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  1. Updates for Friday 16 January 2015
  2. More updates from 07:00 on Monday

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Have a great weekend:

Well, that's the first week of BBC News NI Live done and dusted. It's going to be a cold, wintry weekend. Here's where you can get information about

travel and
NI Water. We hope you won't need them.

Fairhead 16 January 2015
Joanna Gavin

We'll be back at 07:00 on Monday 19 January. Keep up-to-date with the news on the

BBC News NI website.

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We've been flat out all week on BBC News NI Live, and we'd love to get your feedback.

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short video all about our new service

Snowy sat truck

Time to take the BBC Newsline van to the satellite truck wash!

Satelitte Truck

It's on the road every day to be fair. Here it is in Hilltown for a lunchtime snow live

Jail for oil thief

A 39-year old Coleraine man who was part of a gang which

stole heating oil from a primary school has been jailed.

oil tank

Cold snaps

Here are some of your spectacular snow pics from around Northern Ireland.

Snow collage 16 Jan 2015

The Mournes ones come from

Richard Franklyn (top) and the other from a
keen photographer in Saval, County Down.

Wells to visit respite centre:

Derry Journal

The Derry Journal

reports that Health Minister Jim Wells will visit a Derry respite centre for children with disabilities amid widespread concerns over its future.

Jim Wells

In December, the Western Health Trust

said the unit, known as the Cottages, would not close but that services could be cut.

McGuinness on abortion stance

Martin McGuinness says his

party's support for a woman's right to a termination in cases of fatal foetal abnormality or pregnancies resulting from rape, is not incompatible with his Catholicism.

Martin McGuinness

Snoop headline made you smile

Thomas McClure


Snoop Dogg tweet
Ciaran McCauley

Thanks Thomas - it was a team effort, though most credit should go to BBC News NI Live reporter Ciaran Daly. It's a headline writer's dream.

Snooker: Allen progresses to semis

BBC Sport NI

Northern Ireland's Mark Allen progresses to the semi-finals of the Masters by beating Joe Perry, winning six frames to four.

Mark Allen
Getty Images

Allen laboured to victory but says he is relieved to be in the semi-finals.

Search to be escalated:

Impartial Reporter

The Impartial Reporter

says an escalated search of Lough Erne to recover missing man
Kieran McAree will take place this weekend.

Kieran McAree
Emyvale - pic family want used

Kieran McAree, 23, is thought to have gone into the water in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, on 17 December.

Nasty forecast

Cecilia Daly

BBC News NI Weather Presenter


tweets: It's looking nasty on the radar re snow showers especially north & west. Take care peeps. Tweet pics if safe to do so


Linfield sign Belezika:

BBC Sport NI

Linfield have brought in defender

Glenn Belezika on loan from Stockport County until the end of the season.

Glenn Belezika (right) in action for Oldham Athletic against Yeovil Town in 2013
Getty Images
Glenn Belezika (right) in action for Oldham Athletic against Yeovil Town in 2013

He fills the gap left by the return of Jamie Richards to Plymouth Argyll following his loan spell.

A&E on BBC Evening Extra:

Marie-Louise Connolly

BBC News NI Health Correspondent

BBC News NI Health Correspondent Marie-Louise Connolly


A&E 16 Jan 2015

M3 crash:

BBC NI Travel

In Belfast, there's been a crash on the M3 Lagan bridge with two lanes blocked, affecting traffic going towards the Sydenham Bypass in the Holywood direction.

Water disruption could get worse

Northern Ireland Water has said

disruption to supplies this weekend could be worse than that experienced in counties Fermanagh and Tyrone earlier this week.

Bottled water Derrygonnelly, County Fermanagh

The interruption to service is being caused by ongoing industrial action by trade unions over a pension dispute.

More snow on the way:

Cecilia Daly

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

BBC News NI weather presenter Cecila Daly

tweets: Heavy snow showers lining up west of Ireland ready to come in tonight. Snow will settle as temps fall.

Weather 16 Jan 2015

Newtownards redevelopment in doubt:

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

The future of a major redevelopment project in Newtownards

is in doubt after the company behind it was placed into administration.

Castlebawn site

The Castlebawn development was to include a 20,000 sq metre shopping centre, business park, hotel and care home.

Newry searches


PSNI Newry and Mourne


PSNI Newry & Mourne

HIA High Court challenge

Chairman of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry Sir Anthony Hart's

appeal against a High Court decision will be heard in early March.

Banbridge courthouse

The High Court has ruled a woman who says she was molested by a "very high-profile figure" should be granted her own lawyer at the inquiry. Sir Anthony has lodged a challenge to that verdict.

NI Water: Draperstown latest

NI Water says that an alternative water supply is now available for customers affected by

service disruption in Draperstown. Plastic water tanks are located at 82 Sixtowns Road, Draperstown.

snowmelt to wash
Patricia Gray
The air locking problem means some people living in Draperstown are having to use snowmelt to get water

Customers will need to bring their own containers to collect water from the tanks. For more information visit the

NI Water major incident page.

Road in Lisburn reopens

BBC NI Travel


Traffic tweet

Take a bow Rory:

BBC Sport NI

World number one Rory McIlroy recorded his first professional hole-in-one earlier. Watch it on the

European Tour's website.

Rory McIlroy celebrates his hole-in-one
Getty Images

McIlroy is only

two shots off the lead after day two of the Abu Dhabi Championship.

Institute v Dungannon off:

Londonderry Sentinel

The Londonderry Sentinel

tweets: MATCH OFF -
@Institute_FC v

Dungannon game off
Kevin McLaughlin

The game has been postponed due to an unplayable pitch.

Panto posters found:

Peter Coulter


Did we find

four missing posters to mark May McFettridge's 25th year as panto dame? Oh yes we did!

Panto poster found

BBC News NI reader Thomas Scallan presented the missing one to actor John Linehan on Good Morning Ulster earlier today.

Frostbite in Fermanagh?:

Impartial Reporter

The Impartial Reporter

says that part of the arm has fallen off one of the iconic statues on Enniskillen Townhall.

Armless statue Enniskillen
John McVitty

Severe freezing and high winds damaged the Royal Inniskilling Dragoon statue.

Water shortage:

Michael Fitzpatrick


Up to 150 homes in Draperstown, County Londonderry, are

without water because of an air locking problem,
NI Water has said.

Snow melt collected

Eilish Doyle has been collecting snow for melting because she has had no water supply for the past two days.

Fallen tree:

Keiron Tourish


Local farmers are clearing a tree from a road in Mullennan, just outside Derry city.

Mullennan, Derry

The wintry weather has caused significant

travel disruption in many parts of Northern Ireland.

MLA training report


tweets: Reporter @KevinMageeBeeb has caused a bit of a stir with his report on MLA training.
You can watch it again here.

The View

McKenna Cup prospects

Tyrone GAA fan Paddy Hunter

tweets: Play at Healy Park unlikely this Sunday !!

Healy Park 16 Jan 2015
Paddy Hunter

Barra says it'll probably be gone by then

Picture perfect

Yet more wintry conditions mean that once again Northern Ireland's amateur photographers have been out taking fantastic shots of the country in all its frosty finery.

Snow picture gallery

You can check out some of the images in

our picture gallery.

HIA legal aid appeal

Sir Anthony Hart, chairman of the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry, is to appeal a ruling that he unfairly denied legal representation to a witness.

The Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry is taking place in Banbridge courthouse, County Down

The High Court ruled that the woman, who says she was sexually assaulted by a 'very high profile' person, should get her own lawyer.

Delays M2 off-slip

Trafficwatch NI tweets


BBC Newsline truck in Hilltown

BBC Newsline

is live in Hilltown Co Down with the latest on the snow

Power restored to 15,000 homes

NIE emergency crews worked overnight to restore power to over 15,000 homes and businesses following damage caused to the electricity network by the severe gales on Thursday.

NIE repairs

There were around 500 incidents in Counties Armagh, Antrim and Down.

Judge throws a shape at Snoop

Derry judge

'smack talks' Snoop Dogg calling him a 'misogynist wretch'.

Snoop Dog

Airlock causing water problems

150 homes are off supply in Draperstown because of an airlock in the system. People affected are using snowmelt.

PAtricia Gray

NI Water says it has "multiple staff" trying to fix it.

Cave to win 150th Ulster cap

BBC Sport

Darren Cave will win his 150th provincial cap as Ulster travel to take on Toulon in the European Rugby Champions Cup tomorrow.

Darren Cave
Press Eye

Jared Payne has been named at

full back for the first time this season.

Orchestra saved?

The Ulster Orchestra says it is hopeful that its immediate financial problems have been solved and a deal has been agreed to secure its future.

Ulster Orchestra

BBC using anti-terror laws

Belfast Telegraph

The BBC is using anti-terror spy laws to trap licence fee dodgers in Northern Ireland,

the Belfast Telegraph reports.

Belfast Telegraph front page
Belfast Telegraph