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This is BBC Newsline and these are the headlines

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A retired appeal court judge is to chair the inquiry

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Hundreds of the boiler owners win an injunction

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The Supreme Court rules the Assembly doesn't need to be consulted over

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The debate over former soldiers who killed during

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The view of a soldier who served here.

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I don't see it happening. Presuming they are still alive, people who

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killed people that I knew, I don't see those prosecutions happening.

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We hear from three former players and their latest signing.

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And not much sunshine around today, but it has been mild for most.

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Find out how the rest of the week looks later in the programme.

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The public inquiry into the renewable heat incentive scheme

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is to be chaired by a retired appeal court judge.

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The announcement was made by the Finance Minister,

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It follows last night's backing by the Assembly of a plan to cut

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costs associated with the heat scheme put forward by

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During that debate, the TUV leader Jim Allister raised questions

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about a former DUP special adviser's involvement in the scheme,

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Here is our political correspondent Stephen Walker.

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This was the last sitting of the assembly so it seemed appropriate

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the RHI scheme was on the agenda. Today it was announced that Patrick

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Coghlin the retired Lord Justice of Appeal will chair an enquiry into

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the scheme. He will begin his work next month. Openness and

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transparency will be key touchstones for Patrick Coghlin and his team. To

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key requirement but I pointed to earlier, the investigation will have

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to compel witnesses and evidence. Every student will be turned, no

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dark corners for a delight will be shone. Last night when the plan was

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presented by the economy minister aiming to cut costs associated with

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the RHI scheme was approved by L -- MLAs. During that debate allegations

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were made against Stephen Brimstone who used to work as a specialist

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adviser to DUP leader Arlene Foster. Stephen Brimstone built a new house

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and had a boiler in it. He took it out to qualify for this scheme

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because you have to have a new boiler. And he put in a new boiler

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under this scheme in order to qualify. Last year it Stephen

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Brimstone left his post as an adviser to Arlene Foster. Stephen

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had indicated that in May that he may not stay for a long period of

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time and decided to pursue other matters in the private sector. I

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wish him well because Stephen played a key role in relation to the

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executive office. You have no concerns about him in relation to

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the scheme? He has decided to move on and he is very private citizen.

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The DUP said Mr Brimstone is not intending to make in a statement

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about the allegations. The news comes as political parties have been

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investigating whether there MLAs have family members involved in the

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RHI scheme. An ant and uncle have a business which is a recipient under

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the scheme. The wife of former Ulster Unionist has the boiler for

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use. The DUP's Carla has indicated her brother-in-law is a farmer on

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the scheme and the DUP's William Irwin has a son-in-law who also has

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the boiler. There is no suggestion any of those named operate the

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boilers inappropriately. Today was the final sitting of the assembly

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and it seemed appropriate that the issue of the RHI boiler scheme that

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was on the agenda. The very subject that got us to this point in the

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first place. As MLAs take the lead, two questions spring to mind, who

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will return and when will Stormont comeback?

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The Economy Department was due tomorrow to reveal

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the names of those with Heat Incentive boilers.

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Today a judge temporarily banned publication

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of the details of more than 300 of them.

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But not all the scheme's participants are against being

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named, as our agriculture and environment correspondant

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Johnny Kelly runs the free trees Hotel. In 2014, he spent ?50,000

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bidding in a wood pellet burner. He says the income from it is part of

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plans to pay for a wider hotel refurbishment and of the subsidies

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are cut, he will be disappointed. He has no qualms about letting people

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know he is in the scheme. I think it's important in the future as well

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as publishing the names of people who engaged in the schemes, the

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second publication should go out after the investigation and that

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should be the names of those people who abuse the scheme. Allegations of

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abuse and the potential for reputational damage a part reason

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many firms don't want to be named. 300 of them around a quarter of the

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total were part of a group action by the renewable heat Association today

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to stop the economy department publishing the details as planned

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tomorrow. Counsel for those with the boilers said there would be a media

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feeding frenzy if the names were to be published. Reporting of the story

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had been sensationalist, he said, and begin the names and the public

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domain would lead to a rush to identify and investigate the

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background of those on the scheme. Including many people using it

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legitimately and appropriately. Only 4% of businesses in the scheme have

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given permission for the details to be released. The rest have not. For

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several hours, lawyers argued over which had presidents, privacy or the

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public interest? The judge reserved his findings very weak but that left

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the problem of the potential publication of names tomorrow. To

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address that, he issued an injunction banning the department

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from issuing the names of anyone who was a member of the renewable heat

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Association as of 5pm this evening. The issue of what happens to anyone

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else, that was left to the Department. The economy minister was

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on his feet in the assembly as the judgment came through. It left him

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in an awkward position about what to do next. I particularly regret the

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injunction that has been sought and awarded this afternoon because I do

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think in and of itself it prevents full transparency and I will take

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the time to consider what can they be done in the circumstances. The

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truth is that it's properly still being worked out. The department

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says is looking at options for maximum transparency which are

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consistent with that court ruling. Still ahead on the

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programme before seven: Three men, including two

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Aer Lingus employees, are charged in connection with

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people smuggling at Dublin Airport. Brexit next, and the Supreme Court

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has ruled that the Government cannot begin the process of leaving

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the European Union without The court also ruled

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that the Northern Ireland Assembly and the other devolved

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administrations do not The SDLP says the judgement

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"undermines the democratic It was the biggest

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vote in a generation. But while the UK voted

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to leave the European Union, Northern Ireland, like Scotland,

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voted to remain. We're leaving anyway,

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says the Prime Minister. But some aruged that

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Northern Ireland, as a devolved institution, should have its say,

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perhaps even a veto, before Article 50 is

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triggered, and the process Today, the highest court

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in the land, the Supreme Court, Relations with the EU are a matter

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for the UK Government. The judges dismissed two legal

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challenges from Northern Ireland, from political parties and the

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victims campaigner Raymond McCord. They had argued that the UK

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could not quit the EU without the consent of the people

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of Northern Ireland under The Supreme Court ruled

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against the Government, stating Parliament must be

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consulted before talks begin However, they reuled

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the assembly here at Stormont or any other devolved

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matter, doesn't have to be There's been a mixed

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reaction to the judgement. Good result for the people of

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Northern Ireland. 56% of people from Northern Ireland voted to remain. We

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said all along that it has to go to Parliament. We are very disappointed

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that the Supreme Court and the British Government do not recognise

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that this assembly and other devolved assemblies should have the

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right to have a say on article 50 been triggered. We believe it drives

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coach and horses through the devolution that we have fought so

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long and so hard to achieve. SDLP MPs will be voting against

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the triggering of Article 50. But it seems unlikely the vote

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will do anything other than delay the legislation

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passing through Parliament. The Government says it's

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still aiming to begin negotiations on withdrawing from the EU

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by the end of March. Three men appeared in a Dublin court

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charged in connection with alleged The trio were arrested

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on Sunday night. Our Dublin correspondent

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Shane Harrison has more on this. The first of the three men to appear

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in court was charged with possession of false documentation and failing

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to produce a passport or to present himself to an immigration officer on

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entering the state. He required a translator for proceedings. The

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second man to appear was a 61-year-old who was from -- and Aer

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Lingus employee and he faces two charges in relation to the illegal

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immigrant coming into the state. The third man who is 56 and also from

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Northern Ireland and is an Aer Lingus employee and he faces similar

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charges to those of Frederick Chan. What did the police say in court.

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The had very little to say about the circumstances leading up to the

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detention. When Peter Kernan appeared before it the judge, a

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police officer said he was being accused of helping an illegal

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immigrant bypass security at Dublin airport and a considerable sum of

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money was found in his possession. The police did not say how much. He

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also said they would be objecting to bail because of the seriousness of

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the charges and because of his association with an organised

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criminal gang that had access to. He mentation. -- false documentation.

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The Assembly's new Sinn Fein leader Michelle O'Neill says

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the Supreme Court judgement ignores the wishes of the majority

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Our political editor Mark Devenport has been talking to Mrs O'Neill

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about how she will handle the challenges posed by Brexit,

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the forthcoming election and the talks which will follow it.

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And be warned there is flash photography

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Sinn Fein's old guard is handing over to a new generation.

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But will Michelle O'Neill ever be Deputy First or even First Minister?

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That depends on whether power sharing can be restored and that may

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be down to the relationship between Stormont's two most

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Do you think Arlene Foster is somebody you could work with? I

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don't have a choice who I work with. I will work with them. I will only

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work with them on the basis of respect and of equality for all

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citizens. Mrs O'Neill wouldn't

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spell out any red lines for the talks which will follow

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the March election. But she did stress

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the importance of dealing For me, I believe my job as a new

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generation as a Republican leader is about trying to heal the past.

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Clearly the only way we can get there is if we have real ways to

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deal with the troubles. Apparently Northern Ireland do not have to be

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consulted over Brexit. The judgment again ignoring the wishes of the

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majority of the people here in the north. We set out our plan for how

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we need to receive designated special staters in the future and it

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is over to the Irish Government to step up and act in the national

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interest. Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams made clear the

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generational change will come now and elsewhere. Gerry Adams is still

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the president today and I look forward to working with him. The

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other already revealed they have a plan. When do you expect him to be

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replaced? It'll be up to Gerry Adams in the party leadership to decide

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that. But the guessing game about exactly

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when Gerry Adams will retire And Mrs O'Neill has blamed

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a breakdown in communication between the Belfast Health Trust

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and families over access As we reported yesterday

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the families of three children who suffer from a severe muscle

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wasting disease want to know why The parents accused the Trust of not

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speaking to them directly. Answering a question in the Assembly

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the Health Minister said the three families affected could expect

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to meet clinicians this Thursday. The Infrastructure Minister,

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Chris Hazzard, has allocated ?4 million to get Belfast's York

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Street Interchange project ready. It's hoped will tackle the area's

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major traffic congestion. The final cost of the new junction

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is expected to be ?130 million. Three men arrested over

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the attempted murder of a police officer on Sunday

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are still being questioned. Up to ten bullets were

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fired during the attack at a petrol station on the Crumlin

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Road. He's said to be

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recovering in hospital. The legacy of the Troubles is one

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of the most controversial issues This week our home affairs

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correspondent Vincent Kearney reports on the debate

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about whether they should Decisions to prosecute former

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soldiers for killings during that time have provoked an angry response

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from unionists and some His series begins tonight

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with the account of one former soldier about his time

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here in the early 1970s. More than 300,000 soldiers served

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here during the Troubles. A member of the Royal Artillery

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Regiment, Tim Francis was sent to Northern Ireland

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in 1971 when he was 19 Initially when I went there, we went

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to shops and could buy cigarettes, by whatever we needed from the local

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shops but gradually that became more of a problem and we were no longer

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welcome. During the four month tour of duty,

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the young soldier and a number of his comrades narrowly escaped

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death or a serious injury when their armoured truck

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hit a landmine. Literally, big flash bang, we were

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lifted off the ground, we seem to be in the effort quite a while but it

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couldn't have been very long and then hit the ground with the bang.

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The driver got the vehicle under control and that was that, really.

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He arrived for his second tour of dutry in Northern

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One of three members of his unit killed during the tour was a friend.

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He was leading the patrol. He took cover behind what was a junction box

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for electricity by telephone. It had an explosive device fitted inside

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it. Somebody detonated it. He himself again had

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a narrow escape. A car bomb exploded really close to

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me, blew me across the road. My recollection of that time is

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actually flying through the air and thinking to myself, I am number for

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work, because we had lost three guys previously. I think that was the

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final straw, really, in my Army career.

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Just over 300 killings by the army during the Troubles are now

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Some former soldiers are being prosecuted

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Tim Francis has concerns that they are being unfairly singled out.

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I don't see it happening in the opposite direction. I don't see it

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happening too, presuming they are still alive, people who killed

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people that I knew. I don't see those prosecutions happening. The

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friend you spoke about who was killed in the bomb attack, was

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anyone ever convicted for that killing? I don't believe so, no.

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The police and pulic prosecution service say cases involving

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allegations against former soldiers are treated the same as all others.

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Tomorrow evening we'll hear from those who say former soldiers

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are being unfairly singled out and should not be put

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in the dock and others, including relatives, who believe

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Now sport with Gavin Andrews and news of an untimely injury

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Paralympic champion Kelly Gallagher will miss this week's IPC

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World Championships after suffering a dislocated elbow and three

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fractured ribs during a crash in training.

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The Bangor skiier won Team GB's first-ever Winter Paralympic gold

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Gallagher was testing out the World Championship course

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in Tarvisio in Italy yesterday when she slid off on a jump section

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She received treatment on the mountainside before

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being stretchered down and then airlifted to a local hospital

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where she spent the night before being released earlier today.

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After a dip in form that has seen Ulster lose nine

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of the last 13 games, the team now have a break of three

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It's a time to reflect on their European exit

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and a fall to seventh place in the Pro 12 table.

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Today, three former Ulster players, all Irish internationals and former

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lions, were in Belfast and gave us their views on where it's gone

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After winning their first five games of the season, Ulster cruised to the

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top of the brew 12 table. Since then, it has been a very different

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story. COMMENTATOR: Fantastic finish. A season that promised so

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much in early October is in the balance at the end of January. There

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needs to be a lot of work done in a lot of areas to improve things.

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We've got very good players on that side. I hope that with whatever

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changes they make particularly towards the end of this season it

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will be a very different side. What we watched in the last number of

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weeks, this wasn't good enough. When things start going against you,

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that's when you start questioning yourself. It's a time when you just

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have to stop and reflect and say, we are still a good team. They beat the

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best team in Europe at the moment and they have the ability. Hopefully

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the end the season they will come through and maybe even get into the

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play-offs but if not then the top six position on April 12. Deprived

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of silverware for 11 years and with just ten games of the domestic

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season left, Ulster must improve to repay their loyal support. I can

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understand the frustration that the fans will have and I assure it ever

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but it will be helped by the players. We are not performing the

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really the two at the moment and they recognise they have the talent

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and skill to do that. It is disappointing for everybody to be

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out of the European competition and uncertain as to how the end of the

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reasonable goal. A three-week break for action, a time to reflect and we

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group may have come at just right time.

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South African forward Arno Bota says he is excited at the prospect

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of joining Ulster and learning from one of the game's

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The Springboks back row forward will join Ulster on a two-year deal

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in the Summer and says he's ready to make an impact

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You need a lot of depth to a very good team. The are not really want

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to be, but I know that is 18 Q are also striving for greatness. That is

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something I've heard and we are looking forward to that and making a

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difference when I'm there. There is a good vibe here, a good culture.

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The weather is not the best there but it's something to adapt to.

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There is quite a few good players there. Rory Best, here's a very good

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player. Playing for Ireland and he's played for them very long time, a

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good leader. I can learn a lot from him, very excited to to Ulster for

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the team, I'm going to do my best with the team.

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And there's more of that interview on the BBC Sport NI website.

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Work is now well underway on a multi million pound upgrade

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The year-long project means Derry city will be relocating to Donegal

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to play their home matches in the new season,

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?7 million is being spent on this development in and around Brandywell

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Stadium. As well as a new playing surface, there will be a new stand

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holding almost 1000 fans. There will also be new changing rooms, media

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facilities and an upgrade of the existing Southend stand. It means

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the club is moving out for around a year which has caused some friction

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amongst fans. For years we have been looking for development and its

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overdue. This is great news not only for Derry City but heard Derry City

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in itself. It will help the team comedy club and the fans that come

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every year that support us. This is where Derry City will play their

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home games. The candy stripes recently played a friendly. A great

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pitch, I love that picture. Not only is it a good service, if it will be

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very accommodating for a footballing team. Despite the massive upheaval

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of having to move out of the Brandywell while that major

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refurbishment takes place, Kenny remains -- remains philosophical and

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has a good talented squad and wants to add to that. So they can maintain

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the momentum achieved last year. The weather forecast

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is next with Cecilia Daly. Temperatures have been up, lots of

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cloud, not too many of us saw a nice sunset. At least one of our weather

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watchers did for me few nights ago. It is stunning. Thank you. Tonight

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the cloud hangs around, meaning it will be a mild frost free night.

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Breezy in places, the wind picking up along the east coast and the

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cloud could be thick enough at times to bring odd spots of drizzle, mist

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and low cloud for the hills. Tomorrow will start great, some

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drizzle. Much of the day is dry, the southerly winds will be brisk. That

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will take the edge of things. It should feel relatively mild and

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temperatures first thing in the morning around eight or 9 degrees.

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Not bad. Because of that breeze, we should break the cloud up as the day

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goes on. Particularly up towards the north coast in the east. Quite

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cloudy but not as gloomy as today and in the west particularly over

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Donegal, the cloud will be thick enough to bring rain. Temperatures

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in double figures. Things will turn cooler and that's because we are

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going to start to bring Eric Ehret and from where it has been really

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called of late. It won't get a school that is been there but it

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will feel cold. The wind will feel brisk on Thursday, it that some

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drizzle around. Not an awful lot. Winds will use over the weekend and

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we will start to see things dry up. It starts to turn colder on

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Wednesday but should stay frost free. On Thursday, raw wind in

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places, some rain, temperatures dropping back into single figures

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and over the hills, there could even be one or two flakes of snow. Not a

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lot of wind, some dampness later on Thursday, getting colder.

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The assembly has conducted its last business in the chamber before the

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election in the 2nd of March. A handful of members debated rural

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broadband. The last MLA on his feet is seen here. Before, the deputy

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speaker made her concluding comments. She is one of a number of

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MLAs who will not be standing to re-election.

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