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  1. Updates for Friday 6 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 07:00 on Monday 9 March

Live Reporting

By Dave Culbert and Ciaran Daly

All times stated are UK

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Ciaran Daly


BBC News NI Live draws to a close for another week. We'll be back again on Monday 9 March at 07:00. Until then you can log on to the

BBC News NI website for all the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Barnett Demesne
David Scott

We'll leave you with this picture of the beautiful Barnett Demesne in Belfast taken by David Scott this afternoon. Have a good weekend!

Man in his 20s charged with murder

A man in his 20s has been charged with the murder of Bernard McGinley who was shot outside a wedding at a church in Newtownbutler, County Fermanagh on 11 February.

Omagh courthouse

He has also been charged with the attempted murder of a man in his 30s who was also attending this wedding. The man is due to appear at Omagh Magistrates Court tomorrow.

City diversions tomorrow:

BBC NI Travel

A parade for International Women's Day will start from Writer's Square in Belfast tomorrow at 13:30 finishing at the City Hall at 14:45.

Some bus services including buses to George Best City Airport may be diverted, so check before you travel.

Man charged with Newtownbutler murder:



Newtownbutler murder

Mr McGinley, 63, was shot outside a church in Newtownbutler as a wedding involving members of the travelling community, was about to get under way.

Robinson reacts to election debates:

Watch DUP leader Peter Robinson describe the upcoming television election debates as a "complete shambles".

Peter Robinson

Mr Robinson said there is "considerable doubt" about whether TV general election debates will take place or who will take part if they do.

Delays in east Belfast:



East Belfast

Derry woman made organ ambassador:

Derry Journal

The Derry Journal

reports that Londonderry woman Lisa Orsi, who died this morning in Singapore, is to be honoured by the government there posthumously as an ambassador for organ donation.

Lisa Orsi

Erosion warning for Royal Portrush:

Andy West


The golf course manager at Royal Portrush has warned that

erosion on the north coast could create problems on the course before the British Open is due to be staged there over the next few years.

Royal Portrush erosion

Graeme Beatt said: "The last thing that we would need is for the tee to disappear into the sea. It's a big problem for us." See more on BBC Newsline at 18:30.

Adams on Paul Quinn murder:

BBC News NI political editor Mark Devenport


Inside politics

Key pair set to return for Crusaders:

BBC Sport NI

League leaders Crusaders have key pair

Colin Coates and Paul Heatley available again for Saturday's Premiership game against struggling Institute at Seaview.

Paul Heatley
Press Eye

Skipper Coates is back from suspension, while influential midfielder Heatley returns after missing last weekend's Irish Cup win over Carrick Rangers.

McGarry handed Down debut:

BBC Sport NI

Down have given

a senior debut to Ross McGarry for Sunday's Division Two encounter against Galway in Newry.

Ross McGarry in action for Down minors in 2009

The forward gets a chance to impress while Niall Madine and Darren O'Hagan miss out because of injury.

Robinson rails against broadcasters:

DUP leader Peter Robinson has reacted to the news that broadcasters have said plans for

three TV debates before the general election will go ahead, despite David Cameron saying he will only take part in one.

Peter Robinson

Mr Robinson told Sky News: "If any government department behaved in the way that the broadcasters are behaving we would be looking for resignations - indeed you would be looking for resignations if that was the case. Let's be clear you have been hammering a nail into your own coffin."

Rush hour traffic:

BBC NI Travel

Traffic's busy on the M1 at the Saintfield Road, It's also busy on the Sydenham bypass towards Holywood.

Translink board extension:

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has announced the short-term extension of the appointment of a member of the board of Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company (NITHC).

Translink sign

Angela Coffey, who was appointed to the board on 1 July 2008, will serve as a non-executive member of the board for a further six months until 1 January 2016.

Ireland confident ahead of Zimbabwe clash:

BBC Sport NI

Ireland opener Paul Stirling is confident ahead of Saturday's crunch

World Cup Pool B game against Zimbabwe.

Ireland training session at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart

Stirling smashed 92 against the West Indies to help his side secure the first of their two wins, leaving them two points clear of Zimbabwe.

Kennedy pressed to publish report:

The Committee for Regional Development is using its statutory powers to require Minister for Regional Development Danny Kennedy to produce the project assessment review (PAR) report into the Coleraine to Londonderry rail track project.

Danny Kennedy

The minister has until 13:00 on Monday 23 March to give the report to the committee.

Foyle bridge restrictions:

Trafficwatch NI


Foyle bridge

Shot men fail to appear in court:

Two men due to appear in court today

failed to show after they were shot last night.

Newry Crown Court heard that Martin Young, of Glenbawn Park, and James Bingham, of Causeway End Road, Lisburn,

were treated in hospital for gunshot wounds to their legs but had since been discharged.

They were due before the court charged with supplying a Class A controlled drug. Arrest warrants have been issued.

First Ulster start for Stanley:

BBC Sport NI

Samoan Mike Stanley will

make his first start for Ulster in one of two changes for the Pro12 clash against the Dragons on Sunday.

Mike Stanley
Press Eye

Stanley and Iain Henderson come into the side for Luke Marshall and Roger Wilson who are both banned. Darren Cave will also captain Ulster for the first time.

Catch up: Soak on Radio 1's Live Lounge

You can now catch up on Londonderry singer songwriter Bridie Monds Watson, aka Soak,

performing on BBC Radio 1's live lounge yesterday.


The 18-year-old has been been named on the

Sound of 2015 longlist.

BBC NI Travel

A crash at the Belmont Road roundabout is causing delays for drivers heading towards the A55 Hawthornden Way (Outer Ring).

BBC NI Travel

A crash on the Ravenhill Road just after the Ormeau Embankment is causing delays to drivers leaving the city centre.

Family rejects Adams claim over murder:

Gordon Adair


Relatives of a murdered County Armagh man have

rejected claims by Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams that criminals were responsible for the killing.

Paul Quinn from Cullyhanna was 21 when was

he found beaten in the Republic of Ireland. He died later in hospital. His family blames the IRA for his murder.

Stephen and Breege Quinn

Mr Adams said last Sunday that "a small handful of criminals who are using the border for their own purposes" were responsible for killing him.

Salvation Army parade:

News Letter

The News Letter

reports that up to 500 members of the Salvation Army from around the world will take part in a parade through Belfast on Sunday to mark 135 years since its formation.

Salvation Army
News Letter

Man jailed for brother's death

An east Belfast man who caused the death of his brother by careless driving through drink or drugs was jailed today for nine months.

John Andrews

John Andrews from Rosneath Court in Dundonald admitted causing the death of his brother Marc Andrews, 32, on 11 March 2013.

Cat threat letters:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph

reports that someone has sent a letter to people in east Belfast threatening to poison any cats that stray into their garden.


East Belfast MP Naomi Long who has sought a meeting with police over the letters that have circulated in Dundonald.

Belfast traffic:

BBC NI Travel


Belfast traffic 6 March 2015

Money owed to Harland & Wolff workers:

Around 200 workers at Harland and Wolff

have not been paid money due to them, because of an administrative error, a union has said.

Byford Dolphin being towed into Belfast

Some workers are owed hundreds of pounds in flexible shift work payments.

Hughes inducted into Hall of Fame:

Carrick Times

The Carrick Times

reports that former NI international Michael Hughes has been inducted into Larne's Sporting Hall of Fame.

Michael Hughes has been appointed Carrick manager on a permanent basis

Travel award for Titanic:

Titanic Belfast has been named one of Europe's best visitor attraction for groups in the

European Group Travel Awards.

Titanic Belfast

The attraction edged out the Eiffel Tower, London Eye and Monet's Garden to claim the prize in Berlin.

Highest and lowest wages:

BBC News NI economics editor John Campbell


John Campbell tweet

Robinson: DUP could hold "balance of power"

DUP leader Peter Robinson says that his party's MPs could "hold the balance of power" at Westminster if there is a hung parliament after May's general election.

Peter Robinson

Mr Robinson told a business breakfast in east Belfast: "Unlike other parties we are not ideologically tied to any one of the major parties at Westminster but can do business with either the Conservatives or Labour."

Johnson considering Irish open appearance:

BBC Sport NI presenter Stephen Watson


Stephen Walker

American Dustin Johnson took time out of the game for six months

to confront "personal challenges".

Tyrone roadworks:

Trafficwatch NI


Tyrone roadworks

Wind farm policy change welcomed:

News Letter

The News Letter

reports that campaigners against wind turbines have welcomed the recommendation for Northern Ireland to revamp its whole approach to wind farms.

Wind turbine

The Department of the Environment told the News Letter that it was reviewing its policy and would consider issues such as separation distances.

Free books 'under threat':

A literacy charity says that it may have to stop free book programmes in Northern Ireland after having its funding cut by the Department of Education.

Booktrust packs

Booktrust says it gave out 50,000 free packs of books for babies and pre-school children last year, thanks to a £250,000 grant. It is now looking for alternative funding.

Mooney helmet aims to prevents injury:

BBC Sport

Ireland's John Mooney says the self-designed helmet he is wearing at the World Cup

can prevent batsmen from suffering a serious injury.

John Mooney
Cricket Ireland

Australia batsman Phillip Hughes died after being struck on the back of the neck by a short delivery at the Sydney Cricket Ground in November

Cave to captain Ulster:

BBC Sport NI presenter Stephen Watson


Darren Cave captain

Union 'in talks' over strike protocols:

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) says that the union Unison is in talks over protocols to protect emergency services during a proposed strike next week.


NIAS says it's aware of a "statement prepared by Unison to correct inaccuracies" in a newspaper article.