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  1. Updates for Tuesday 10 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 07:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Conor Macauley and Ciaran McCauley

All times stated are UK

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Ciaran Daly


Thanks to Mr J for sending us this snap of the beautiful sunset at Belfast Lough this evening. And so, the sun sets on BBC News NI Live for another day (see what I did there?)

Sunset on Belfast Lough

We'll be back at 07:00 on Wednesday. Until then, you can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news, sport, travel and weather on the

BBC News NI website. Goodnight!

SDLP jobs warning

SDLP spokesperson for employment and learning, Pat Ramsey has said many community sector employees face the prospect of losing their jobs in the coming weeks.

Pat Ramsey

Mr Ramsey has asked the minister for employment and learning, Stephen Farry, to address delays in the application process of the European social fund, which provides money for training.

Hotel sold for £18.5m

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

The Dalata Hotel Group has

agreed a deal to buy the Belfast Holiday Inn on Ormeau Avenue for just over £18.5m

The company made the announcement as it published its annual results, which showed a pre-tax profit of almost £3m on revenue of over £56m - up 30% on 2013 levels.

Wet and windier weather on the way:

Cecilia Daly

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

It's been a beautiful spring day but change is on the way for tomorrow.

You can watch the latest weather forecast here.

Evening weather 10 March 2015

Most places will be dry throughout the night tonight but cloud moving in from the west will bring a wet spell with it tomorrow morning. It'll be windier too.

Counting the cost of welfare reform:

Here are the facts and figures at the heart of the crisis over welfare reform in Northern Ireland:

Welfare reform
Payment scheme

Return of The Fall:

Jamie Dornan will once again play serial killer Paul Spector in

The Fall when it returns to BBC2 for a third series.

The Fall

Writer and director Allan Cubitt says: "The cliffhanger ending of season two was conceived in the hope of further exploring the characters and the themes that are at the heart of The Fall."

Call for welfare reform committee:

BBC News NI political correspondent Chris Page


SDLP call

Omagh accused claims to have an alibi

A man accused of murdering 29 people in the 1998 Omagh bomb

has an alibi, a court has been told by his lawyer.

Omagh bomb scene

Seamus Daly, 44, is originally from Culloville, County Monaghan, but now has an address at Kilnasaggart Road in Jonesborough, County Armagh.

Rates frozen for fifth year:

Finance Minister Simon Hamilton MLA today announced a real terms regional rate freeze for the fifth year in a row.

Simon Hamilton

The regional rate represents just over half of the typical rate bill; the remainder being made up of district rates, which were set independently by the new local councils.

Slaughtneil focused on final:

BBC Sport NI

Watch Slaughtneil forward Gerald Bradley talk about playing in the All-Ireland senior club final against Corofin on St Patrick's Day.

Slaughtneil's Gerald Bradley

The Derry side progressed to the Croke Park decider after a 1-14 to 2-10 semi-final win over Austin Stacks last month.

Storey says SF stand 'not about welfare'

Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey says Sinn Féin's

withdrawal of support for a reform bill on Monday is not about concern for benefit claimants.

Mervyn Storey

Mr Storey said: "This isn't about welfare reform - this is about some other political agenda they have."

Rally to protect stroke unit:

Newry Reporter

The Newry Reporter

says there will be a rally on Saturday 28 March from the centre of Newry to Daisy Hill to support keeping the hospital's stroke unit.

Stroke unit
Newry Reporter

Adams criticises Micheál Martin

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has responded to comments by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin suggesting that Sinn Féin is reversing support for welfare reform in the north as a tactical manoeuvre.

Gerry Adams

Mr Adams said Mr Martin has "a tendency to make the most ridiculous and misleading comments on the workings of the institutions in the north."

Cricket Ireland criticises article:

Cricket Ireland

has released a statement in response to an article, described as a "vicious personal attack" on Ireland player John Mooney, that appeared in The Zimbabwe Herald.

John Mooney celebrates his winning hit

Warren Deutrom of Cricket Ireland said: "In mocking John in such a contemptuous fashion, and using his personal difficulties as a mere punchline, the Zimbabwe Herald has demonstrated breathtaking crassness and a gross error of editorial judgement."

Live stream of Derry St Patrick's Day:

Londonderry's St Patrick's Day festivities will be streamed live on the

Derry City Council website and
city of culture's Facebook page on 17 March.

The parade in Londonderry was a colourful spectacle

The live stream will be available from 13:30 and will feature video messages from the city along with a live broadcast of the entire carnival parade. Streaming will finish at 15:30.

Abuse victim support 'SF priority':

Gerry Adams says that "Sinn Féin's priority is to support victims of abuse whether that abuse is historical or contemporary".

Gerry Adams

The Sinn Féin leader was responding to

allegations that a man was raped by an IRA member and that the victim was subjected to a kangaroo court after speaking out.

Paudie McGahon made the claim in a

BBC Spotlight programme being aired tonight.

3D prosthetic limbs for Syrian casualties:

BBC Radio Foyle

A County Donegal man is using 3D printing techniques that he learned in Northern Ireland to help make

prosthetic limbs for casualties of the conflict in Syria.

Tony Canning holds prosthetic hand
Tony Connolly

Tony Canning moved to Jordan in February to work for a company that makes affordable prosthetics.

Villiers on corporation tax:

Secretary of State Theresa Villiers says the government has not decided whether to proceed with the devolution of corporation tax powers to Northern Ireland that is currently passing through Westminster.

Agreement paper

Speaking after Sinn Féin withdrew its support for a reform bill on Monday Ms Villiers said: "This question will need to be sorted out and resolved before devolution actually happens in practice."

Sinn Féin concerns expressed last week

Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey has confirmed that he had a meeting with Sinn Féin last Thursday, days before the party withdrew support for the Welfare Reform Bill, and that "concerns were expressed".

Mervyn Storey

Mr Storey said that a Sinn Féin member he would not name had commented at the time that "we were against the wire".

Good drying weather:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

BBC News NI weather presenter Barra Best

tweets: Get the washing out on the line, it's a cracking sunny day! Here's the view from space via the

10 March 2015
Met Office

FM 'pulls out of Washington trip':

Belfast Telegraph

Peter Robinson has pulled out of a St Patrick's Day visit to Washington in the wake of the latest Stormont crisis,

the Belfast Telegraph reports.

Peter Robinson

He is due back in Northern Ireland by Thursday after flying out to New York today.

Pipe bomb found in Carryduff:

A pipe bomb was made safe by army bomb experts after it was discovered in Franklin Drive in Carryduff this morning. The security alert in the area is now over.

Storey calls for apology:

BBC News NI's political editor Mark Devenport


Mervyn Storey

Taoiseach asks for welfare answers:

In Dáil questions, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny has asked why, when an agreement had been signed off, Sinn Féin had decided to withdraw its support for welfare reform.

Enda Kenny said the IRA "humiliated" Maíria Cahill

Mr Kenny said Mr McGuinness had to go back and explain why the figures regarding welfare had 'drifted'.

Favourite Faugheen wins the Champion Hurdle:

BBC Sport

Ruby Walsh rides favourite

Faugheen to first place in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham ahead of Arctic Fire and Hurricane Fly.

Getty Images

That's three wins from three rides today for the Irish jockey.

Bus lanes rules relaxed on Friday:

Police say they won't enforce bus lane regulations on Friday in light of the

public transport strike.

Bus lane in Belfast city centre

The exemption doesn't apply where buses use the hard shoulder on motorways.

Lost in translation?

BBC Talkback presenter William Crawley


Marriage referendum

Irish interest in Champion Hurdle:

BBC Sport

There'll be plenty of

Irish interest in the Champion Hurdle race at Cheltenham at 15:20. Faugheen is favourite for the Champion Hurdle, the first day's feature race.

Willie Mullins (l) and Ruby Walsh

The unbeaten hurdler was chosen by all-time Festival top jockey Ruby Walsh ahead of Hurricane Fly. AP McCoy is on 2014 victor Jezki.

'Sizeable donation':

BBC News NI business correspondent Julian O'Neill


Mary Peter Trust

'Walk gave away' bomb hoaxer:

A man who planted a

hoax bomb at MP Naomi Long's office after he had threatened to kill her was identified on CCTV by the way he walks, a court hears.

Jonathan Ginn

Jonathan Ginn, who has cerebral palsy, has admitted planting the hoax at the MP's east Belfast office.

Carryduff security alert ending:

Will Leitch


The security alert in Carryduff is finishing and army bomb experts are preparing to leave the area.

Full training session for Sexton:

BBC Sport

Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton has been passed fit for this Saturday's Six Nations clash with Wales in Cardiff.

Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton

Assistant coach Richie Murphy confirmed that Sexton trained fully on Tuesday, after recovering from hamstring trouble.

Campbell challenges Sinn Féin:

Mark Devenport

BBC News NI Political Editor

The DUP's Gregory Campbell says that if an extra £286m is to be provided for the welfare top-up scheme then it will be up to Sinn Féin to say which schools, hospitals and road projects should lose out to fund extra benefits.

Gregory Campbell

Sinn Féin withdrew its support for a reform bill on Monday after accusing the DUP of reneging on commitments made in the Stormont House Agreement.

Martin McGuinness told RTE radio today an extra £200m would solve the problem.

Murderer wants release for GAA match:

A republican jailed for the 1981 murder of a part-time police officer has won the right to challenge his temporary release arrangements.

Seamus Martin Kearney

Seamus Kearney was

jailed in 2013 for the murder of John Proctor in 1981. He wants to be freed to celebrate St Patrick's Day and watch his club play in the All-Ireland football final. His case will be heard on Friday.

£300m cost of welfare protection:

BBC News NI economics and business editor John Campbell


Cost of welfare reform

Transport strike leaflets:

Julian O'Neill

BBC News NI Business Correspondent

Here are leaflets printed by the union Unite about

Friday's bus and rail strike.

Strike action Friday 12 March 2015

The union says people are sympathetic to strike action.

Nazareth House nuns defended:

Kevin Sharkey


Two women have launched a robust defence of nuns who cared for children at Nazareth House, a former residential home in Belfast.

HIA at Banbridge courthouse

The witnesses appeared before the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry this morning.

Toxic sludge found on border

A trailer holding close to

1,200 litres of toxic sludge has been found in a County Louth motorway lay-by close to the border with Northern Ireland.

Trailer abandoned
Ciara Wilkinson

The sludge is the by-product of illegal diesel laundering.

Carryduff alert latest:

Will Leitch


Army bomb experts and police are at the scene of a security alert in Franklin Drive, Carryduff, after a suspicious object was found.

Carryduff alert

Van dismisses 'grumpy' tag:

Belfast Telegraph

Van Morrison has dismissed the idea that he's grumpy as a myth and that "lazy journalists" who label him dour need a sense of humour,

the Belfast Telegraph reports.

Van Morrison