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  1. Updates for Tuesday 13 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 07:00 on Wednesday 14 January

Live Reporting

By Ciaran Daly and Dave Culbert

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight and good luck!

Ciaran Daly

Well, that's it for today on BBC News NI Live. It's going to be a cold one out there tonight so wrap up warm.

Deer in snow
Kevin Harkin Twitter

We'll be back at 7am on Wednesday 14 January but until then you can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news on the

BBC News NI website.

Digging at Dunluce

A 15th Century settlement has been discovered on an archaeological dig at Dunluce, in County Antrim.


Find out more about the dig and the history of Dunluce with clips from the BBC2 programme

Digging for Britain.

Planning permission for Rivers Agency

Mid Ulster Mail

The Mid Ulster Mail

reports that planning permission for a new building for Rivers Agency on the Loughry campus near Cookstown, County Tyrone has been granted.

Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill
Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill

"This is a significant development in the Rivers Agency relocation project, which is part of a wider programme to move DARD jobs into rural areas," said Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O'Neill.

Murder weapon tampering 'possible'

The inquest into

Roseann Mallon's murder by the UVF in 1994 has heard that the forensic arm of Special Branch (WERC) could have tampered with the murder weapon.

Roseanne Mallon

Jonathan Greer, a forensic scientist told the inquiry an abrasive material, possibly sandpaper, was used to distort the firing pin of the Czech-bought assault rifle which has also been linked to eight other loyalist shootings.

Tuohy blow

Ireland second row Dan Tuohy is set to be

ruled out for up to eight weeks after suffering a thumb injury in Ulster Rugby's 24-20 Pro12 win over Treviso .

Ulster second row Dan Tuohy has signed a new contract
Press Eye

Health trust taxi costs

Belfast Telegraph


Belfast Telegraph reports that the South Eastern Health Trust spent more than £1m on taxis for patients and clients in the year 2014.

Man getting into a black taxi

The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust says in a statement: "All expenditure on client taxis is as a direct consequence of service need and were used in areas such as mental health and children's services."

'Catastrophic mistake'

Christopher Daly, whose brother Lieutenant Anthony Daly was one of four men killed in the Hyde Park bombings, says someone must be held to account for the fact that John Downey was given a letter

that caused his trial to collapse.

"A catastrophic mistake was made, as identified by Lady Justice Hallett, and somebody needs to be held to account for that mistake and it was done on Tony Blair's watch," he said after the former prime minister gave evidence to the Westminster committee investigating the OTR scheme.

More snow showers tonight

Cecilia Daly

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

BBC News NI weather presenter Cecila Daly

tweets: A wintry night with ice and further snow showers especially in the west before morning. Wet and windy later tomorrow.

Snow on the Glenshane pass

Miliband Belfast bound

Julian O'Neill

BBC News NI Business Correspondent

Ed Miliband will

address business leaders in Belfast later this month.

Bomb victim brother speaks

Christopher Daly, the brother of a Hyde Park bomb victim, says he appreciates "the fact that

Tony Blair decided to appear in person before the select committee and also the fact that he took full responsibility as well as apologising for the mistake that allowed Downey to walk free".

Christopher Daly

The Hyde Park attack killed Squadron Quartermaster Corporal Roy Bright, Lieutenant Anthony Daly, Trooper Simon Tipper and Lance Corporal Jeffrey Young on 20 July 1982.

McCausland blasts Irish language move

DUP MLA Nelson McCausland has said

the planned consultation next month on a draft Irish Language Act is a "futile waste of money".

Nelson McCausland

Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said people could "see for themselves exactly what is involved" and "make up their own minds".

Council meeting cancelled

More disruption due to the adverse weather. The planned council meeting in Limavady has been cancelled due to the severe weather.

Maiden city flyer


All Londonderry city and country services, including the main 212 Belfast to Derry/Derry to Belfast service,

have been suspended until further notice.

Derry streets

Valid bus tickets (including multi-journey cards) are now being accepted on Northern Ireland Rail service to and from the northwest.

HIA witness can have own lawyer

The High Court has opened the way for a witness, who is due to give evidence to the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry, to have

her own legal representation.

Banbridge courthouse

Up to now, witnesses, making allegations against people linked to former institutions, have been represented by the inquiry team, to keep costs down. However, Mr Justice Tracey ruled today that the consequences in terms of costs do not remove the public law necessity for legal representation out of public funds.

School closure tomorrow

Oakgrove Integrated College, Derry, has been in touch to say it will be closed tomorrow.

Fatal road crash near Larne

PSNI Larne

tweets: A male motorcyclist has died following a road traffic collision on the Larne Road, Ballycarry just after midday today.

Fatal road crash near Larne

£1.7m spent on vacant barracks

Derry Journal

The Derry Journal

reports that the Stormont Executive has forked out almost £2m for a former Army base in Ballykelly, County Londonderry which has been vacant for the past four years.

The Shackleton Barracks site
BTW Shiels with permission

Shackleton Barracks was given free to the Northern Ireland Executive by the Ministry of Defence in 2011. The OFMDFM revealed that since October 2011 to 31 October, 2014, costs have totalled £1,705,115.

Car-free Sundays

Belfast Telegraph

Mairtin O Muilleoir

The Belfast Telegraph says former mayor Máirtin Ó Muilleoir wants to see

car-free Sundays in Belfast

Derry buses off


All bus services in Londonderry city and surrounding country areas have been suspended because of the heavy snow. The 212 Derry to Belfast service has been reduced to an hourly service.

The Derry to Dublin service is running as normal although passengers are being asked to expect delays.

McIlroy defends the beast

Rory McIlroy has

defended one of American sport's most media-shy stars, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, known as Beast Mode. Lynch was criticised after he answered all post-game interview questions last weekend with the words, "I'm thankful."

Rory McIlroy needs to win the US Masters to complete a career Grand Slam
Getty Images

McIlroy tweeted: "I don't know ML but seems like he marches to the beat of his own drum, isn't defined by what other people think. I respect that in a person."

Tony Blair concludes

Tony Blair's questioning at the NI Affairs committee investigating the On The Runs scheme has finished.

Judicial review

Ian Paisley accuses Tony Blair of "bending the law" when it came to not allowing judicial reviews on OTR cases. Tony Blair rejects that notion.

Legal advice

Tony Blair says he would like to seek legal advice before he would be comfortable naming people who have received letters telling them that they were not wanted by any UK police force.

OTR committee latest

Tony Blair says there was never any loose arrangement to keep the OTRs issue "under the radar".

OTR reminder


Early release

Tony Blair says OTR issues would not have been discussed, nor would there ever have been such a procedure, had it not been decided to release convicted killers from prison as part of a political agreement.

Peace process insight

Tony Blair says that all sides in the peace process made what he deemed to be unreasonable demands and that all parties accused him of betrayal at some point.

Letters 'not unusual'

Tony Blair says he sees nothing unusual in the communication of the On the Runs scheme being in the form of letters.

Blair 'sincere'

Mr Blair says that he told Sinn Féin that he was sincere in dealing with the OTR issue. He said: "They were saying some people didn't know whether they were being sought by the authorities or not. The issue was trying to persuade them that I was sincere in dealing with On the Runs."

Tony Blair

Sinn Féin support 'essential'

Tony Blair says he took the view that getting Sinn Féin on board was essential if policing was going to get support from the republican community.

Getting justice

"If you or your family has had someone who died in an act of terrorism you're never going to feel justice is done if the killers walk free," says Tony Blair when asked if victims will ever receive justice.

Tony Blair

Police letters

"Why is it that senior police officers including Chief Constables were not told about the letters?" David Simpson asks.

Mr Blair says as far as he was concerned it was being handled by the PSNI.

Peace process

Tony Blair says again that if he hadn't dealt with the OTR issue it would have "destroyed" the peace process.

Blair on fugitives in 2005

Watch archive footage from 2005 of

Tony Blair speaking in the Commons about On the Runs.

Tony Blair in 2005

Sense of betrayal

"There is a sense of betrayal because there are people who have now received letters and there are those who received royal pardons. It means that a lot of the victims in reality will never receive justice," says David Simpson.

David Simpson

'Right thing to do'

Kate Hoey asks how victims can get closure. Mr Blair replies that his motivation was to to bring terrorism, misery and destruction to an end. He says line had to be drawn to prevent future suffering. "Peace process was the right thing to do."

Kate Hoey

Blair on the Downey case

"The [Downey] error should not have been made and many opportunities to correct it should have been taken."

Tony Blair

A 'different lens'

"Because of the way that it's coming out now people are looking back at this through a different lens..." says Tony Blair

Numerous warnings

"Despite numerous warnings and numerous opportunities to correct the error [in the Downey case] it wasn't corrected. It could've been corrected six years after I left office," says Tony Blair.

Why did NIO send letters?

Alasdair McDonnell asks why the Northern Ireland Office sent the letters and not the public prosecution service. Mr Blair says he does not know because he was not involved in that.

Alasdair McDonnell