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The headlines on BBC Newsline this Thursday evening.

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The Stormont parties are getting more time to reach a deal,

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as the talks deadline is to be extended beyond

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The SDLP leader rules out any election pacts with Sinn Fein.

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We are not interested in sick kiddie impacts. We do not involve ourselves

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with that. They had one, then another, then

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another. She was visibly shaken. Concerns over a proposed tidal

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energy scheme on the Antrim coast. The pictures that show the extent

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of the vandalism on the as Ulsterbus celebrates

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its 50th birthday. And just as you thought

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it was time to pack away the There is a blast of cold weather

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coming our way early next week. I will have more later

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in the programme. Politicians at Stormont are to be

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given more time to reach a deal to restore a power-sharing

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Executive. The Secretary of State had set

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early May as the deadline But the BBC understands that will be

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pushed back until the end of June. Our Political Correspondent Enda

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McClafferty has more. This has come as no real surprise,

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because the feeling was it was unrealistic to expect anything to be

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decided before the Westminster election. We understand that the

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provisions have no been alone for, to enable the parties to set up a

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executive in the three weeks following the Westminster election.

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They will have to find their way to try and resolve the differences. No

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great surprise that the state has been taken. A draft bill will be

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published tomorrow. Most people seem to agree that this

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is the correct decision. It gives everyone a little more breathing

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space. They also have the other thing undermined that they have two

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focus on the party political side of the election. But people are saying

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that this should not be used either as an excuse for the parties not to

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have come any settlement. It has simply stretched the amount of time

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given for us to stretch to form a new executive.

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Will the current talks process be parked until after

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No decision has been taken on that. We know that room table discussions

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are due to be done once again on Monday. But we expect that this will

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be put off until after the Westminster election. A decision

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that will probably come before the end of this month. But Sinn Fein

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believe the case - a crisis that we know all facing is because of the

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decision of the Prime Minister to call the general election. There is

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a wader belief amongst the nationalist community is that the

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British commenting or quantity power-sharing executive working

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here. We do not want that because they are working towards leaving the

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European Union and the know that most people in Northern Ireland did

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not vote for that. I will come back to you

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again shortly, Enda. But we can hear from the SDLP

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leader, Colm Eastwood. This afternoon, I asked him

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about the purpose of his meeting yesterday with Sinn Fein's Michelle

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O'Neill. The meeting was officially scheduled

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one. Obviously, the issue of the election came up. But we're not

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going to form any sort of panicked. We do not form sectarian practice.

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-- pacts. But we want to put across the message very strongly that, for

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all the United Kingdom is looking to leave the European Union, the people

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in Northern Ireland voted against that and we want to send that

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message loud and clear. You talk about an alliance but how would that

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actually work? How would that work without an electoral pact? I want

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people to think this over. I am disappointed that Naomi has already

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rejected the chance of the conversation. I was hoping we could

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talk about this. It is an empty Brexit headcount? I have said that

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again. We will not do an electoral pact with one party to keep another

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party owed from another part of the community. Other parties may wish to

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do that, we do not want to do that. This election is all about Brexit

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and we need the Prime Minister to know exactly how the people of

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Northern Ireland feel. We can talk about the election. How vulnerable

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are some of these constituencies that you currently hold? We have

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fantastic, hard-working MPs. The good of the two Westminster and

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faked the case for Northern Ireland. The argue against Brexit. The do all

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of that on our behalf. Of course, the only party representing the 56%

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of people who voted against Brexit. Much pleasure are you under to

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secure these seats again? Ever leader of our party is always under

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pressure secure seats. We are used to having these eight battles. I

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have been involved in many of the campaigns myself running or how hard

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we will faked. There is talk of restoring power-sharing. The

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Unionists are seeing the talks are dead in the water. How do you view

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them, with the background of the general election? I have talked very

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clearly that what I think of the Prime Minister calling an election

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in the middle of the talks process. We understand that the British

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government do not care about Northern Ireland. That has been made

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clear in the last couple of days. The onus is on all of us that we

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have the power sharing executive here. We are committed to doing

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that. Doesn't look likely that any sort of deal will be secured any

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time soon? I think the Prime Minister has made them very

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difficult. And how would you sum

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up today, Enda? It is pretty clear from that

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interview is that the real challenge for any sort of alliance to be

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formed between the parties get into the nitty-gritty. But the focus will

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move to the election campaign. Then beyond that, we are looking at this

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period afterwards. Who knows, we may even have a new Secretary of State

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for Northern Ireland. The Prime Minister may even, if she wins, DC

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to reshuffle the Cabinet. The Shadow Secretary of State, the Labour Party

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representative, is not going to run in the election. The foundation has

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confirmed that he is stepping away from politics for personal and

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family reasons. He took up the position last year. He held the

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portfolio here, but he had the same job in Scotland, as well. After

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doing both of these jobs, say by same long overdue arrest. --A rest.

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A five-year-old girl whose home was targeted in a gun attack is said

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A cousin who was with her told this programme that the child stopped

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Martin Cassidy reports from west Belfast.

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About 10pm last night, shots were fired at a terraced house

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here in the Crescent and there were two people

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in the house at the time - one a young woman and also

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They have done fine. I just thought someone had put the fest and banged

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on the window. But then there was another one, then another one. I

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just stood in the room and my cousin was terrified. Only escaped injury,

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the little girl was traumatised by the attack. They were beating on the

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heart of the five-year-old. She had stopped breathing. She was shaking.

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The attack has been condemned by Sinn Fein.

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It is clear the attackers who fired through the windows of the house

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did not care who the target was, there was a young woman

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with a five-year-old and we're grateful none of them were harmed.

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People in this area and the family are asking why this attack

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happened, because no-one has explained to them why it occurred

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How has the young woman and child responded?

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The young women, I didn't speak to the child, she is being cared

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for, but the young women is concerned for herself and her

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family circle, because she is unaware why this happened.

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Four bullet holes through the window of the living room,

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right beside the city. If anybody had been sitting

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there, they would have been injured or killed.

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The people who carried out this attack must come

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Guus Hiddink police enquiries are continuing.

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The survey that says most 15-year-olds in Northern Ireland

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People living near a picturesque bay in County Antrim are opposing plans

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to land power cables from an proposed tidal

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The company says Murlough Bay is just one option and there will be

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planning conditions attached to any approval.

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Here is our Agriculture and Environment Correspondent,

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it is one of the most picturesque places along the coastline. A

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designated place of scientific interest. The final design for the

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tidal energy scheme has not been put forward, but I believe to include

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certain elements which would stick above the sea. Given that this is

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such a breathtaking part of the countryside, there are reservations

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about how the power cables gate onto the land and get hooked up into the

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good. And that is with the problems start. Patrick is worried about the

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cables coming ashore here and a new power station having to be built on

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the cliffs. It would be deeply intrusive. It would create a massive

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scar on the landscape. It would also take many years to achieve. If that

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is the really thinking about this proposal, there are certain to be a

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lot of objections. It is one of two options. The other would be a much

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longer and more expensive undersea cable going elsewhere. If this gets

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ahead, there will be a range of conditions we would comply with. We

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hope we work with the various residence and licensing authorities

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with regard to that. The energy company has always -- only apply for

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permission for what it wants to build at sea. A plan for a

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substation is expected to be submitted in the coming months.

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We have heard about teenage moods and angst.

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But most 15-year-olds in Northern Ireland are said to

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That is the key finding of a large-scale international study

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of students' well-being by the Organisation for Economic

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Our education correspondent Robbie Meredith has more.

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There are 700 teenagers preparing for their GCSEs

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at the Easter School run by the West Belfast

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They're obviously hard-working, but are they happy?

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The OECD asked half a million pupils in 70 countries

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to score how satisfied with their lives they were.

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From a zero, which meant they were very unhappy,

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to a ten, which meant they were very happy indeed.

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The average life satisfaction score in Northern Ireland

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was 7.24 out of ten, around the European average

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but higher than England, Scotland and Wales.

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But what about young people in West Belfast?

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I am working hard and I have support.

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School was going good. I play a lot of sport. Have good relationships

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with my friends. My teachers are always behind me. When you test

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yourself and get the results you want, that also gives you

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motivation. The study also found

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pupils performed best when they talked regularly

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with their parents about school. He says you should go and get

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help with your GCSEs. School can only help the children

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for so long of a day and then they go home. The strategy at school is

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one we hope will be carried through to the home. That is what we are

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attempting to do. It wasn't all plain sailing,

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there are still worries about exams and bullying remains a problem

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but what this study suggests is that contrary to some of the stereotypes,

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the majority of our teenagers are happy, ambitious

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and highly motivated. Yesterday on the programme,

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we revealed that more than a third of the Belfast Bikes

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are out of action because Since then, photos have emerged

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of some of the bikes dumped Such crime has cast doubt

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on the development of the scheme. It is not good news for something

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which is proved very popular in the city over the past couple of years.

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But it is images of these which will upset the people learnt the City

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Council. We do not know how many of them are clear. More than one third

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are no off the streets. That is 210 breaks either stolen or vandalised

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in Belfast over the past couple of years. Dublin bakes launched in

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2009. The council leader seat damages sought rear of a similar do

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not have statistics for it. The future expansion of the service

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appeal will be in doubt of this sort of vandalism or theft continues. The

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police are appealing for any information to stop bicycles ending

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up like this. Still to come, the new piece of public created by

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schoolchildren in dedicated to two of the island 's most famous poets.

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A courthouse, once a stage for judges, lawyers and criminals,

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could soon be home to performances in the world of theatre,

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A plan to transform Bangor courthouse has been submitted

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If successful the group behind it hopes to have the building up

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and running by 2020. Dan Stanton reports.

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This is how many people will remember the building. It operated

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here for decades. Today, it is crumbling. It is empty and unused

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since been taken out of service. The last person charged with a serious

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offence was taken through the store in 2013. If the application is

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successful, these structures will disappear. What would remain as the

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holding cells. The organisation behind the bid want to use for a

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variety of events. We want to restore the building back to the

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former glories. Within it, we could have a lot of different pop-up arts

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events we want to restore the listed building but also keep a permanent

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performance venue. Artists working in the nearby points at the seafront

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are hoping they will be able to operate in some of the pop-ups if

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the project is successful. As an absolutely amazing building. It

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lends itself so will to do an arts base and multipurpose base. I am an

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artist here, I have been here over the years, as for the redevelopment

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of the area, it would be nice to get a space somewhere else which was

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still based in the town. They will know if they have secured funding

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for the next development of the fees in a couple of months' time. If

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successful, the building could be completed by the end of 2020.

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From a possible future place for the arts

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to a new piece of public artwork that has been

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It is dedicated to the poets John Hewitt and Seamus Heaney

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and was created by school children who have been learning

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Our North-East reporter Sara Girvin reports.

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Reflecting on his own school days, John Hewitt once wrote. No, his

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life's work and that of Seamus Heaney our being celebrated in the

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classroom. Children from floor schools unveiled the artwork. The

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family of Seamus Heaney said he would have been absolutely

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delighted. I just wish he could of been here. He would've been

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overwhelmed. Many of the artists involved for learning about the

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poets for the first time. I cannot rate very well, but the poetry was

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fun to read. It was fun because we got to Colin a lot of pictures

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instead of doing work! Poetry is a map of the face and everybody is

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different. The man behind the project was a friend of Seamus

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Heaney and says he would've approved. He a great poet and a man

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of letters, but he was a shy and humble person. He had great ability

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and talent which will last for generations. These artworks support

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that. The work of these poets has already cemented the legacy, but it

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is this art installation will inspire the next to come.

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Ulsterbus is celebrating its 50th birthday this week.

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Over the decades of the Troubles, the company lost some

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of its staff, amid hijackings, bombings and firebombings.

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Of course, the modern fleet of buses is completely different.

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The drove onto this in 50 years ago. The changes in the buses have

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reflected the change of society. Like ticket collectors. We do the

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same job as the men, so we should get equal pay. And then Becky Scott

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became a bus driver. There have been cases of a driver

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stopping and people getting off the bus coming onto once. But more than

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1500 vehicles were destroyed during the course of the troubles,

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hijacked, set on fire and stolen. It could not have happened with the

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cooperation and goodwill of the stuff. They were willing to serve

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the public. When buses were on the road, it represented normality.

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Norman remember walking on a bus and walking off holding a suspect

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package. W Kelly suspect packages offer boss of the need arises? Up

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until midnight, it is my problem. After that, it is someone else's.

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This week, back in 1967, Ulsterbus was brand-new. Some of the he called

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the kid back to the 1940s. Passengers are having the chance to

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relive these days by having a look around some of these classic

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vehicles. The next fight for the Belfast boxer

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Michael Conlan will be in Chicago and he's confirmed that his second

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professional bout will The name of his opponent

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has yet to be released, although he is likely to be a step

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up in class from Tim Ibarra who Conlan comfortably defeated

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in his pro debut in New York It has been a mixed day

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on the weather front. Mostly dry, but quite cloudy so far.

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But it is going to get much more cold. Temperatures are going to fall

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significantly. Next week, we're looking at a drop in temperatures

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for quite a few days. Overnight in Ream pitching in from the West

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during the course of the night. Most places being up in double figures.

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Tomorrow, a decent start. Patches of green. Many places, particularly in

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the East will dry out from the mid-morning. But another area coming

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down from the North, bringing with it some more rain. Temperatures

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slightly down on today. 12-15dC. Down Seen the best chance of

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sunshine tomorrow. Becoming damp later in the afternoon. Tomorrow is

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the perfect is the for the mortar bake racing. Saturday looking as if

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it will be reasonably dry. A few showers around in the West

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throughout Saturday. Temperatures just getting up in two double

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figures. Recently, high pressure has dominated the weather. That is

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moving away and this low-pressure will become this controlling feature

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into the start of next week. It will bring a big drop in temperature. Any

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showers that come along could contain some rain and sleet and it

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could even be some snow on the high ground. Significantly colder next

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week. But it will bring some clear sky. Good news for stargazers. A

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remainder of the main headlines. The Stormont parties are getting

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more time to reach a deal, as the talks deadline

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