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The Secretary of State has conceded that an Assembly election now looks

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

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Talks were held throughout the day at Stormont to try to find a way

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Here's our political correspondent, Gareth Gordon.

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This is the man whose job currently looks less like Secretary of State

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for Northern Ireland and more like mission impossible.

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I do see the situation here as being grave.

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I think an election is likely to be divisive and the issues of bringing

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parties together again at the end of that election.

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But I am also very clear on the responsibilities that I hold

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and that if there is no reappointment by the start of next

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week, it is incumbent upon me to call an election

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

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If an election does not lead to an executive being formed

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within a relatively short period of time, around a week follows

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on from that election for the Assembly to meet,

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another two weeks to form an executive within that time period.

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The potential option at that stage would be another election.

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Never mind a second election - a first one would not be

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But it may be his only one after hearing what Sinn Fein had

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What needs to happen next is an election.

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

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This has now gone beyond just Stormont.

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Last night the Prime Minister spoke to the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.

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

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And we must all recognise that we don't want to put that

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That is why I think it is so important for the government

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

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

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and ensure that the progress that has been hard-won can be continued.

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We need to see at that point joint authority

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in Northern Ireland, the Dublin government having a key

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The Secretary of State said speculation of that

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The tensions were all too obvious at a meeting

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of Stormont's Public Accounts committee this afternoon.

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This whole place is falling to pieces...

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I have done it before and I will do it again.

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It's a year to the day since Arlene Foster was sworn

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I'm tired of Stormont being a watchword for arguing

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and that is not why our people elected us.

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They did so to produce a better future for us all.

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Now she's facing a brutal election, and after that - who knows?

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The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, said after talking to members

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of Sinn Fein he remains hopeful there could be talks.

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Rising from this situation, which is very serious, today I spoke to Sinn

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Fein, Gerry Adams and Mary Lou McDonald and also Martin McGuinness

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and I spoke to Arlene Foster. Add arising from Arlene Foster's

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statement yesterday evening, that she is willing to talk to the

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parties, Sinn Fein have confirmed they would be willing to accept an

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invitation to those talks and Martin McGuinness confirmed he would like

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to attend that meeting. If that happens, and I hope it does, we will

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offer every support we can from here in Dublin, government buildings, and

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the same from the British Prime Minister.

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Tonight, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams said in a statement

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that the party is open to discussions but as yet doesn't

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see any basis for credible negotiations this side

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The Economy Minister has submitted plans to cut costs associated

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with the controversial Renewable Heat Incentive scheme

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Mr Hamilton has sent a business case to Finance Minister Mairtin O

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Muilleoir which will reduce the RHI overspend to "effectively zero".

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It is believed to propose reducing tariff rates paid to around 1,800

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people as well as a public consultation on a

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The Finance Minister says it will now be assessed by his officials.

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A primary school caretaker who pleaded guilty to having more

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than 28,000 indecent images of children has been given

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a three-year sentence, most of which he'll spend on licence.

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35-year-old Gary Carruthers from Victoria Street in Belfast

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also admitted having two paedophile manuals.

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Some of the children in the images were as young as two years old.

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Gary Carruthers was arrested in September 2015 after

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National Crime Agency officers uncovered images and videos stored

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on more than 20 devices hidden in a safe in his bedroom.

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They also found what were described in court as "paedophile manuals"

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which gave advice on how to groom children.

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The judge told Gary Carruthers that the harm was all too obvious.

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She said downloading such images from the internet maintained

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the industry which exploits and abuses children for the sexual

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The court heard Gary Carruthers abused his position of trust

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by superimposing pictures of children from the school

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at which he worked onto images of children being abused.

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At a previous hearing he admitted the charges.

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The judge told him that entering guilty pleas would normally earn

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substantial credit but in this case, she said that the evidence

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against you is overwhelming, you were effectively caught

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She said the methods set out in the manuals

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and the images depicted in them were utterly shocking.

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He has been put on the sex offenders' register indefinitely

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

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A senior police officer says all sections of the criminal justice

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system here need to reflect on how bail conditions are managed.

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It comes after a man charged in connection

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with the killing of prison officer David Black went missing.

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40-year-old Damien Joseph McLaughlin of Kilmascally Road near Ardboe

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was due to stand trial next month but he hasn't been seen

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Mr Black's family have said they feel betrayed

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I feel that amidst what is a very stressful situation for the family,

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what I can say is the police are going to reflect on this, we will

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look at our systems, we have commenced a review and we will that

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our processes, look at how this process is very limited and whether

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it could have been better. That is what we're doing as the police and I

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would urge that all sections of the criminal justice system take this

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opportunity to reflect. Six homes were evacuated

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in West Belfast overnight because of a fire at a nearby

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filling station complex. The blaze was at this property

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on the Stewartstown Road 45 firefighters and seven vehicles

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dealt with the fire, which was contained

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to a single building. An investigation has started

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

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they were faced with They had to work

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to contain the fire. Through their hard work,

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they were able to stop it spreading to adjacent premises and private

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housing to the rear. Snow and high winds have been

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forecast for the next few days. It is a very chilly and wintry night

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with possible disruption due to snow In fact, the Met Office has issued

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a weather warning right Most of the snow we get is expected

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to fall over hills and mountains. But for some low-level areas,

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we could see some accumulations, and as we all know in this part

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of the world, that could be enough Tonight, as temperatures fall

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to freezing and below, those showers Tomorrow will feel bitter and raw

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when you factor in those north-westerly winds,

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which will continue to drive in scattered wintry showers

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right throughout the day. To begin with tomorrow those showers

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pretty much affecting anywhere And those wintry showers

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will continue to affect parts of Ireland and Scotland,

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maybe into parts of For the bulk of England and Wales,

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here we see rain but where that rain meets cold air it could turn

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wintry as well. Across Scotland and Ireland,

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bitterly cold temperatures struggling into the low single

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figures. For us for the mid-afternoon,

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the showers continue to come and go, you'll want to wrap up warm,

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it will feel very cold, especially if you get any

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of those wintry showers The showers will continue

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through tomorrow evening and tomorrow night as the winds

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begin to come into the north so feeling very cold

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if you happen to be outdoors. Some of the snow will build up

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and it could cause some disruption Fewer showers around on Friday,

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largely dry but a few wintry showers Temperatures on the rise this

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weekend so not quite as chilly. Our next BBC Newsline

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is at 6.25am in the morning You can also keep updated

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with News Online.

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