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  1. Updates for Tuesday 27 January 2015
  2. More updates from 07:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Ciaran McCauley and Conor Macauley

All times stated are UK

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That's it for another day on BBC News NI Live. We'll be back again at 07:00 on Wednesday.

Snow pic
Victor Miller

Remember there's

a snow warning in place from 08:00 tomorrow morning and it is forecast to be bitterly cold. Until tomorrow, you can keep up to date with the latest news on the
BBC News NI website.

150 years of Belfast's Jewish community

We've been taking a look at the

Jewish community in Belfast on Holocaust Memorial Day.

1964 consecration of Somerton Road Synagogue in north Belfast
Dennis Coppel

The community celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, although membership has fallen from a peak of 1,500 to just 80 people.

Budget passes:

Political correspondent Chris Page


Budget passes

1976: Moyle hospital

BBC NI Archive

A review into Northern Ireland's health service has said there are

too many hospitals for the 1.8 million population.

BBC Northern Ireland reporter Tim Daly

But as

this archive clip shows, news that Moyle hospitals in Larne were to stop offering round the clock care in 1976 was not a popular decision.

Cuts to come:

BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor John Campbell



Holocaust remembered:

BBC NI Archive

Commemorative events are being held across Britain today to mark 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz death camp.

Seamus Boyd and Lord Molyneaux

In this

archive clip from 2001, former Ulster Unionist leader Lord Molyneaux returned to location of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany, recalling his original journey to the camp.

Dynamite disposed of:


Bomb disposal officers have dealt with what are described as a number of old sticks of dynamite that are believed to date back a number of years.

A controlled explosion was carried out to dispose of the items and the Tobermore Road in Desertmartin has reopened.

Road reopens

BBC NI Travel

Security alert in Desertmartin has now ended with Tobermore Road reopened to traffic.

Six Tyrone departures:

BBC Sport NI

Joe McMahon and Kyle Coney are among

six players who are reported to have departed from the Tyrone football squad following Saturday's McKenna Cup final.

Tyrone's Joe McMahon

Joe McMahon, Dermot Carlin, Kyle Coney, Plunkett Kane, Mark Donnelly and Kevin Gallagher are the players in question.

Block grant cuts:

John Campbell


John Campbell

Ferry fight looms:

Newry Reporter

The Newry Reporter

says that a dispute between residents and planning services is on the horizon after the organisation granted approval for a £7m Greencastle/Greenore ferry project.

Over 200 objections were lodged in relation to the project.

Life without mum:

BBC Newsline's Tara Mills


Tara Mills tweet

You can see their story on BBC Newsline tonight at 6.30.

GAA chief backs Casement redevelopment

The GAA's director general Paraic Duffy has said again that he believes the

Casement Park redevelopment in west Belfast will become a reality.

GAA director general Paraic Duffy
©INPHO/Clive O'Donohoe

Last month, a ministerial decision to grant planning permission for the project was quashed but the GAA is set to submit a new planning application.

A&E escalation in place

The Ulster Hospital emergency department has put an escalation plan in place due to an extremely busy day.

Ulster Hospital

The hospital says it is working closely with the Belfast Trust and NI Ambulance Service to manage the situation.

Strike suspended

A strike by health workers that was planned for Thursday and next month in a row over pay has been suspended, unions announced.

East of England Ambulance

Union members in the ambulance service in Northern Ireland and England were considering a 48-hour continuous strike to escalate strike action in the New Year.

Bell to leave Ulster:

BBC Sport NI

Gloucester have appointed

Ulster Rugby's Jonny Bell as their new defence coach from next season.

Jonny Bell
Press Eye

The 40-year-old former Ireland centre takes over from John Muggleton, who will leave the club when his one-year contract expires in the summer.

Westlink delays:

Trafficwatch NI


Westlink 27 Jan 2015

QUB in Dubai university project:

A team from Queen's University in Belfast is to help in the development of a University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Dubai.

Queen's University

QUB will work in partnership with Dubai Healthcare City on the project, which includes setting up a college of medicine. The first students are expected to enrol in September 2016.

TV time for NI parties?

This morning David Cameron said he could

agree to Northern Ireland's parties being included in TV election debates - so what now for the broadcasters,
asks BBC political editor Nick Robinson.

TV Debates

In his blog, he writes that Northern Ireland parties have long been treated differently by broadcasters because the big parties "are not serious players" in this part of the UK.

Lawyers consulted over debate

Chris Page

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

Sinn Féin is consulting its lawyers over the plans for general election TV debates.

A party spokesperson said: "Sinn Féin are taking advice from our legal team over our lack of inclusion in the TV debates".

The DUP has already said it will consider legal action if the broadcasters do not change their proposals to include them.

No Irish decision on sale

Irish prime minister Enda Kenny says his government has made no decision on the offer from IAG, owners of British Airways, for Aer Lingus.

Aer Lingus

The Irish state has a 25% stake in Aer Lingus. Mr Kenny says any decision would have to take into account "the wider national interest".

NI to host Euro tournament:

BBC Sport NI

Northern Ireland has been selected to

host the 2017 European Women's U19 football championships finals.

Northern Ireland will be one of eight teams taking part in the tournament
Press Eye

Eight national teams, including Northern Ireland as hosts, will participate in the 16-day tournament with dates and venues to be announced.

Paisley wants OTR names

DUP MP Ian Paisley has repeated calls for the government to publish

a list of the names of people who received On the Run (OTR) letters.

Ian paisley

It emerged on Monday during an inquest into the murder of Gareth O'Connor in Newry, County Down, in May 2003 that the chief murder suspect was mistakenly given an OTR letter.

Suspicious object:

PSNI Magherafelt


Police tweet

Ireland's oldest man dies

Ireland's oldest man

has died at the age of 107. Michael Lambert from Ballintubber, County Roscommon, was born on 5 October 1907.

He became the oldest man in Ireland last November following the death of Luke Dolan, who was 108.

Real issues in OTR case

Justice Minister David Ford says there are "real issues" around

the murder of Gareth O'Connor and that he will be discussing it with PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton.

David Ford

At an inquest into Mr O'Connor's death on Monday, it was revealed that an On The Run letter was sent to the main suspect.

BMA reaction to NI health review

The British Medical Association has broadly welcomed

a Northern Ireland health review carried out by former chief medical officer of England, Sir Liam Donaldson.

Jim Wells at the assembly

But Dr John Woods of BMA said: "BMA does have serious concerns with regard to the proposals on introducing a duty of candour and is disappointed that this is a recommendation within the review."

Dundrum discovery

The wreck site of Brunel's steamship, the SS Great Britain, has been uncovered in Dundrum bay.

Dundrum bay

Watch a team of archaeologists discover the site in County Down where the ship ran aground.

Investing In NI:

Julian O'Neill

BBC News NI Business Correspondent

Our business correspondent says Aerospace company

Bombardier tops the list of companies given taxpayer financial support from Invest NI.


Since Invest NI was established in 2002, Shorts Brothers, or Bombardier as it now is, has had 64 offers of cash help worth a combined £65m. The aid has created or safeguarded more than 2,300 jobs, according to figures released by Invest NI.

Sinn Féin will not sit at Westminster:

Mid Ulster Sinn Féin MP Francie Molloy


Francie Molloy

McCollum prison transfer:

Chris Page

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

Justice Minister David Ford says that the transfer of Michaella McCollum to a jail in Northern Ireland has yet to be agreed with the Peruvian authorities.

Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid

Earlier this month, the Northern Ireland Prison Service said it would co-operate with the proposed

repatriation of the Tyrone woman convicted of smuggling drugs in Peru.

GAA player 'did not suffer'

The family of GAA player Steven Deeney, who collapsed and died during a training session in Limavady last week, say his death was caused by the rupture of a blood vessel.

Steven Deeney
Deeney family

Steven's sister Charleene Deeney told

Radio Foyle: "It was a spontaneous rupture of the aorta...there was nothing anybody could do and he did not suffer in anyway at all."

Missing sea god sought by police

Police have issued a missing

appeal with a difference - Manannán Mac Lir a six-foot sculpture statue of a Celtic sea god was stolen from Binevenagh Mountain near Limavady.

The Manannán Mac Lir statue at the viewing point on Binevenagh Mountain has been stolen
Owen Anderson

Officers are looking for "a well-known six foot tall striking local male with an athletic build".

Pensioner mugged:

Down Recorder

The Down Recorder

reports that a pensioner was mugged outside a chapel in Downpatrick town centre.

PSNI crest

A 72 year-old man was outside St Patrick's Church on St. Patrick's Avenue when a man in his twenties pushed him over and stole his wallet.

Commons crammed for corporation tax:

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor John Campbell

tweets: Packed House hangs on every word of Corporation Tax devolution debate.

House of commons

Omagh case could be dropped

The case against a man accused of a dissident republican bombing in Northern Ireland which killed 29 people could be dropped, a court has heard.

Seamus Daly

A senior barrister is due to give the DPP a "final opinion" on whether murder charges against Seamus Daly should proceed to trial within three weeks.

Police responded 'appropriately':

Keiron Tourish


PSNI Commander Tony Callaghan says police responded appropriately to a major incident

in John Street in Derry city yesterday given the information they had at the time.


Items were taken for examination. Nothing suspicious was found. The man in his 30s has now released into medical care.