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  1. Updates for Monday 9 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 07:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Ciaran McCauley and Conor Macauley

All times stated are UK

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Ciaran Daly


That's it from us for today but we'll be back again on Tuesday at 07:00.

Until then, you can keep up to date with all of the latest news, sport, travel and weather on the

BBC News NI website.

Aer Lingus report 'premature':

RTE is

reporting that a senior source in the Irish Labour party has described as "premature" a
Bloomberg report that the government is preparing to reject a bid by IAG its 25% stake in Aer Lingus.

McCoy family pride:

BBC Sport NI

Tony McCoy announced his retirement from horse racing at the weekend. You can watch his

family reflect with pride on all of AP's achievements over the years.

Tony McCoy

McCoy, a 19-time champion jockey will retire at the end of the season.

Zero hour contracts call

Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan has called on Minister for Employment and Learning Stephen Farry to abolish zero hour contracts as part of his ongoing reform of employment law.

Phil Flanagan has been banned from speaking in the NI Assembly

Mr Flanagan said zero hour contracts were "bad for workers, bad for their families and bad for society".

Lough Neagh sunset

Mists rise from the shore of Lough Neagh made for a perfect sunset shot

tweeted by @antrimlens


Farry shocked by St Mary's protesters

Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry says he found the attitudes expressed by some of those protesting against the removal of some funding from St Mary's University College to be "absolutely shocking".

Stephen Farry

The minister said he considered it strange that people were saying that "they didn't feel safe celebrating their Irish culture outside the context of St Mary's".


Ciaran Daly


There's been some excitement in our building as the Six Nations and Triple Crown trophies (not to mention current and former Ulster rugby players Chris Henry and Stephen Ferris) have come to pay a visit.

Six Nations

All have just been on Evening Extra and Stephen will be on Newsline 6.30. You can also post questions for Chris Henry on Twitter by using the hashtag #BBCAskChris from 18:15 this evening.

YouTube deletes Irish language disguised porn:

YouTube has taken down pornographic videos after it was discovered that some users had disguised them by giving them

Irish language titles.


Until last week, anyone who searched for the Irish word for film, would have presented with a series of explicit videos.

Bafta buzz

Loads of excitement when our arts correspondent Maggie Taggart caught up with Ronan Blaney as he brought the

Bafta won by the short film Boogaloo and Graham back to Northern Ireland.

Maggie Taggart at airport

Maggie's report will be on BBC Newsline 6:30 tonight.

Robinson becomes a giant:

BBC Sport NI

BBC Sport NI

tweets: .
@BelfastGiants announce the signing of former Nottingham Panther Nathan Robinson.

Nathan Robinson

O'Dowd wants religious certificate scrapped

Education Minister John O'Dowd has said he would like to see the

certificate in religious education, which is required to teach in Catholic primary schools scrapped.

John O'Dowd

Mr O'Dowd said any decision about the issue lies with the first and deputy first ministers.

Amal Clooney to represent hooded men:

Vincent Kearney

BBC News NI Home Affairs Correspondent

International human rights lawyer and wife of a Hollywood star George, Amal Clooney has joined a legal team

representing a group known as the "hooded men".

Amal Clooney

Mrs Clooney is one of a team of barristers representing 10 men taking the UK to the European Court of Human Rights. The claim is being backed by the Irish government.

Missing man appeal:

Belfast Telegraph



missing man
Pauline McKenna

Praise for Stormont:

News Letter

The News Letter

reports that Stormont has been praised over its lobbying safeguards.

A report into the UK's £2bn lobbying industry found that Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where legislators are not allowed to retain conflicts of interest.

Four day forecast:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

High pressure is in charge so we're looking at

a largely settled week but it will be mostly cloudy.

Weather 9 Feb 2015

Hope fading for Reds:

BBC Sport NI

Cliftonville manager Tommy Breslin admits his side's chances of

retaining their Premiership crown are remote.

Cliftonville manager Tommy Breslin led his side to successive Premiership triumphs
Press Eye

The Reds lie 12 points behind leaders Crusaders, with their match in hand against second-placed Linfield to come at Windsor Park on Tuesday night.

Boards gap:

Julian O'Neill

BBC News NI Business Correspondent

BBC News NI business correspondent Julian O'Neill


Julian Tweet

Road closed:

BBC NI Travel

There's been a collision on the Beltoy road, just north of Carrickfergus in County Antrim. The road has been closed. Motorists should seek an alternative route.

Delays leaving Belfast:

BBC NI Travel

Trafficwatch NI



Boston tapes:

Mark Simpson


BBC News NI reporter Mark Simpson



Crash course in politics:

Many politicians might say that they've had to run the gauntlet at Stormont over the years.


But this assault course on the hill isn't one politicians will have to negotiate as it's being built for an event later this month.

Tweet Chris Henry questions:

BBC Sport NI

BBC Sport NI

tweets: Post your questions for
@UlsterRugby and
@IrishRugby flanker
@chrishenry678 using #BBCAskChris from 18:15 tonight!

Chris Henry

Arrests in dissident probe:





No royal centenary celebrations:

Shane Harrison

BBC Ireland Correspondent

It seems increasingly unlikely that a member of the Royal Family will be present when the Republic marks the centenary of the Easter 1916 Rising.

The ruins of Sackville Street, Dublin, after the Easter Rising
Getty Images

The possibility was first

mooted two years ago by the then Tánaiste, or Deputy Prime Minister, Eamon Gilmore.

Armagh man to run for Labour:

A man originally from Bessbrook in County Armagh has been selected as Labour's candidate in St Helens in Merseyside for the Westminster elections.

View of the Houses of Parliament from the Thames

Conor McGinn, who works as a senior advisor to Vernon Coaker, the shadow defence secretary, will succeed Dave Watts as Labour's candidate in St Helens North.

Privacy key in murder case

Confidentiality was fundamental to an examination of a UVF murder in Belfast, the High Court has been told. Bobby Moffett, 43, was shot dead on Belfast's Shankill Road in May 2010.

Bobby Moffett

Lawyers for the secretary of state said those who co-operated with a body that probed the killing

received privacy guarantees.

Teacher training places:

BBC News NI political correspondent Chris Page


Chris Page twitter

Lane blocked:

BBC NI Travel

BBC NI Travel



Iceman cometh

BBC NI Archive

AP McCoy faced some serious injuries and went to some serious lengths to overcome them.

Ice chamber AP McCoy

In 2008, he suffered a back injury that threatened his participation in the Cheltenham festival. But as

our archive video shows, an ice chamber - and temperatures of minus 149C - helped him get back to race fitness.

Loyalist loses Boston College tapes battle:

Mark Simpson


Reporter Mark Simpson


Ciaran McCauley

Bringing Bafta back

Peter Coulter


Bafta winner Ronan Blaney with Maggie Taggart in the airport after

success for Boogaloo and Graham last night.

Boogaloo and Graham

Charged over £15k drug haul

A 25-year-old man appears at Londonderry Magistrates Court after

drugs worth £15,000 were discovered in his car and home.

DERRY Bishop's Street Court house

The court heard that Gary McLaughlin, from Rosskeen Park, was stopped by a stinger device after he failed to pull over at a police checkpoint.

Estate agent bankrupt

Belfast Telegraph

Well-known south Belfast estate agent Gerry O'Connor has been made bankrupt,

reports the Belfast Telegraph.


The firm GOC Estate Agents said it's not affected by the bankruptcy.

Six million dollar jockey;

Ciaran McCauley


During a 23-year career, AP McCoy has suffered more injuries than a bad Evil Knievel tribute act.

Tony McCoy injuries

He's broken pretty much every bone possible, including several vertebrae, and even had all his teeth replaced. That's dedication.

Retirement should involve fewer bone-crunching falls.

Delays near Lurgan




Keatley optimistic

BBC Sport NI

Out-half Ian Keatley is

hoping for more chances in an Ireland shirt despite knowing the returning Jonathan Sexton will almost certainly play against France in Dublin on Saturday.

Ian Keatley

Keatley contributed 14 points in Ireland's 26-3 win over Italy on Saturday.

'Greatest leader UUP never had'

News Letter

Mike Nesbitt has said former UUP deputy leader Harold McCusker was the greatest leader the party never had,

the News Letter reports.

Harold McCusker

Bomb hoaxes condemned

Newtownabbey Times

Two UUP councillors have

condemned those responsible for bomb hoaxes at Catholic churches in Glengormley and Whitehouse on Friday afternoon, the Newtownabbey Times reports.

Newtownabbey bomb hoaxes

Petition of concern:

The News Letter's political correspondent Sam McBride

says Sinn Féin and the SDLP have tabled a petition of concern to block Jim Allister's attempt to cut the Equality Commission's budget by £500,000.

TUV leader Jim Allister

Mr Allister's proposal was prompted by the quango's decision to take Asher's Bakery to court for refusing to make a cake with the slogan supporting gay marriage.