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  1. Updates for Thursday 5 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 07:00 on Friday

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 for another day. Thanks to Mairtin Ó hUigin for sending us home happy with this snap of Lurig Mountain in Cushendall, County Antrim.

Lurig mountain
Mairtin O'hUigin

We'll be back again on Friday 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.

Ireland on course for Olympics:

BBC Sport NI


reland have hammered Trinidad and Tobago 12-2 in the quarter-finals of the World League 2 tournament.

Stephen Dowds scored Ireland's first against Trinidad and Tobago
Press Eye

Thursday's big win in San Diego is the latest step for Craig Fulton's team as they try to qualify for the Olympics.

TV debates latest:

The BBC Trust has rejected the Democratic Unionist Party's (DUP) appeal to take part in TV debates ahead of the general election. BBC News assistant political editor Norman Smith


Norman Smith

In an interview with BBC,

Nigel Dodds said the decision "defied belief".

Weekend weather:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

BBC News NI weather presenter Barra Best

tweets: Here's how Friday and your weekend weather is shaping up. Windiest tomorrow and Saturday with some rain on Saturday too.

Weekend weather 6 March 2015

AP McCoy's top 10 horses:

BBC Sport

AP McCoy will be counting down the top 10 horses of his incredible racing career tonight from 20:00

on BBC 5 live Sport.

AP McCoy

Enniskillen director set for New York:

News Letter

An Enniskilen writer and director is set to world premiere his debut feature film at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival in New York next month,

the News Letter reports.

Irish printers refuse gay customer

An Irish printing firm

has refused a gay man's request to print invitations for his civil partnership ceremony, because of its Christian beliefs.

Gay cake

Beulah Print and Design, based in Drogheda, County Louth, confirmed it had declined an order from Jonathon Brennan, one of their former customers.

No Ageas job cuts meeting yet:

Michael Fitzpatrick


A company that is cutting 200 jobs in west Belfast

has to discuss its decision.

Inside call centre

Ageas Retail, which sells insurance, plans to shut its call centre operation in Springvale business park.

Evans and Cisse charged:

BBC Sport

Manchester United' Jonny Evans and Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse have been

charged with spitting by the Football Association.

Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse

Cisse had earlier apologised for his part in the incident, which happened during Manchester United's 1-0 win at Newcastle on Wednesday. Defender Evans has denied deliberately spitting at Cisse.

Dodds criticises BBC decision

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds has criticised the BBC after the organisation rejected the DUP's appeal against Northern Ireland being excluded from the proposed TV general election debates.

Nigel Dodds

Mr Dodds said: "This process has been shambolic from the start. The BBC has not engaged with us in a constructive manner. As an entirely predictable result, their management of this process has descended into chaos."

Special needs bid a 'boxing match'

The mother of a child with special education needs has said the fight to get him properly assessed was like "a boxing contest".


The High Court has ruled that

the Northern Eastern Education and Library Board unlawfully refused a statutory assessment of the child's needs.

Man critical after work incident:

A man is in a critical condition in hospital after

a workplace incident at Hayes coal yard in Belfast's Harbour estate.


The man sustained serious injuries and was treated at the scene and is now at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

Former doctor pleads guilty:

A former leading ENT (ear nose throat) specialist, Dr Francis Gerard D'Arcy pleaded guilty to four charges of cheating the public revenue out of "quite substantial" sums of money.

The 73-year-old, from the Malone Road has been granted bail until next month's sentencing.

DUP appeal rejected:

Norman Smith

BBC Assistant Political Editor

The BBC has rejected the DUP's appeal to take part in the television election debates.

The move is now likely to trigger a judicial review by the DUP over their exclusion from the debates.

A DUP spokesman described the decision by the BBC Trust as "a farce."

2016 - Year of food

BBC News NI business correspondent Julian O'Neill


Tourism NI

Mild but windy:

Cecilia Daly

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

There's a milder feel to the weather over the next few days. It'll be quite breezy though especially in the north and west.

Weather 5 March 2015

Generally, temperatures will sit at double-digits over the next few days but it will be quite cloudy.

BBC Newsline on super councils:

BBC Newsline presenter Donna Traynor


Super Councils

Draft order on A5 due:

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness


McGuinness on A5

Minister 'can't agree' to Brimstone proposal:

Gareth Gordon

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

A Stormont committee investigating the behaviour of a DUP special adviser says the Social Development Minister has refused to engage in a process of arbitration over the issue.

DUP MLA Mervyn Storey

It asked Mervyn Storey to agree to let a High Court judge decide if he should hand over a full copy of a report into the conduct of Stephen Brimstone but Mr Storey says he can't agree to the proposal.

RNLI warning on cliff edges

The RNLI is advising anyone planning on visiting its lifeguarded beaches on the north coast to

stay away from dangerous cliff edges that have been affected by recent weather.

Coastal erosion at Whiterocks

Winter storms have dramatically changed the profile of beaches at Whiterocks, Portrush East and Portstewart creating high sand cliffs which are unstable.

Settling scores:

BBC Sport NI

You can watch the decisive score in this afternoon's rugby Schools Cup semi-final between Wallace and Methody College Belfast.

Wallace try

Wallace came out the right side of a 12-10 scoreline of and this was the only try of the four scored today that was successfully converted.

Better roads needed for economic future

First Minister Peter Robinson has said that investment in the road infrastructure is vital for the economic future of the north west at a ministerial sub group on regional opportunities.

Peter Robinson

Mr Robinson said: "Improved public transport links enable people to take advantage of more employment and education opportunities."

US cardinal compares IS to IRA:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph

reports that a US cardinal has compared Islamic State to the IRA, saying militants terrorising the Middle East are a distortion of "genuine" Islam, just as the Irish Republican Army was a "perversion" of Catholicism.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, file pic
Getty Images

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Catholic archbishop of New York, drew the parallel in an interview with CNN.

Wallace in Schools Cup final:

BBC Sport NI

Wallace win 12-10 in their rugby Schools Cup semi-final with Methody.

Wallace win

There was a tense finish to the game as a last-second Methody penalty went wide. Wallace will play RBAI in the St Patrick's Day final.

Appeal has 'no merit'

The Crown has told the Court of Appeal that a woman's appeal against her conviction for the murder of a pensioner has "absolutely no merit."

Karen Walsh

Karen Walsh was jailed for 20 years for killing Maire Rankin, 81, at the pensioner's home in Newry on Christmas Day 2008.

Policing board requests review of inquests:

Mark Simpson


The Policing Board is to ask the justice minister to commission an independent review of the PSNI's disclosure process in respect of inquests.

PSNI crest

Second try for Wallace

Wallace score in the same corner where Methody touched down in the first half. Try by Ben Finlay, no conversion so Wallace lead 12-10

80% of women fail police fitness test:

BBC News NI's Lisa McAlister


Lisa McAlister

House fire in Whiteabbey:

Carrick Times

The Carrick Times

reports that two men had to be treated for smoke inhalation following a fire at a house in Whiteabbey, County Antrim yesterday.

Carrick Times

Fire crews from Glengormley and Carrickfergus stations responded to the blaze at a terraced house in Fernagh Court shortly after 10:00.

Police shortages:

Mark Simpson


Budget cuts mean that police will have 200 fewer officers than they need next year.

George Hamilton

The chief constable George Hamilton told the Policing Board that the size of the force by April 2016 will be down to 6,773.

Extradited over 'pig's head' charge:

A man charged with

sending a pig's head to the home of a police officer is being extradited to the Republic of Ireland from Spain.

At Ennis Circuit Court, an assistant state solicitor said Brendan Mahony, 47, is due to arrive back in Dublin later.

£8m trailer investment

A Northern Ireland-based trailer company has announced an £8m investment in 400 new trailers, to be manufactured by SDC Trailers in Toomebridge.

SDC Vice Chairman Darren Donnelly and Managing Director Mark Cuskeran with Tony Wan of Hireco
Ciaran Kelly

Last year Hireco bought £10m worth of trailers from SDC.

Watch try:

BBC Sport NI

Watch Methody score their second try in the Schools Cup rugby semi final against Wallace.

Half-time lead for MCB:

BBC Sport NI

It's half-time in an excellent Schools Cup rugby semi final between Methody and Wallace.

Methody lead 10-7 thanks to two unconverted tries, by Saul Herdman and Conor Kelly, in reply to a try by Wallace's Philip Hylands.

Hit and run appeal:

A man in his 20s has been struck in a suspected hit and run in Londonderry last night.

The man suffered leg injuries after being struck just before 19:00 on Stanleys Walk. Police are appealing for information.

Methody take lead

BBC Sport NI

Methody score in the corner to make it 10-7 in their favour. Touchline conversion attempt misses.

Renewable energy:

Renewable sources contributed 19% of Northern Ireland's total energy consumption according to

a report by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment.

wind turbines california

Ninety two per cent of all renewable electricity generated within Northern Ireland from January 2014 to December 2014 was generated from wind.

Methody try

BBC Sport NI

Methody drive over for a try in the Schools Cup rugby semi final.

Conversion missed so Wallace have 7-5 lead.

Try scored

Wallace try

BBC Sport NI

Brilliant try under the posts by Phillip Hylands for Wallace in their Schools Cup rugby semi-final with Methody. Converted by Andrew Cardosi to give Wallace 7-0 lead.

Wallace try