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Good evening, the headlines on BBC Newsline.

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A schoolgirl has been stabbed on a Lagan College schoolbus -

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The murder of Connie Leonard - it's emerged a restraining

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order was issued against the man who killed her.

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The Kingsmills inquest is told a key suspect of the killings has been

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Enda Kenny is to step down as leader of Fine Gael at midnight.

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They call him the Beast, he's played in the Premier League

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And, after a day of sunshine and showers -

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I'll have your forecast later in the programme.

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A pupil has been taken to hospital after an incident on a school bus

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It happened at Lagan College in Castlereagh, from where I'm

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joined by our reporter Ita Dungan - Ita, what do we know?

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Yes, I am here at Lagan College, an integrated school on the outskirts

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of East Belfast. An oversubscribed school that has a pupil population

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of around 1200. First we heard of this incident was around four p.m.,

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when a parent called into the newsroom to say there was an

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incident, a stabbing incident on a school bus stop shortly afterwards

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parents received a text from the school and that text confirmed that

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the incident had taken place on a school bus and a student had been

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taken to A The text went on to say no one was deeply injured and

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senior management and the PSNI were dealing with the incident. I have

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tried to speak to the principle here but no one is available. What the

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police have since told us is that yes, incident did happen just down

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the road here, it happened on the bus and it was indeed a schoolgirl

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that was stabbed. She was taken to hospital. It's not clear whether she

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has since been released or she remains in hospital but the police

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said they are working hard to try to establish what exactly happened on

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the school bus. Thank you. It's been confirmed that a judge had

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issued a restraining order against the man who murdered

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Connie Leonard in her Connie was well known

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as a traditional Irish musician. She was stabbed to death by Paddar

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Phair, who then took his own life. He also stabbed and injured her son

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Conor, who has Downs Syndrome. He was released from hospital

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today and says he wants Our south-west reporter,

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Julian Fowler reports from the scene A floral tribute outside the home

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where Connie Leonard lived with her son. Also outside the home, police

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cordoned observing the scene of the murder. Connie Leonard had entered

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her volition ship with Paddar Phair and had put in place a number

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station order banning him from contacting him to leap across her. A

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court hearing was due to take place yesterday to confirm the order.

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Instead Paddar Phair came to her home on Monday night and attacked

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her and her son before taking his own life. Those who work with

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victims of domestic violence say Connie had tried to protect herself.

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She has gone, she has got an order, she has contacted PSNI, actively

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tried to keep yourself safe but I think where the focus needs to be is

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the responsibility for this lies very firmly with the man who has

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committed this crime and not with Connie and not with the agencies all

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the community around her. Today the limit family released these photos

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of Connie, a talented traditional musician who played the piano

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accordion. She was involved with the Irish music organisation which put

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local children and prepared them for the Fermanagh flyer. The loss of a

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talented person, it's a big loss because she was very much involved,

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she has been involved at different levels over the years. It is thought

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that her son Connor, who has Down's syndrome, tried to raise the alarm.

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He was found by the police with stab wounds to his stomach. He is now

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recovering from his stab injuries and is expected to attend his mother

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's funeral on Friday. An inquest into the IRA killing

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of ten protestant workmen in County Armagh has been told that

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a key suspect has been linked No one has ever been convicted over

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the Kingsmills massacre in 1976. The victims were travelling to their

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homes after work. A Catholic was allowed to leave, 11th to stunt were

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shot, only one survived. More than four decades after the killings,

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relatives of the killings are coming to this inquest day after day. Still

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elderly, hurting and looking for answers. There were some answers

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today, when the suspect was described as a prime individual.

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This family is headed by the PSNI review, conducted after a report in

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2011. The review linked the suspect whose name can't be made public to

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46 murders over the two-year period from 1974 to 1976. The inquest heard

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that these murders involved 22 civilians, including a

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seven-year-old boy, 21 soldiers, two police officers and a paramilitary

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activist. The issue of on the run letters was also raised. It's been

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claimed that a number of suspects in the Kingsmilss massacre received on

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the run letters from the British government. It was asked if frantic

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evidence that isn't new guys at death. The coroner said other

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witnesses might be required. The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has

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announced that he's stepping down He'll remain as Taoiseach

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until a successor is chosen by his party, and confirmed

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by the Dail. I'm joined by our Dublin

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correspondent, Shane Harrison. Why is he going? He is the most

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successful leader of his party, the only leader to be returned as

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Taoiseach after a general election and its longest serving Irish Prime

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Minister. He said he would return to smack wrote resign at midnight. The

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nominee will then have to be ratified by the Dail at a later

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date. His resignation was expected, he had a poor general election last

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year and told colleagues he wouldn't lead them into the next one, but in

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February his position became precarious after he had to admit

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that a radio interview he had given in which it claims to have had a

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conversation with an independent whistle-blower never happened. His

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supporters will put his achievements, as they regard them,

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and making sure that Ireland, the peace process are at the centre of

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the Brexit negotiations but opponents will say that more could

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have been done on policing and for the homeless and for those who are

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vulnerable and poor. Who is tipped to be successor? There are two main

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candidates, but his favourites are the Minister for social protection,

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the son of an Indian doctor who revealed himself to be gay before

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the Republic can the only country to introduce same-sex marriage in the

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popular vote. The other is the housing minister, whose father was

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also a Fine Gael minister. There is also the possibility that the

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justice minister and education Minister may nominate themselves but

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at the moment it is regarded as a two horse race between the over

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Risca and Simon covertly. It's believed that a prisoner

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who died in Maghaberry Jail this The 38-year-old man

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was on remand awaiting trial. The prison service say his next

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of kin have been informed. Still to come for stop catch up with

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the Syrian family living in the North-West and hear about their

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special arrival. The head of the Republic's customs

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authorities has said that after Brexit up to 8% of freight

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traffic crossing the border will be subject to checks at so-called

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trade facilitation posts. At the weekend the prime

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minister Theresa May spoke of the need for as seamless

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a border as possible. Here's our Economics

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and Business Editor, John Campbell: The political refrain has been no

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return to the borders of the past. Now we're getting some idea about

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the board of the future. The Republic's top customs official has

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laid down his opinions. He said customs declarations will happen

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electronically and most will be immediately improved. He said they

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will be no checks at the border but there will be so-called trade

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facilitation stations about ten calamitous past the border. Some

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freight will be diverted there for checks. Perhaps 8% of container

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traffic. Most of the document to recheck on present experience... 8%

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doesn't sound very much, but it could mean hundreds of the race

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having to stop the checks every day. Today's news is concerning to those

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involved in the cross-border because we are looking at minimum 6000 HGV

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movements across border on a daily basis so if we are looking at 8% of

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those vehicles having to be checked, that could be 600 vehicles actually

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having to stop and have good to that, these costs will be passed on

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and they will be consequences with delays, Julie Tom reliability. Sinn

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Fein say it is helpful to have got some clarity but added that

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restrictions on trade relatives dating impact on the economy is both

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north and south. We now have some idea what the Irish government is

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planning for its side of the border. Wood is less clear is what might

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happen on this side, but I understand the UK Government

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officials are due to make local call it firms in the coming weeks to

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update them on their ideas -- local haulage firms.

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He has been strongly criticised over decisions to prosecute former

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soldiers for troubled related killings.

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The appointment of McGrory was hailed by some as a break with past

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but decisions about the past provoked a storm criticism from

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conservative Unionist politicians. Former soldiers who served in

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Northern Ireland took to the streets in protest at the decision for

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prosecuting a small number. The director of public predictions was

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accused of bias against former soldiers. In an Irish language

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programme last week he was asked if he felt some people were trying to

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pressurise him into standing down. Earlier this year, he hit back at

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those who said he was treating soldiers unfairly. They are

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certainly being personally insulting and they are questioning my

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integrity. What concerns me more about that is it isn't it is

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insulting to this office. The DUP and Sinn Fein failed to reach

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agreement on how to deal with the past. Today disagreed when asked if

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the DPP had been put under undue political pressure. We have had

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difficulties with the office of the director recently in terms of the

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way in which 90% of what has happened in the past has been caused

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by terrorism and paramilitaries, yet that doesn't seem to be that balance

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when it comes to prosecuting people, and we had difficulties with the

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office in the nation to that doesn't mean I don't wish him well, I do as

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he goes on to the next stage of his career. What are the criticisms? I

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think it was entirely his own decision. I think they overstepped

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the mark, across-the-board, the attacks on him were nothing short of

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disgraceful. They couldn't back-ups of the allegations, I think he did

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exceptional job. This professor of law at Queens University says

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McGrory was unfairly maligned. The real is loser to make

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determinations, if politicians fail to grasp that, if there is an odd

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and we should have an amnesty than politicians need to grasp that. None

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of the politicians crossed the metal. So he had to go and do his

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job and make decisions on a legal basis. McGrory said he will step

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down. The successor is expected to be appointed in September. He

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wouldn't elaborate on why he has announced his resignation now but

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sources insist the criticism he has faced is not the reason and say this

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has been planned for some time. In fact they say he had planned to make

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the announcement late last year but was stopped from doing so because he

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didn't want to appear that he had been pressurised into stepping down.

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It is understood that he now plans to return to private legal practice.

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It's 50 days to the Irish golf open begins in Port Stewart. It starts in

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July, the same as the start of the holiday season.

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This quiet corner of the north Coast will soon be packed with people. As

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well as the usual summer visitors, more than 20,000 golf fans a day are

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excited to come to Port Stewart to watch the Irish open. And the 16th

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free, they will get in, there is stuff going on, plenty of music, the

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towns are all geared up, I've spoken to a lot of people in the bars and

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restaurants, I think it's good to be a great experience. But even without

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a big golf tournament, it's not always an easy time to get in and

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out. But behind-the-scenes, they have a plan. We have worked

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tirelessly to make sure we have effective transportation, it should

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be seamless getting people in and out. It is windy today but warm and

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sunny. If the last couple of exciting to go by, we can only hope!

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Local traders are hoping that golf fans will be allowed to move freely

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between the town and the tournament and that's what's going to happen.

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All the local traders, they get no benefits, a lot of them were

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complaining that they lost business from what they thought was going to

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happen. So it's going to be run differently this time, all traders,

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will take them to the golf club and explain how it'll work. So local

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businesses are now having for a slice of the action. That'll be

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great. Different people coming into the town, word-of-mouth spread, we

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are all happy. Looking around the golf course and the town, there

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still is a lot of work to do to cope with the number of people due to

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come here, but the organisers still have 50 days to do it.

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You may remember that last week we reported on some of the five

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hundred Syrian refugees who have re-settled in Northern Ireland.

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This week we go to the North-West to see how one family are finding

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As Keiron Tourish reports, they had one special reason

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It's just over a year since this family decided to start a new life

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in Northern Ireland. They had fled their Syrian homeland and had been

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living in Turkey before arriving here for a new life with their baby

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who was born here last July. When we came to dairy, all the people here

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were very friendly, very kind -- dairy. All the people helped Syrian

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people, and the weather is good because in the Middle East, it's

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very sunny, very hot. They are gradually getting used to life in

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the city. He says everyone has been kind and extended of welcome while

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they settle in a foreign country with the challenges that brings.

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TRANSLATION: There is a nice city, and the people who live here on ice.

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The conflict in Syria has forced many to flee their home land in

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search of a new beginning. The family has settled here, they have

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been getting practical help from volunteers as they escape the

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conflict in the Middle East. Sometimes they are from with

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letters, Jobcentre, other organisations, lots of translation

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work needed, sometimes they panic, what's in this letter? But overall,

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they are doing very well and they are a great bunch of people, very

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friendly. In the last year in 11 families have moved to the city,

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that's 48 people. Since then, they have been three births stop Syrian

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families have paid tribute to the people here in the city who say they

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have been given the time and space to settle in and start the new

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lives. Earlier on the programme

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Mark Simpson brought us up to speed with how

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the North Coast was As for the on course management

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of the four day event at Portstewart in July,

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Stephen Watson has been speaking to championship

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director Simon Alliss. The aim was to make it a strong list

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and the best Irish open, to develop a world-class field and put Irish

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golf on the map. Ever since then we have been innovating and developing

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the tournament, we think this will be the biggest one yet. A

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star-studded field, can we expect more big names? I hope so, can't

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give too much away, but we are hosted by Rory McIlroy, we will

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never forget that, he's a true champion of the game and an exciting

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personality, we have heard an announcement for John Rand, very

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exciting, it'll be the first start for him, Justin Rose, Olympic

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medallist, mustn't forget him, he hasn't played in the Irish open for

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seven years. It's would be the first time he has played professional golf

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in Northern Ireland, watch this space. We've talked about Irish

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opens at other places, it is time the night to shine here and I think

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it'll be a wonderful display of golf, it'll be different,

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innovative, it'll be new, and unmissable. The Irish open start in

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around seven weeks' time. Irish Premiership runners-up

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Crusaders have confirmed the signing of former Burnley and Denmark

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underage international The 41-year-old, who played

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38 times for Burnley in the Premier League, stands 6 foot

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five inches tall and goes He joins the Shore Road outfit

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on a one year contract. It's a good opportunity for me not

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to hang my boots up, just keep it going, just to show people, there is

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the wife in the old dog yet. Was it a difficult position, you are 41

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now? No, the Europa League is one of the things I have always been

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dreaming of, like I said, opportunities.

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It has been sunny but we have also had thundery downpours and they have

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continued through into this evening. Many of them will die out tonight

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but it will turn largely trove of clear skies developing on the

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Bridges is depth. Not especially cold, but it may be chilly in

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countryside areas. We can look forward to a fine start to the day

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tomorrow, plenty of dry weather, some sunshine, but it won't start

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that way. To begin with, a great start for the outdoors. Slow-moving,

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light winds, a few of them have the potential to be heavy and possibly

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thundery. Between, some sunshine with temperatures reaching maybe 17

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degrees. Cooler in the West, if you're travelling tomorrow across

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the island, a similar pictures. The second part of the afternoon, you

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will coming and going. Scattered showers will stay with us into

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tomorrow evening, one or two lasting through tomorrow night, but largely

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dying away and the bridges will tumble to about 7 degrees for a few

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spots. Turning chilly for some of us. But after a pretty promising

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start on Friday, it will once again go downhill, a bright, sunny start

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followed by scattering of showers as they pop up from the Atlantic but

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the winds to stay nice and light. Just below average the time of year

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for some of us, always milder and warmer the east coast. The week and

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will stay on settled, low pressure remained in control, some scattered

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showers around but some sunshine to, Sunday will be the most grey.

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Finally, a reminder of our top story. A schoolgirl from Lagan

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College has been stamped Dabo crosstabs in the arm on a school

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bus. The girl wasn't seriously injured. We are looking at the

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election campaign here later, Heimlich summary

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