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  1. Updates for Tuesday 3 February 2015
  2. More updates from 07:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Ciaran Daly and Dave Culbert

All times stated are UK

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Good night

Ciaran McCauley


That's all we have have for today. Wherever you are, we hope you're preparing to chill out and warm up - like these dairy cows and starlings preparing to hunker down for another cold night in Greencastle (thanks for the picture Stephen Rooney).

Greencastle at sunset
Stephen Rooney

We'll be back from 07:00 tomorrow with more news, sport, weather and travel from across the country.

Frosty feeling

The snow's dissipated but today has been all about staying ice cold judging by your weather pictures of the frozen conditions.

Frost pictures

Clockwise from top left we have a frozen over dam at Altnahinch, Hare's Gap in the Mournes, Loughgiel Lough and Lagan Meadows. Thanks to Brian Fullerton, Emma Kerrigan, Sean Paul McKillop and Gary Gray for the pics.

Weather week ahead

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Here's how your weather's shaping up into the weekend. Plenty of settled conditions.

03 Feb Weather week

Maghaberry visits 'return to normal'

The Northern Ireland Prison Service says that visits to Maghaberry Prison will return to normal from tomorrow.

Maghaberry Prison

Visits were suspended after an

incident involving dissident republican inmates on Monday.

Duffy in dreamland

BBC Sport NI

Former Derry City winger Michael Duffy says he's

living a boyhood dream after signing for Scottish champions Celtic.

Michael Duffy

The Northern Ireland U21 international

made the move yesterday after a prolific season for the Candystripes.

MLA's speaking rights back next week

The Northern Ireland Assembly confirms that Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan will be allowed to speak in the house from next week.

Phil Flanagan

Mr Flanagan was barred from speaking for challenging the authority of the chair but

apologised earlier to speaker Mitchel McLaughlin.

NI MPs vote in baby debate

Alliance's Naomi Long was the only Northern Ireland MP to vote in favour of a passed law at Westminster that will

allow babies to be created from the DNA of three people.

Naomi Long

Press Association reports that the DUP, SDLP and independent MP Sylvia Hermon voted against while Nigel Dodds, Ian Paisley, David Simpson and Alasdair McDonnell were absent from the debate.

First female moderator?

Peter Coulter


Will the Presbyterian Church in Ireland

elect its first female Moderator tonight?

Presbyterian Church

The Rev Liz Hughes just missed out on the post last year but is back in the running again. Voting is now underway across Ireland and results are expected around 21:00.

Rush hour delays

BBC NI Travel

On the M1, there are delays from Broadway right through to Lisburn. Traffic is also very slow on the M5 from the M2 towards Rush Park.

NCA motion passed

MLAs pass a motion at Stormont to enable the powers of the National Crime Agency to be extended to Northern Ireland.


It was carried by 68 votes to 26. Earlier, the

SDLP said it would move to support the motion after negotiations on additional accountability measures.

No to Randalstown school plan

Education Minister John O'Dowd

turns down a proposal to convert a reception class at Randalstown Central Primary School into a 16-place part-time nursery unit.

'NCA will be accountable'

Stephen Walker

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

The SDLP decided to support the introduction of the National Crime Agency in Northern Ireland because of new measures on its accountability.

National Crime Agency

The party say the agency will now be subject to the same code of ethics as the PSNI. The Policing Board will also have powers of scrutiny and the Police Ombudsman will have the power to investigate the body.

#Prayforjosh mystery revealed

Jayne McCormack


Why has a

massive billboard bearing the phrase #prayforjosh appeared in Holywood playing fields? A mystery donor paid for the sign to be put up last week to raise awareness for 13-year-old Josh Martin.

Pray for Josh

Josh, from Donaghadee, County Down, was diagnosed with cancer on Christmas Eve. Bangor Elim Church started using #prayforjosh on Facebook to generate support for his family. They said they never expected that the social media campaign would be so successful.

Owners fall foul in new laws

Derry and Strabane super council has proposed that

fines be issued for dogs fouling when off the lead - and that wardens could follow dogs back to their homes in order to punish owners.

Dog fouling

The plans would bring the super council into line with current restrictions on owners by Strabane District Council.

Frozen Fermanagh:

There's no sign of the snow shifting in Fermanagh.

Snowy Fermanagh
Tom Gilroy

Tom Gilroy sent us this picture - you can just see Lough Erne in the distance.

Neigh-bourhood watch

Ciaran McCauley


Is this the new (long) face of the Orange Order? BBC Talkback producer Johnny Caldwell snapped this four-legged lad giving him the eyes at the organisation's Cregagh Road building in Belfast last Friday.

White horse

Turns out this horse belongs to King William, but his figure has been removed during refurbishments. The order tells us he'll return to the saddle this summer when the building reopens as the Museum of Orange Heritage.

Belfast-Heathrow flights:

BBC Newsline

The NI Executive says it will seek assurances that Belfast-Heathrow flights will not be "impacted" by a takeover of Aer Lingus

Prison alert over:


A security alert at Maghaberry Prison has ended. A search was carried out and nothing untoward was found.

McIlroy case: further delay

Chris Buckler

BBC Ireland Correspondent

Rory McIlroy case now further delayed until 11.00 tomorrow morning.

School admissions increase

Education Minister John O'Dowd has approved plans to increase admissions at Forge Integrated Primary School in Belfast.

John O'Dowd

The school's admissions will increase to 60 pupils from September this year. The minister the "evidence of demand" for integrated school places in the area justified the decision.

Fire in Carrickfergus

The fire service is attending a fire at two derelict huts at Nelson Street in Carrickfergus.


They say that four fire trucks are at the scene and police are putting traffic measures in place.

Dornan tops 'sexiest' poll

Holywood-born screen star Jamie Dornan has been named the world's sexiest man in a magazine poll.

Jamie Dornan

The Fall star topped the list, compiled by Glamour magazine, ahead of Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston.

SDLP backs NCA:

Stephen Walker

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

SDLP say they will back full powers for NCA and that new accountability measures are in place.

SDLP members

Chilling sound:

Talking about eerie - Trevor Simpson sends us this

Vine video of a frozen over lake at Loughgall.

Ciaran McCauley

His attempt to skim stones on the surface produces the kind of otherworldly sound that you wouldn't want to hear while home alone.

Archive: The mists of time

BBC NI Archive

Many of you had a foggy start this morning, but thick mist and smog used to be more common in past decades.

Fog montage

Our archive footage shows that we've had plenty of eerie weather over the years, although we have to admit the Hitchcockian soundtrack gives it a little extra creepiness.

Planning office merger:

Derry Journal

The Derry Journal

reports that Derry City and Strabane are to get a single planning office next week ahead of the two councils merging and assuming planning powers in April.

Mark H Durkan

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan announced that the Derry City and Strabane District Council dedicated planning office will open on Monday 9 February.

Nice day for negotiations

Mark Simpson


Millions of dollars at stake. Negotiations in the Rory McIlroy case taking place in a private room at the High Court in Dublin. But at least Rory got a nice day for it.

High Court Dublin

Diner denies contamination allegation:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph

reports that a Belfast city centre diner will contest allegations of failing to properly protect food from contamination.

Food hygiene rating card

The operators of Alley Cat are facing a total of 11 charges, including claims of having inadequate procedures to control pests.

IRA sex abuse allegations

The justice departments in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are discussing the scope of any

cross-border inquiry into IRA sex abuse.

David Ford

Northern Ireland Justice Minister David Ford has not ruled out the possibility of a cross-border inquiry.

McIlroy case delay:

Mark Simpson


Rory McIlroy court case in Dublin delayed again. Resumes at 4pm. Signs that gap between sides is narrowing.

Randalstown nursery unit refused:

Education Minister John O'Dowd has turned down a development proposal to convert the existing reception class at Randalstown Central Primary School into a 16-place part-time nursery unit.

John O'Dowd

Minister O'Dowd said: "I am satisfied that there are already sufficient places in the Randalstown area available for those children who are in their immediate pre-school year."

Prisoner's death was suicide

A unanimous verdict of suicide was recorded today against the death of a convicted murderer who hanged himself in his prison cell.

Ballymena courthouse

The Coroners Court inquest jury at Ballymena Courthouse returned their verdict "beyond reasonable doubt" that

Christopher Stokes had intentionally taken his own life on 25 June 2012.

Love Ulster march opposition

On BBC Talkback Dublin Fianna Fáil Councillor Jim O'Callaghan called on Willie Frazer to cancel plans for a
Love Ulster March planned for March in Dublin.

Richard Sowersby

A rally in Dublin in 2006 was abandoned after rioting erupted. Forty-one people were arrested.

SDLP supports NCA:

The SDLP says it will support the full introduction of the National Crime Agency into Northern Ireland.

The National Crime Agency logo

The party had originally opposed it because of concerns over accountability.

Billboard mystery revealed

A large billboard with

the phrase #prayforjosh has been puzzling residents of a County Down town, and commuters on the main route between Bangor and Belfast, over the last week.

Colin Maxwell

It is part of a social media campaign supporting 13-year-old Joshua Martin, from Donaghadee, County Down.

Why is Katesbridge so cold?:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

The coldest night of the winter, -9.1C, was recorded in Katesbridge, County Down, last night but why is it so consistently cold there?

Katesbridge temperatures

Barra Best explains why Katesbridge and Castlederg in County Tyrone often record the lowest temperatures on the island of Ireland in this

short YouTube video.

4% pay increase offer:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph

reports that staff at NI Water have been offered a 4% pay hike as part of the deal reached with management to halt industrial action.

Customers who are cut off supply in County Tyrone get water from a collection point

Workers will get a backdated pay rise of almost 2%, with a similar increase to follow in the next year.

New keeper at Ballymena:

BBC Sport NI

Ballymena United

sign goalkeeper Tim Allen on a short-term deal.

The Dublin-based 22-year-old will provide competition for Dwayne Nelson and Stuart Addis.

National Crime Agency:

Mark Devenport

BBC News NI Political Editor

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly says that he understands that SDLP has received a letter from Home Secretary Theresa May about the role of National Crime Agency in Northern Ireland.

NCA officers

It's believed that the SDLP will be speaking about the National Crime Agency this afternoon.

DUP consulting lawyers:

Gareth Gordon

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

The DUP leader Peter Robinson says the party has begun consulting "key" lawyers in London over its exclusion from national leaders' debates on TV ahead of the general election.

Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson said legal action was the last step to take but they recognised if they were going to court it would have to be in London not Belfast.