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  1. Updates for Wednesday 14 January 2015
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume from 07:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Conor Macauley and Ciaran Daly

All times stated are UK

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Signing off after a day of snow

The effects of the snow may be easing but it's still treacherous out there so be careful on the roads. That's your lot for BBC News NI Live today. We'll be back again at 07:00 on Thursday.

Draperstown car
Adrian Kennedy

Until then, you can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news in Northern Ireland on the

BBC News NI website.

Bullied teenager's death 'a tragedy'

A 15 year old County Fermanagh schoolboy's death was a tragedy,

his inquest is told.

Joshua Gallagher
Impartial reporter

Joshua Gallagher was a pupil at Erne Integrated College.

Budget agreed

Mark Devenport

BBC News NI Political Editor

Stormont sources say the budget for the next financial year has been agreed and will be brought to the Executive at its meeting tomorrow.

The debating chamber at Stormont

One source predicted good news for public services, especially education and health.

Missing Ballymartin woman


tweets: Police are searching for missing 68 year-old woman Aileen Finch. Aileen went missing from Ballymartin, south Down overnight.

Aileen Finch

BBC Newsline studio floor

BBC Newsline

Tara's getting ready to go on air with BBC Newsline. She'll have all the day's stories

BBC Newsline

Cecilia will have the forecast and viewers' pictures of the snow.

70 jobs for Dungannon

Tyrone Times

Tyrone Times

reports that Dungannon company McCann Cabling Solutions (MCS) is to create almost 70 new jobs.

New jobs
Tyrone Times

The 67 new positions are to service contract work for the KN Group who has successfully won major business across the UK.

Crash Newtownards Road Belfast:

BBC NI Travel

There has been a crash on the upper Newtownards Road leaving Belfast. It's blocking the inside lane just past North Road.

Four charged in Cheung investigation

The three men charged with the murder of Nelson Cheung last week near Randalstown have also been charged with attempted murder,

robbery and attempted robbery. A 32-year-old woman has been charged with perverting the course of justice and handling stolen goods.

Forensic investigators at the scene of the murder
Justin Kernoghan - BBC buyout

All four are expected to appear in court in Ballymena on Thursday.

Almost back on in Limavady

NIE says the number of homes without power in Limavady is now down from 1,000 to 90

M2 disruption

BBC NI Travel

A car that had broken down leaving Belfast on the M2 Hill Section, blocking the outside lane and causing delays, has now been moved to the hard shoulder.

Limavady power update

NIE say

440 customers in the Limavady area remain without power this evening after a fault on the line.


Earlier, 1,000 homes and businesses were affected. Engineers are still trying to establish the cause of the fault.

Randalstown Murder charges

The police say 3 men, aged 25, 32, 33 have been

charged in connection with the murder of Randalstown businessman Nelson Cheung

Nelson Cheung
Psni handout

Search for family of Unknown Soldier fails

A man believed to be from County Longford, who died during World War One, will be

buried as an unknown soldier after attempts to trace his Irish relatives failed.

WW1 cemetery in Belgium

External police force to investigate hayshed killing

An external police force will investigate a so-called shoot to kill operation in Lurgan in 1982, after allegations that a tape recording of the shooting

was destroyed on purpose.

Shooting scene

What is Thundersnow?

Cecilia Daly

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Martin McKenna sent us this photograph of thundersnow over Lough Foyle , but what is it?

martin mckenna thunder snow
Martin mckenna

When thunderstorms form in wintry weather they can cause heavy downpours of snow, called thundersnow. When thundersnow happens at night the lightning seems brighter - that's because the lightning reflects off the snowflakes.

Murder arrests

PSNI Ballymoney

tweets: Detectives investigating murder of Brian McIlhagga in Ballymoney have arrested three men 24, 41 and 48

Brian McIlhagga

Power off Limavady

1,000 homes are without electricity in Limavady. NIE says its engineers are on the way.

A1 closure

BBC NI Travel

The A1 carriageway between Hillsborough and Dromore has re-opened. It was closed earlier because a lorry was on fire at McKee's Dam.

Lorry fire A1

Six week wait for cancelled operations:

Marie-Louise Connolly

BBC News NI Health Correspondent

The 193 people who had their hospital operations postponed over the past fortnight will be seen within the next three to six weeks.


Health officials apologised to

those affected and told the health committee it was part of a plan triggered to deal with extra pressure on emergency departments.

Red Cross to the snow rescue

Red Cross NI

tweets: Our Land Rover driver helped district nurse get to patients in Draperstown today

Red Cross Draperstown
Red Cross NI

Generation 2015

If you're between 18 and 24, the BBC wants to hear from you. We're putting together "Generation 2015", a UK-wide group of young voters to take part in local and national BBC programmes in the run up to the General Election in May.

Generation 2015

You could be quizzing party leaders, taking part in debates, or just telling us on air about what matters to you. If that sounds interesting, find out more and download

an application form here.

Maiden city flyer resumes normal service



tweets: #GLE UPDATE: 212 (Belfast to Londonderry/Londonderry to Belfast bus) services are now operating as normal from Foyle Street. 212 From Belfast Europa will operate as normal from 13:30.

Translink sign

Testing times in the snow

BBC Radio Foyle

Martine Mulherne, Principal at St Cecilia's College, Derry,

told BBC Radio Foyle how more than 100 of the school's pupils walked through heavy snow to get to their GCSE maths exam this morning.

NI Snow 14 Jan 2015
Liam McClean

A1 to Newry closed


tweets: The A1 carriageway is closed in both directions between Hillsborough and Dromore. A caller has told us it's because of a lorry fire

Randox announces 540 new jobs

Julian O'Neill

BBC News NI Business Correspondent

Medical company

Randox has announced 540 new jobs in one of the biggest expansion projects in its 30 year history.

The deal will provide additional capacity for Randox's forensic toxicology services

It is to redevelop the former Massereene army base in Antrim, turning it into a manufacturing and research facility in an investment totalling £161m. The company said the jobs would pay average salaries of £30,000.

540 new jobs in Antrim

Randox Laboratories is creating

540 new jobs the company
has announced.

Cool beans

Ciaran McCauley


Our weather reporter Barra Best discovered a strange phenomena

on Twitter today - measuring snowfall with tins of food.

Tins in snow

So how's it looking where you are? Three tunas deep? Maybe one soup and a can of mackerel? - can't see this one catching on in the scientific world. Thanks to

Paul McFadden,
Catherine Collins,
Sinead Collins,
Colm McCaffrey and
Conall O Hartghaile on Twitter for the pics.

Man v Snow: The Sequel

Andy Martin

BBC Ireland correspondent

BBC Ireland correspondent Andy Martin was in the Sperrins today to

report on the disruption the snow was causing in the area. But will we ever forget his
infamous appearance on the BBC News Channel during an ice storm in 2013?

Andy Martin snow in the Sperrins

NIE update

Julia Carson of NIE

talks about how the network is preparing for the stormy weather this afternoon and tonight.

Ice-covered power lines

Some useful contact details for anyone who might be affected by any potential damage to the electricity network include a phone number: 0345 7643 643 and NIE's twitter account .

Snow pictures

Snow website grab

We've put together a

picture gallery of some the pictures you've been sending to us of the snow where you area.

Harassment charge for Facebook page

A man who runs a Facebook page that claims to monitor paedophiles in Northern Ireland has been charged with

harassing a convicted child sex abuser.

Facebook screen grab
facebook grab

Joe McCloskey, 37, of Anderson Crescent, Limavady, County Londonderry, was charged with a single count of harassment at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

Nesbitt on Irish Language Act

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt has described Sinn Féin's proposals for an

Irish Language Act following the Stormont House talks as "an act of bad faith".

Mike Nesbitt

"They didn't get it because there is no appetite for it. Now we see Sinn Féin going to attempt to force one through."

NIE warning

Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) has issued

a warning of possible damage to the electricity network, especially in exposed and coastal locations due to severe weather warning in place.


Wind gusts of up to 75mph are forecast for later this afternoon and overnight.

£20,000 bonus to attract GPs

Irish News

The Irish News

reports that bonus payments of up to £20,000 to attract new GPs have been discussed with Health Minister Jim Wells.

Jim Wells

McKenna Cup casualty of the weather

BBC Sport NI

And now the sporting fixtures are being affected by the weather:

Tyrone's Dr McKenna Cup game against Antrim in Omagh tonight has been called off due to an unplayable pitch, as have 2 other games Derry v Queens & Donegal v Fermanagh.

Healy Park was covered in snow
BBC Sport

Owen Jones and freedom of speech

Owen Jones is on

BBC Talkback discussing freedom of speech following
this week's publication of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo which shows a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad weeping while holding a sign saying "Je Suis Charlie" on its cover.

Owen Jones on Talkback

Security alert at PSNI HQ over

The police say the package that caused the security alert at its headquarters earlier turned out to be "nothing untoward".

Crievagh Primary School to close permanently

Mid Ulster Mail

Mid Ulster Mail

reports that Crievagh Primary school will close permanently after Education Minister John O'Dowd said "the enrolment at the school is such that it is not sustainable into the future".

The principal says he has received no formal notification of the closure.