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  1. Updates for Friday 20 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather updates from 07:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Jayne McCormack

All times stated are UK

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Jayne McCormack


That's all from us for today - and as this weekend is set to be wet, windy and possibly even snowy, we'll leave you with this beautiful photo of Fairhead in Ballycastle, sent in by Anne Kelly earlier.

Anne Kelly

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

BBC News NI website.

Making memories:

Marie-Louise Connolly

BBC News NI Health Correspondent

The social sofa was designed by men and women who are all living with dementia. They translated their memories into images that now have a permanent place on the special seat.


The idea comes from the Netherlands, and it's hoped it might catch on across other parts of Northern Ireland.

Chill factor:

Thomas Niblock

BBC Sport NI

BBC Sport NI cameraman Phil could be a presenter any day - we're about to go live at Stormont for BBC Newsline to explain why it's got a bit icy at parliament buildings all of a sudden!


Social sofa:

Marie-Louise Connolly

BBC News NI Health Correspondent

What's behind this kiss? Men and women living in supported accommodation on the Shankill Road in Belfast have created a sofa designed to bring people of all backgrounds and generations together.


The 'social sofa' is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland - I've been finding out more for BBC Newsline.

Swapping NI for Hollywood:

Riley Hamilton, one of the stars of

Oscar-nominated short film Boogaloo and Graham, is in Hollywood ahead of Sunday's ceremony and says it's "much better than Northern Ireland".


Speaking to Radio Ulster's Evening Extra, the 10-year-old also admitted he'd never seen the ceremony before because he wasn't allowed to stay up late to watch it! You can judge the film for yourself on Sunday night when it airs on BBC One NI at 22:30.

DUP on parading dispute:

Nigel Dodds has responded to

Theresa Villiers' call for business people and politicians to work harder to reach a resolution on a north Belfast parading dispute.

Nigel Dodds

The DUP MP said: "It is incumbent upon her to bring forward solutions to the problems which very clearly exist. I hope the secretary of state will listen to the people most directly affected."

Ice warning:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Watch out for ice tonight, folks. A yellow weather warning for snow and ice has been issued across all of Northern Ireland, which is valid from 20:00 tonight until 10:00 tomorrow morning.


A26 crash delays:

Trafficwatch NI



Facebook ruling 'important'

The solicitor for a

convicted sex offender who was awarded £20,000 in damages after he featured on a Facebook page set up to monitor paedophiles says the ruling is "hugely important".


Kevin Winters said the decision sent out a message to social media companies that they had to "properly police the internet".

SDLP 'want to meet doctors'

The SDLP's Alban Maginness says his party wants to meet with representatives from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to discuss issues surrounding fatal foetal abnormality.

Alban Maginness

Last month, the party's leader Alasdair McDonnell claimed that

doctors could not predict when a foetus has a fatal abnormality.

Smile for the camera:

Jayne McCormack


Film and TV star Idris Elba took a break from practising for the Circuit of Ireland yesterday on a three-mile stretch of closed roads and was snapped enjoying some of the rural sights in Aughnacloy.

Charles McqUILLAN

The cows don't look too impressed, though! Time for a boxset of The Wire for the byre?

M2 crash cleared:

BBC NI Travel

Traffic's now moving well on the M2 leaving Belfast after a crash just before 17:00.

Criminal damage charges:


A 36-year-old man has been charged with 15 counts of criminal damage, cultivating cannabis and dishonestly using electricity.

He's expected to appear at Belfast Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

Star struck:

Jayne McCormack


At first glance, this photo of actor Idris Elba might look like a scene from a movie, but in fact the TV and film star has been spotted in Aughnacloy, County Tyrone, ahead of the Circuit of Ireland!

Charles McQuillan

Elba got some practice during a test session in the countryside yesterday, as he'll be taking part in the race when it begins in Belfast on 2 April.

Tyrone firm in adminstration:

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

County Tyrone civil engineering firm PT McWilliams has been placed into administration again and is facing closure. It had previously been in administration in 2011 but managed to reach a deal with creditors.

The firm's main contract has been taken on by another firm, saving 44 jobs.

In the hot seat:

BBC Radio Foyle journalist Elaine McGee has been far away from her native Derry this week, presenting Radio Ulster's

Evening Extra instead. She's sent us this photo ahead of her final day in the Radio Ulster studio.


Ulster take on Edinburgh

BBC Sport NI

Ulster take on Edinburgh at Murrayfield Stadium tonight and it's live on a TV near you.

Iain Henderson
Getty Images

Ulster have Irish international Ian Henderson back in the starting line-up. The match kicks off at 19:35 GMT and live coverage is on


Belfast crash:

BBC NI Travel



Tyrone road reopened:

BBC NI Travel

The A4 Crossowen Road between Ballygawley and Enniskillen has reopened in both directions after the removal of an overturned lorry.

Icy front at Stormont:

Ahead of testing out the track for Evening Extra, BBC News NI journalist Claire Graham



Second lorry overturned

Trafficwatch NI

The A4 is still closed between Clogher and Augher due to an overturned lorry. A second overturned lorry on the Enniskillen-bound diversion route is adding to delays.

Hard at work:

Jayne McCormack


BBC NI producer Chris Lindsay has been rocking a lab look as he works hard up at Randox Laboratories in Antrim, getting some last-minute sound effects in the toxicology lab.

Chris Lindsay

The Roots of Rave, which looks at the 1990s dance scene in Northern Ireland, airs on Radio Ulster on Sunday at 12:30.

Gearing up for St Patrick's:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph

reports that this year's St Patrick's Day concert at Custom House Square in Belfast will be headlined by Simon Webbe.


The singer is best known for being a member of former boy band Blue.

NI needs to 'step up':

Stephen Walker

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

The Secretary of State Theresa Villiers has launched a new bid to resolve a parading dispute in north Belfast. She told me she wants business people, civic society and political leaders to "step up to the plate".


You can hear more on

Inside Politics on Radio Ulster at 18:00.

Ex-soldier admits bomb charges

A former soldier has pleaded guilty to having improvised explosive devices at his Whitehead home.

John Rankin, 53, of Edward Road, admitted having a nail bomb and six blast bombs between 2013 and 2014. He was released on bail to be sentenced next month.

Go-ahead for internment lawsuit

The first legal hurdle in the case of 19 Protestant men who were jailed without trial in the 1970s

has been cleared. They're trying to sue the British state for unlawful arrest.


Government lawyers tried to have the case thrown out for being brought out of time, but a High Court judge refused to dismiss the men's claims.

Kincora resident returns

Belfast Telegraph

A former resident of a children's home that was the subject of a child abuse scandal in the 1980s has revisited it, the Belfast Telegraph



Richard Kerr returned to Kincora Boys' Home earlier this week to support a

legal challenge against the government's refusal to include it in a UK-wide historical sex abuse inquiry.

Scots football 'creates sectarianism':

BBC Scotland News

Almost nine out of every ten Scots believe

football is a cause of sectarianism, according to a Scottish government survey.

Celtic and Rangers
Getty Images

More than half of those who responded to the

social attitudes survey said football was the main factor.

Spring has sprung:

It hasn't felt much like it today in the wintry chill but spring is definitely springing....

Spring flowers
PAul McFarland

Thanks to Paul McFarland for this cheery herald of a new season captured in Hillsborough forest.

Good luck wishes

The culture minister Carál NÍ ChuilÍn has wished the Irish Oscar nominees good luck ahead of Sunday's ceremony in Hollywood.

Boogaloo and Graham

Boogaloo and Graham, which was filmed in Belfast and

has already won a Bafta, is up for best short film. Song of the Sea, which was made by a studio in Kilkenny, is hoping to win best animated short film.

Surf's up

The wind is causing a stir on the north coast judging by these shots of the waves at Castlerock (

thanks for the pics Uel Gordon).

Waves Castlerock
Uel Gordon

Archive: Revamp for historic pub

BBC NI Archive

Historic Belfast pub Kelly's Cellars has been threatened with losing its listed status.

Kelly's Cellars

The bar has been going for almost 300 years and, as

our archive video shows, got a modern revamp in 1976. Its famous low counter was to be changed, to the relief of bar staff and dismay of regulars.

Chill factor:

Jayne McCormack


It might be cold and windy today but it hasn't stopped lots of you from getting some fresh air and sending us your snaps! Steven Donegan

tweeted this great picture while he was out walking in Crawfordsburn.

Steven Donegan

Careless driver faces jail

A judge at Dungannon Magistrates' Court has told a teenager that he faces jail after pleading guilty to killing a man by careless driving.


Christopher McKenna, 19, from Lack near Enniskillen, admitted causing the death of Stephen Mark Gilmour on the Omagh Road in October 2013. He will be sentenced next month.

North Belfast robbery:


Detectives are appealing for information following an armed robbery at a shop in the Cliftonville Road area of north Belfast this morning.

Priest: Don't do yoga

BBC Radio Foyle

It's an ancient form of exercise that is said to boost physical and mental well-being, but a Londonderry priest has called on people not to practise yoga. Fr Roland Colhoun is also advising people not to have Indian head massages.

derry priest

He told BBC Radio Foyle: "If you meditate straight on yourself then you are stepping across the line between the kingdom of light and the kingdom of dark."

Determined to solve dispute:

Chris Page

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

Theresa Villiers says business people, civic society and political leaders need to work together to find a way forward on a north Belfast parading dispute.


In a speech at Queen's University in Belfast, the secretary of state said that any new initiative needs to involve a "broad range of people with the same vision that had solved so many other problems in the past".

Clarke set to miss cut

BBC Sport NI

Darren Clarke is unlikely to miss the cut at the Dimension Data Pro-Am in South Africa after his second-round 76.

Darren Clarke
Getty Images

The European Ryder Cup captain's

three-over-par round left him three over for the tournament, which is likely to be two shots too many.

SDLP 'must clarify' position

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson says the SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell "must clarify" his party's position about

Newry and Mourne council's decision to name a play park after IRA man Raymond McCreesh.


While eight SDLP councillors did not attend the vote, the News Letter has

reported that SDLP councillor Kate Loughran signed the petition to retain the park name. She has since apologised.