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and on BBC One, we now join the BBC's news teams where you are.

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Good evening, the headlines on BBC Newsline.

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Tony Blair warns a hard border would be a disaster as the EU's

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chief Brexit negotiator says he's still looking for ideas.

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There is always an answer and always a road.

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years for murdering the young Belfast student Eamonn Magee.

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Prince Charles lays wreaths honouring the war dead and those

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A unique solution to help people suffering from the affects of brain

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injuries. Join me on the north coast for all of the latest ahead of

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tomorrow's north-west 20. I will be back with the weather forecast

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later. Tony Blair has warned that

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a hard border after Brexit But the former prime minister

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has said he believes there is a consensus in British

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politics to avoid that outcome. Mr Blair was addressing a group

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of MEPs in County Wicklow, a meeting also attended by the EU's

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chief Brexit negotiator He travelled to County Monaghan

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where he said everyone needs Our economics and business editor

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John Campbell is at the hotel venue for that MEP meeting at Druid's Glen

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in County Wicklow. As we know, the European union want

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to deal with Irish border issues in the first phase of the Brexit

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negotiation issues. MEPs from the European Parliament, they have been

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here for the last couple of days to learn more about those issues. The

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invited along Tony Blair to give his views. Few Prime Minister 's have

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devoted as much time to Ireland as Tony Blair. His policies culminated

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in the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. Now he says he is

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extremely anxious to make sure Brexit does not appear that

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agreement. My presence here today is to say I think there is a common

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desire, but ever other issues that are in relation to Brexit, to make

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Northern Ireland a special case and make sure we do everything we

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possibly can to protect the Good Friday Agreement and the peace

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process and protect that strong relationship to beam the Republic of

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Ireland and the UK going forward. Among Mr Blair's audience with the

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EU negotiator Michel Barnier. Michel Barnier went to hear the concerns of

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border businesses. Yesterday he said they would have to be some form of

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custom controls after Brexit. Nobody wants to see the return of

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destructive checks like these. There are hopes a smart border, using

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technology that number plate recognition can be put in place.

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Michel Barnier says he does not have any answers yet and are still

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listening to ideas. Let us work. Let us work. I need to do work and have

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people on the ground to find solutions. I do not want to give

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today... The negotiations have not begin. -- not begun. He appreciates

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how important Brexit is for the agriculture and food businesses. One

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of the food exporters he met said his concerns appeared to have been

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taken on board. You certainly appealed open-minded and he engaged

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fully with the participants and he was not to offer solutions but he

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was listening to the people and he wanted us to engage with him and

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offer solutions are people in Ireland and particularly in the

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border region. Michel Barnier's visit has entered without us

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learning much about what Brexit will mean for the border. We will be

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hearing a lot more from him over the next couple of years. When will we

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learn something more tangible about the future of the border? Well,

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Michel Barnier cannot remain in listening mode for too much longer

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because the negotiations are due to get underway in the next couple of

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months. We have the UK general election to get out of the way and

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the German election in September. Once these borders have been

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overcome then we can expect intense negotiations to start. The Irish

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element of these negotiations have to be sorted and the phase. So

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really before Christmas people will have to come up with solid

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positions. It has been the rhetoric of no hard borders but at some point

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people are going to have to put their cars on the table and tell us

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exactly what they think can be achieved along that order. Thank

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you. The man who killed this

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student and amateur boxer, Eamon Magee Junior, was today

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sentenced to 14 years The court had been told that

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Orhan Koca who is Turkish, stabbed the 22-year-old

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because of jealousy and anger. Our reporter, Aileen Moynagh,

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was at Belfast Crown 34-year-old Orhan Koca, originally

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from Turkey, had pleaded guilty to Eamonn Magee. His estranged wife's

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boyfriend, just as the trial was about to begin. On passing sentence,

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the Justice said he was satisfied this was a premeditated and planned

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merger which was both brutal and sustained and worthy intention was

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to take life. The judge concluded that Orhan Koca armed himself in

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advance of the murder and went to the house with the intention to

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kill. He inflicted multiple stab wounds on Eamonn Magee and the

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attack was unprovoked and the underlying motive was jealousy.

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Eamonn Magee's family and friends were in court for the sentencing.

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Nothing will bring back my son. We have a long way to go. That is all I

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have to say in this case. The superintendent said it was a brutal

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murder. We know he armed himself with a substantial size of a knife

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and brought it to the murders seen. This premeditation and use of such a

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lethal weapon, such as the knife, goes some way to showing the level

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of violence that Orhan Koca was capable of. Orhan Koca must serve a

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minimum term of 14 years before he can be considered for release.

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The Public Prosecution Service is considering if charges -

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including murder, attempted murder and perjury - should be

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brought against 18 soldiers over their involvement in

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13 people were shot dead by members of the parachute regiment

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during a civil rights demonstration in Londonderry in 1972.

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The DUP's Gregory Campbell has criticised the suggestion

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He said a decision to prosecute would show the PPS as one-sided

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and the move would help those who wanted to rewrite the past.

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He's also called for prosecutions against those who may have been

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The SDLP's Colum Eastwood said the Bloody Sunday deaths

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People in Derry have done an awful lot to move forward and reconcile

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with each other. The idea that people can merger with impunity I do

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not think should stand and I hope that there are charges are brought

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to those people who, as we have seen through the enquiry, where murdering

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with impunity on the streets of Derry. -- the idea people can merger

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with impunity. You're watching BBC

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Newsline and still ahead: We are looking at some of the

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contenders. The Prince of Wales has laid wreaths

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in honour of those who died in the two world wars and the Easter

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Rising. The prince and the Duchess

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of Cornwall also toured the Republican plot in Glasnevin

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cemetery in Dublin - on the third day of their visit

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to Ireland north and south. Our Dublin correspondent

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Shane Harrison reports. Reconciliation and respecting the

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dead of the two Irish traditions. Prince Charles this morning with the

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Republic's arts minister laying wreaths that honours those killed

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during the two world wars. The Prince also unveiling site patient

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stones remembering for Irish soldiers who were awarded Victoria

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Cross is 100 years ago. -- citation stones. After honouring those

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Irishmen who died in British uniform, the Prince and the Duchess

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paid tribute to those who fought for Irish freedom, visiting Republican

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graves including those of Michael Collins. The Prince of Wales and the

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Minister then laid wreaths at the MacRobert J Wall that commemorates

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all those that died at the Easter Rising. -- laid wreath at the wall.

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There are also a keen sense of awareness here that just up the road

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the EU chief Brexit negotiator is hearing concerned about what the

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future could hold for the very same negotiations. After a brief meeting,

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Prince Charles had to the home where a previous ambassador was murdered

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by the IRA in 1976. There he met and shook hands with the Sinn Fein

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leader Gerry Adams. We did not have a chance of anything other than a

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quick chat. He was lagging me that I was older than him. We were born in

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the same year. He commiserated about Martin McGuinness's death. A deeply

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moving moment of his three date visit was at the cemetery this

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morning. It is so important that we are able to come together to

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remember men and women from all sides whose sacrifice should shaped

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our shared history. The Prince left Ireland promising to return saying

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in these challenging times, it is important to strengthen British and

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Irish bonds. A blind woman has won a landmark

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ruling against the height Joanna Toner began legal proceedings

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fearing that blind and partially sighted people were in danger

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of being hit by traffic A judge at the High Court ruled that

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Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council had failed to ensure

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equality for disabled people as part of the multi-million pound

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regeneration scheme. Council representatives are now

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expected to ensure the process is subjected to a full

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equality impact assessment. I am delighted because the

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implications for other disabled people and other shared schemes

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across the country is going to be immense. That is something we have

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definitely been fighting for for a long time. It is just dangerous to

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remove the Kurds and to let blind and partially sighted people mix

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with traffic. Eight members of what the police

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believe is an international crime gang have been jailed

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for selling heroin The gang, five of whom are

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Portuguese, were handed The police used two undercover

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officers, posing as heroin users 'Ricky' and 'Ian',

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to catch the gang who were described by the judge as bottom of the food

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chain street dealers. A 30-year-old man has been left

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with serious cuts and burns after an attack in west Belfast

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early this morning. The police say he was assaulted,

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then bundled into a car He was driven to an unknown address

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where he was further assaulted and had boiling water

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poured over him. The families of ten people shot dead

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by the army in west Belfast in 1971 have been given a date for a full

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inquest into their deaths. The hearing into the Ballymurphy

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killings will be held on September 11th next year and is expected

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to last three months. This week is being promoted

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as a time to be aware of the devastating effects

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of brain injury. On Monday we met a man

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fighting to get back to work Social life can also

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present problems with some survivors struggling at times

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to control their mood and behaviour. Offering a unique solution

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to that is a group of For those who survive a brain

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injury, social interaction can be very difficult and it is all too

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easy to slip into isolation and loneliness. Going out with the

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person we care for. We do not feel comfortable because you do not know

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how the situation will develop and the least thing could set off an

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explosion of frustration and you can't run around saying to people,

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hold on a minute, this person has a brain injury. Very often they do not

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understand. What to do if a trip to the pub is just too difficult? The

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brain injury foundation decided they would open their own pub. It is a

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pub with no beer and the reason it is a pub with no clear is that

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people with brain injury are not encouraged to drink alcohol. It is

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not good. -- no alcohol. They love pool and they are good at it. We

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play matches in the existing pool room with local teams in the pool

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league. They come here thinking we're going to beat us. We do not

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win all the time that we give them a fair lesson sometimes. The crack is

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not as same as being in a pub. We wanted to treat the atmosphere being

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in a pub as close as we could get without being in an actual pub. If

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you are out at a social event in a pub, different things are not

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accepted. Where as when we are all in the group together, we can accept

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each other for who we are and what we are. Nobody is going to get drunk

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and nobody is going to get annoyed or going to go overboard about

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anything or get annoyed at the other person, or if they do get annoyed,

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that is OK then because that is just us. The pub is due to open shortly

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and it will be next door to the existing centre and caterers and

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members of the public are all welcome.

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Next week BBC Newsline's Mark Simpson tells us the inside story

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of the recent return to Mauritius of John McAreavey.

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Six years after Michaela Michael really was murdered on Holliman, her

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family is still seeking justice. -- Honeyman. There are things that will

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stay with me for the rest of my life. They came here for five days.

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The appealed to the people of Mauritius for help. They put

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pressure on politicians and they returned to the scene of the crime.

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That is on BBC One Northern Ireland next Tuesday night at

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There is a big day of racing tomorrow. Stephen is at the paddock

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for us. Thank you very much. Exciting prospect tomorrow but one

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team that will not be here is Honda racing. They have withdrawn today

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because of the crash yesterday by their rider John McGuinness. His

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injuries are worse than first feared. I will be getting the latest

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from our expert in just a moment. Tomorrow is the big race day at the

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international north-west 200 and Gavin Andrews has been talking to

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some of the contenders. He is always a big hit with the fans of the

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north-west. It is not difficult to see why it he is a star attraction

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this week. Last night's victory in the race was his 18th year. He has

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now had at least one win in the circuit every year for the last

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decade. I am in a good place at the minute. I am happy with my

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machinery. It is looking like the weather might not be great but we

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know from previous years we can do well and shown good pedigree in

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those conditions and the bikes are working well. I feel confident going

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into Saturday's race and we will soon find out. Hopefully I could get

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on the podium, top step would be best. Some tough competition

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tomorrow. Ready to race wins at this meeting and the Superbike class is

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wide open. One of the favourite is when Irwin. He is playing down his

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chances. It is great that a lot of fans are tipping me for the win.

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They say you have better odds than the big use and the beauties are

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going to see this and not give me good odds. It is good to be back

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here. Another big contender businessman and he always attracts a

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crowd. Those who make the trip to the course tomorrow are in for a

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treat. Yes, it is going to be some great racing. Disappointing that

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Honda are not here. Very much so. A very awkward situation for Honda.

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Their flagship bike has just arrived in the showrooms and there is a

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question mark over it. We have withdrawn from the race because they

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are not sure what happened in the accident. He went into Primrose Hill

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in fourth gear at 20 mph and something happened. Nobody knows for

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sure but it is unlikely John McGuinness made a big mistake and he

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had a big accident. His injuries are worse than first feared? They

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thought it was a broken leg but he also has two broken vertebrae is and

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two broken ribs. He has had a fight like Mike Tyson. Hopefully, these

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safety features here at north-west 200 have got a lot better and he is

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going to make a full recovery. Best wishes to him. What kind of day are

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we expecting tomorrow? There are so many fast guys here. Hutchison has

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something to prove. His team-mate is riding the big bike and his other

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team-mate on top form. Conditions looked to be good for tomorrow and I

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am very excited. I am probably not going to sleep tonight. I hope you

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do. A big commentary day tomorrow. Thank you very much indeed and you

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can see the first television highlights on BBC One tonight at

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9:30pm. There are two crucial

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football matches tonight. Carrick face Institute in the second

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leg of their play-off tie to determine which club plays

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in the Danskebank It's poised one-all

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from the first leg. Meanwhile, Ballymena host

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Glenavon at the Showgrounds, with the winner claiming

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the lucrative prize of a place It would mean an awful lot with

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regards to our progress to where we want to take this club. The are of

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the clear what we wanted to do and qualifying for Europe would be

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great. We have got to go to Ballymena now and it will be

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difficult. We have a very good side who is much improved and finished

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fourth, deserted late so this year. -- deservedly so. Calls on our late

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bulletin with live commentary on radio Ulster.

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Six shots off the overnight lead, Rory McIlroy was among the earlier

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starters today for the second round of the play at the Players

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...And the World Number Two didn't make too much headway.

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Starting on the back nine today, he picked up just one shot.

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But would drop a shot on the seventh to remain level par

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Graeme McDowell is just starting his second round on one under-par.

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That is it from the north coast. The road is closed tomorrow. If you are

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coming, get here early and if you are not, watch live on the sports

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website and the Facebook page. Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the

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race. The weather forecast is next. A bit of a mixed bag. The long,

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prolonged dry spell has moved on. Changeable this weekend but it will

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not be raining all of the time. Some damp weather initially tomorrow

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before its search to dry up and brighten up from the south. In

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trying to start with on Sunday but showers around during the afternoon.

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No pressure at nearby and areas of cloud and rain. The next area of

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rain has moved in now heading up to Belfast. It will continue to move

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north and west words. A couple of hours of slow moving rain, some of

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it quite heavy but by the end of the night, most of it is in the west.

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Cloudy, damp and misty with low cloud over the hills. It is a mild

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night. Tomorrow, it is damp but it will brighten up from the south as

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the morning goes on. Most of the rain will be patchy. The peas will

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pick up with time. Not perfect for the north-west but an improving

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situation. -- breeze. Some showers before the end of the afternoon. If

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you are off to Balmoral for the last day, take an umbrella because it

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will be dry and bright for parts of the day. Most places will be dry in

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the afternoon and it would be cold. Temperatures up to 17 Celsius. As

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the afternoon goes on, shower clouds bubble up Andy shattering of

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showers. By tea-time those showers will merge to bring in a more

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prolonged spell of rain. It will be wed in the evening. Most rain clears

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off by Sunday evening. That will lead into a nice morning on Sunday.

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Quite breezy and showers in the afternoon. More tri- band wet

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weather. Sunshine and feeling warm in the breeze. The next area of low

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pressure arrives on Sunday night and Monday. To begin with next week and

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it stays changeable but it will not be cold. Good, a positive note.

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Our late summary is at half past ten.

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