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A man has died in a road traffic collision in Belfast.

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As Maggie Taggart reports, the Westlink leading to the M1

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was closed for four hours as commuters tried

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The man died in a collision involving one card. He was the

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driver. It happened on the Wesselingh, close to Grosvenor

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Street just before three o'clock. Police closed the country bound

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lanes of the Wesselingh and there was huge disruption as workers try

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to head out of town. Public transport was also badly affected.

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Commuters were trapped in gridlock for hours, some unable to leave

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their car parks. They were advised to delay their journeys home as

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possible. The traffic is that a dead halt here although some is moving

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out of town. The slip road onto the west link, the police have blocked

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this road, nothing is on that motorway just behind although some

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traffic is moving on the other side of the road coming into town. A

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spokesman appealed for witnesses to the collision to contact them. He

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said he understood the frustration of drivers that a fatal road traffic

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incident had to be fully investigated but the road remained

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closed. After four hours, the road was reopened and stranded commuters

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were allowed to continue their journeys.

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And in Cookstown, the Lough Fea Road has been closed because of a serious

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Diversions are in place but police advice motorists to avoid the area

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The Labour Party says its leader made a genuine mistake

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after he incorrectly told the House of Commons that the police officer

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wounded in a gun attack in Belfast last Sunday night had

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Jeremy Corbyn was speaking during Prime Minister's Questions.

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The party said no offence was intended.

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As Stephen Walker reports, the Labour leader has

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Traditionally at the beginning of Prime Minister's Questions,

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there are often references to members of the armed services

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and police officers who have been killed or injured

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Today, Theresa May mentioned the PSNI officer injured

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I am also sure that the whole House will join me in sending our thoughts

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to the police officer who was shot in Belfast over the weekend and his

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When he got to his feet, Jeremy Corbyn also spoke

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about the weekend shooting, but he said the officer involved had

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I join the Prime Minister in condolences and expressing

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condolences, I am sure the House to the family of the police officer

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who lost his life over the weekend in Northern Ireland.

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The shooting happened in the constituency of Nigel Dodds

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and the DUP MP wanted to put on record his thoughts.

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I join the Prime Minister in wishing a speedy recovery to the police

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officer who was shot and injured in my constituency in north

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That was not the intention of the terrorists, of course.

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And there was a call for Jeremy Corbyn's

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For the family and for police officers generally, could we have

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that corrected by the front bench spokesman as urgently as possible?

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So the record of this House does not contain

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the serious fact that a

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The Speaker said a further statement from Jeremy Corbyn

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I recognise what the honourable gentleman said and how upsetting

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But it was a mistake and it has subsequently been

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The PSNI officer shot in the arm on Sunday night in North Belfast

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At lunchtime today, the Police Federation

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of Northern Ireland called on Jeremy Corbyn

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He said he had made a shocking error.

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They said he had made a shocking error which needed to be corrected.

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A spokesman for the Labour leader told the BBC

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They said Jeremy Corbyn said the officer had died

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This evening it's understood Mr Corbyn has written a letter

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to the Chief Constable, George Hamilton,

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A 30-year-old man arrested in connection with the attempted

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murder of a police officer in north Belfast on Sunday has been

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The officer, who's in his twenties, was wounded in the arm when shots

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were fired during the attack at a petrol station

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A gun has been found by police during a search in West Belfast.

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It was discovered in a bin in Vere Foster Walk.

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It is understood that the gun isn't being linked to the attack

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on the police officer at a service station in North Belfast on Sunday.

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The Prime Minister has spoken to Michelle O'Neill

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and congratulated her on her appointment as the leader

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Theresa May said she looked forward to working with her

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and that she hoped that following the elections all parties

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would be able to come together to find a way forward.

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Meanwhile, the DUP leader Arlene Foster said she would

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work with Mrs O'Neill after the election.

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She has been appointed by Sinn Fein, so I will have to work with Michelle

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We need to get to the other side of the election so we can put these

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institutions back in place, to make them work for the people of Northern

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Ireland because that's what I am hearing very strongly that people

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want, they want devolution and they want it to work.

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A shop in county Antrim has been ram raided by thieves.

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A vehicle was driven through the front shutters of a MACE

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store in Randalstown at around 4am this morning.

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A quantity of cigarettes were stolen.

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The shop owner said CCTV shows the culprits loading the cigarettes

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into a wheelie bin and taking them out to a car.

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you go about your business trying to earn a living, providing employment,

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providing a service to the community, and you feel powerless

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that this is inflicted upon you. The words of 15-year-old Donegal

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actor Art Parkinson after the film in which he plays

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a starring role was Our north-west reporter,

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Keiron Tourish, caught up with the teenager,

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who rose to prominence in Game Art Parkinson was back

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at his old Irish speaking school today taking all the

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headlines in his stride. In any language,

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his latest success is The unassuming 15-year-old

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voiced the lead role in the animated 3-D film

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Kubo And The Two Strings. It has been nominated

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for Best Animated Film and The Donegal schoolboy

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was told in the school I spent all day thinking

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about it and by lunch had I didn't get the the

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chance to check. It hadn't really

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struck me at the time then I got home and I was looking up

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and reading about it and it is just I never really thought

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this could ever It's always been a dream of mine

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being an actor, something I've I didn't think it would

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happen to me at such a He was delighted but realised

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he still had two classes. The trials and tribulations

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of being a big movie star. Very proud of him

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as his big brother. It's great to see the wee lad

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going to the Oscars. He will be rubbing

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shoulders with co-star Donegal teenager will be taking his

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schoolbooks along with him. Art Parkinson says

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he is both excited and nervous about treading the red

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carpet at the Oscars ceremony next He paid tribute to family

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and friends here in Donegal who are Good evening. It has been cooler

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today the temperatures in most places have been in double figures,

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at least for a while. A chilly night to come, mostly dry and windy in

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places. That will make it feel very cold. The wind should keep the frost

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away from most places, if you gaps in the cloud but a fair amount of

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cloud to come tonight and tomorrow. Mostly dry but if you thought it

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felt cool today, even colder tomorrow. The wind will have a real

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bite to it. The cloud to be thick enough to bring some showers and

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some snail especially over the hills. Much of the day is dry

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similarly in the Republic of Ireland. Raonic close to the west

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Coast. Some wind across many parts of Britain, a dry day, the fog will

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have gone but temperatures struggling in many places. Best

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weather towards the north of Scotland where there is decent

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sunshine. Brightness here and there tomorrow across Northern Ireland,

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mostly dry, one or two wintry showers. Temperature is half the

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value of today. When you add on the wind, it really will feel like it's

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freezing outdoors. A real day to wrap up warm tomorrow. On Friday

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it's still quite chilly but the wind was like TE is. Some rain and

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drizzle making its way slowly from west to east. It will be damp and

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dull at times. Over the weekend, Shelley rain to start with but

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brightening up and it looks like Sunday should be a pretty nice day.

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Tomorrow night we'll have the final part of our legacy series

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during which the director of Public Prosecutions

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for Northern Ireland Barra McGrory hits back at critics of his decision

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to prosecute former soldiers for killings during the troubles.

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See you then. Goodnight.

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