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  1. Updates for Tuesday 20 January 2015
  2. More updates from 07:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Conor Macauley and Ciaran McCauley

All times stated are UK

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Ciaran McCauley


That's us for today - we'll be back again tomorrow from 07:00 with all the latest news, sports, weather and travel.

Wednesday 20 Jan weather

Weather wise, there's a warning for snow and ice and it's going to be baltic overnight, so take it easy on the roads and wrap up warm until Wednesday.

Ducking though traffic

Hear the one about ducks crossing the road? Well, even they have to make their way home at rush hour - even if they do cause a bit of traffic chaos like they did in Comber earlier.


Thanks to Simon Thompson for the


Neeson faces gun boycott;

Belfast Telegraph

The US arms company that supplied weapons for the film Taken 3 has criticised its star Liam Neeson for blaming terror attacks on the lack of gun control in the US and abroad,

the Belfast Telegraph reports.

Liam Neeson
Getty Images

PARA USA said: "We will no longer provide firearms for use in films starring Liam Neeson."

Farm death man 'in his 50s'

A man in his 50s has died and a second man has been injured in an incident on the Derrycarne Road, Craigavon police say.

Derrycarne Road

Our reporter Gordon Adair is on the scene and will be reporting on BBC Newsline.

Investigation into fatal accident

The Health and Safety Executive says an investigation has started into an

accident on a farm near Craigavon that killed one man and left another seriously injured.

'Teddy-bear grabber' thief jailed

A serial shoplifter who tried to steal a teddy-bear grabber slot machine is

jailed for 16 months.

Laganside Courthouse

Daniel Madden, 27, of Wall Street, Belfast, also stole iPhones and hundreds of pounds worth of clothing, Belfast Magistrates' Court heard.

Lengthy ban for McDaid

BBC Sport NI

Cliftonville striker

David McDaid is banned for six matches after being found guilty of head-butting a player during an Irish Cup game.

The former Derry City player was shown a straight red during a 6-0 win over Ards Rangers.

'Little impact' on town centre;

Ballymena Times

William Wright, the father of the man behind a church's plan for a major development at Ballee, says it will have "little impact" on Ballymena town centre,

the Ballymena Times reports.

BreakingBreaking News

One man dies and another is seriously injured in an accident on a farm on Derrycarne Road near Craigavon.

It's understood the men are construction workers and were building a barn when they fell from the roof.

Dallat on water talks

Regional Development committee member John Dallat welcomes the ongoing talks between unions and NI Water.

Man carrying bucket

He tells

Evening Extra: "This is not an opportunity to score political points or to beat up trade unions."

Deer in the frame

This fallow deer was spotted taking a stroll in the snow at Hillfarm House in Londonderry.

Deer in snow
Kevin Harkin

Thanks to Kevin Harkin for the perfectly timed shot.

Fragile business

Pubs of Ulster says news that Ten Square hotel in Belfast has gone into administration is "a timely reminder of how fragile the hospitality sector remains".

Ten Square hotel

But it said that the fact the hotel remains trading is "positive news".

Glenshane fog

BBC NI Travel

A tweeter says that fog is causing problems on the Glenshane Pass.

Snow on Glenshane Pass

This photo from near the pass earlier shows how conditions have been affecting it today.

Archive: Historic house in '77

BBC NI Archive

900 acres around the Mount Stewart House in County Down has been

bought by the National Trust for £4m - but what was the house like before it ever opened to the public?

Mount Stewart House

Our archive video takes a look back to 1977, a day before the house first threw open its doors to visitors.

Weather warning

BBC NI Weather's Cee Daly
tweets: Before setting out on the roads this evening, be aware warnings have been issued for snow and ice from 5pm

Weather map

£1m for events fund

Enterprise minister Arlene Foster confirms that £1m will be used to secure the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) events fund for this year.

Arlene Foster

Last October, it was announced that the

fund would be scrapped. The minister now says the fund, that helped finance events like the North West 200 and Belfast's Culture Night, will stay in place.

Travel update

BBCNI Travel tweets:

Travel tweet

In numbers: Meals on wheels

Throughout the day we've received figures from Northern Ireland's health trusts on how many people get 'meals on wheels'. Earlier we reported that the South Eastern Health Trust would be

dropping its daily service in favour of delivering frozen meals every fortnight.

Meals on wheels figures

Water off and off school

1,053 children from Tyrone and Fermanagh didn't go to school today - their schools were closed because of the

water crisis.

NI Water said 7,750 properties remained without a water supply on Tuesday morning and further problems are expected throughout the day

Dromore road reopens

BBC NI Travel

In County Down, the Slievenaboley Road in Dromore is open again after the removal of a lorry which overturned yesterday.

Meanwhile, tomorrow there will be a 7.5 tonne weight restriction on the Strangford ferry between 10.00 and 16:00 to allow for maintenance.

No meeting with executive leaders over water.

Danny Kennedy tells the assembly he tried to get a meeting with the First and Deputy First minister in December about the water crisis. The meeting didn't happen.


He has briefed colleagues at an executive meeting and on Saturday night got a call from Martin McGuinness in relation to `constituency issues`.

No water for company dinner.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster tells the assembly she knows of a new business which is trying to host a dinner for 40 people tonight, but has no water.


She rang the MLA hotline but it was temporarily unavailable.

Dispute parties urged to stay in talks

Danny Kennedy says he's doing `everything in his power` to get services restored and he's asked both parties to the water dispute to stay at the Labour Relations Agency until it's sorted.

Treatment works

Minister calls for emergency protocol to be reinstated

Regional Development Minister tells the Assembly if there's no resolution of the water dispute today, the emergency protocol that was in place over Christmas must be re-instated

Danny Kennedy

He says talks at the Labour Relations today have been positive in tone.

Urgent question on water at Assembly

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy is about to answer an urgent question in the Assembly on the water dispute

Danny Kennedy at Labour Relations Agency
Danny Kennedy

Earlier he attended talks at the Labour Relations Agency, saying he wasn't prepared to tolerate the disruption for "one moment longer".

Snow in Sperrins heading east

BBC NI Weather

tweets: Heavy #snow falling in the #Sperrins area heading towards the #Glens. Cee

WEather map

£30k on goodbye events:

Down Recorder

The Down Recorder

reports that Down District Council is set to spend £30,000 on a series of events to mark its 42 years in existence, just days before the organisation is consigned to history.

Down District Council flag
Down District Council flies its own flag

The celebrations are scheduled to take place in March ahead of the organisation's merger with its neighbour in Newry and Mourne.

Lapping it up

Education minister John O'Dowd says that some of the £5.4m given to the department in the January monitoring round will be spent replacing teacher laptops. They were issued in 2007.

John O'Dowd

He also says that some of the £5.4m will be used to purchase a site for a potential rebuild of Dromore High School.

Belfast hotel into administration:

Julian O'Neill

BBC News NI Business Correspondent

Four-star boutique hotel Ten Square in Belfast city centre has gone into administration.

Ten Square, Belfast

The hotel remains open for now.

'Groping' solicitor fined

Down Recorder

A Downpatrick solicitor has been ordered to pay a woman colleague compensation of £2,500 after a drunken sexual assault,

the Down Recorder reports.

Chris Logue, 34, was also ordered to pay a £1,000 fine after being sentenced at Downpatrick Court House yesterday.

Killen primary school closure:

Keiron Tourish


David Crawford, principal of Killen Primary School, just outside Castlederg, County Tyrone had to close today due to lack of water.

David Crawford Killen PS

Mr Crawford spoke about the logistical nightmare it created but the principal was able to confirm that all 103 pupils are now home safely thanks to a texting system.

£1.2m Centre to open after delay:

Impartial Reporter

The Impartial reporter

says that a healthy living centre in Belcoo, County Fermanagh will open at the end of January after a 12 month delay.

The facility which cost cost £1.2m, will be run by Lakeland Community Care.

Water talks all-nighter?

Andy West


Both sides in the

ongoing water dispute - NI Water and the unions - are prepared to keep talking overnight to resolve it.

Ryan McKinney

Ryan McKinney, of Nipsa, says that while he welcomes the involvement of minister Danny Kennedy, the unions "won't be bullied" into making concessions.

Dairy farmer protection:

Farming Life

Farming Life

reports that south Down MP Margaret Ritchie has called for key steps to be taken to protect dairy farmers.

Cow generic

Ms Ritchie outlined urgent key measures that must be taken to protect farmers who are facing 'a dairy crisis' with the volatility in the market set to continue.

Windy winter:

The weather has improved but it's still a chilly day at Springwell Forest near Coleraine says Johnny Allen, who took this picture.

Springwell forest
Johnny Allen

Fake gun man jailed

A Derry man has been sentenced to

16 months in prison for pointing a fake gun at two boys and threatening to kill them.

Bishop's Street Court House L'Derry

Gary McClintock, 27, from Dundrean Park, Derry brandished a lighter that resembled a revolver. Mr McClintock pleaded guilty to all charges.

Royal roadworks

Getting discharged usually makes it easier to leave hospital.

Royal hospital exit 20 Jan 2015

But at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast today, finding a way out of, or into, the Falls Road entrance might be a little more difficult than usual.

Meeting on water crisis

The Department of Regional Development committee has called an emergency meeting for 10:00 tomorrow morning on the

ongoing water dispute between NI Water and unions.

Danny Kennedy outside the Labour Relations Agency

They've asked to see department officials and minister Danny Kennedy. The minister will also be asking an urgent question at the Northern Ireland Assembly today at 15:30.

Water debate

William Crawley

BBC Talkback presenter

On BBC Talkback today, we've been talking about the

water crisis - we had callers Daniel and Sean on earlier.

Daniel argued that workers have the right to fight for their pensions. Sean, from Ederney, says his water has been off since yesterday and that the situation is a "disgrace". You can

listen back to their views on Audioboom.