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  1. Updates for Monday 26 January 2015
  2. More updates from 07:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Ciaran Daly and Dave Culbert

All times stated are UK

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Ciaran Daly


It's goodnight from us on BBC News NI Live but we'll be back again at 07:00 on Tuesday morning.

Until then, you can keep up with all of the latest news in your area on the

BBC News NI website.

Ramada sold for £2.75m:

BBC News NI Economics and Business Editor John Campbell


John Campbell 26 Jan 2015

Frankenstein on the loose

Maggie Taggart

BBC News NI Arts Correspondent

Filming on

The Frankenstein Chronicles began today in Northern Ireland.

Sean Bean
Getty Images

Sean Bean and Anna Maxwell Martin will star in the reworking of one of literature and cinema's most iconic stories. It will be broadcast by ITV.

Street shelter group:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph

reports that community group Common Law Northern Ireland was responsible for the emergency sleeping shelter in Victoria Street in Belfast city centre.

The sign that was placed on the side of the sleeping shelter in Victoria Street in Belfast

Belfast City Council has removed the box on the basis that it was there without permission.

UUP motion fails

A UUP motion calling on the education minister to review his decision to support the establishment of

an Irish-medium secondary school in Dungiven has been defeated in the assembly having failed to attract cross-community support.

John O'Dowd

The debate centred on Coláiste Dhoire, a planned Irish-medium post-primary school, with the proposers of the motion raising concerns over its "rationality, affordability and sustainability".

Labour backs NI politicians

A Labour party source has told the Press Association that Ed Miliband would back the inclusion of Northern Ireland parties in TV general election debates.

Ed Miliband

The source said: "This is a decision for the broadcasters but we can see no good reason to treat Northern Ireland differently to the rest of the United Kingdom in these debates."

Line reopens


Following a security alert between Belfast Central & Bangor the line has reopened. Knock on delays expected as service resumes to normal

Sydenham bypass reopens:

BBC NI Travel

Sydenham bypass has just been reopened citybound at Tillysburn.

Corporation tax optimism

Belfast Telegraph

A majority of companies are confident that slashing Northern Ireland's corporation tax rate will have a positive effect on their businesses according to a straw poll, the

Belfast Telegraph reports.


Mark Simpson


BBC News NI reporter Mark Simpson

tweets: If you're thinking of driving into Belfast along the Sydenham Bypass...think again.

Mark Simpson tweet

Further delays in Belfast:

BBC NI Travel

A minor collision on Sydenham road outside the Odyssey is adding to delays from Dee Street towards the city centre in Belfast.

Commuter queues

The ongoing security alert near Sydenham bypass in Belfast is wreaking

havoc for commuters.


Our reporter Mervyn Jess is at Belfast Central railway station where there are long queues.

Weather latest:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

It's fairly calm tonight with

some isolated showers in places.


Temperatures will typically fall to 3-4C so there shouldn't be any ice or frost tomorrow morning.

Children's wellbeing:

Chris Page

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

Legislation that would compel executive departments to work together for children's wellbeing

has passed through its latest stage in the assembly.

Schoolchildren playing hop-scotch

The law, if passed, would mean departments would be legally bound to co-operate in order to improve children's wellbeing in a number of areas, including health and learning.

Death not suspicious

Police say

the death of a man in Newry, County Down was not suspicious.

The body of Rimantis Tamosiunas was discovered in an end-of-terrace house in Catherine Street, Newry

The body of Rimantis Tamosiunas, 56, was found inside a house on Catherine Street at about 20:00 on Saturday. He was originally from Lithuania.

Redundancy scheme date

The executive's voluntary redundancy scheme could open for applications by March 2015, the finance minister has told the assembly.

Simon Hamilton

Simon Hamilton said the scheme would be voluntary, and would run for four years.

Bus and train delays:




Access to City airport

BBC NI Travel



Belfast congestion:

BBC NI Travel

To help ease congestion due to the ongoing security alert at Sydenham Bypass, traffic heading towards Belfast from Bangor is advised to leave the A2 Belfast road at Holywood, at the Church road junction.

Belfast traffic

From here, it is possible to travel towards Belfast by continuing along the B170, Ballymiscaw road, then to Belmont road and then on to the A55 outer ring road at Parkway.

Sounds like this:

Our reporter Will Leitch tweets: My report - online safety for kids - sent to BBC Radio Ulster via the internet. On NNC Evening Extra shortly - looks like this:

Picture of sound desk
Will Leitch

You can hear how it all worked out on Evening Extra any minute now

Boxer convicted of assault:

Former world boxing champion

Eamonn of beating up a woman in a north Belfast flat.

Boxer Eamonn Magee

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard Louise Mullan was left with rib and leg injuries in a 'no-warning' attack during a drinking session at a friend's apartment in July 2014.

43-year-old Magee, who was known as The Terminator during his 33-fight professional career, will be sentenced in four weeks' time.

Dodds welcomes PM comments

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds welcomed David Cameron's comments questioning the omission of Northern Ireland's

parties from proposed television debates.

Nigel Dodds

Mr Dodds said: "The fact that the prime minister has recognised this and has not confirmed that he will be taking part adds considerable weight to our position."

Londonderry alert:

BBC Radio Foyle presenter Mark Patterson



Sydenham bypass closed:

BBC NI Travel

Trafficwatch NI


Traffic watch 26 Jan 2015

John Street, Derry latest:


Police are at the scene of an incident at John Street in Derry where there are concerns for the safety of a man. The alert was raised at about 14:30. Officers have spoken to the man, who is in a block of flats overlooking the street, say police.

John Street Derry

Police do not believe there is any direct threat to other members of the public.

Bypass congestion

Congestion builds on the Sydenham bypass in Belfast as the result of a security alert.

Traffic congestion

I received most OTR letters: Kelly

BBC News NI Political Correspondent Chris Page

tweets: Gerry Kelly says his name was on most of the On the Run letters as a conduit for Sinn Fein. Says he doesn't believe PIRA killed Gareth O'Connor.

Kelly on OTR letter:

BBC News NI political correspondent Chris Page

tweets: Re Gareth O'Connor inquest: SF MLA Gerry Kelly says he doesn't know to whom the OTR letter was sent or what it was about.

Orange in arson attacks talks:

A delegation from the Orange Order has met with the justice and equality minister in the Republic of Ireland, Frances Fitzgerald, to discuss recent arson attacks on Orange halls.

The Order's Grand Secretary Drew Nelson joined Donegal members from Newtowncunningham and Convoy for the meeting, held at the order's request, in Dublin.

Weather warning:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

There's snow in the air. Bitter winds will drive snow showers our way on Wednesday and Thursday.

Weather map

Hurricane Flying towards Cheltenham:

BBC Sport NI

Hurricane Fly is "all go" for the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle on 10 March after clinching a record

fifth Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown on Sunday, says trainer Willie Mullins.

Hurricane Fly at Leopardstown

The big question now is will Ruby Walsh ride Hurricane Fly or hot favourite Faugheen?

Tough decision says our horse racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght.

Lane reopens

BBC NI Travel

Sydenham bypass has been reopened citybound at Tillysburn with traffic eased from the Holywood Exchange. However, it's likely to be closed again within the next half an hour. That's in both directions between Dee street and Middlepath street.

Bradley seeks answers from Sinn Féin:

SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley says Sinn Féin has questions to answer after a man considered to be a chief suspect in a murder case was mistakenly given an

On the Run letter.

Dominic Bradley

Mr Bradley said: "Gerry Kelly must now come forward and reveal all he knows about this horrendous case. He has evaded the Westminster OTR inquiry, he denies victims and their families truth. He cannot be allowed to do so again."

Ballymacarrett road:

East Belfast DUP Councillor Gavin Robinson


security alert

Sydenham Bypass closed:

Sydenham Bypass has now been closed in both directions at Dee street and Tillysburn due to an ongoing security at Ballymacarrett road. Diversions are in place.

Derry security alert:


PSNI Foyle


Secuirty alert

GP shortage:

Chris Page

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

BBC News NI Political Correspondent


Chris PAge 26 Jan 2015

'Sorry' for sectarian abuse

BBC Sport NI

Cavan midfielder Gearoid McKiernan has

apologised to Monaghan defender Drew Wylie after being found guilty of using sectarian language against him.

Cavan midfielder Gearoid McKiernan
Gearoid McKiernan was sent-off during the second half of Cavan's win over Monaghan

McKiernan was given a two match ban which has now ended.

Security alert:

BBC NI Travel

The A2 Sydenham bypass has been closed Belfast-bound at Tillysburn due to an ongoing security alert. Motorists are advised to seek another route.