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You're watching BBC Newsline and once again our main focus

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The former First Minister Arlene predicts that

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an election will be brutal, but she hopes an independent inquiry

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into the renewable heat scandal can be set up within the next 24 hours.

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It is needed to restore the confidence in the institutions and

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also for me personally to be able to regain my integrity which has been

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temptingly maligned but this past number of weeks.

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The Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams warns there can be no

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We get reaction from business and community groups to the potential

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collapse of the Northern Ireland executive. I think the losers in

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this process are the people, the citizens and in particular those

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citizens that were so badly affected by the troubles.

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A farmer tells us he fears his industry

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is being demonised over the renewable heat scandal:

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a couple admit helping the murderers of a Chinese restaurant owner.

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And it's going to get much colder over the coming days

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with a bitter northwest wind and some snow.

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An Assembly election hasn't been called yet but the DUP leader

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Arlene Foster say if it goes ahead, it will be "brutal."

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She has also said she hopes an independent inquiry

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into the controversial heating scheme could start within 24 hours.

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The resignation of Martin McGuinness as the Deputy First Minister has

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sparked yet another Stormont crisis and as our political correspondent

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Gareth Gordon reports, no one is quite sure what will happen next.

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Stormont today after. More dark clouds then rays of light but all

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pointing towards an election. And soon it will be about seats. Not

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these one stacked in the great Hall but the ones which we knew a place

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in the assembly chamber across Europe. The last poll how is barely

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over. The next one unlikely to be pretty. I have no doubt that if the

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election proceeds, it will be a brutal election. It will be a very

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difficult election and with Sinn Fein hat indicating that they're not

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going back to see disco, there are those of us who will also want to

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look at the construction of the institutions to see what we can do

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better because I think that there is no doubt, if you look back at our

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documents from 2003 row forward, we always said mandatory coalition as a

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first step towards moving to voluntary coalition and so we will

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want to look those issues as well after an election, if it takes

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place. So, undoubtedly, we're in for a period of direct rule. 24 hours

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after her partner in Government told her he was leaving, Arlene Foster

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sprung a surprise. It public inquiry into the heating scandal could be

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called soon. We're very keen that it is set up for all the reasons I have

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set out. The fact that from a political point of view I think it

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is needed to restore the confidence in the institutions and also for me

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personally to be able to regain my integrity which has been constantly

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maligned over this past number of weeks and months so it's important

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that we get this inquiry up and running as quickly as possible and I

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hope it'll be in place before the end of the week. Too late impress

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Sinn Fein. Martin McGuinness thanked well-wishers. Whether his health

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issues will allow him to even run an election is not clear but others are

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ready. We've had two max uprising elections, Brexit and the in the

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American election. I think we have unprecedented anger about this

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scandal waiting there are so many unknowns that there is all to play

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for if we go to an election and we will go on very confidently. What

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should be happening now is the Secretary of State and the Irish

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Foreign Minister should be convening talks with all five parties, not

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just with the two that have caused the problems of last 14 months, to

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see what we can do to reform the structures before we have the

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election campaign. The next steps as uncertain as Stormont 's future.

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Tara Mills spoke to the Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams that

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afternoon. She asked him about the DUP's suggestion that there could be

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a lengthy period of directional. Directional cannot be an option.

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That if there is no agreement between the two biggest parties,

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legally there has to be direct rule. First of all, the situation has

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moved on tremendously. We are facing Brexit, you know. DUP for this part

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of the islands, contrary to the wishes of the majority of people,

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want to exit from the European Union so there is a challenge. So, you

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see, if you're against half a billion of money being flushed down

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the drain for possibly into someone's pocket, if you are against

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that, if you are for fairness and equality, if you value the progress

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that has been made, and unionist leaders have played a role in that

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process, if you want that to continue, then come out and vote and

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vote accordingly to make sure that the institutions that are put in

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place will be sustainable and will be based upon fairness, decency,

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good manners and equality. But what you've done means the money is going

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to go down the drain until the election process is completed and it

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also means that there can't be a short-term inquiry as the one you

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had suggested. That could take years, so you have undoubtedly got

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what she wanted or what you set out to get. And that's why Martin felt

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that his position was untenable. What are the other consequences of

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Martin McGuinness resigning is that there is no voice, there is a

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nationalist voice in the Brexit negotiations because you don't have

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a voice at Westminster, so we are totally detached. You have detached

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electorate away from the Brexit negotiations. Our voices loud and

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clear. We published a document strategy on Brexit, we have argued

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for the North to be treated with a special designated status... If

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you're not there, how can you hope... We couldn't get that done

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anyway because the DUP are for Brexit and against the majority vote

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which says that the people want to remain within the European Union.

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Just a number of final quick points. Martin McGuinness, some commentators

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have suggested it is actually your influence that has taken a harder

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line here and that if it had been entirely up to Martin McGuinness,

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there wouldn't have been resignation. It was from Martin

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McGuinness. In terms of itself, are you worried about him? Absolutely. I

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was with him at the castle just before the interviews. I found it

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very emotional as a period. He obviously is ill. He's very

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resilient. He's getting very, very best medical treatment so hopefully

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people praying, and they should pray, hopefully he won't back to

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himself before too long. Gerry Adams. It is the job of the

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Secretary of State to call a election. In the House of Commons,

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he outlined his thoughts. There was a nearly a full house

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from our local MPs in the Commons for this debate and afterwards

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I caught up with a number of them. MPs from all parties gathered to

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hear the Secretary of State, who knows his options and time for

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decision making is limited. The clock is ticking. If there is no

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resolution that an election is inevitable. Despite the widely held

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view that this election may deepen divisions and threatened the

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continuity of the devolved institutions. And there was a

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warning that an election could lead to political deadlock. This could

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last for months. I think were looking at weeks, months, maybe even

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years. If Sinn Fein continue on the line that they're on now. Just to

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clarify, years of direct rule? Well, if Sinn Fein are going to turn their

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back on power sharing and on the agreements that have previously been

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reached, then directional is the inevitable controversies of that. On

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the Labour benches, there was a feeling that an election was not the

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solution to Stormont's problems. I just don't believe that what were

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going into now will resolve anything in any shape or form. You think

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election will solve anything? Reed no one has convinced me that it will

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do anything. We will have a result at the end of that which the only

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change will be the number in the seven rumbled reduced from 108 to

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90. Others insist the electorate should

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use an electorate to -- an election to judge the record of the DUP and

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particularly Sinn Fein. Now they have to tell the truth about the DUP

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but of course the DUP have got their own point about Sinn Fein as well so

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be brought public have decisions and choices to make if there is to be an

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election. Even at this late stage, there is some hope that an election

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won't be necessary. It is certainly avoidable if everyone sits around

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the table. That is what the Secretary of State said he would do

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was sit around with everyone I talk to everyone. It is avoidable but not

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if we carry on in the same way we have been doing things. At

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Westminster, there is much surprise and sombre wonderment at how events

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at Stormont have unfolded in the last 24 hours. And whilst they have

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heard appeals from talks and solutions, there is a growing

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feeling that the parties in Northern Ireland will be on the campaign

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Trail within days. After today's debate

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the Secretary of State returned And he is going to spend the next

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few days talking to the parties Former First and Deputy

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First Ministers have been giving their thoughts

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on the current crisis at Stormont. The Ulster Unionist, Lord Trimble,

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says an election probably won't change the dominance

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on the two main parties but that disillusioned voters at least now

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have an alternative. The SDLP's Seamus Mallon says

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the fault for the current problems lies squarely with both

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Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness. The easy way out of this is to blame

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the institutions, not to blame the people who didn't bring integrity

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and a sense of justice and a sense of belonging and reconciliation to

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the whole process. I can't remember a time when the whole question of

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reconciliation was addressed in that assembly. Was addressed by beef

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first and Deputy First Minister. Today marks the deadline for those

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on the renewable heating initiative scheme to say if their details

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can be published. A former president of

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the Ulster Farmers Unions says he fears boiler owners like him

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will be "demonised" John Gilliland also warned

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the government against tearing up the contracts of those who signed up

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to the scheme. Our political correspondent

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Enda McClafferty has been speaking to Mr Gilliland

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on his farm in Londonderry. As you can see, this is our willow.

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A year after harvest... When it comes to renewable energy, few can

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both a track record like John Gilleland. He installed his first

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biomass boiler 30 years ago and now supplies woodchip from his willow

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crop to is all over Northern Ireland. Come to this boiler and I

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will permit obsolete Ashley C B woodchip. He has three boilers

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drying woodchip around the clock for which he gets paid ?80,000 a year

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from the RHI scheme. 30,000 of which is profit which he says he uses to

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pay off debts from his renewable investments. I encourage many, many

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people to go into renewable heat, but there are really scared at the

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moment. They're scared of being victimised, have been made a pariah

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in their own community. I think the Government needs to be genuine and

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before they release names at least allow them to be inspected and

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approved to the public that they're doing it above board so that when

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the wet woodchip comes in it goes on the special floor. This is where the

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warm air from the boiler comes up through, underneath the woodchip.

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This is close off at the moment and it drives the moisture out and you

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can see the water vapour coming out of the woodchip and we extracted out

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of... John Gilliland expects to be one of the few to go public and he

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is warned the Government against taking money from those like him who

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signed up in good faith. When you write a legal contract and you sign

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a legal contract, there are responsibilities on both parties to

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deliver the spirit of that contract. If governments then tears up 2000

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contracts, what other contracts are they don't want a terrible? They

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create a very dangerous precedent. John Gilliland, like hundreds of

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other boiler owners, is now waiting to see if his contract will be

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scrapped and his money cuts. But a bigger conserver hemp is the

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long-term damage on future green energy schemes in Northern Ireland

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and that's something he says he can't surprise on. -- can't put a

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price on. The knock-on effect of having no

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functioning Executive could be far Sara Neill has been been speaking

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to some of the groups who believe they could be left dealing

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with the fall out. For many nationalists, the straw

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that broke the camel 's back was the withdrawal of funding to the Irish

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language scheme. It targeted the most marginalised with in the

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community, people who couldn't afford to send their children,

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people who couldn't attend to themselves. This is who the target.

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You're talking about pennies in terms of the overall budget and it

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was seen as crass and as an outrageous attack. As I said, almost

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as valid people. The findings of the as oracle institution of query

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allegedly made public later this month but without a solid

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Government, victims say they are the real losers, a sentiment echoed by

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those affected by the Troubles. We just don't want to believe that as

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soon as Sir Anthony's report was ready and delivered on Friday, that

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the collapse of the Government and the collapse of our dreams and hopes

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and desires that this was going to be our day. I think the losers in

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this process are the people, either citizens and in particular those

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citizens that were so badly affected by the Troubles and lost loved ones,

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lost limbs and they were having some sort of hopes raised by the Stormont

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agreement on some of the things coming down the line from that. We

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were assured it would be a fresh start and now the whole thing is

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that we unravelled. In business, we know that markets hate uncertainty

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and it is feared that this political instability could cast a shadow over

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economic growth and later a slowdown in the construction industry. The

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industry was already in a very fragile position, beginning to make

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a recovery after ten long years and that just adds further uncertainty

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to an industry that quite frankly can play a very important role in

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economic growth so were very concerned. I've never seen a time

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when we need strong leadership more than we do now in advance of Article

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50 being triggered in March. We need to have that Northern Ireland voice

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out there, we had very unique circumstances that the rest of the

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UK do not face and who is going to be talking for us at those

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negotiations? In the second week of January, little more than 24 hours

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after Martin McGuinness stepped down, it's still not clear what lies

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in store for the people of Northern Ireland and if there is an election,

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what change that could bring. What is clear is that the events of

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yesterday at Stormont will be felt long into 2017.

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Our economics and business editor John Campbell is here in the studio

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and our political editor Mark Devenport is at

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Two Stormont first. What do you make of the claim that we could be facing

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a lengthy period of directional? Well, it seems logical even though

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Gerry Adams said earlier in the programme that that was not an

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option. If we do have an extensive negotiation after an election, then

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there really will be very little alternative but for the Government

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to step in and to administer Northern Ireland directly. That

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could mean different things in terms of policies. Maybe they could bring

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in same-sex marriage as they have elsewhere in the UK, maybe we could

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get more austerity measures, perhaps the bedroom tax without some of the

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mitigation that had been planned unless they get those measures in

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place. But in general, is not really a perfect system of Government

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having London-based ministers flying in just a few days and civil

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servants really administering the place on a sort of ticking over

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caretaker type pieces. John, let's look at the Stormont finances. What

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will that vacuum do? Just to pick up on something Mark said there, about

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the bedroom tax. That was a policy introduced by Westminster saying

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that people living in social housing could have the housing benefits

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reduced if it was felt they had too much space, too many legends. Under

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the fresh start agreement, Stormont agreed to mitigate that is so in

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effect the betting tax would not apply here. However, for that policy

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to take effect, a piece of legislation needs to go through

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Stormont and the important thing is that piece of legislation has not

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yet gone through. So the housing right organisation are warning that

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come next month, come the middle of next month, more than 30,000

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households could unexpectedly be paying the betting tax which means

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on average they would lose about ?20 a week in housing benefit. I imagine

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it will be good fun for the parties to try and explain that if they are

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campaigning on the doorsteps. We heard a business represents to talk

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about Brexit there in an earlier report. What difference will it make

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that we do not have executive ministers involved in the Brexit

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negotiations? There's something Cobbe joint ministerial committee

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which means each devolved administration comes together and

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meet with the Government in London and they are meant to feed into

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those Brexit talks. It looks unlikely that we will be

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representative to the stocks so in effect, our representative, the

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present looking ever Northern Ireland, is going to be James Brooke

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and Shire, the MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup. Back to you Mark and to the

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keys renewable incentive scheme. What you make from the line from

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Ivan Foster who says she is willing to fast track in inquiry into the

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scheme? Under the 2005 enquiries act, any DUP ministers who still

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remain in place until midnight on the exception of Arlene Foster have

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the ability to put into place and inquiry. They could all Institute

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and inquiry, but I have to say that opposition parties have given as a

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dusty response Colling at electioneering or making Northern

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Ireland a lasting spot will have to see if this becomes a reality in the

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next few days. John Campbell in the studio and Mark Davenport are

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political editor at Stormont. A County Antrim husband and wife

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have admitted helping the murderers of a Chinese restaurant owner

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try to cover up the killing. Wing Fu Cheung - also

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known as Nelson Cheung - was stabbed to death outside

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Randalstown in 2015. Four people have now been convicted

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in connection with the killing. Our north-east reporter Sara Girvin

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was at Belfast Crown Court. Nelson Cheung was on his way home to

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Ballymena after closing his restaurant for the night. His

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attackers forced his car off the road on the outskirts of Randall

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Stout, stabbed him 17 times. His wife was injured during the robbery

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and her handbag, which contained a full and ?200, was stolen. Following

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her husband's murder, she left Northern Ireland and watched today's

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court proceedings in Belfast from Hong Kong. Gary and Lisa Thomson had

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previously denied all charges against them but entered new guilty

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pleas as their trial was about to begin. Both admitted assisting

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offenders by allowing two men who have already pleaded guilty to

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Nelson Cheung's murder to use their home as a refuge, remove clothing

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and preen themselves after the killing. Gary Thompson was

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previously accused of Mr Cheung's murder but that charge was left on

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the books. The couple also admitted perverting the course of justice

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while Gary Thompson pleaded guilty to robbery and Lisa Thomson to

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handling stolen goods. The two other men who admitted Mr Cheung's murder

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late last year are in custody awaiting sentence. Following their

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guilty pleas, Gary and Lisa Thompson were released on continuing bail.

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They will be sentenced at a later date.

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An inspection report on De La Salle College

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in Belfast says arrangements for safeguarding its pupils

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The Education and Training Inspectorate also found that staff

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at the school had been absent for an average of 40 days each

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during the last school year, as our education correspondent

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It was business as usual for the education Minister Peter Weir at

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Corpus Christi College in West Belfast this morning. Seeing and

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hearing how partnerships between schools there have really raised

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standards in the classroom. But not far away, it has been another grey

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day for the college, one of the county's largest primary schools.

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The inspector said that arrangements for protecting peoples was

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unsatisfactory. Teaching and assessment required significant

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improvement, a culture of bullying led to vulnerable and stressed staff

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and that they had limited confidence in the school governors. The

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inspection did say there have been some improvements since last

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September but is the culmination of over a year where there have been

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disputes among staff here and periods were a significant number of

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teachers have been off sick and protests by some parents. The local

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MP is worried. The Inspector's report is a hard-hitting report. We

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need to learn from it. We need to move on and we need to make sure

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that education and the inspector's report next year shows massive

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improvement. Despite the good news at Corpus Christi, the Lasalle was

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also on the mind of the education minister. We've put in special

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measures. Those of is the word loosely put in and indeed we are

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committed to doing that work. In a statement this afternoon, a

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spokesperson said they would take action to address the concerns

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highlighted by the inspectors. Golf and Rory McIlroy says

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he will probably not compete McIlroy has indicated that

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conflicting loyalties make him uncomfortable with declaring to be

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part of either a Great Britain Last year, McIlroy opted

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to represent Ireland, before pulling out of Rio Games

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because of concerns I'm a very conflicted person and not

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a lot of people understand that maybe, but it's just the way I feel

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and I know that some people, or most people, think that that is wrong.

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But it's the way I feel and I can't really help it, I guess. You know,

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more and more likely that I'll be going to the games -- more and more

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unlikely that I'll be going to the games. Not bad feelings towards the

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games and I think golf included in the games is fantastic, but just

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throw me, it's something that I just don't want to get into and, you

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know, that's a personal choice and hopefully people respect that

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decision and it's a decision that I have not taken lightly. A decision

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that I have with myself over for so many years and I hope it goes even

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better in 2020. You know, I just won't be a part of it. If it upsets

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some people, that's OK. I can't please everyone, but at least I keep

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saying as long as I'm true to myself, I'll be happy. 's

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Rugby and back row forward Chris Henry has signed

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The 32-year-old Ireland international,

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who's been hampered by injury and illness over the past

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two seasons, will now remain at the Kingspan Stadium

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Cecilia Daly is here with the weather forecast.

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I suspect is going to get even colder.

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Colder and windier and people have already noticed the wind picking up

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today. Today we had debited up to 11 or 12 degrees. Those figures will be

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cut and have to moral and add on an even stronger wind which will make

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it feel absolutely better. At the moment, not particularly cold. There

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will be damp weather around for awhile but after midnight, we will

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find that the wind strengthening with gales, severe gales coming up

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the coast. Showers coming into the North West as well and temperatures

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in the south-east could get low enough for perhaps one or two icy

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spots. So the main feature in Italy of the weather is going to be a very

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strong, cold wind so much colder tomorrow and much windier. But there

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will also be some dry and bright weather around and some sunshine.

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And there will be some showers. We are mostly looking at rain showers

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during the day tomorrow so first thing, temperatures around 5 degrees

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but feeling much colder in those very blustery winds. There will also

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be some sunshine and dry weather at times, particularly across the East

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and south-east. A day of sunshine and showers but very strong winds

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and winds could well cause some damage. Especially in the north and

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west. Could be some thunder mixed in with some heavy showers as well.

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Tomorrow evening, that's when the error gets cold enough for those

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showers to turn more and more to snow. So through Wednesday night and

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through the rest of Wednesday and Thursday, we will be looking at

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snow, cold, windy weather and also ice. You can see on the chart,

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temperatures not only fall to around freezing or below but also more and

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more in the way of white stuff. By Thursday morning, there could be

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some lying snow in places which could well cause some disruption.

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There will be further wintry showers, a real mix of showers

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really, through the fee next few days. Most of the lying still on the

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high ground of the north and west but there could be lying snow just

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about anywhere over the next couple of days so it certainly is a couple

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of days to come that will feel bitterly cold, you'll need to wrap

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up warm. And really strong wind. By the end of Thursday, there could be

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a couple of inches or more, especially over the high ground in

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the north and west but really through Thursday and Friday, a bit

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of snow is possible just about anywhere and it will feel better.

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And the first significant snowfall Billy the winter.

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That's right, I really easy winter so far so some say we were Jewett.

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-- June for some snow. of our local hospitals and

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clinics...

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