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  1. Updates for Friday 30 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel from 07:00 on Monday, 2 February

Live Reporting

By Ciaran Daly and Dave Culbert

All times stated are UK

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Enjoy your weekend

Ciaran McCauley


That's us for today. Hope you have a good weekend and we'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 07:00 on Monday.

Eyewitness report of Belfast shooting

BBC Newsline reporter Martin Cassidy says that he spoke to an eyewitness to the

north Belfast shooting, which has resulted in a man being taken to hospital.

Oldpark shooting

She told him that she saw the victim slumped in the takeaway with what appeared to be a head wound.

Broken bottle attacker jailed

A Belfast man is

jailed for nine years for repeatedly hitting his partner with a broken bottle.

Laganside Courts

Brian Mongan, 41, from St Agnes Place, repeatedly attacked Julie Nevin at her flat on the Antrim Road last March.

Witness to shooting

Martin Cassidy


A witness to the shooting at a takeaway on Belfast's Oldpark Rd tells me she heard the shot and saw the aftermath. I'm live on BBC Newsline shortly with the latest.

Archive: SoS faces City Hall protest

BBC NI Archive

Today we've been feeding out nuggets from a briefing paper given to Tom King when he was made Secretary of State in 1985 -

it's essentially a rundown of what not to say when in Northern Ireland.

Jim Wells

But just two months into the job, the new secretary faced

protests and anger at Belfast City Hall following the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement. Among the protesters are the familiar (but fresher) faces of Jim Wells and Nigel Dodds.

SDLP 'will have post-election role'

SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell

predicts his party will play a role in the future of the UK government after the May Westminster elections.

Alasdair McDonnell

Shooting in north Belfast

Police say they're at the scene of a

shooting at a takeaway on Belfast's Oldpark Road

Oldpark Shooting
Sarah Monahan

It happened around 5.40pm. A man has been taken to hospital. His condition isn't known. The road is closed.

Illegal gaming operation smashed

Cash and gaming machines worth half a million pounds have been seized by police.

gaming machines

100 gaming machines, 3 roulette machines and £200K in cash were found in Belfast and Lisburn.

Shipbuilding mural unveiled

Peter Coulter


A new mural to commemorate Belfast's shipbuilding heritage

has been unveiled on Pilot Street.

Ship mural Belfast

It contains 54 photographs telling the stories of shipbuilders in the city over the last two centuries. Keep an eye out for it when you are driving home tonight.

Footballer convicted over drugs

Belfast Telegraph

An Irish League footballer has been convicted of possessing Class A drugs but acquitted of any intention to deal them,

the Belfast Telegrjohaph reports.

John McGuigan
Kirth Ferris

John McGuigan, who is currently on loan at Warrenpoint Town from Glentoran, admitted having a quantity of ecstasy and cocaine at a nightclub in south Belfast.

Agreement 'won't unravel'

Chris Page

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

Peter Robinson says he doesn't see the Stormont House Agreement "unravelling" as

Mike Nesbitt has claimed.

Peter Robinson

The DUP leader also said he thought broadcasters would be "going back to the drawing board" over

election TV debates.

Rare famine box at Linen Hall

Allan Preston


Last night, Belfast's Linen Hall library was presented with a rare gift over 160-years-old by a County Tyrone family - a rare famine box, complete with six food vouchers.

Famine Box

They were used in the famine relief in Omagh in 1847. You can hear more about this on

Evening Extra at 17:45.

Court orders dog back to owner

Michael Fitzpatrick


A dog owner has

won a court injunction to have their family pet returned after someone looking after the animal refused to hand it back.

Charlie the Dog

The owner of Charlie the dog left him with a pet minder for two weeks. Belfast County Court granted the injunction to have him returned yesterday.

Incinerator project queried:

Newtownabbey Times

Newtownabbey Times

reports that campaigners fighting plans for a massive waste incinerator near Mallusk claim doubts have been raised about the future of the body behind the project.

An artist's impression of the proposed waste facility at a quarry on the outskirts of north Belfast
Becon Consortium

Frances Black Friday gig off

Bad news for fans for Frances Black - the Irish singer has lost her voice and her performance this evening with Kieran Goss at the Grand Opera House

has been cancelled.

Libel case almost resolved;

Belfast Telegraph

A member of Northern Ireland's Policing Board is close to resolving her libel action against two colleagues,

the Belfast Telegraph reports.

Policing Board members were briefed about On The Runs in April 2010

Joan O'Hagan, an independent member, issued proceedings against the board, vice-chairman Stuart MacDonnell and former chairman Brian Rea.

NI political speak for newbies

We've mined some more advice given to Secretary of State Tom King in 1985 from the

newly released briefing papers from
the PRONI.

Tom King briefing

On the Republic of Ireland, the Free State and Eire were "unacceptable" terms and Ireland "best avoided". Meanwhile 'majority community' and 'minority community' were allowed for Protestants and Catholics - but not loyalists, Orangemen or republicans

'Disappointing' cannabis behind drugs bust

Two men were so disappointed with the quality of herbal cannabis sold in Carrickfergus that they

decided to grow their own, a court has heard.

Cannabis plant
Getty Images

Marcin Jarzebiak, 31, and Bartosz Czelaw Szadkowski, 38, admitted a charge of cultivating cannabis at Belfast Crown Court.

E-cig ban proposed in Republic

Electronic cigarettes could be banned from bars, restaurants and workplaces in the Republic of Ireland under proposed new laws.

Electronic cigarette
Electronic cigarettes could be banned from bars and restaurants in Ireland

They are already banned in hospitals and health centres.

Defibrillator welcomed:

Larne Times

Larne Times

reports that the mother of an Islandmagee footballer who died during an amateur league match in 2013 has welcomed the donation of a defibrillator to the Wilbourne Park club.

Cardiac Defibrillator
Press Association

Stuart Ross, 25, passed away while playing for Islandmagee's second team against Shankill United's reserves.

Jail for bottle attack

A man who admitted striking his victim several times on the head with a bottle has been

jailed at Londonderry Crown Court.

DERRY Bishop's Street Court house

Danny Campbell, 30, from Kular Court in William Street, Derry, carried out the unprovoked assault on William Street on 24 September 2013.

'Orange and green' no-go

Northern Ireland in 1985 was a place where you had to mind your language - not least if you were Secretary of State.

Tom King briefing
Ciaran McCauley

Papers released by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland show that the newly appointed SoS Tom King was briefed not to say 'Orange area' or 'Green area' publicly and also never to say 'being out here' as it was "provocative".

New Lyric chairman

Sir Bruce Robinson has been confirmed as the new Chairman of the Lyric Theatre in Belfast after

Mark Carruthers stepped down from the role earlier this month.

Sir Bruce Robinson

Stephen Douds has become Vice Chairman, succeeding Sid McDowell.

That chill in the air

It's going to be another

cold weekend with warnings for more snow on the way and wind chill will only make it feel colder.

PAtricia Coyle

But what exactly is wind chill? BBC Weather's

Peter Gibbs explains. Thanks to Patricia Coyle for sending us this pic of snowdrops in the snow.

Generation 2015

If you are aged 18-24 and eligible to vote in May's General Election, the BBC wants to hear from you.

Get heard

We are building Generation 2015, a UK-wide group of young voters who will take part in local and national BBC programmes in the run up to the General Election in May. Visit the

Generation 2015 website for more details.

A2 warning:




McGuinness hails 'positive' talks

Martin McGuinness says comments that the Stormont House Agreement could unravel are "silly". Earlier, UUP leader Mike Nesbitt said that the agreement could unravel if parties tried to renegotiate it.


The deputy first minister said: "Unfortunate terms such as 'unravelling' don't sit well with the progress we've made. That was a particularly silly comment to make."

Mind your words

A newly released document from the

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland has revealed how Secretary of State Tom King was advised on
what not to say after taking up the post in 1985.

Tom King briefing

The briefing on "expressions to be avoided" tells Mr King that he should avoid the phrases 'the mainland', 'the Six Counties' and 'the North of Ireland' while 'the North' and 'the Province' were ok to use.

Villiers responds to talks:

Theresa Villiers says that the process of implementing the Stormont House Agreement is going well.

Theresa Villiers

The Secretary of State said was speaking after

meeting Stormont party leaders to discuss the deal.

Agreement reaction:

Chris Page

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

BBC News NI political correspondent Chris Page


Chris Page

McIlroy leads in Dubai:

BBC Sport NI

Rory McIlroy is top of the

leaderboard after day two of the Dubai Desert Classic.

Rory McIlroy
Getty Images

The Holywood man had a round of 64, leaving him 14 under par for the tournament. He is two shots ahead of Graeme McDowell who is in a tie for third place, one shot behind Scotland's Marc Warren.

DUP reply to BBC

The DUP has responded to BBC Director General

Tony Hall's explanation of the party's omission from upcoming TV election debates.


In the letter the DUP states that its inclusion would help the political balance as there are only two Eurosceptic parties involved at present.

Rates 'won't pay for advisers'

Belfast ratepayers will not have to fund advisers for local parties after the city council opted against a proposed political assistance scheme.

Council tax bill

It would have seen around £700,000 collected from rates over the four years of the 'super council' and paid to political parties on the council collectively to fund special advisers for each group.

McCollum prison transfer costs:

News Letter

The News Letter

reports that unionists are asking why the UK taxpayer is to pay £353,000 prison costs for a Tyrone drug smuggler "when Dublin lobbied to return her" to Northern Ireland.

Michaella McCollum (left) and Melissa Reid on 24 September 2013

Justice Minister David Ford has revealed that Ms McCollum must pay her airfare but that the taxpayer would meet her £63,000 annual jail costs.

Long delays in Tullycarnet:

BBC NI Travel

AA Roadwatch


AA Roadwatch

Milk co-op merger:

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

Ballyrashane Co-Op, the County Londonderry-based dairy, is in merger talks with the Town of Monaghan Co-op.

Milk bottles

Ballyrashane has an annual turnover of £80m and employs around 150 staff.

Snow and sky

Phil Thompson tweets this lovely picture of Divis Mountain:

Phil Thompson

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