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The Prime Minister Theresa May has had a telephone call

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with the Taoiseach Enda Kenny this evening about the

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It has also emerged that the Secretary of

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State James Brokenshire is to hold meetings with the main parties and

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the Justice Minister Claire Sugden over the next 24 hours.

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Earlier, the DUP leader Arlene Foster said if

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But she said she also remains open to discussions with the parties

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to see if a way forward can be found.

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Going to the polls though looks increasingly likely

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following yesterday's resignation of Martin McGuinness

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Our Political Correspondent Gareth Gordon reports.

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More dark clouds than rays of light, but all

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Not these ones stacked in the great Hall,

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but the ones which we knew had a place in the assembly chamber

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I have no doubt that if the election proceeds, it will be a

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It will be a very difficult election and with Sinn

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Fein indicating that they're not going back, there are

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those of us who will also want to look at

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the construction of the

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institutions to see what we can do better,

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because I think that there is

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no doubt, if you look back at our documents

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always said mandatory coalition as a first

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step towards moving to voluntary coalition

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and so we will want to look those issues as well

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after an election, if it takes place.

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

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24 hours after her partner in Government told

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her he was leaving, Arlene Foster sprung a surprise.

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A public inquiry into the heating scandal could be

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

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

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

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personally to be able to regain my integrity, which has

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been constantly maligned over this past number of

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weeks and months, so it's important that we get this inquiry up and

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running as quickly as possible and I hope

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it'll be in place before the

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Martin McGuinness thanked well-wishers.

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Whether his health issues will allow him to even run an

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election is not clear but others are ready.

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We've had two max uprising elections, Brexit and then the

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I think we have unprecedented anger about this

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

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

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What should be happening now is the Secretary of State

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and the Irish Foreign Minister should be convening

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talks with all five parties, not just with the two that have caused

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the problems of last 14 months, to see what

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structures before we have the election campaign.

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The next steps are as uncertain as Stormont's future.

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Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams has rejected a DUP claim that there could be

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a long period of direct rule if there's no agreement

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BBC Newsline's Tara Mills has been talking to the Sinn Fein president.

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So, you see, if you're against half a

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billion of money being flushed down the drain or possibly into

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someone's pocket, if you are against that,

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equality, if you value the progress that has been made, and unionist

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leaders have played a role in that process, if you want that to

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continue, then come out and vote and vote

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accordingly to make sure that

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the institutions that are put in place will be sustainable

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and will be based upon fairness, decency,

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But what you've done means the money is going

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to go down the drain until the election process

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is completed and it also means that there can't be a

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short-term inquiry as the one you had suggested.

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That could take years, so you have undoubtedly got

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what she wanted or what you set out to get.

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And that's why Martin felt that his position was untenable.

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What are the other consequences of Martin McGuinness resigning is that

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there is no voice, there is no nationalist voice in the Brexit

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negotiations because you don't have a voice

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at Westminster, so we are

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You have detached electorate away from the Brexit

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We published a document strategy on Brexit, we have argued

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

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If you're not there, how can you hope...

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We couldn't get that done anyway because the DUP are for

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Brexit and against the majority vote which says that the people want to

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The fallout from not having a functioning Executive could be far

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Sara Neill has been speaking to some groups who believe

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For many nationalists, the straw that broke

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withdrawal of funding to the Irish language scheme.

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It targeted the most marginalised with in the

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

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people who couldn't attend to themselves.

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

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was seen as crass and as an outrageous attack.

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The findings of the oracle institution of query

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allegedly made public later this month but without a solid

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Government, victims say they are the real losers,

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a sentiment echoed by those affected by the Troubles.

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We just don't want to believe that as

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soon as Sir Anthony's report was ready and

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delivered on Friday, that

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

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and desires that this was going to be our day.

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I think the losers in this process are the people, either

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citizens and in particular, those citizens that were so badly affected

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by the Troubles and lost loved ones, lost limbs and they were having some

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sort of hopes raised by the Stormont Agreement

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We were assured it would be a fresh start

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and now the whole thing is

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In business, we know that markets hate uncertainty

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

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economic growth and later a slowdown in the construction industry.

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

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a recovery after ten long years and that just adds further

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uncertainty to an industry that quite frankly

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can play a very important role in economic growth,

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I've never seen a time when we need strong leadership more

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than we do now in advance of Article 50 being triggered in March.

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We need to have that Northern Ireland voice

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

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

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

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

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in store for the people of Northern Ireland

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and if there is an election, what change that could bring.

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What is clear is that the events of yesterday at Stormont will be felt

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Other news now, and a nine-year-old boy's in a critical condition

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after being knocked down by a car in Liscolman near

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A man in his seventies has been arrested.

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One other story tonight, a County Antrim husband and wife

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have admitted helping the murderers of a Randalstown businessman

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Wing Fu Cheung, also known as Nelson Cheung,

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was stabbed to death near Randalstown in 2015.

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Gary and Lisa Thompson had previously denied

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all charges against them, but entered new guilty pleas

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Four people have now been convicted in connection with the killing.

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Good evening. Temperatures today have been up to 10-11 . Go to those

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values in half an ad on the wind and that is what it will be like

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tomorrow. A wind warning will come into effect later tonight. It will

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drag in showers, most frequently in the North West. In the south-east,

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temperatures could get low enough for ice and by morning, gales or on

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the north coast. Tomorrow, we can expect a windy day everywhere which

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will make it feel much colder. Those winds could be quite damaging in

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places. There will also be some dry weather, bright with a ransom is a

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mostly rain showers falling through the cause of the day. Snow showers

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over the Scottish mountains, severe gales across much of Scotland as

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well as north-east England. Further south across Britain and in the

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Republic of Ireland, there will be sunshine and a view showers in the

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West. A cold, windy day with some sunshine but also rain tomorrow.

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Tomorrow night, however, those showers will turn increasingly

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wintry and we can expect snow and ice on Thursday and Friday.

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Particularly in the north and west and over the hills. There will be

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snow in particular. Don't be surprised that if by Thursday there

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is a bit of snow just about anywhere.

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