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  1. Updates for Friday 23 January 2015
  2. Back again at 07:00 on Monday with more news, sport travel and weather

Live Reporting

By Ciaran McCauley and Conor Macauley

All times stated are UK

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Well, the debate has been raging all day among you about the Ulster fry, which

Fred Crawford insists is the best breakfast in the world, not just the UK.
Audrey Marks has been quite adamant on Twitter that there are 'NO BEANS' on an Ulster fry.

Ulster Fry

Have a good weekend, even if you like your Ulster fry with beans! We'll be back at 07:00 on Monday 26 January. You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news on

BBC News NI until then.

Sinn Féin on debates

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly says his party will be seeking equal representation on the

party leaders TV debates to be held in the run-up to the Westminister elections.

Obel latest

BBC Newsline reporter Martin Cassidy at the scene of the fire at Belfast's tallest building: "There was a fire on the roof but only the upper floors of the Obel building have been evacuated."

Martin reports that six fire appliances are attending but there is "no sense of panic".

Escaped convict caught

A father of two convicted murderers has been found after

absconding from a prison where he had also been serving a life sentence for murder.

Samuel McKinley
Prison Service
The prison service says Samuel McKinley, 53, is serving a life sentence for murder

Samuel McKinley, 53, did not return from a pre-release work scheme to Maghaberry Prison in County Antrim in December.

BreakingOpel alert

Reports are coming in of a fire in the Obel, Belfast's tallest building.

Obel building

BBC Newsline 18:30 cameras and reporter are heading to the scene.

Bike to the bus?:

The Department of Regional Development is considering putting

bike racks on buses.

Cycle lane

Consultation on a draft strategy on the issue closed on 21 November 2014 with a report due in February 2015.

Send us your pics

Remember you can send your pictures or stories to us by emailing, as

Belfast Snapper did this morning.

Belfast snapper

Conditions on the north coast at the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge were described as drizzly and damp. As long as it wasn't windy.

Greyabbey crash

BBC NI Travel

A crash is causing major delays on the Portaferry road outside Greyabbey towards Kircubbin. It happened about a mile and a half after Greyabbey primary school. Police are in attendance. Motorists advised to seek alternative route.

Cottages will not close:

Londonderry Sentinel

The Londonderry Sentinel

reports that the Western Trust says it never proposed closing a children's respite unit in the city.

Sad child looks at adult

A statement says: "The trust wishes to assure the public that it never proposed to close the Cottages residential respite service. Rather the trust has been reviewing this service and that work is continuing."

Antrim v Armagh:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph

reports that Neil Lennon is relishing tomorrow night's showdown between Northern Ireland's top club managers when he takes Bolton to Anfield for a fourth round FA Cup tie against a Liverpool side managed by Brendan Rodgers.

Brendan Rodgers
Getty Images

It may be Liverpool v Bolton but, given the bosses involved, it's also being billed here as Carnlough v Lurgan — and Antrim v Armagh.

Drama at sea


video has emerged of the moment a coastguard helicopter rescued the crew of a sinking Irish fishing boat off the western coast of Scotland.

A rescue worker lowers a line to the fishermen as their boat sinks

The Iuda Naofa got into difficulty at about 11:00 on Tuesday when it started taking on water about 48 miles (77km) off the Butt of Lewis. Three men were treated for mild hypothermia.

Traffic slow leaving Belfast:

BBC NI Travel

Traffic around Greater Belfast is moving slowly due to the rainy conditions.

On the M1 from junction one to junction six traffic is moving slowly. The Westlink is slow in both directions as is the M2 at the Nelson Street off-slip. The Boucher Road is also slow in both directions.

Boxers in abuse row:

Kevin Sharkey


A cross-community boxing club in Belfast is calling for more to be done to stamp out sectarian abuse.

The Dockers Club claims its supporters were verbally abused at a tournament in east Belfast last night. Full story on Radio Ulster's Evening Extra just after 5.30pm.

Murder trial for mother

A Lisburn woman has been ordered to stand trial accused of her

three-year-old son's murder.

Michelle Owens, 28, from Trinity Terrace in the city, is accused of murdering her son Brendan, on 3 July 2013.

All at sea:

It hasn't been grey and miserable all day today. Here's how Sheep Island looked earlier:

Picture of Sheep Island
Belfast Snapper

Thanks to Belfast Snapper, who took this picture from Carrick-a-Rede

Robinson writes to broadcasters:

DUP leader Peter Robinson

tweets that he has written to the broadcasters about the decision to exclude the DUP from the TV election debates.

Letter extract from Peter Robinson
Peter Robinson

The DUP has more seats than any of the other smaller parties proposed for the debate.

Alert a hoax

The security alert at Northwood Parade, north Belfast, has ended. Bomb disposal officers attended and declared it to be an elaborate hoax.

Lack of political progress:

Londonderry Sentinel

The Londonderry Sentinel

reports that Mayor of Derry Brenda Stevenson says her native city hasn't seen a dividend from the peace process.

Mayor Brenda Stevenson said the event was a chance to generate "positive publicity about a peaceful place intent on providing a better future"

"We have had relative peace since the Good Friday Agreement but have not seen the dividend of the peace process in the north west," she said.

Security alert: latest

This is the scene at Northwood Road in Belfast where several homes have been evacuated following a security alert.

Northwood road
Dermot Wynne

DUP MP for North Belfast Nigel Dodds

tweeted: Suspicious device at Northwood Road. Spoke to police and local residents at the scene. Hopefully it will be cleared soon.

Rape accused granted bail

A man accused of raping a woman as part of an alleged violent crime spree in Londonderry can be released from custody, a High Court judge ruled today.


Michael Carlin, 23, from Amelia Court in Derry, was granted bail on a total of 43 charges, including possession of a gun, multiple attempted car hijackings and sexually assaulting another alleged victim.

Police appeal after assault:


PSNI West Belfast



Fry-day debate:

Ciaran Daly


Who knew that a question about beans could provoke such a debate? We were asking if beans should be included in an Ulster fry (I for one believe the answer is a firm 'no').

Ulster Fry

Des Blackwater took to

Twitter to remonstrate that 'baked beans have no place in an Ulster fry' while Damien Milliken goes one step further by suggesting beans with an Ulster fry should be 'illegal'.

Steven Deeney

The man who died last night during a training session with his GAA club St. Aidan's Magilligan in Limavady was Steven Deeney, 32.

Steven Deeney

Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said: "Steven's death has shocked the GAA across Derry and beyond."

Belfast security alert:

The scene at the security alert in north Belfast.

Picture of security alert in north Belfast

A number of homes have been evacuated and Northwood Road has been closed.

Horse walks into a bar...

It may look like a pony has found his way into the Shamrock Bar in Draperstown, but this sight is actually an impressive mural.

Draperstown horse

The sign underneath reads 'Born To Run' in tribute to Bruce Springsteen. Maybe Prancing In The Dark would've been more appropriate...

Ice warning:

BBC weather presenter Barra Best

tweets: Take extra care tonight folks. A warning for ice has been issued from 18:00 tonight until 10:00 tomorrow

Weather warning

Bloody Sunday families' concerns:

Solicitors representing the families of those killed in Londonderry on Bloody Sunday met with the senior investigating office Det Ch Insp Ian Harrison to discuss the progress of the new investigation.

Peter Madden

Peter Madden of Madden & Finucane Solicitors said: "Serious concern was expressed about the fact that no soldier has yet been arrested or questioned."

Northwood road closed

The security alert in north Belfast is on the street opposite Seaview, home of Crusaders Football Club.

Northwood road

A number of homes have been evacuated and Northwood Road has been closed. There are no further details at present.

False alibi charge:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph

reports that a Lurgan woman is stand trial on a charge that she supplied a false alibi to a murder suspect on the day after prison officer David Black was killed.

David Black

Fiona McFadden, 29, of Killough Gardens, Lurgan, appeared at Belfast Crown Court today on a brief arraignment hearing. Ms McFadden pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Burns night in Belfast:

BBC NI Archive

It's Burns Night on Sunday and the annual celebration of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns will be marked across Northern Ireland.

Burns Night Belfast 1978

But as

this archive film from 1978 shows, Belfast has had its own way of celebrating Burns Night. Three words sum it up: Haggis, bagpipes, butchers.

Security alert confirmed:


PSNI North Belfast


PSNI Tweet 23 Jan 2015

Belfast security alert

North Belfast DUP councillor Guy Spence


Guy Spence tweet

NI parties excluded from TV debate

Broadcasters behind plans for televised General Election debates will invite the leaders of the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, UKIP, the SNP, the Green Party and Plaid Cymru but

not any of the Northern Ireland parties.

Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson says he'll write to the BBC and ITV to ask why his party hasn't been included, in spite of being fourth largest at Westminster.

Co Antrim doctor dies in skiing accident

Irish News

The Irish News



No-bean scene

Ciaran McCauley


We were talking Ulster fries, thanks to this

BBC iWonder write-up that says it's the best cooked breakfast in the UK. But is it beans or no beans?

Ulster Fry

We say no way (it was 8-3 in a straw poll). But can anyone make a case for the humble bean? Let us know on

Facebook or by emailing

Bloody Sunday meeting 'robust'

BBC Radio Foyle

Solicitors for some of the families of Bloody Sunday victims say a meeting with detectives investigating the killings this morning was "robust".

Peter Madden

Solicitor Peter Madden told

BBC Radio Foyle that families raised "a serious concern" over the lack of questioning of soldiers.

Stabbing arrest


Police have arrested a 16 year old male in connection with the stabbing of a man at Duncairn Parade, Belfast last night.

Ulster team named:

BBC Sport NI

Iain Henderson will play his first match for seven months when Ulster end their dismal

European Champions Cup campaign at home to Leicester.

Ulster's Iain Henderson
Press Eye

Internationals Rory Best, Tommy Bowe, Luke Marshall and Craig Gilroy return having missed the province's record 60-22 defeat by Toulon last weekend.