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

Live Reporting

By Ciaran Daly and Dave Culbert

All times stated are UK

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Good night

Ciaran McCauley


Thanks again for all your pictures and contributions today - we'll see you again on Tuesday from 07:00.

AListair Hamill

Until then, many thanks to Alistair Hamill for this lovely shot of the sunset over Belfast from Divis Mountain.

'Act on libel laws'

News Letter

Baroness Randerson says the government "greatly regret" Stormont's refusal to reform Northern Ireland's libel laws and the assembly should act on the issue,

the News Letter reports.

Jenny Randerson
Liberal Democrats

Snow place like home

There hasn't been too much disruption because of snow today but there's still plenty of the white stuff around, as your pictures show.

Snow collage

Clockwise from top left we have Benevenagh Mountain, Castlerock, Templepatrick and the Mournes. Thanks to Eoin O'Connell, Deborah North, Eamonn O'Sullivan and Philip Blair for the pics.

'Brave' efforts to save fire victim

The 22-year-old man who

died following a house fire in Ballyclare has been named locally as Brian Heaney.

Brian Heaney

Mr Heaney was pulled from his home by a passer-by but died in a hospital a short time later. Fire service area commander Colin Dickson said the man should be "commended for his bravery".

Touchdown in the studio

Evening Extra

Barry Kiel from the Belfast Trojans American football team joined us in the studio to talk about last night's dramatic Superbowl and how the sport is going in Northern Ireland.

Belfast Trojans

As you can see, he came suitably kitted out too. He may yet convert presenter Conor Bradford.

Ireland can call on Murray

BBC Sport NI

Scrum-half Conor Murray has recovered from a neck injury and is

available to play in Ireland's opening Six Nations game against Italy this Saturday.

Conor Murray

Cocaine kept 'under duress'

A man has claimed he was

keeping up to £180,000 worth of cocaine in his north Belfast home under duress, a court hears.

Laganside Courts

Terence Jamison, 56, was arrested after police seized drugs at his Kilcoole Park home last Friday. He is charged with possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.

Super superbowl:

Evening Extra

Coming up: Barry Kiels from the Belfast Trojans American football team will be in the studio to chat about last night's Superbowl. Did you stay up to watch it?

Plain packaging 'by next year'

Health minister Jim Wells tells

Evening Extra that he believes plain tobacco packaging will be introduced in Northern Ireland next year.


He said that the move to plain packaging is part of a

UK-wide initiative with the governments in England, Wales and Scotland all proposing to implement the same legislation.

Police at Maghaberry:

Kevin Sharkey


I'm at Maghaberry Prison, where a single armoured police Land Rover with rooftop camera has just entered the gates.


There are very few details available on the

"ongoing incident" inside the perimeter. But it seems management withdrew staff from Roe House, where dissident republicans are held, earlier today.

Assembly call for college funds

Maggie Taggart

BBC News NI Education Correspondent

Unionists and nationalists have united in a call for the

retention of extra payments to St Marys and Stranmillis University colleges.

St Marys University

They are due to lose more than £2m each they get annually. During a debate in the assembly earlier, speakers on both sides of the chamber called on employment and learning minister Stephen Farry to reinstate the premia payments.

Train delays

There's a broken down train on the Bangor-Portadown-Bangor line.

@nirailways says delays are expected.

BBC NI Travel

A broken down vehicle's blocking part of the Knock Road just before Sandown Road, causing long delays towards Castlereagh Road in Belfast.

'Sorry' over cancelled operations

Health Minister

Jim Wells has apologised to patients whose orthopaedic operations were cancelled at Musgrave Park Hospital in Belfast.

Jim Wells

Last week, the BBC

revealed that more than 100 scheduled procedures were cancelled.

BBC NI Travel

Delays on the Westlink now in both directions

Would you like ice with it?

There's a beautiful sunset in Rathfriland, County Down tonight

Drumlough Lake Rathfriland
David Scott

David Scott sent us this short video of the frozen water on Drumlough Lake. You can check it out


Snow tonight:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

There's snow forecast tonight, but the Met Office says Antrim and Down may escape the worst - although an ice risk is still in place.

Archive: Councillors view on Emmanuelle

BBC NI Archive

The film Fifty Shades of Grey starring Jamie Dornan has been passed uncut and will be shown in cinemas with an 18 certificate. But how were controversial films greeted in Belfast in the past?

Emmanuelle protest

In 1975,

Belfast City councillors were given a preview of the French film Emmanuelle after it was given an X-Rated certificate. It was due to be shown in the
ABC Cinema.

Drive safely

Travelwatch NI


Travelwatch salting
Ciaran McCauley

Is it ever too cold to snow?

If you've stepped outside today you'll know that it's absolutely baltic, as they say around these parts. This wintry scene was sent in to us by Jimmy McMullen.

Jimmy McMullen

But is it ever really too cold to snow? Well, you can read through this little handy guide about the

myths and facts associated with the weather and know for sure.

Newtownards road reopens

BBC NI Travel

Portaferry Road in Newtownards has reopened after a crash.

Plain tobacco packaging for NI

Northern Ireland will introduce

standardised packaging on tobacco products next year, the health minister confirms.

Department of Health images of how standardised packaging may look
Department of Health

Jim Wells said Northern Ireland would be included in proposed UK-wide regulations.

Prison 'incident' at Roe House

It's understood that the

"ongoing incident" at Maghaberry Prison is at Roe House, a building where dissident republican prisoners are held separately from other inmates.


The prison service says staff are trying to resolve the incident but are not making further comment.

Almost 200 houses to be built

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced his Department's intention to give planning permission for the construction of 197 homes in Derry city.

Houses in Belfast

The proposal is for social housing units with landscaping and associated site works, on lands at Galliagh, south of Skeoge Link Road and adjacent to the Lower Galliagh Road.

'Regret' over stabbing

A 50-year-old man who stabbed a Belfast business owner has expressed his

"regret and remorse" for the attack, a court hears.

Laganside courtroom

Raymond Allardyce, of Bannview Heights, Banbridge, admits wounding Denis Wolsey, 67, with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

More snow tonight

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Two to three centimetres of snow may fall in some low level areas tonight. Showers won't affect everywhere. Warnings have been issued.

Snow Monday 2 Feb

Talks over refugee role for NI

Gareth Gordon

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

The Executive is in exploratory discussions with the Home Office to see if it can play a role in helping the Syrian refugee crisis according to the deputy first minister.

Martin McGuinness

Martin McGuinness said he believed they should respond positively to the call for help by the UN refugee agency.

Crash in Newtownards

BBC NI Travel

Portaferry Road in Newtownards is closed in both directions near Finlays Road after a three vehicle collision. Diversions are in place.

Meanwhile, the Newbridge Road in Lisnaskea is open again after a crash.

Judicial review dates:

Louise Cullen


Mr Justice Treacy granted the Human Rights Commission leave

to pursue a judicial review of abortion law in Northern Ireland and listed the case for 3 days from 15-17 June.

Lord Justice Treacy

Mr Justice Treacy said the case raised issues of considerable public importance, important enough to deserve a hearing.

Fire not suspicious:

Andy West


BBC News NI reporter


Andy West

UKIP meets first minister

Deputy leader of UKIP, Paul Nuttall, says he doesn't think any regional parties should be included in the upcoming television debates ahead of the election.

Paul Nuttall

Mr Nuttall met First Minister Peter Robinson this morning and said that if parties such as the SNP and Plaid Cymru are involved, the DUP should be included too.

Freedom of Information:

BBC Business Correspondent Julian O'Neill



Magilligan escapee still at large:

News Letter

The News Letter

reports that a man sentenced for causing the deaths of two parents in 1999 remains "unlawfully at large" from Magilligan Prison.

Desmond Savage
NI Prison Service

The north Belfast man who looked after the two children orphaned after that head-on collision with a stolen car in 1999 has slammed the justice system as "a joke".

Durkan backs Magee expansion

SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has said expansion at the Magee campus of the University of Ulster is the best way of delivering and sharing the benefits of higher education growth in Northern Ireland.

Mark Durkan

Mr Durkan said that unless the expansion was delivered Northern Ireland was in danger of exporting a university every year.

'Ongoing incident' at Maghaberry

The Prison Service says there is an ongoing incident at Maghaberry and they are trying to "resolve" the situation.

The incident happened at Maghaberry prison in County Londonderry

Judicial review leave granted:

Louise Cullen


The High Court in Belfast has granted permission for a judicial review of the

abortion law in Northern Ireland.

Fire fatality named:

Andy West


The man who died at a

Ballyclare house fire last night has been named locally as Brian Heaney.

House fire

The 22 year-old has been described as a a "gentle giant" and a "true gentleman."

Hammer attack during burglary

Two people are injured after being attacked with a hammer and crowbar by three masked men who burgled their home in Coleraine.

They were treated in hospital for cuts and bruising.

DUP regret union leaflets:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph reports that the DUP has admitted regret over its handling of the flag protests, which began in December 2012.

Loyalists protested in Lisburn

DUP MLA Sammy Douglas said: "Could we have done things differently? I would say yes, if I look back we probably could have done."

Free WiFi for Ballycastle

Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey MLA, has announced funding to

provide free WiFi for Ballycastle.


The funding of £12,287 from the Department for Social Development is being matched by Moyle District Council and will provide free WiFi for locals and tourists in Ballycastle's Diamond and seafront areas.