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  1. Updates for Monday 2 March 2015
  2. More updates from 07:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Conor Macauley and Ciaran McCauley

All times stated are UK

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Good night

Ciaran McCauley


That's all from us at BBC News NI Live. We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 07:00 tomorrow.

Culvacy sunset
Fast Syd

Fast Syd tweets us this dramatic sunset from Culcavy. There's more snow and ice due tonight though, so safe travels home.

Not Dad's Army:

Did you catch our latest BBC Radio Ulster documentary on the Ulster Home Guard? In Not Dad's Army - Northern Ireland's Home Guard, Chris Capper looks at the controversial unit and asks why Catholics didn't join up.

Ulster Home Guard

If you missed the programme you can now listen to it again on

BBC IPlayer Radio or download
the podcast.

Trio injury doubts:

BBC Sport NI

Sean O'Brien, Jared Payne and Jonathan Sexton are

injury concerns for Ireland ahead of the Six Nations game against Wales in Cardiff on 14 March.

Sean O'Brien

Tiger tale:

Just how did a tiger skin once owned by an Indian maharaja end up in a east Belfast bungalow?

Tiger man

This video package from BBC News NI's Mark Simpson explains all.

Another cold night:

Cecilia Daly

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

The latest snapshot of snow showers, with temperatures now dropping to freezing in places. Warnings for snow and ice are in force.


Controversial name back on agenda:

The controversial naming of a playground is back on the agenda for Newry and Mourne District Council tonight.

Raymond McCreesh

The full council will debate the naming of the park after a

committee voted to call it after IRA man Raymond McCreesh.
BBC Newsline will have more at 18:30.

Londonderry Bands Forum for Ard Fhéis

The Londonderry Bands Forum has confirmed it'll give a presentation at the Sinn Féin Ard Fhéis in Derry this weekend.

Londonderry Bands Forum

There's lot more detail in an extensive post on the

organisation's Facebook page.

When Paulie met Willie John:

BBC Sport NI

Irish rugby captain Paul O'Connell has revealed he was nervous meeting Willie John McBride during a Lions tour - partly because he was afraid the legendary second row would

detect he was hungover.

Paul O'Connell
Getty Images

You can see more in the documentary,

Willie John, on BBC One NI at 22:45 tonight.

Loyalist bands for SF Ard Fhéis

Martin McGuinness



Push for Birmingham inquest:

Belfast Telegraph

Campaigners for victims of the Birmingham pub bombings will meet Home Secretary Theresa May this week to ask for a new inquest,

the Belfast Telegraph reports.

Birmingham Pub Bombing

'Barricaded' in Dublin home:

A high-profile Irish solicitor has

barricaded himself into his home in Killiney near Dublin to stop it from being possessed.

Solicitor barracade

In 2011, a court ordered Brian O'Donnell and his wife to repay loans of more than 70m euros (£59.8m) to the Bank of Ireland.

From Lord Mayor to mum:

Looks like Belfast's Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon is set to have another big year ahead after handing over the chain of office next month:

Ciaran McCauley

Pitch perfect Padraig:

Padraig Harrington has won his first PGA Tour title since 2008 after beating Daniel Berger in a play-off in the Honda Classic in Florida.

Padraig Harrington

Harrington held his nerve on the second play-off hole to land an approach to five feet, while Berger put his tee-shot in the water to hand the title to the Dubliner.

SF speaker to head up NI Commonwealth body

Speaker of the Assembly, Mitchel McLaughlin, is to head up the Northern Ireland Assembly branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

Mitchel McLaughlin

The Sinn Féin speaker says it's not part of his politics but he wants his time in office to be marked by respect for all traditions.

Harrington in sudden-death play-off

Irish golfer Padraig Harrington is into a sudden death play-off with American Daniel Berger in the Honda Classic


They're on the first hole.

Follow the scoreboard here

DARD officials at scene of cattle truck crash

More detail on that

cattle truck crash in Co Fermanagh from our reporter at the scene, Julian Fowler.

Cattle crash
Julian Fowler BBC

Cattle put down after crash

Ten cattle have been put down after the trailer they were in crashed near Derrylin, Co Fermanagh.

Crashed cattle trailer

Police and officials from the Department of Agriculture are at the scene.

Spring snow:

Despite the snowy conditions, it's officially spring and nature has been getting on with its seasonal business.

Spring snow

Clockwise from top left we have buffalo in Ballynagarrick, daffodils in Newry, birds in Newtownards and a quiet scene in Hillsborough Forest. Thanks to Alistair Stevenson, John Patton, Joyce Dunlop and Mervyn Robb for the pics.

More on crash victim:

Police say the

man who died in a fatal crash this morning was 55-year-old and a woman has also been taken to hospital.

A1 Crash

Her injuries are not believed to be life threatening. Insp Leslie Badger said: "The A1 remains closed and we would ask motorists to be patient as we carry out our investigations into the collision."

A1 northbound still closed:

BBC NI Travel

Police say that the A1 southbound from Dromore to Banbridge is in the process of being reopened but the northbound road stays closed after a

fatal crash this morning.

Harrington in front:

BBC Sport NI

Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington is eyeing up his first PGA Tour victory in 2008 - he leads the Honda Classic in Florida by one shot with three holes to play.

Padraig Harrington
Ciaran McCauley

You can follow the live scoreboard on the

PGA Tour website.

More Belfast to Dublin delays:

AA Roadwatch tweets that a truck has jack-knifed on the M1 from Belfast to Dublin between junction five and junction four at Donabate.

There is already serious disruption on the Belfast to Dublin road as the A1 is closed after a

fatal crash this morning.

New Stormont departments announced:

First Minister Peter Robinson has formally announced the names of

the nine new Stormont departments that will replace the current 12 in 2016.

Stormont talks
Press Eye

Power back on:

Northern Ireland Electricity

NIE say that 25,000 customers have had their power restored in the Ballymena area after a fault this morning.

It says that three customers are still have no power because of a broken overhead line.

Man dies in A1 crash:

Police say a man in his 50s has died following

a two-car collision on the A1 between Dromore and Banbridge this morning.


The A1 remains closed in both directions.

Harrington in the hunt:

BBC Sport NI

Padraig Harrington is one off the lead in the final round of the Honda Classic in Florida.

Padraig Harrington
Getty Images

He sits on five under with six holes to play, one shot behind joint leaders Patrick Reed and Ian Poulter. You can follow the live scoreboard on the

PGA Tour website.

Industrial action planned

Public sector workers who belong to the GMB union have voted for industrial action on 13 March over proposed cuts in the public sector in Northern Ireland.

There are GMB union members in Translink, in education, in the Northern Ireland civil service, in the road service, the rivers agency, the forestry service and the Northern Ireland environment agency.

A1 diversions:

Diversions remains in place on the A1 in both directions

following a two-vehicle crash between Dromore and Banbridge in County Down.

A1 crash

The diversion on the southbound route is highly localised while northbound lanes remain closed, with traffic being diverted onto the Blackskull Road.

Car cleared from Westlink

Trafficwatch NI

reports that the broken down car on the Westlink towards the M1 has now been cleared and traffic has returned to normal.

FIFA tribute to penalty inventor:

BBC Talkback tweets that FIFA has agreed to pay to refurbish the grave of William McCrum - the County Armagh man who first proposed the penalty kick.

William McCrum
Ciaran McCauley

As a

feature from our archive explains, the Milford man was to create what would become the bane of many a manager's life.

Irish high five:

BBC Sport

Jeremy Guscott has

included five Irish players in his Six Nations team of the week.

Team of the Week
Ciaran McCauley

In his review of the weekend he says Ireland are playing "World Cup winning rugby", but that Wales are favourites for their game in just less than two weeks.

Winter spring?

It's officially spring - not that you'd know judging from all the snow that landed on our doorsteps this morning.

Spring snow

It means some parts of Northern Ireland were looking more winter wonderland than sunny springtime. Clockwise from top is

County Antrim (thanks Alistair Hamill),
Clady in County Armagh and

McGuinness challenges Kenny:

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has called on Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny to engage on proposals for an all-island process to address the handling of cases of sexual abuse during the Troubles.

Martin McGuinness, Enda Kenny and Peter Robinson paid tribute to the late Brian Lenihan

Martin McGuinness said: "I have yet to receive a satisfactory reply to the proposals or even a detailed response or discussion on how to proceed on this matter."

Westlink delays:

BBC NI Travel



Churches call for donors:

Catholic Archbishop Eamon Martin and Church of Ireland Archbishop Richard Clarke are launching a new 'Flesh and Blood Ireland' campaign to help increase the number of blood and organ donors.

Donor card

People who have given or received blood or organs in the past will be at today's launch at St Patrick's Catholic cathedral in Armagh city.

Women's rugby growing:

Ireland are bidding to host the Women's Rugby World Cup in 2017 and no wonder - the women's game has grown hugely in recent years.

Ireland Women's Rugby
Ciaran McCauley

BBC Sport's Patrick Gearey looks at how the game has developed and what's next for the successful Irish team.

SDLP backs Elliott's Bill:

BBC News NI political correspondent Gareth Gordon



Ulster Unionist MLA

Tom Elliott plans to introduce legislation to prevent public facilities being named after people convicted of terror offences.

Women's rugby world cup bid:

The Irish Rugby Football Union has announced that it has

submitted a bid to host the Women's Rugby World Cup in August 2017 at locations in Dublin and Belfast.

A view of the redeveloped Ravenhill
Press Eye

Irish Rugby intends to host the tournament pool stages at University College Dublin before moving to Belfast for semi-finals and finals at Queen's University Sport and the newly developed Kingspan Stadium.