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  1. Updates for Monday 23 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 07:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Dave Culbert and Jayne McCormack

All times stated are UK

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Jayne McCormack


Thanks for all your weather watching today. Before we head out into the cold tonight, we'll leave you with this great photo of the waves battering the Portrush promenade (sent in by

I love north coast).

I love North Coast

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

BBC News NI website.

Rearrest over boy's death:

A 17-year-old boy has been rearrested on suspicion of manslaughter in connection with the death of Oisin McGrath, 13, in St Michael's grammar school in Enniskillen.

He was interviewed by police earlier today and released pending a report to the public prosecution service

Windy night in store:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Watch out if you're heading out later as wind warnings have been issued across the island of Ireland. North and west coasts will get the strongest gusts of up to 70mph.

weather warnings
Met Office

The yellow warning is expected to remain in place until 12:00 tomorrow.

Boxer appealing jail term:

Former world boxing champion Eamonn Magee has been released on bail pending an appeal after being sentenced to four months in jail.

Eamonn Magee

The 43-year-old was convicted of beating up a woman in a north Belfast flat last July.

Carryduff delays

Trafficwatch NI



Come fly with me:

Mervyn Jess


I've been up at Belfast International Airport, where

staff are taking steps to soften the image of security barriers and put some fun back into flying.


They've reopened the public viewing gallery and have removed the glass security wall that separates baggage claim and the arrivals area, in a bid to boost perceptions of the airport.

Mental health classes:

Evening Extra

Should mental health have a place on the school curriculum? 17-year-old Carrickfergus student Sara Patterson thinks so, and has taken the case to Stormont.


She told Conor Bradford that educating young people could "literally save a life and reduce the stigma attached to mental health problems".

Future of Magee campus:

Maggie Taggart

BBC News NI Education Correspondent

Stephen Farry says he supports an expansion of Ulster University's Magee campus, but that his department's financial situation means he may have to cut hundreds of university places, rather than increase them.

Magee campus

The learning minister told the assembly an expansion in Londonderry would require at least £23m in funding a year.

Mageean's return to training:

BBC Sport NI

The coach of Portaferry runner Ciara Mageean says the 23-year-old

should return to full training in three weeks' time after being ruled out of the European Indoor Championships at the weekend.

Ciara Mageean

Mageean has been suffering from a heel injury that she sustained in New York earlier this month.

Lisa Dorrian appeal:

Dan Stanton


Police and the family of Lisa Dorrian, who went missing 10 years ago, have made a fresh appeal for information about her disappearance. I'll have more on

BBC Newsline at 18:30.


'Sham marriage' damages awarded:

A couple from Castlederg have been awarded more than £20,000 in damages for being wrongly arrested on suspicion of a sham marriage in Londonderry four years ago.

wedding cake
(C) British Broadcasting Corporation

The police officer who conducted the arrest told the court he had acted on information from the UK border agency and that he deeply regretted what had happened.

Wet and wild:

Jayne McCormack


Storms have been battering many parts of Northern Ireland today, with severe gales expected to last tonight as well.

Giant's Causeway
Owen Caulfield

At least the weather's making for some fantastic pictures! Owen Caulfield snapped these big waves at the Giant's Causeway.

Court hears 'Star Trek' claim:

A Belfast man who attacked police after being stopped for public urination last July told officers he was the fictional Star Trek character, Jean-Luc Picard.

Kenneth Clinton, 49, pleaded guilty to indecent behaviour and two counts of assault on police at Belfast Magistrates' Court. A lawyer said that on being asked his name, Clinton replied: "I'm Captain Picard of the Starship Enterprise."

Harding quits UUP:

News Letter

Former Coleraine mayor David Harding has resigned from the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), the News Letter


Mr Harding said he was quitting because he had "lost faith in political parties in Northern Ireland" and that he would not be joining a rival party.

Farry summoned:

Chris Page

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

The Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry has appeared before a Stormont committee over his handling of applications to the European Social Fund, which helps train people for the workplace.

Stephen Farry in the Assembly

The committee said it was "appalled" at the fund's process for awarding money, which had left many groups ineligible. Mr Farry said the department has since amended the process.

India visa office for Belfast:

The Indian government is opening a visa application centre in central Belfast on 2 March.

Tourists in India

The service is being set up to serve Northern Ireland's 8,000-strong Indian community and travellers to India.

The High Commission in London is outsourcing the consular service to VSF, a global firm specialising in diplomatic work.

Tendulkar call welcomed:

Ireland cricketer Niall O'Brien has

welcomed a call from Indian great Sachin Tendulkar for smaller nations to be given more opportunities to play Test nations.

Sachin Tendulkar
Getty Images

"Great to see @sachin-rt getting behind Ireland etc," O'Brien tweeted.

"Couldn't have wished for a better supporter for us."

Parents 'shocked and worried'

The parents of a former police officer and Chelsea fan involved in an alleged racist incident on the Paris Metro

say they are "shocked and worried" for him.

Richard Barklie, 50, of Carrickfergus, County Antrim, was identified as one of the people sought by the Met Police.

He denied racist chanting, apologised and said he wanted to explain the context of what happened to police.

Concern for missing man:

Police in north Belfast say they are "becoming increasingly concerned" for missing 34-year-old Nial Matthews.

He is described as being 6'2" tall, of thin build, shoulder length ginger hair and green eyes. When last seen he was wearing jeans and a dark coloured jacket.

Tributes to director:

Arts leaders have been

paying tribute to theatre director Pam Brighton, who has died.

Pam Brighton

Damian Smyth, head of drama at the Arts Council, said: "Pam Brighton was for many years an indispensable part of our theatre set-up, bringing considerable artistry developed in her years with 7:84, Royal Court and Hull Truck to bear on the political and social traumas in Belfast."

Jailed for ferry drugs:

A man from Kent has been given a 40-month prison sentence after he was caught driving off a ferry in Belfast with a kilo of cocaine hidden in his car last July.

Dave Sands

Stuart Harwood, 44, will spend 20 months in prison and the remainder on licence. The judge at Belfast Crown Court said the compartment used to hide the drugs was "sophisticated".

SDLP 'flip-flop' accusation:

DUP MLA Jonathan Bell has accused the SDLP of "flip-flopping" over its position on the

naming of a play park in Newry after IRA man Raymond McCreesh.

McCreesh Park

The SDLP says it opposes naming public spaces after people associated with violence, but eight councillors did not attend the vote. Mr Bell called on Alasdair McDonnell to "take action".

Dodds: Include the DUP:

Our Political Editor Mark Devenport


Dodds tweet

Abuse case to be examined:

Kevin Sharkey


Social services say they will re-examine the

handling of a child sex abuse case in the 1960s.


A woman, now 57, told the Historical Abuse inquiry she was taken from nuns' care as a child and returned to her parents, even though the authorities knew that she was being physically and sexually abused at home.

Breaking the waves:

Those gusts are getting stronger - we've been sent these pictures from Carrickfergus (top,

thanks Mr C) and Ballintoy (
hat-tip Brian Fullerton).

Waves stronger

Crash victim 'superstar':

Derry Journal

The family of a young Donegal girl killed in a crash on the outskirts of Londonderry yesterday have said they will remember her as their "happy-go-lucky superstar",

the Derry Journal reports.

Laundering 'alarming':

The number of border area fuel laundering plants and filling stations selling illicit fuel is alarming,

a cross-border political body says.

Fuel laundering

The British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly was reporting on how law enforcement agencies north and south work together.

Head for heights?

Jayne McCormack


Badgers are best known for their burrowing under ground, but a group of ecologists from Queen's University has

captured footage of one scaling a tree!


Turns out it didn't really have a head for heights, it just wanted to get the peanuts that the scientists had been leaving in trees as part of a study into squirrels.

Injury-hit Reds:

BBC Sport NI

Cliftonville have been hit by

further injury blows to Ryan Catney and Ronan Scannell as they continue their bid to secure a Europa League place.

Ronan Scannell
Press Eye

Hospital leak investigated:

BBC Radio Foyle

The Western Trust says it's investigating the

cause of a water leak at Altnagelvin hospital in Londonderry.


Patients in the geriatric ward had to be moved another ward yesterday following a leak in the roof. The trust said engineers are working to fix the damage.

Injured missionary back home:

County Tyrone missionary Maud Kells,

who was shot and injured while she was working in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in January, has returned home to Cookstown.

Maud Kells

The 75-year-old, who received an OBE in the New Year Honours List, has worked in the Congo for over 40 years.

Threat to 'burn' church:

News Letter

Trustees of a Ballynahinch church at the centre of a dispute are to decide whether to press charges over a text message that threatened the church would be "burnt to the ground",

the News Letter reports.

Dining out in the snow

Sean Paul McKillop

tweets: Sheep getting fed on the Antrim Hills this morning near Ballymena

feeding sheep
Sean Paul McKillop

McKinney 'silent' on leader comments:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph

reports that the SDLP's health spokesman Fearghal McKinney has "failed to back his leader" over controversial comments that the diagnosis of fatal foetal abnormalities are "never accurate".

Fearghal McKinney

In an interview with the paper, the MLA for South Belfast declined to clarify if he supported Dr McDonnell's opinion. The Telegraph reports that Mr McKinney said he would not get "dragged" into critiquing or criticising Dr McDonnell's comments.

'Not a racist':

Andy West


The parents of

Carrickfergus man Richard Barklie tell me their son is not a racist and the family are distressed by the Paris video.

Richard Barklie
Met Police

Bus fires over last five years

23 Translink buses have caught fire in the past five years, according to the Department of Regional Development

burned bus
PAtricia McBride

SDLP MLA John Dallat was given the information by minister Danny Kennedy. Mr Dallat said it highlighted the need to investigate possible mechanical and electrical faults.

Jailed farmer said animals were 'healthy':

Mark Simpson


80-year-old farmer Stanley Porter claimed his animals were "thin but healthy". 75 had to be put down.


Porter and his son were both

jailed for four months on animal cruelty charges. .

Big waves on the north coast

The wind is starting to kick up in the north coast, as these unfortunate French tourists found out earlier while visiting Portrush (

thanks to @ILoveNorthCoast for the the pic).

Portrush waves

Farmers jailed for animal cruelty:

Mark Simpson


Two Saintfield farmers have been jailed for four months for cruelty - 75 animals were put down.


A judge said it was one of worst ever cases of cruelty in the UK or Ireland.

Crash victim named

The 13-year-old girl who

died in a crash near Londonderry on Sunday has been named as Georgia Louise Doherty from Redcastle in County Donegal.