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The Public Prosecution Service is not going to prosecute a man

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arrested last year in relation to the Kingsmills massacre.

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A palm print found on a stolen van used in the murders

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The only survivor of the attack says he understands why

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

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in what became known as the Kingsmills massacre.

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Last year during the inquest into their deaths, new evidence

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was identified and a fresh police investigation began.

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That evidence involved a palm print, discovered on a stolen van recovered

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near Dundock at the time, which was suspected of being

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The PBS says that after consideration it will not prosecute

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the individual reported by the PSNI in relation to the

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The assistant director of casework concluded

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that there is no reasonable prospect of the conviction based on evidence.

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It is understood a lack of records into how the van was handled

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Precisely when the palm print was placed on the windscreen also.

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The PPS is mindful of the reaction of the families.

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They were informed of the decision this morning. I was sceptical to

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start with but then as the months went on I thought there must be on

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to something. But then the policemen came

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

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why the PPS didn't go ahead with it So I have to accept

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that this was going nowhere. We deserve to get the truth,

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

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and all their families... The coroner's office has confirmed

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that in light of the PPS decision, it is now giving consideration

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to the scheduling of dates for the Kingsmills inquest

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to recommence. This news from the prosecution

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service is a knock-back for the families of

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the Kingsmills victims. The focus now falls back

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on to the coroner's enquiry. The Secretary of State has told

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business leaders here that he wants a return to devolved government

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after the election. James Brokenshire was addressing

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the Institute of Directors in Northern Ireland,

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where Brexit also dominated More than 200 delegates from the

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Institute of directors gathered in Belfast with an assembly election in

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the offering and Brexit knocking on the door. For the newly appointed

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Belfast born director general of Northern Ireland is at the heart of

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the negotiations over leaving the EU. The border and ASCII puts

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Northern Ireland front and centre of the negotiations because it has such

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an impact. There are a lot of people moving between the border because of

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work and education, there are 32,000 border crossings every day and half

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relate to business and education so we mustn't

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interrupt that flow in any way. The lack of devolved government is also

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causing concern. There was real frustration in the business

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community that we're getting very close to the triggering of Article

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50 and we don't have our politicians and the institutions representing

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the members here in Northern Ireland and uncertainty is one of the most

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difficult things for business to deal with. If they know they are

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dealing with and they can have a plan and they can react to move

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things forward but Northern Ireland business people are used to

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uncertainty, it is an occupational hazard there. I for 1am not

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contemplating any other outcome but a resumption of devolved partnership

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government. That is what people in Northern Ireland want and it is what

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we are working to deliver. Certainty of any kind will be welcomed by

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Meanwhile, Sinn Fein's Stormont leader Michelle O'Neill says

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James Brokenshire should not have a role in negotiations

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On tonight's edition of The View Ms O'Neill was asked

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if she thought the Secretary of State could be an honest

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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 and how he is ignoring the views of the people in

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the North who want to stay in the European Union, if you look at his

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one-sided and partisan views on a lot of things, I don't believe James

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Brokenshire is an honest broker, no, I don't.

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And you can watch that interview with Michelle O'Neill straight

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The inquest into the death of a man who died after leaving a ward

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at the Ulster Hospital has heard of more concerns by experts

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in psychiatry about the way he was cared for.

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22-year-old, James Fenton lay undetected for ten weeks.

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This is Ward 27, the mental health unit at the Ulster Hospital, with a

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smoking area outside. 22-year-old James Fenton was admitted there one

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night in July 2010 and by then he was a troubled young man. He had

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been ill and his family were relieved, said to the hospital would

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look after him. Today two consultant psychiatrists expressed severe

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concern about how they did. Both men were based in England that had

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written reports for the Foreign Office for the Fenton family. Both

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questioned the hospital diagnosis they believed James was clinically

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depressed and they question the level of supervision he received on

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the ward. One professor said he had a number of concerns about the

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medical care. He said he did not think that placing Mr Fenton on

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routine observation was an appropriate decision. Doctor Trevor

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Turner concluded the hospital did not take appropriate steps to

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safeguard his health given the real and immediate rescue showed. In

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court yesterday two other consultant psychiatrists said they disagreed

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with these conclusions. One of them is a director of mental health

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services at the south-eastern trust. He defended the hospital diagnosis

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and actions. It is almost seven years since James Fenton left the

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ward and was lost just a few dozen metres away. His family has now

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spent four days listening to the evidence of 20 witnesses. Tomorrow

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the coroner will issue its findings. Tomorrow the coroner

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will issue its findings. The number of agency workers doing

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jobs in the Northern Ireland The department of finance says

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the use of agency workers is normal But a trade union has described

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the situation as disgraceful, believing too many people

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were paid-off under a Stormont For the Northern Ireland executive

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to be spending ?10 million a year on agency staff is disgraceful. It

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would equate to roughly 300 permanent full-time jobs so you are

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borrowing money, paying interest, and putting people out of work and

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then the next day you go to sector company and say you let too many

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people go, can we hire from your company? Some of the same people

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back again so you also paying the agency and all around in Ireland

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loses, loses, loses. A jury has begun considering its

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verdict in the trial of a West Belfast man accused

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of killing his baby daughter. Christopher O'Neill,

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from the Whiterock Road, has pleaded not guilty to murdering

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three-month-old Caragh She died two days after

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being taken to hospital Mr O'Neill denies the prosecution

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case that he lost control and used considerable violence

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against the infant. Sarah Keane has replaced Pat Hickey

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as Olympic Council of Ireland president. The swim Ireland chief

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executive 129 of the 42 votes available. Pat Hickey revised --

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resigned from the post after he was arrested at Brazil at the Olympic

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Games. He was charged with ticket touting although he was eventually

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released on bail and is now back in Ireland.

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It's been quite chilly today, let's see how it looks for tomorrow.

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There is not much sign of it warming up in the next few days but at least

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it will stay mostly dry. Tonight a lot of cloud around but it only has

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to break briefly to allow temperatures to drop to around

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freezing or just below. A couple of wintry showers here and there as

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well which could dampen surfaces and lead to the risk of a few icy spots

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tomorrow. Not a widespread frost but there could be frost here and there

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tomorrow and it will be another cold day. In the breeze at all will feel

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absolutely bitter. Bacardi started most places with a few which we

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should bloggers around. By and large dry data, brightening up as the

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brighter skies edged down from Scotland and across much of Northern

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Ireland. It will be quite cloudy and cold in the Republic of Ireland and

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sleet and snow showers in North Sea coastal areas. It is cold

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everywhere. Temperatures really struggling and tomorrow temperatures

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will not get higher than four or five. It will eventually brighten up

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the sunshine by the end of the day. It needs to clear frosty nights on

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Friday and brighter and sunny day on Saturday to start the weekend. Cold

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and frosty to begin with. It looks as though cloudy skies will return

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on Sunday with a few flurries but on the whole will be dry.

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Our next BBC newsline is at 6:25am during breakfast here on BBC One.

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You can keep up-to-date with news online. Goodbye.

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