12/03/2017 BBC Newsline


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Now on BBC one it's time for the news where you are.

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Irish citizens in Northern Ireland and elsewhere could be

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given the right to vote in Irish presidential elections.

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The Taoiseach Enda Kenny says the Irish Government will hold

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He made the announcement during a speech in America.

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And Kenny made the announcement as he began -- began a tour of US

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cities. He confirmed the Government had

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decided to move forward with plans to hold a referendum to give the

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right to vote in presidential elections to Irish citizens abroad

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and in Northern Ireland. There is no more fitting time, and no more

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fitting place, as we look forward to our worldwide celebration of St

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Patrick's day. And all but that means for what it is to be Irish.

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This decision of the Government is a clear recognition of the importance

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that Ireland touches to her citizens, wherever they may be, to

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our diaspora all over the world. The change would apply only to

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presidential elections, and not to Dail elections. More details will be

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published later this month. The referendum is unlikely to be held

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this year. Assuming it passes, the change would come into effect after

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the presidential election in 2018. As many as 1 million extra people

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would be eligible to vote. The Taoiseach's announcement has

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been welcomed by nationalists. Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams

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said his party had been pressing for citizens in the north

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to have a vote in Irish presidential elections

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since the Good Friday Agreement. SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said

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it was right that people here should have a voice

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in electing the president. Two men, believed to be a father

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and son, have been injured after their helicopter crash landed

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in the garden of a house It happened just outside Carlingford

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at around 5:15 this evening. One of the men has been flown

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by coastguard helicopter The other man has been taken away

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from the crash site by ambulance A man's been charged

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with manslaughter in connection with the death of a man

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in Lurgan last Thursday. 29-year-old Paul Gerard Curran

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was found dead inside Another man and a woman who were

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arrested have been released. The Secretary of State for Exiting

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the European Union, David Davis, has promised that ensuring

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a frictionless Irish border is one of his top priorities in reaching

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a deal with the European Union. It's thought that Prime Minister

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Theresa May could trigger Article 50 Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show,

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David Davis said the Government was working to maintain an invisible

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border, was working to maintain

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an invisible border. We have talked to the Irish

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Government about it, they are onside. We are determined to do it.

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The Commission, remember, have a part to play in the peace process.

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-- had a part to play. They are absolutely determined in their mind

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that this is not going to go wrong. So that is the combination of

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determination that exists here. A barman is in a serious

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condition in hospital, after he was assaulted

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in Carrickfergus last night. The man, who was working

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in the Royal Oak bar in Green Street, suffered serious

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head injuries after he was attacked by a number of people just

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after half past nine. Three men aged 36, 52

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and 50 have been arrested. Police are appealing

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for information. It must have been shopping for

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customers and staff in the bar. The police have described the assault is

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brutal, and there were serious head injuries. So it is very concerning.

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-- it must have been shocking. Sport, and Jonathan Rea remains

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on course for a third World Superbike Championship,

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winning both races at The Northern Ireland rider

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won the opening race And despite starting race two

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on the third row of the grid, Rea steered his Kawasaki

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through to take the chequered flag. He has now registered four

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consecutive wins in the first two rounds of the Championship,

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which he leads by 30 points. In Gaelic football, Tyrone have

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beaten Cavan to go top of Division One in the Allianz

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League. The match ended Tyrone 19 points,

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Cavan a goal and 9 points. The weather for the week ahead

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now, with Cecilia Daly. It was pretty mild in some areas

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this weekend, not everywhere but most places had some decent

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temperatures and a bit of sunshine. It will get quite chilly over parts

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of County Down, and cloudy as Wayne and drizzle moves in in the early

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hours. Lots of it will have gone by early morning, and Monday looks like

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a dry day in most places. There will be some sunshine around, but a

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cloudy start. Brightening up, and it should feel pretty mild especially

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by the afternoon. A lot of fine weather to come across the UK and

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Ireland tomorrow, especially across the Republic in southern Britain.

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Some rain across North West Scotland later in the afternoon, and there

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will be one or two showers across Northern Ireland later in the day.

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But until then it looks like being dry with some sunshine. Then on

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Tuesday it is a much breezy day across northern Britain, Northern

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Ireland and the Republic. There will be some showers around as well, but

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further south towards London it should stay dry. On Wednesday still

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quite breezy in places, but it is a mild breeze so a lot of places will

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have a nice day on Wednesday, with some sunshine, most of the -- then

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on Thursday rain will affect more areas, especially across the north

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and west, and we will see a drop in temperature. So the first half of

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the week is mild, a few showers mainly on Tuesday, Thursday and

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Friday looked like being more unsettled and cooler. -- look like.

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is at twenty five past six in the morning.

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