the state of

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talks. He says progress is being made but more has to be achieved. He

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would not get into speculating about contingency planning for failure or

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any extension of the deadline instead he wants to concentrate on

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trying to achieve a deal within that three-week period.

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The global bank Citigroup has said it does not expect Brexit

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to have a negative impact on its operation here.

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The bank is one of Belfast's biggest employers.

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But the hospitality sector has warned that tougher

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immigration rules after Brexit could hit its plans to expand.

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Here's our economics and business editor, John Campbell.

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Citigroup has been a Belfast success story. It is set up here in 2014 and

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after a series of reinvestment employs more than 2000 people. There

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has been uncertainty after financial services jobs right across the UK.

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Some will be relocated as was at the Brexit. HSBC is planning to move

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1000 staff to Paris. But now the UK boss of Citigroup has reassured

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there will be no exodus from Belfast. He said there is no

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fundamental reason why Belfast's attractions to us should change as a

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result of Brexit. I do not see its standing in the way of either what

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we have gotten Belfast all our plans to continue developing. Also

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announced today wasn't planned the big new office block in Titanic

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Quarter. There is speculation that Citigroup is lined up as a tenant.

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Meanwhile the hospitality industry has been giving evidence about

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Brexit effects. Migration is a big issue in this sector. Look at the

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numbers. Migrant workers are 8% of the Northern Ireland workforce. But

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they make up 20% of the manufacturing workforce and almost a

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quarter of all hospitality jobs. One representative said it is already a

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struggle to fill jobs. There is a huge challenge for us to make a

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demand. It affects the migrant workers we get from Europe. We still

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do not know what limits will be placed on migrant workers after

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Brexit. We could have a system of regional work permits controlled by

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the Executive. That is assuming we have an executive.

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Search teams looking for the three missing crew members

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of the Coast Guard rescue helicopter which crashed off County Mayo

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have detected a signal from the aircraft's black

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It's close to Black Rock lighthouse, about ten miles from Blacksod.

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The family of the helicopter pilot Dara Fitzpatrick,

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who died after being found in the water, have been

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Irish naval vessel stayed at sea overnight in the area where

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debridement the helicopter has been found. In the distance, Black Rock,

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close to where the helicopter disappeared without warning. At

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first flight, Coast Guard helicopters returned to resume the

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search for the missing colleagues. As well as the operation in the air

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and on the sea, the search is now taking place under the water with

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sonar equipment deployed and naval and Garda divers on stand-by to see

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whether they should focus their efforts. Wreckage from the

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helicopter was brought ashore throughout yesterday. Last night

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relatives arrived at the Lighthouse to be briefed on the search

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operation. Earlier in the day, Captain Dara Fitzpatrick was

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recovered from the sea. Also on board was the chief pilot and the

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winchman. Dara Fitzpatrick's sister, mother and father say they are

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devastated by her loss. We feel like the lucky ones now because we have

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the. We can kiss her, hold her, hold her hand. At the end of the day, I

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hope the torment will be over, to a certain extent. Because this is

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torment. Rescue 116 was often involved in missions in Northern

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Ireland. The tragedy has been felt at the Coast Guard operations centre

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in Bangor. They were like a family. It has hit steep. We had a visit

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from the Queen when Dara was here. It still has not sunk in the rescue

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116 and a Q1 not come home from the mission. Last weekend, the Dublin

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-based helicopter was providing support. It has been a privilege to

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work with them. They are consummate professionals, highly passionate

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about what they do and highly experienced and a fantastic bunch of

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people. As the search continues, so too does the agonising wait for

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news. Still to come on the programme:

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Join me live in Coleraine, where hundreds of fans are getting

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the chance to meet some Introducing an Irish

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language act would cost ?8.5 million over five years,

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according to a leading Conradh na Gaeilge also estimate

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the act would cost ?2 million a year to implement,

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as our education correspondent, It's led to loud protests and widely

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bearing estimates of the cost. The reason I am against an Irish

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language act is because of the cost of it, tens of millions of pounds.

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One of the main groups who want an Irish language act have produced

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this, document which lays out what it would mean and what the bill

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would be, ?8.5 million over five years, ?2.5 million a year to

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implement. Among those costs are ?150,000 to establish and half ?1

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million a year to run a translation department in Stormont. Of the ?1

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million initially spent translating documents and forms and bilingual

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road signs. But given Conradh na Gaeilge want an act, the figures

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authoritative? There is no doubt our figures will hold up to scrutiny. We

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think these are practical proposals that can be implemented at the best

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possible time. This economist has also had a look at the plans. He

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thinks they are an under estimate. Let me say this in front of the BBC,

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they are leaving the costs to fall on the Department for Education and

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have not cost of those. This is if anything is an understatement of

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what anybody would expect to be the cost, if they develop an Irish

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language process, became more established. Conradh na Gaeilge said

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they have set up a reasonable bill for Irish language legislation but

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those opposed it may not be convinced.

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Unionists no longer have a majority in Stormont but it's 20 years

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since the same thing happened at Belfast City Hall.

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In 1997, the first nationalist mayor was elected, ending centuries

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So can lessons be learned from Belfast when it

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I've been speaking to three former lord mayors.

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These portraits of former Lord Mayers tell their own story. Belfast

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City Council was once described as a bear pit. Now it is more likely to

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be held up as an example of how power-sharing can work. Do not speak

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to any councillor like that, please. 20 years ago, relations between

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nationalists and unionists were still tense on the council. This

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motion perpetuates the myth that Irish language and the speaking of

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the Irish language is something of significance in this city! Sammy

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Wilson spent almost sent 20 years in the City Hall and was Lord mayor

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twice. He concedes the earth did not fall on wind unionists lost the

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majority but says there were important shifts. Once we lost the

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majority, the symbolism at the City Hall of the flag of the country

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flying at the capital city of the country, that was removed, and that

:23:30.:23:33.

caused huge tensions in the city. The battle between the two camps

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raged for decades during troubled times. The mayor does not want to

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dwell on the Doctors of the past and says we need to seem beyond orange

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and green. It is not about nationalism and unions are many

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more. In my view, it is about those who live here in this blossoming

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Irish community. The new Belfast people all over the city, the

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greens, those on the left, those who have dreamt of a brighter future.

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For many years, the Alliance Party has held the balance of power. One

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academic says there is no longer any majority community. There are

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unionists, nationalists and people classified as being other, so there

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are three different groups of people, three different population

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groups. The balance has to be struck between them because the reality is

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there is no majority, there will not be a majority. We are all minorities

:24:35.:24:41.

now that is how we have to make future. Alliance held the first

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mayor position and was the support that enabled the first National is

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mayor. The way we have seen the city developer has largely been as a

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result of more collaborative working because despite the fact some of

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those things are contentious, many decisions are taken on a cross-party

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basis and there is much more discussion before decisions are

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taken. It is not comparing like with like many believe the past of

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is continuity, I am with teams and bikes for I know, so we will try to

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add to the tally break another effort. Ryan, you told as recently

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that crash last year when you almost lost your life, you are bringing a

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team to the North West 200 this year? I have just announced today

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that Lee Johnson or right for me at the North West 200 on a bike in

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ambulance colours, a charity very close to my heart. I thought was

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good time to do something different. Support a charity that I feel will

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save a lot of lives, not just a motorsport but in everyday life. I

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also have a South African rider coming in as a newcomer. There are a

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lot of road racers who have never heard of him that he is a big-name.

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It will be an exciting battle. What is the appeal of the North West 200

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to you? Because it is a local event, coming here is a boy and cheering on

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the Dunlops, now for me to get that in the last lap, it is unreal, and

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for me it is the atmosphere. You have got the seaside resorts, you go

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there in the summertime, and we spend a week and it is a good family

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outing, I tried to keep as calm as possible but come Saturday... Race

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week starts on the 8th of May and all the action you can see and hear

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on the BBC. Now let's get the

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weather with Geoff. It has been a bit dull. Grey and

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cloudy. This picture from our Weather Watcher sums up the problem,

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a blanket of cloud sitting over us. Other than that, nothing much to

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talk about at all. As we go overnight tonight, we will start to

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see a bit of rain in the mix working its way in from the West. Light and

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drizzly for the main, mostly confined to the higher ground, but

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it marks a card for what is to come tomorrow. Overnight lows of seven or

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8 degrees. Tomorrow, rain to the morning. It will brighten up later

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on but that comes with a sting in the tale, too. As we go through the

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morning, we will start to see these bands of rain working their way in

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and as the weather fronts coming, the warmest temperatures through the

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morning, nine and 10 degrees. Once this front of cleared out of the

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way, cool, bright, clear air. Afternoon temperatures, highs of six

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or 7 degrees. But it leaves plenty of brightness. Because we have got

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those clearing skies, overnight, temperatures will drop away and we

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will have a chilly night with overnight lows down to two or three

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degrees. The outlook for Saint Patrick's Day is not good. A wet and

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windy day, really rather unpleasant. This is the scene on Friday morning.

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That rain sitting over us, spreading into all parts, heaviest in the

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West, best chance of any bright nurse East. Very few places that

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will get through Friday without seeing at least a little bit of

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rain. As we head into the weekend itself, we will keep that rainy

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theme. It will feel like the day that is starting to clear up just a

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little bit. A hint of positivity there. With lots of sporting events

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and parades in pageants planned for riding, I am just sorry the weather

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is not playing its part. Our late summary

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is at half past ten.

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