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  1. Updates for Friday 27 February 2015
  2. More updates from Monday 2 March 2015 at 07:00

Live Reporting

By Ciaran McCauley and Conor Macauley

All times stated are UK

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Spring has almost sprung:

Conor Macauley


That's it for tonight and this week. When we come back on Monday at 07:00, it'll officially be Spring

Iain Gregory

It's all crocuses and Spring sunshine from this point forward. Aye right!

Weekend weather:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Here's how your weekend is shaping up - it's going to be very wintry later on Saturday and overnight into Sunday.

Weekend weather

Pair miss Jo'burg cut:

BBC Sport NI

Northern Ireland pair Gareth Maybin and Darren Clarke have missed the

halfway cut at the Joburg Open in South Africa.

Gareth Maybin

Meeting Spock:

Mark Stephen Hughes, from Newry, sends us this photo of him speaking to the late great Leonard Nimoy at a Star Trek convention in London last October.

Leonard Nimoy
Mark Stephen Hughes

The actor died today at the age of 83.

Archive: McGuigan wins title

BBC NI Archive

This Saturday

Carl Frampton will be looking to defend his world title against Chris Avalos, with manager Barry McGuigan looking on eagerly.

Barry McGuigan

The Clones Cyclone is no stranger to title fights.

Our archive video relives the moment McGuigan landed the belt, by beating Eusebio Pedroza in 1985.

Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy in Belfast:

BBC NI Archive

Sad news tonight that actor

Leonard Nimoy has died at 83.

Leonard Nimoy

In our archive video, we relive when the famed Star Trek actor delighted hundreds of his fans in Northern Ireland in 1995 by visiting Belfast for a book signing.

Jailed for holdall bomb:

A west Belfast man has been

jailed for 11 years after he was "caught red handed" with a bomb hidden in a holdall.

Laganside Court

Connor Hughes, 23, from Altan Close, Dunmurry, pleaded guilty to possession a blast bomb type device with intent to endanger life.

Secret lab at Scrabo?:

We don't want to panic anyone, but this picture of Scrabo Tower sent in by

Rossssor is ominous.

Scrabo Tower

Clearly a mad scientist has moved into Scrabo and is testing out some sort of world-ending laser death ray. It's the only sensible conclusion.

Archive: Historic Croke Park win

BBC NI Archive

It was an emotional occasion when

Ireland faced England in the Six Nations at Croke Park for the first time.

Ireland vs England

It also proved to be a winning occasion, with

Ireland racking up 43 points. Hopefully it'll be a
similar outcome in Dublin this Sunday.

'Inquests will halt':

Belfast Telegraph

Senior coroner John Leckey has said the inquests into deaths during the conflict in Northern Ireland will be halted because no money is available to appoint investigators,

the Belfast Telegraph reports.

John Leckey

'Thought I was dying':

Maud Kells, who was shot by bandits in Africa eight weeks ago, has

spoken for the first time of her ordeal.

Maud Kells

"I thought I was dying," the 75-year-old said and added it was a "miracle" she was not killed or paralysed. Hear more of her story on

BBC Newsline tonight at 18:30.

Teenager stabbed in Antrim:


Police are appealing for information about a stabbing in Antrim which left a 16 year old seriously injured.

It happened at Craighill at 7am. His injuries aren't life threatening.

Verge cutting and potholes hit by cuts

Repairs to potholes and verge cutting are likely to be hit by cuts at the Department of Regional Development.

Street light repairs affected

Minister Danny Kennedy will say next week how the cuts have affected his 2015/16 budget.

Downpatrick traffic plans:

Politicians have welcomed preliminary plans to help improve traffic flow in Downpatrick ahead of a final report this summer,

the Mourne Observer reports.


Yes Stormont Minister:

Gareth Gordon

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

The process of

merging and renaming government departments at Stormont seems to have been like classic TV comedy shows like Yes Minister, according to documents seen by the BBC.

Yes Minister

One proposed name, the Department of Nature, was deemed a "Monty Python moment" by a Stormont insider.

Meeting a legend:

BBC Sport NI

Irish rugby legend Willie John McBride is the

subject of a BBC One NI documentary that airs next Monday.

Willie John McBride

BBC Sport NI's Gavin Andrews writes about

what it was like to meet one of Ireland's greatest sporting sons.

Ready to rumble:

Carl Frampton and Chris Avalos squared up during their weigh-in ahead of Saturday's world title fight in Belfast.

Carl Frampton

Frampton says he wants to

become an Irish boxing legend and continue his run as champion.

Abortion guidance needed:

Marie-Louise Connolly

BBC News NI Health Correspondent

Doctors working on the front line

need clear guidance on abortion law here, says the chair of Northern Ireland's Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Robin Ashe

Robin Ashe said wrangling over the law was not helpful to anyone.

Maiden flight:

The Bombardier CS300 is making its maiden flight. The newly developed plane was partly built at the firm's Belfast plant.


You can even follow the flight on

live radar, if you're particularly into your engineering or aeronautics.

'End attacks' call:

Keiron Tourish


Philip Oakes from the Unite union has called for an end to attacks on workers after a

gritter driver and
Northern Ireland Electricity staff were targeted this week.

Philip Oakes

Crossmaglen pipe bomb appeal:

Police are appealing for information over the incident in which a man was

injured by a pipe bomb in Crossmaglen shortly after 05:15 on Wednesday morning.

Francis McCabe
Irish News

The family of Francis McCabe told

the Irish News that he had been the "innocent victim" of threats and intimidation. Police say they are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a poster being put up in the area.

Windy weekend weather:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

It'll be very windy on Saturday night into Sunday. Gusts of up to 60mph can be widely expected but winds may reach up to 70mph in places.

Wind warning

Lloyds' Irish commercial property:

BBC News NI economics and business editor John Campbell



The best of Boyce online:

Jayne McCormack


Former BBC NI roving reporter James Boyce's was famed for his

unique talent for gathering quirky tales from across Northern Ireland.


Now a lot of his reports have been retrieved from the archive and are available online so that a whole new audience can be entertained by the eccentricities of life in Northern Ireland over 50 years ago.

Ireland team named:

BBC Sport NI

Ireland have made

one change to the team that defeated France a fortnight ago for their game against England in Dublin on Sunday.

Jordi Murphy attempts to barge past Italy's Kelly Haimona in Rome
©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Jordi Murphy replaces the injured Jamie Heaslip so Ulster's Iain Henderson will have to content himself with a place on the Irish bench.

Troubles inquests could stop:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph

reports that inquests into deaths during the conflict in Northern Ireland could be halted because no money is available to appoint investigators according to the senior coroner.

John Leckey

Senior coroner John Leckey wants to employ specialists to hunt for information about killings during 30 years of violence but has been told nobody is available to undertake the task.

Irish team to be named:

Joe Schmidt is set to name the Ireland team for Sunday's Six Nations clash against England in five minutes. You can watch the announcement live on the

IRFU website.

Joe Schmidt

Man charged with murder:

A 37-year-old man has

appeared in court charged with the murder of County Antrim woman Pauline Carmichael.

Alan Foster

Alan Norman Foster, from Hillside, Antrim, appeared in Coleraine Magistrates Court. He will appear again in court in March.

New names for departments:

BBC News NI political correspondent Gareth Gordon


New names

Make It Digital

It's day two of the BBC's

Make it Digital three-day event at BBC Blackstaff Studios in Belfast.

Make it Digital

You can watch the

highlights from day one and drop into to some of the workshops, live shows and drop-in sessions today or tomorrow.
Book your place to avoid disappointment.

12 year sentence for murder

A Belfast man has been for the "brutal and senseless" murder of a father of four.

Forensic officer examining George Gray's flat in the aftermath of his murder

George Gray, who was 52, was beaten to death in his flat on east Belfast's Cregagh Road on 30 August, 2012. Alan Irvine, 31, from Rosebery Gardens, Belfast, pleaded guilty to the murder last month.

Apprentice v The Master:

BBC Sport

The only two unbeaten teams in the Six Nations this year, Ireland and England face each other in Dublin this Sunday.

George Ford and Jonathan Sexton
Getty Images

Fly-halves are always important in big games but could the experienced

Jonny Sexton or the novice George Ford sway the game for their respective sides this Sunday?

¿Dónde está Pablo?

Peter Coulter


BBC News NI's own Peter Coulter spotted this poster in south Belfast last night.


Have you seen Pablo, the red-eyed albino ferret with yellow tones anywhere in south Belfast?

Clarke to make Orchard return:

BBC Sport NI

Jamie Clarke returns to

the Armagh team for Sunday's Football League Division 3 game against Limerick in Kilmallock.

Jamie Clarke's two late points helped Armagh snatch a fortunate victory over Tipperary in Division 3
Press Eye

Clarke has recovered from the groin injury that forced him to miss the win over Wexford and is drafted into the attack along with Tony Kernan.

Energy prices decrease:

The Utility Regulator welcomed the

7.8% average decrease by SSE Airtricity gas supply in its regulated gas tariffs in the greater Belfast area.

Gas flame

Jenny Pyper of the Utility Regulator said: "This now means that Northern Ireland consumers are benefiting from amongst the lowest electricity and gas standard tariffs in the UK."

Derry's new temple:

BBC Radio Foyle

Part of Temple by David Best. We'll be speaking to the artist on

BBC Radio Foyle's News at One.

Temple David Best

Rugby ticket warning:

The IRFU says fans should not buy tickets for Ireland's match against England this weekend

from unofficial sources.

Ireland vs England
Getty Images

The union said a number of people had lost money after trying to buy tickets advertised on well-known websites.