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  1. Updates for Tuesday 10 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 07:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Conor Macauley and Ciaran McCauley

All times stated are UK

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Ciaran Daly


That's BBC News NI Live done and dusted for today, the day that the Belfast Telegraph reported that the Northern Irish accent was voted

the sexiest in the UK.

Aren't you sorry my dulcet south Down tones can't form part of this goodnight message? No? No accounting for taste...

We'll be back again on Wednesday at 07:00. Until then, you can keep up to date with all of the news, sport, travel and weather on the

BBC News NI website.

Ulster return for Faloon:

BBC Sport NI

Connacht flanker Willie Faloon will

return to his native Ulster next season on a one-year deal.

Willie Faloon sprints sprints clear of Nick Williams, who will become his team-mate at Ulster

The 28-year-old left Ulster to join Connacht in 2012 and has scored six tries in 39 games for the Galway side.

Kincora to be raised at Westminster

The inclusion of Kincora Boys' Home in the Westminster child abuse inquiry is expected to be raised by members of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee tomorrow at 14:00.

Theresa May

Last week Home Secretary Theresa May told the House of Commons that the inquiry will be

confined to England and Wales.

Renewed call for Ballymurphy inquiry:

Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan has said that

the successful appeal today by Terry Laverty was another reason why a full inquiry into the Ballymurphy massacre is needed. Eleven people were killed in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast by the Parachute Regiment in August 1971.

Ballymurphy, August 1971

Mr Sheehan said: "The British government must act now and hand over the relevant documentation so that the first step in getting to the truth, inquests can be held."

Accents through the ages:

BBC NI Archive

According to a recent poll, the Northern Irish accent is the sexiest in the UK. No, really, hey.



archive from 1981 shows though, that while Northern Ireland accents may have their charms, working out a speaker's origins isn't always so easy.

Pienaar committed to Ulster:

BBC Sport NI

Ulster scrum-half Ruan Pienaar says he is determined to remain with Ulster until his contract expires in 2017.

Ruan Pienaar
Press Eye

Watch the

South African tell BBC Sport NI reporter Mark Sidebottom why he turned down an offer from French giants Toulon to stay with Ulster.

Accident on Ards Peninsula:

BBC NI Travel



SF abstains in abortion vote

Sinn Féin abstained from voting on the

failed Fatal Foetal Abnormality Private Members' Bill in the Republic of Ireland. The Irish parliament voted 104 votes to 20 against the proposed bill.

The main entrance of Leinster House
BBC/Richard Sowersby

Sinn Féin has said it supports a woman's right to

an abortion in certain limited circumstances in Northern Ireland.

Coleraine's freshman year:

BBC NI Archive

Fifty years ago Coleraine was chosen over the Magee campus in Londonderry city as the site of Northern Ireland's second university.


Watch BBC Northern Ireland's Alan Reid report on the opening of the new University at Coleraine,

County Londonderry in 1968.

Road closed:




£70k allowances for new council:

Newtownabbey Times

The Newtownabbey Times

reports that members of the new Antrim and Newtownabbey District Council with 'special responsibilities' are to share in £69,500 worth of allowances.

Out of the £69,500 earmarked for allowances, the mayor will receive £13,000, while the deputy mayor will receive £8,500.

Dáil abortion bill fails

Politicians in the Republic of Ireland have voted against the Fatal Foetal Abnormality Private Members' Bill proposed by independent socialist member of parliament Clare Daly.

Dail interior

Ahead of the vote this evening, Ms Daly accused the Irish government of inaction and described the situation where women had to travel to England for an abortion as cruel and inhumane.

Heavy traffic around Belfast:

Trafficwatch NI


Belfast traffic

Benefits over £26,000:

TUV leader Jim Allister


Jim Allister tweet

Ford defends legal aid stance

Justice Minister David Ford has defended

cuts he intends to make to legal aid that prompted the chair of the Bar Council in Northern Ireland to say local lawyers may be prepared to withdraw their services.

Court scene

Mr Ford said:"We continue to spend more on legal aid per head than England or Wales, and well beyond our budget, so I will have to introduce further measures".

Welfare 'almost collapsed Stormont'

Chris Page

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

Sinn Féin Minister John O'Dowd has said that disagreement over welfare reform had brought the Northern Ireland Assembly to "the verge of collapse".

John O'Dowd

But he told MLAs that in the Stormont House Agreement, "trust was reformed among the political parties" after two years of relationships breaking down.

Coleraine ceremony chronicled:

BBC NI Archive

In 1965 Londonderry was overlooked in favour of Coleraine as the site for Northern Ireland's second university, a decision

that is still contentious today.

University of Ulster


a report from our archive on the installation ceremony of the new University of Ulster at Coleraine on 15 September 1970.

Paramedic pressures:

Newry Reporter

The Newry Reporter

has spoken to a second paramedic who has detailed the pressures of providing ambulance cover in Newry and Mourne.


BBC NI Travel

In Belfast, a four-car collision on the Westlink at Divis Street is blocking the outside lane and causing delays towards the M1.

Bowe relishing French clash:

BBC Sport NI

Ulster and Ireland winger Tommy Bowe expects France to be "licking their lips" at the prospect of

facing Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.

Ireland winger Tommy Bowe

Bowe said there was "a real air of excitement" in the Irish training camp this week ahead of Ireland's second match in the Six Nations. Ireland defeated Italy in Rome last Saturday 26-3.

Banker 'skimmed through papers'

A former Ulster Bank chief allegedly "skimmed" through documents about major property developer clients without fully understanding them, the High Court heard today.

Taggart Group building

Henry Elvin defended his actions while giving evidence as part of Ulster Bank's multi-million pound legal battle with property developers Michael and John Taggart.

Irish consultation 'pointless'

DUP MP Gregory Campbell has said that a

consultation on a proposed Irish language bill, announced today by Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín is a "pointless exercise".

"Sinn Féin knows this is going nowhere," he said.

Caral ni Chuilin
Michael Cooper

The proposed act would see the appointment of an Irish language commissioner and the use of Irish by Stormont, courts and public bodies.

The consultation closes on 5 May.

DARD clarifies payment scheme

The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has issued clarification on the establishment of entitlements for EU farm payments in 2015 under the

new Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).

Michelle O'Neill

From 1 January 2015, the Single Farm Payment Scheme has been replaced by the BPS, a Greening Payment and a Young Farmers' Payment.

'No welfare deal, no assembly':

Chris Page

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

DUP leader Peter Robinson has told MLAs that if there had been no agreement on welfare, the assembly would have "gone down."

Peter Robinson in assembly

Mr Robinson said: "The financial cost of welfare would have been at such a level that we could not have sustained an executive."

Quashed conviction:

Terry Laverty has spoken outside court after having his conviction quashed for rioting during events surrounding the military killing of his brother and nine other people.

Laverty conviction quashed

Mr Laverty said: "Today I have been proven innocent. And the soldier, has admitted his guilt."

Sexiest, so it is:

Belfast Telegraph

The Northern Ireland accent is rated the sexiest in the UK,

the Belfast Telegraph reports.

Jamie Dornan
Ian West

In the poll of over 2,000 people, 17% favoured the Northern Ireland accent with the Scottish accent second with 15%.

Death threat admitted:

A 33-year old man has been warned that he could be jailed after he

admitted threatening to kill East Belfast MP Naomi Long and placing a hoax bomb outside the Alliance Party's office on the Upper Newtownards Road in Belfast.

Scene outside Alliance Party offices

Jonathan Ginn, from Dunraven Court in Belfast, was charged with four offences dating back to October 2013.

Obesity disability ruling:

A union has welcomed a tribunal decision which found that an obese worker employed by Randox Laboratories was eligible for disability protections.

Levels of obesity are rising across Europe

A UNITE spokesman said the decision confirmed that obesity could be considered as a disability under the Disability Discrimination Act.

Beggs attacks DUP:

You can watch Ulster Unionist assembly member Roy Beggs

tell the DUP they had "effectively killed off discussion" by tabling a series of petitions of concern against amendments to welfare reform legislation.


Road closed:

BBC NI Travel

Trafficwatch NI



Cloudy, cold but dry:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Not much change in

today's weather as high pressure stays in control. It'll be mainly cloudy, dry and cold over the next few days.

Weather 10 Feb 2015

Laverty conviction quashed:

A man convicted of rioting during events in west Belfast in 1971, in which soldiers shot dead his brother and nine other people, has won a 44-year battle to clear his name.

Ballymurphy campaigners

Terry Laverty's conviction was quashed after a judge was told the Public Prosecution Service was not opposing his appeal.

Thou shallot eat...

Ciaran McCauley


Onions - love them or hate them, they tend to be everywhere. But for one Belfast priest, the humble vegetable makes eating out a misery.

Fr Donegan vs Onions

Fr Gary Donegan, of Holy Cross church in Belfast,

told the BBC that an allergy means onions, spring onions, garlic, leeks and chives make him vomit and break out in ulcers.

Londonderry seeking to graduate:

Enda McClafferty

BBC News

It has been 50 years but Derry

still wants to finally graduate to the status of university city.

Motorcade to Stormont
Sean McLaughlin

In 1965, the Lockwood report recommended Northern Ireland's second university be located in Coleraine rather than Derry.

Murder suspect arrested:


Police investigating the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of 34 year old Charlotte Murray in Tyrone two years ago have arrested a 44 year old man on suspicion of murder.

Missing Omagh woman Charlotte Murray

Charlotte Murray, originally from the Omagh area had been living in Moy. She was

reported missing in May 2013.

Security alert ends in Lisburn:

BBC NI Travel

BBC NI Travel


Lisburn security alert

Age NI raise concerns:

Age NI has expressed concern following reports that frail,

older patients were transferred to the A&E Department at the Mater Hospital from a new unit at Belfast City Hospital.

Mater Hospital

Age NI's Linda Robinson said: "It is important that services such as these can cope with the level of need which may be placed upon them."

Security alert at turbine

A security alert near Lisburn appears to be centred on a large turbine.


The Hannahstown Road, Rusheyhill Road and Flowbog Rd are all closed.


Ulster rally set for Dublin:

News Letter

The News Letter

reports that victims campaigner Willie Frazer says Irish police have approved plans for a second march by IRA victims through Dublin city centre.

Willie Frazer

A 'Love Ulster' rally in Dublin in 2006, led by Mr Frazer, was abandoned after stones and fireworks thrown by hundreds of republican rioters led to 41 arrests.

Picture perfect:

Greg McKevitt


Charles McQuillan, who has won the

regional photographer of the year award at the UK Picture Editors' Guild Awards, says it is a privilege to be a professional snapper.

Ronaldo despair
Charles McQuillan

From sporting agony to the poised calm of the prima ballerina, his winning photographs were taken for the international agency Getty Images and during his time at Pacemaker Press.