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  1. Updates for Monday 16 March 2015
  2. Man is jailed over threat to kill MP
  3. 'No new money' for welfare deal
  4. Sinn Féin denies Adams US 'snub'

Live Reporting

By Conor Macauley and Ciaran McCauley

All times stated are UK

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Ciaran McCauley


It's all quiet in Downpatrick as the sun sets but it'll be very different tomorrow when the town will hosts it's annual St Patrick's Day festivities (thanks for the picture Liam O'Hara).


That's us for today. We'll be back from 07:00 tomorrow and here's to a great St Patrick's Day wherever you are.

St Patrick's Day weather:

Geoff Maskell

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

It's going to be a cloudy start tomorrow but it will get brighter as the St Patrick's Day goes on.

St Patrick's weather

The full forecast shows it's looking decent for the parades and with high temperatures of about 8C.

Petrol bombs found in Lurgan:

Police say a number of petrol bombs have been found during disturbances in Lurgan.

Lurgan alert

Officers were attacked by youths throwing bottles and stones in the Lake Street and Levin Road areas during a

security alert. Police say the youths didn't have the petrol bombs, but they were found nearby.

St Patrick's traffic disruption:


As part of the St Patrick's Day celebrations tomorrow, there will be minor traffic disruption from 11:30 to 13:30 in Belfast City Centre.

There will also be minor disruption from 15:00 to 17:00 around Kingspan Stadium because of the Schools' Cup Final and at 08:45 between City Hall and Titanic Quarter because of a fun run.

NW200 journeys:

BBC Sport NI

Have you ever trekked land and ocean just to make it to Portstewart for the North West 200? Then

BBC Sport NI wants to hear from you.

Press Eye

This year we want to hear from road racing fans across the globe about their journeys to the north coast for the annual event and how they're planning to go this year.

Green globe:

With St Patrick's Day almost upon us, it'll be more than just this island turning green tomorrow.

St Patrick's Day

Tourism Ireland says sights from around the world will be emerging emerald, including the Allianz Arena in Berlin, the Christ the Redeemers statue in Rio, Sacré-Cœur in Paris, Edinburgh Castle, the Sky Tower in Auckland, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Managers look forward to Hampden friendly:

BBC Sport NI

Michael O'Neill and Gordon Strachan

faced the press today ahead of Northern Ireland's friendly against Scotland in Glasgow on March 25.

O'Neill and Strachan

Strachan described Northern Ireland as one of the most improved international sides in the world.

Waxwing heralds spring:

Thanks to William Boyd who

tweeted us this great picture of a waxwing taken in his garden this morning

William Boyd

Tweet us your pictures to @bbcnewsni or email

Hearing from the homeless:

BBC Spotlight

Tomorrow's night

BBC Spotlight highlights the
plight of a growing homeless community

Sleeping rough

Reporter Mandy McAuley talks to those sleeping rough and in hostels. It's on Tuesday 22.45.

Young talent:

Evening Extra

A few weeks ago we spoke to some young musicians who

entertained passengers on the London Underground - and this evening some of them will be in the
Evening Extra studio.

Slieve Gullion

The young people from

Ring of Gullion Traditional Arts Partnership will be chatting before 18:00 and playing some music at the end of the programme.

Great Irish Journeys:

Artist and geologist George Victor du Noyer spent his entire adult life walking around Ireland - his

journeys have been recreated by Martha Kearney as part of
Great Irish Journeys.

Martha Kearney

The first of four programmes start tonight on BBC One NI at 19:00.

Slaughtneil ready for final 'pressure':

BBC Sport NI

Slaughtneil assistant manager John Joe Kearney says the Ulster champions will

revel in the pressure of appearing in their first All-Ireland club final.


The Derry club take on Galway side Corofin in the Croke Park decider on St Patrick's Day at 16:00.

Tale of three leaders:

BBC News NI economics editor John Campbell tweets:

John Campbell

St Patrick's sneak peek:

Final preparations are being made for tomorrow's St Patrick's Day carnival in Belfast and judging by this sneak peak, the snakes will be temporarily back in Ireland.

St Patrick's Day Belfast
Beat Carnival

Beat Carnival are behind many of the attractions and shared this pictures on their

Facebook page.

'Stormont could see welfare bill next week':

Chris Page

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

The First Minister says the welfare reform bill could be debated in the Assembly again next week if there is sufficient movement in negotiations this week.

Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson said the bill could be put through Stormont but "it is only possible if we can reach agreements".

Lights cost £95,000:

It has cost £95,000 to install equipment for coloured lights at Stormont, the Assembly Commission has heard.


The commission

recently agreed that the building should be floodlit with coloured lights on International Women's Day, St Patrick's Day, Twelfth of July and Remembrance Day.

Ballymoney baseball bat assault:

Four masked men with baseball bats have assaulted a 45-year-old man in Ballymoney, police say.

The men entered a house on Carnany Drive at about 20:05 last night and attacked the man. He was taken to hospital for injuries that are not believed to be life threatening. Police have appealed for information.

Adams: 'State department bizarre' on meeting:

Gerry Adams says "it's no skin off my nose" after a meeting between the Sinn Féin leader and the US state department was


Gerry Adams

Earlier Conor Murphy said Mr Adams had been unable to attend the meeting on Monday. Mr Adams described the state department's handling of the issue as "bizarre".

Beaten men were left for dead:

A neighbour who went to help two men who were

beaten with baseball bats in a paramilitary-style attack in Londonderry has said they were left for dead.

Ederowen Park

The men were beaten by a gang of six to eight masked men who broke into a flat at Ederowen Park in Galliagh.

Police attacked during alert:

Police say large groups of youths have been throwing bottles and stones at police in the Levin Road area of Lurgan during an

ongoing security alert.

Lurgan alert

PSNI Craigavon have

appealed on Twitter for parents to check on where their kids area and keep them away from the area.

'Beginning' for singer Daniel Duke:

Belfast Telegraph

Despite being knocked out of BBC's The Voice on Saturday night, Banbridge singer Daniel Duke says "it's just the beginning" for his career,

the Belfast Telegraph reports.

Daniel Duke

Jailed for 'drugs in buttocks':

A man who had his leg amputated in 2011 has been jailed after being caught smuggling

nine bags of cocaine between his buttocks.

Londonderry Crown Court

Thomas Peter Kelly, 27 from Buncrana Road, Londonderry, pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to supply.

Let there be streetlights:

BBC NI Archive


the News Letter reported that up to 1,000 streetlights were burning all day and night across Northern Ireland. But what about an era before streetlights?


The Belfast to Bangor dual carriageway got illuminated in 1974, although one man interviewed in

our archive footage was not convinced it would eliminate the "bad driving" that he believed was causing accidents.

Security alert causing Enterprise disruption:

BBC NI Travel

Due to the

ongoing security alert in Lurgan, County Armagh, Enterprise train passengers are being bussed to Newry for the train to Dublin. Passengers at Portadown can get the train as normal.

Army bomb disposal Lurgan

MLA calls for road upgrade:

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hOisín has said called for a complete upgrade of the A6 instead of resurfacing work due that is due to begin on the Glenshane Pass on 23 March.

Cathal Ó hOisín

Mr Ó'hOisín said: "I would call on the minister to stop his patchwork approach to this main arterial route and begin the upgrade of this road to dual carriageway status which will benefit the entire north west region."

St Patrick's Day travel:


A holiday timetable will operate on some services on some Ulsterbus services on St Patrick's Day.

Metro services will run as normal but NI Railways will be operating a Saturday timetable. Full details can be found on the

Translink website.

Buses attacked outside Brandywell

Three coaches, carrying up to 100 football fans, were attacked with bricks and stones in Londonderry on Friday night.

Ciaran Culligan

The buses were attacked when Dundalk Football Club supporters were leaving the Brandywell Stadium in Derry, following the League of Ireland fixture between the two clubs.

Trio return for Euro qualifiers:

BBC Sport NI

Jonny Evans, Shane Ferguson and Stuart Dallas

return to the Northern Ireland squad for the games against Scotland and Finland later this month.

Jonny Evans
Press Eye

The trio missed the Euro 2016 qualifier defeat by Romania in Bucharest in November because of injury.

Glenshane Pass resurfacing:

Motorists can expect delays between 23 March and early April on the Glenshane Pass as a £350,000 resurfacing scheme is completed.

Roadworks sign

The two kilometre stretch of road is near Eden Quarry.

Man found guilty of planting hoax device:

Jonathan Ginn was sentenced to 18 months in prison and 18 months on licence for leaving a hoax bomb at east Belfast MP Naomi Long's offices in east Belfast as well as threatening to kill her.


The 34-year-old, from Dunraven Court, Belfast who walks with a distinctive gait was filmed on CCTV leaving a hoax bomb in a tin of sweets.

Villiers welcomes banking report:

Secretary of State Theresa Villiers has welcomed

the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee's report on the local banking structure.

Theresa Villiers

Ms Villiers said: "While there is more to do, as indicated in the report, I welcome the recognition that the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee has given to...the improved lending environment in Northern Ireland."

Adams 'unable' to attend meeting:

Sinn Féin's Conor Murphy said that while the US state department requested a meeting with Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams today he was unable to attend because he is in New York.

Gerry Adams

The planned meeting will not now happen but Mr Murphy confirmed that Mr Adams will be at the White House tomorrow for the St Patrick's Day reception there.

Man jailed for threat to kill MP:

A 33-year old man has been jailed for threatening to kill East Belfast MP Naomi Long and leaving a hoax bomb at her offices.

Alliance Party alert

Jonathan Ginn, from Dunraven Court in Belfast, was jailed for 18 months with a further 18 months on licence.

Lights left on:

News Letter

Up to 1,000 streetlights are left on 24 hours a day due to faults,

the News Letter reports.


The Department of Regional Development (DRD) says the lights form part of a backlog of repair work that its staff had been busy resolving over recent months.

Welfare talks continue

Sinn Féin MP for Newry and Armagh Conor Murphy says discussion and dialogue between officials concerning welfare reform is still being worked on today.

Conor Murphy MP

Mr Murphy said: "The mood remains hopeful. The intention is to try and get this resolved this week."

Roche in The Conversation:

Irish striker Stephanie Roche - who

nearly won the Ballon d'Or earlier this year - has featured on the BBC World Service's The Conversation.

Roche and El Hawary

She speaks with Sahar El Hawary, who helped to promote women's football in Egypt. You can

listen back to the programme on iPlayer.

Programme cuts 'devastating':

Newtownabbey Times

A local Women's Aid worker has warned that cuts to a support programme would endanger the lives of women and children,

the Newtownabbey Times reports.

Fran O'Boyle said any cuts to the Supporting People programme would be "devastating".

Adams' US meeting off:

Gareth Gordon

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

The BBC has learned that a planned meeting this week between Gerry Adams and a high-level US state department official in Washington will

not now happen.

Gerry Adams

It follows developments at Stormont last week when Sinn Fein withdrew support for the welfare reform bill.

Delays in Belfast:

Trafficwatch NI



Qatar friendly for Northern Ireland:

BBC Sport NI

Northern Ireland will face World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar in Crewe on May 31.

Getty Images

The fixture will take place at Gresty Road with a 17:00 kick-off.