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  1. Updates for Wednesday 25 February 2015
  2. More updates from 07:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Dave Culbert and Ciaran McCauley

All times stated are UK

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Ciaran Daly


That's BBC News NI Live done and dusted for another day. We'll be back again on Thursday at 07:00. Until then, you can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news in your area on the

BBC News NI website.

Anne Kelly

In the meantime, anyone who finds a pot of gold in Ballycastle can offer a hat-tip to Anne Kelly who sent us this picture of a rainbow there earlier today. Goodnight!

Classroom canteen:

Andy West


BBC News NI reporter Andy West reported on a classroom that served as a canteen, assembly hall and sports hall in one single space.


Watch Andy's report that went out on BBC Newsline this evening.

Coastal character:

There are cloudy skies with rain across much of Northern Ireland today but it looks like it has been a lovely day in Portaneevey in Co Antrim.

The Antrim Rambler

This picture was sent in to us by the Antrim Rambler. Enjoy any mild weather while you can because there's

a Met Office warning for ice from tomorrow.

Brown out of Ireland clash:

BBC Sport NI

England full-back

Mike Brown has been ruled out of Sunday's Six Nations match in Ireland after suffering a setback in his recovery from concussion.

Mike Brown

England and Ireland, who will meet in Dublin, are the only sides left in the championship with 100% records after two rounds of fixtures.

South Armagh explosion scene

This is

the scene of the explosion outside Crossmaglen in south Armagh that has left a man injured.

Crossmaglen explosion

It happened as the man was taking down a poster from a pole near his family home. The man was being taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Hole in the road update

The void in the road at Shaftesbury Square in Belfast has been filled and needs time to harden. The temporary lane closure will remain until tomorrow afternoon.

Hole in the road

Frampton confident of victory:

BBC Sport NI

Belfast's IBF world super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton says

he expects to beat challenger Chris Avalos in style at the Odyssey Arena on Saturday.

Frampton fight
Press Eye

Unbeaten Frampton, 28, beat former champion Kiko Martinez on points to secure the title in September.

Pauline Carmichael murder

There'll be more on

BBC Newsline at 18:30 on the body that has been recovered as police investigate the murder of a 61-year-old woman.

Sixmilecross body found

Pauline Carmichael was last seen near her home in Hillside, Antrim, on Monday night. Two men, aged 37 and 59, have been arrested.

Weird wave action at Ballywalter


tweets: Weird how the sand has been washed away but remains on top of the rocks. Ballywalter beach this avo!

Sand washed away from rocks

Civil service stockbrokers

Civil servants have have been questioned by a Stormont Committee about why they retained the services of the same stockbrokers for almost 80 years.


The Northern Ireland Audit Office published a report into

Managing and Protecting Funds Held in Court in July 2014.

Belfast traffic

Trafficwatch NI


Boucher road

Explosion victim `moved to Royal`

Sinn Fein's Conor Murphy says the man hurt in the south Armagh explosion is seriously injured.

He was first taken to Daisy Hill hospital but is being moved to the Royal Victoria Hospital for specialised surgery.

Explosion victim `may lose an eye`

Newry & Armagh MP Sinn Fein's Conor Murphy tells

Evening Extra that the man injured in the south Armagh explosion earlier, `may lose an eye`.

Explosion poster carried `informer` allegation

Gordon Adair


Tells Evening Extra that the poster at the centre of the south Armagh explosion in which a man was injured as he took it down, named another individual and made allegations of informing.

M2 crash causing delays

BBC NI Travel

A crash on the M2 is blocking 1 lane of the offslip to Nelson Street and is causing delays with queues back to Duncrue Street

Body found at Lough Neagh


Police investigating the murder of Pauline Carmichael in Antrim have recovered a woman's body from the shore of Lough Neagh at Lough Road.

Radio Ulster for latest on south Armagh explosion.

Sinn Fein MP Conor Murphy will be on

Radio Ulster's Evening Extra programme reacting to the attempted murder of a man in that south Armagh explosion.

Missing woman - body found


Police investigating murder of Antrim woman Pauline Carmichael have recovered a body. Formal identification process will now take place.

MP condemns south Armagh explosion

Sinn Fein MP Conor Murphy condemned those responsible for the south Armagh explosion

He said the victim's family had been threatened recently by ``criminal gangs masquerading as republicans``.

Explosion south Armagh


Police say they were told about the explosion in south Armagh at 2.26pm near Crossmaglen

A man has been taken to hospital.

Sinn Fein says attempt to murder man in south Armagh

Sinn Fein says a man was injured when a device exploded near his home in south Armagh

The party says he was taking down a poster when a device attached to it went off.

It's believed it happened near Crossmaglen

M2 crash:

BBC NI Travel

A crash on the M2 is blocking 1 lane of the off-slip to Nelson Street and is causing delays with queues back to Duncrue Street

Delays on Westlink:

BBC NI Travel



Diversions and road closures:


Diversions are in place in Co Armagh on the Battleford and Newtownhamilton roads. Police say drivers should observe road closed signs -they warn a £30 fine may apply if you don't.

Road closures

The Battleford road diversion is via Knappagh/Killylea/Ballycrummy Roads. The Newtownhamilton road diversion via Keady Rd/Bachelors Walk/Tassagh Rd.

Cross-border meeting:

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness met the Republic's minister for foreign affairs, Charlie Flanagan today to discuss new priorities for cross-border co-operation.

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness

There'll be a meeting of ministers in May that will focus on the future approach to the region.

Murder investigation launched:


Police are now treating the

disappearance of Antrim woman Pauline Carmichael as a murder investigation.

The 61 year-old was last seen near her home at Hillside in Antrim on Monday night. Two men, aged 37 and 59, arrested earlier remain in custody.

Increased caseload for probation board:

The Probation Board for Northern Ireland



Cricket's king chasers:

BBC Sport

Enjoy Ireland's

heart-stopping win over the UAE this morning?

Kevin O'Brien
Getty Images

Well the statisticians over at Test Match Special say it now means Ireland have four of the top 10 highest successful run chases in Cricket World Cup history. Howzat!

Convicted killer set to appeal:

A pharmacist jailed for

battering her elderly neighbour to death with a crucifix will seek to introduce fresh evidence as part of a bid to clear her name next week.

Karen Walsh

Lawyers for Karen Walsh say they intend to focus on up to three phone calls either made to or from the victim's home on the night she was killed.

Creighton road closed:

BBC NI Travel


road closed

Shared sports facility pilot launched

A multi-million shared sports facility pilot has been launched by social development minister Mervyn Storey during a visit to Maguiresbridge Loyal Orange Lodge.

Shared sports
Northern Ireland Executive

The pilot programme will see an estimated investment of £2.5m with the aim of supporting the development of shared facilities.

Man extradited from Lithuania:

Gordon Adair


A Lithuanian man, who was arrested in his native country and flown back to Northern Ireland, is to stand trial for allegedly operating a large-scale cannabis factory in Dungannon, Co Tyrone.

Cannabis leaf

Romualdas Eimontas, 34, of Red Lion Road in Loughgall, Co Armagh fled Northern Ireland in January 2012, the same day the police uncovered a cannabis-growing operation in an industrial garage.

Green Stormont scene?:

Jayne McCormack


Most of the world turns green on St Patrick's Day - but it's

unclear whether Stormont will be following suit.

St Patrick's Day

The assembly commission says it can be done, but they haven't received a request yet. But some MLAs want to see parliament buildings emerging emerald on 17 March.

Heating sorted for freezing pensioner

Conor Macauley

Health hub first:

Newtownabbey Times

The Newtownabbey Times

reports that the first interactive health and wellbeing hub on the island of Ireland is to be installed at Loughshore Park in Jordanstown in County Antrim.

Ireland's cricket world cup win reaction:

BBC Sport NI

Niall O'Brien

insists Ireland will improve in their quest to reach the quarter-finals of the Cricket World Cup.

George Dockrell hit the winning runs

Today's anxious last-over win over UAE left the Irish third in Pool B with the maximum four points and they are well placed to progress.

Arrest for drugs after chase:

Ballymena Times

The Ballymena Times

reports that police have arrested a man for drugs offences following a chase.

Ecstasy pills from government handout

The 27 year-old man has been charged with possession of class B and C drugs with intent to supply after 19 bags of herbal cannabis and 140 tablets were found in a nearby hedgerow.

Translink restructure:

BBC News NI business correspondent Julian O'Neill



Over 100,000 sign petition:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph

reports that more than 100,000 people have signed an American petition launched just 48 hours ago in opposition to a DUP plan to allow people with strong religious views to refuse to provide services that offend them.

The cake was ordered for a civic event in Bangor Castle Town Hall, County Down, to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Hole in the road

Part of one of the busiest roads into Belfast has been closed after a hole was found in the road.

Hole in road

The lane at Shaftesbury Square was coned off this morning. The hole was found following roadworks in the area.