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

Live Reporting

By Conor Macauley and Ciaran McCauley

All times stated are UK

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Ciaran Daly


That draws an eventful day on BBC News NI Live to a close. Thanks to Hibernia Landscapes for sending us this photo of a rainbow over the Titanic Quarter in Belfast.

Rainbow 9 March 2015
Hibernia Landscapes

We'll be back again on Tuesday 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.

Nationalists criticise plans for protests:

Mark Simpson


Nationalists have criticised the Orange Order's call for renewed

protests over the north Belfast parades dispute.


Orangemen have been protesting for more than 600 days over the rerouting of a parade in the area, and now wider demonstrations are planned.

Winds set to ease:

Angie Phillips

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

The gusty winds that were here today will

ease this evening and there'll be clear skies tonight, leaving temperatures close to freezing.

Weather evening 9 March 2015

It'll be a dry, bright day tomorrow with less windy conditions. The weather for rest of the week will be changeable.

Drug dealer sentenced:

A County Antrim drugs dealer was given a four and a half year prison sentence after admitting his involvement in supplying almost £600,000 worth of cannabis seized by detectives in September 2013.

Noel Morrison, 51, of Glenmore Walk, Lisburn, admitted having cannabis with intent to supply.

Tributes to James Molyneaux

Irish President Michael D Higgins and former Prime Minister John Major have paid tribute to former Ulster Unionist Party leader

James Molyneaux who died today aged 94.

Jim Molyneaux in 2000

Mr Major said: "Jim Molyneaux was one of the unsung heroes of the Irish peace process," while President Higgins called him "an icon in the Unionist tradition".

IRA abuse claim preview:

Jennifer O'Leary

BBC NI Spotlight reporter

You can watch

a preview of Tuesday's BBC Spotlight programme, which airs tomorrow night on BBC1 NI at 22:45.

BBC Spotlight NI 10 March 2015

BBC NI Spotlight reporter Jennifer O'Leary has an exclusive interview with a man who says he was abused by an IRA member and was then subjected to a kangaroo court and cover-up by Republicans.

Road remains closed:

BBC NI Travel

Barony Road near Omagh in County Tyrone remains closed while an overturned lorry is being recovered.

Irish League Show:

BBC Sport NI

You can now watch highlights of all the weekend's action in the Irish Premiership on

the Irish League Show.

Crusaders players celebrate victory over Institute
Press Eye

Crusaders maintained their six-point lead at the top of the table by beating Institute while second-placed Linfield had a 3-0 home win over Warrenpoint.

Coming up on BBC Newsline:

BBC News NI presenter Tara Mills


Newline 9 March 2015

Sinn Féin's John O'Dowd and the DUP's Sammy Wilson will be on BBC Newsline at 18:30 to discuss the crisis over welfare reform at Stormont.

Molyneaux's return to Belsen:

BBC NI Archive

James Molyneaux was one of the first British troops to enter the liberated Belsen concentration camp during World War Two.

Molyneaux Belsen
Ciaran McCauley

In 2001, he

revisited the camp as part of a
BBC Spotlight programme.

County Down road reopens:

Trafficwatch NI

The Old Belfast road in Bangor, County Down has been reopened following the removal of a fallen tree close to Clifton Special School.

Maestro looks back:

Jayne McCormack


He's been called the "hardest working man in music" but Sir James Galway puts hard work down as a big key to his success.

Sir James Galway

The 75-year-old flute maestro has

looked back on his career ahead of a
documentary on his life that will be broadcast on BBC One NI tonight at 22:45.

Downing Street 'concern' over welfare reform:

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said David Cameron found the row in the Northern Ireland Assembly over welfare reform "deeply concerning".

Reaction to welfare reform

The spokesman said: "It must be for the locally elected political leadership to find a way forward, the responsibility is with them."

Corporation tax devolution 'in jeopardy':

Secretary of State Theresa Villiers tells BBC Evening Extra that the devolution of corporation tax is now "in jeopardy".

Theresa Villiers

Ms Villiers plans to be at Stormont tomorrow for a series of meetings

after the welfare reform bill was blocked by a petition of concern today.

IRA abuse claims:

BBC Spotlight NI


Spotlight NI

Bryson was warned of consequences:

Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr told a court today that he warned leading union flag protester Jamie Bryson about the "criminal justice consequences" of taking part in un-notified public processions.

Will Kerr

Bryson, 24, of Rosepark in Donaghadee, County Down is contesting charges of participating in four un-notified public processions during January and February 2013.

Road closed:

Trafficwatch NI

Stirling Avenue in east Belfast is closed until further notice between Montgomery Road and the junction of Sunderland Road and Merok Crescent due to a damaged culvert. A culvert allows water to flow under a road.

Fallen tree closes road:

Keiron Tourish


The strong winds today have led to the closure of one road in Londonderry after a tree came down.

Fallen tree Foyle

The Ardlough Road in the Waterside area of the city was closed after the tree was uprooted by the strength of the winds.

Resident moved pipe bomb:

The pipe bomb that caused a security alert on on the Shore road in north Belfast earlier today was found in the back garden of a house in Shore Crescent at about 12:00.

A person in the house moved the device to nearby wasteground where it was examined by police and an army bomb team.

McIlroy seeks improvement:

BBC Sport

World number one Rory McIlroy admits

he has work to do to get his game in shape before attempting to compete a career grand slam at the Masters in April.

World number one Rory McIlroy
Getty Images

Security alert over:


A security alert on Shore Road in north Belfast is over. A pipe bomb has been removed by an Army bomb team. All cordons have been lifted.

Tonight on BBC Evening Extra:

BBC Evening Extra


Evening extra 9 March 2015

Snapshot of dream team:

Ciaran Daly


Gerry Cullen's been in touch about the

St Colmcille's Gaelic football team in east Belfast the early 1970s,

Dream team
Gerry Cullen

Gerry sent us this photo of the team that could only be from the 1970s (the haircuts are a giveaway). You can listen back to

The Death of a Dream Team now on the BBC iPlayer.

Police appeal for missing teen:


Police in Downpatrick say they're becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of missing 15-year-old Declan Dobbin.

Declan Dobbin

Declan, who is 5'10", left his foster home in Dunmurry on Saturday 21 February. He's believed to have contacts in the Downpatrick area and may have travelled there.

Sexton on course for Welsh clash:

BBC Sport NI

Ireland say fly-half

Johnny Sexton is on course to play against Wales in Saturday's crucial Six Nations clash.

Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton

Sexton, 29, limped out of the win over England with a hamstring problem but the Irish management are confident he will be fit for the Cardiff showdown.

Overturned lorry:

Trafficwatch NI


Tyrone lorry

'Political manoeuvring':

SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell leader, said, of Sinn Fein withdrawing support for the welfare reform bill: "There is an element of political manoeuvring going on.

"This is a stunt more about political positioning and political manoeuvring for electoral purposes rather than any interest in the poor and the vulnerable and the marginalised."

Ardoyne marching tensions:

News Letter

The News Letter

reports that the SDLP's Alban Maginness believes that ongoing parade tensions at Ardoyne can be resolved before this year's marching season gets under way.

Alban Maginness

Construction needs 'boost':

Northern Ireland's

construction sector is "trailing behind the rest of the UK" and needs intervention from Stormont, according to industry representatives.


The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has called on the Northern Ireland Executive to put in place a number of measures to "boost workloads".

Welfare breakdown:

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

The Welfare Reform Bill gives the Department of Social Development (DSD) the power to "to make payments to persons who suffer financial disadvantage as a result of the changes to social security benefits and tax credits".

Martin McGuinness

That is supposed to involve setting up five mitgation schemes. But Sinn Féin now apparently

doesn't like what the DSD is proposing.

'Selfish political purposes':

Ulster Unionist Party leader, Mike Nesbitt has accused Sinn Fein of "putting Northern Ireland`s political institutions at risk for selfish political purposes" by withdrawing support for the welfare reform bill.

"It is now obvious that Sinn Féin are willing to sacrifice the fortunes of the vulnerable in Northern Ireland so that their electoral project in Dublin is not derailed," he said.

'Deeply flawed':

SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell says his party was "as surprised as anybody" by Sinn Fein's change of position on welfare reform but that Sinn Fein are now "on board" with his party's concerns about the bill.

He described the now-blocked welfare reform bill as "deeply flawed".

Minister to clarify exit scheme cash:

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

Finance Minister Simon Hamilton says he will have to clarify with the Treasury if no welfare reform means no loans to fund civil service voluntary redundancy schemes.

More than 3,000 people have already expressed interest in taking redundancy.

'Protecting the weak':

SDLP leader Alistair McDonnell says that if the assembly falls it will not be because of "any act" on the part of his party.

Alastair McDonnell

He says his party's mission is to look after the weak and the vulnerable. The SDLP signed the petition of concern that effectively blocked the welfare reform bill.

SF 'cynical, cowardly or stupid':

Stephen Walker

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

"People should have stuck to this deal," says Alliance leader David Ford about welfare reform crisis at Stormont.

"Sinn Fein are being cynical, cowardly or stupid," he said.

Sewage spewed over maternity unit:

Portadown Times

The Portadown Times

reports that Craigavon Hospital has apologised after raw sewage spewed over various parts of the maternity unit three times in a month.

Craigavon Area Hospital
Portadown Times

Villiers concern over welfare reform:

The Secretary of State Theresa Villiers says the failure to pass the welfare reform bill is "deeply concerning".

Theresa Villiers

Ms Villiers said: "It remains pivotal that all aspects of the agreement are implemented in full. Failure to make progress on the issue of welfare has serious implications for the executive."

Fallen tree closes road:

Trafficwatch NI

The Old Belfast Road, just off the A2 at Rathgael in Bangor, County Down, is closed near to Clifton school due to a fallen tree.

Green support for petition of concern:

Steven Agnew MLA



The SDLP also signed Sinn Féin's petition of concern regarding

the welfare reform bill.

Wind warning remains in place:

Angie Phillips

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

A Met Office wind warning remains in place today as gusts of up to 50mph will be sweeping across inland areas and 60mph winds could be found on the north coast.

Monday 9 March 2015

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