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  1. Updates for Monday 12 January 2015
  2. More updates from 07:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Dave Culbert and Ciaran Daly

All times stated are UK

Get involved


That's it for the first day of BBC News NI Live.

We'll be back again at 7am on Tuesday. Until then, you can keep up-to-date with all the latest news in Northern Ireland on the

BBC News NI website.

Puskas Award

BBC Sport NI

Republic of Ireland's

Stephanie Roche has been edged out by James Rodriguez in the battle for the Puskas Award, the best goal of 2014.

Irvine 'up and about'

Larne Times

Larne's Irvine

'up and about' after horrific accident

Rathlin's rough seas

Four days and still no ferry for Rathlin island. But this

archive film from 29 January 1957 shows that adverse weather isn't exactly a new phenomenon out there.

A graphical image of Rathlin Island

Sham wedding couple jailed

Gordon Adair


Two of those jailed over sham marriage, French national Fatou N'Diaye and Cameroonian Dominic Nartey, had planned to marry at Newtownards Town Hall in December 2013.

N'Diaye admitted that she was being paid around £500 to go through with it. Nartey was jailed for two years and N'Diaye for six months.

Templepatrick police search

Kevin Sharkey


Police are conducting searches at Kingscourt, Templepatrick, County Antrim, as part of what police describes as a "serious crime investigation."


Sham wedding gang jailed

Gordon Adair


Five members of what Home Office investigators describe as a 'sham marriage gang',

have been jailed at Downpatrick Crown Court.

wedding cake
(C) British Broadcasting Corporation

A sixth member of the gang has, according to a defence lawyer, "gone missing" and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Tonight's BBC Newsline

Donna Traynor

BBC Newsline presenter

BBC Newsline presenter Donna Traynor
tweets: The campaign to recognise the SAS man Blair Mayne with a Victoria Cross. A look back at the Newtownards man's life at 6.30pm

Ireland's cricketers see off Scotland

BBC Sport NI

Ireland have snatched

victory over Scotland in today's tri-series cricket match in Dubai.

Niall O'Brien
©INPHO/Presseye/Rowland White

Niall O'Brien and John Mooney produced a seventh-wicket stand of 61 allowing Ireland to win with a total of 220-7 to Scotland's 216-9.

No break in water deadlock

NI Water says that no breakthrough has been made in a bid to resolve the pensions dispute with its workers that is

disrupting services in County Fermanagh and County Tyrone.

Water dispute

The statement says: "Discussions were ongoing today with the union, but there has been no official change to the situation as yet. "

Ryan McKinney of Nipsa says that talks are to resume tomorrow at the Labour Relations Agency.

Goal decision live

Our colleagues in BBC are running

live coverage of the world goal of the year announcement. Will it be
Stephanie Roche, James Rodriguez or Robin van Persie?

Gay marriage call

One of the

gay men who were told to separate for two years before they would be allowed to marry in Scotland has said they should be allowed to marry in Northern Ireland.

Holding hands

The couple had their civil partnership ceremony in Northern Ireland.


first civil partnership ceremony in the UK took place in Belfast in 2005. While some celebrated the event, there were also public protests from opponents of this change in the law.

McLaughlin 'speaker for all'

New Speaker of the NI Assembly, Sinn Féin's Mitchel McLaughlin tells BBC News NI's political editor Mark Devenport he is "going to be very rigorous and very strong".

Mitichel McLAughlin

"I have a new role now which is speaker for the entire assembly for every single party, including the TUV." More on

Newsline 6.30.

Wonder goal 'no fluke'

Republic of Ireland player Stephanie Roche says her world goal of the year contender

was no fluke.

Stephanie Roche

Her spectacular goal is up against ones by James Rodriguez and Robin Van Persie. Fifa to announce the winner at 5.30pm.

Connswater deal

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

A deal has been done on Connswater shopping centre in Belfast. It is being described as a "£31.5m refinancing" but there has been no official word from the agent yet.

Match moved

Ulster club football champions Slaughtneil get their all-Ireland semi-final against Austin Stacks

put back by 24 hours.

Slaughtneil wanted the date changed because several team members will be at a wedding on 14 February.

Weather update

Cecilia has the latest

weather for the coming week. The Met Office earlier confirmed that a yellow weather warning has been issued for ice and snow for Northern Ireland from around 18:00 tonight.

Snow warning

Here's a

handy guide that explains just what those weather warnings actually mean.

'Separate to wed'

A gay couple who wanted to convert their Northern Ireland civil partnership into a marriage in Scotland say they were told they could only do it if they

separated for two years first.

NI Water statement

NI Water have issued

a statement that says fewer than 600 properties in County Fermanagh and County Tyrone are now off supply.

Water disruption

An alternative water supply is available at 4 Castle Court, Monea, and at Knockmore Road, Derrygonnelly, County Fermanagh - in the car-park opposite the Church. People are asked to bring their own containers to collect water from the static tanks.

1990: Unionist protest against Haughey

Former Taoiseach Charles Haughey was always a divisive figure and tended to provoke a strong reaction from members of the public.

Loyalists protest against Mr Haughey

That was very evident when the taoiseach

visited Belfast in 1990. Unionists protested at Mr Haughey's presence at a cross-border trade and business co-operation conference at the Europa Hotel.

Ambulance response times

Larne Times

Larne Times: Ambulance Service

defends response to Scott Irvine injury.

Travel update

BBC NI Travel

BBC NI Travel

tweets: Main Street in #Portrush has reopened.

Have your say

Ciaran McCauley


It's our first day of

BBC News NI Live - and we're fairly relieved we haven't crashed the entire BBC website (so far, so good).

But what do you think? Send us your thoughts on

Twitter or by emailing

Slaughtneil win appeal

BBC Sport NI

Ulster club football champions

Slaughtneil have succeeded in having their All-Ireland semi-final against Munster champions Austin Stacks put back by 24 hours.

Slaughtneil defeated Omagh St Enda's in the Ulster Club Football Final in November
Press Eye

The game had originally been scheduled for Saturday, 14 February but now will take place a day later. A number of Slaughtneil players are at a wedding on the Saturday.

Tankers called in

NI Water is using tankers to bring water to the Glenchuil service reservoir in Ballygawley, County Tyrone, to reduce

disruption to services.


Roundabout crash

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph reports that drivers in a city suburb were

surprised to find an off-road vehicle in the middle of a landscaped roundabout.

Hoping for weather break

Ciaran McCauley


Rathlin Island has been cut off for four days with ferries cancelled because of stormy weather. Michael Cecil, from Rathlin Development and Community Association, says islanders are hoping for a break in the weather tomorrow to allow at least one ferry through to resupply the island with things like milk and medicine.

Rathlin Island
Stephen Ryan

Stephen Ryan

tweeted the above image from the island earlier this morning.

Hay to take Lords seat

Londonderry Sentinel

William Hay, the previous Northern Ireland Assembly speaker, will take his place in the House of Lords tomorrow as Lord Hay of Ballyore-Londonderry,

reports the Londonderry Sentinel.

William Hay

Close encounter

Former Irish Prime Minister Charlie Haughey has been back in the public eye lately. Irish broadcaster RTÉ has been screening a biography of the taoiseach's controversial life. But what was it like for our political correspondent

Gareth Gordon when he was granted
an unexpected interview in the 1990s?


Well, it can be tough for journalists asking the hard questions but it can be even harder turning down the offer of a free drink from a former head of state.

Best of the BBC archive

Ciaran Daly

Here on the BBC News NI Live page, we'll showcase the best

archive video to complement stories of today and highlight some of the best broadcasting from the past 50 years.

Glasses are raised at a christening in Northern Ireland in 1970

Water disruption updates

Andy West


NI Water press office says the number of properties affected by

water disruption in County Fermanagh and County Tyrone is down from around 4,000 to 1,000.

tap pouring water

Most of Ballygawley is still without water. The problem was caused when one of the five pumps at the Killyhevlin water treatment plant broke.

Comic book controversy

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Telegraph

tweets: Ulster 'kill God' comic book writer
braced for US backlash

Confrontation outside court

Kevin Sharkey


Former RUC officer, John McGahan, confronts protesters outside Belfast Crown Court.

John McGahan

Earlier, Mr McGahan and his former colleague Philip Thomson

were acquitted of perverting the course of justice during an RUC investigation of an IRA murder in 1979.

Return to Cyprus Avenue for Van

Sammy Douglas MLA

MLA for East Belfast Sammy Douglas

tweets: Breaking News:
@EastSideArtsBel planning to stage outdoor Van Morrison gig in Cyprus Ave this August - consultation with residents underway

Via Twitter

Tanker lorry

Andy West

tweets: Glenchuil reservoir near Ballygawley being filled up as we speak. 16k ltrs per tanker. But even filled won't last long...

Breakdown of speaker vote

The voting for the new speaker went like this: All 28 nationalists voted for Mitchel McLaughlin. 36 of the 48 unionists voted in his favour and eight others also voted to elect the Sinn Féin MLA as the

first nationalist speaker.

Mitchel McLaughlin elected speaker

Mitchel McLaughlin has been elected the first nationalist speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly on a cross-community vote.

Mitchel McLaughlin

Empty classroom

Julian Fowler


Lisbellaw Primary School in County Fermanagh has been forced to close today due to the

ongoing disruption to water services in County Fermanagh and County Tyrone.

Lisbellaw PS