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  1. Updates for Monday 23 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 07:00 on Tuesday

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By Dave Culbert and Ciaran Daly

All times stated are UK

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That's us for the day on BBC News NI Live. We'll leave you with this fantastic picture of a sunset in Killyleagh, County Down, taken taken by Emma Gornall.

Emma Gornall

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

BBC News NI website.

O'Neill mulls over options:

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Watch Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill discuss how a number of his regulars are short of game time heading into this week's contests against Scotland and Finland.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill says a number of his regulars need game time

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has not played for almost three weeks as he is currently serving a ban for spitting at Newcastle's Papiss Cisse while Aaron Hughes has also not started a game for Brighton for some time.

Chill in the spring air:

It's going to be chilly tonight with clear skies around and it's going to be the start of

some fairly cool nights this week.

Evening weathre

Some of the showers in the next day or two could be quite wintry and the weather could become more unsettled later in the week.

Great Irish Journey hits the north coast:


tweets: At 7.30 another #GreatIrishJourney with
@Marthakearney visiting Dunluce Castle and Mussenden Temple.

Martha Kearney Dunluce Castle

Given aims to regain position:

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Veteran goalkeeper

Shay Given is hoping to reclaim the Republic of Ireland number one jersey for Sunday's vital Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland in Dublin.

Shay Given started in the Republic of Ireland's last international against the USA in November
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Given, 38, retired from Republic duty after Euro 2012 but was coaxed back last autumn.

Diversions in north Antrim:

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Local diversions are in place on the B17, Cloyfin Road after an accident mid-way between Coleraine and Bushmills in north Antrim.

Craigavon: From desolate to desirable:

BBC NI Archive

Craigavon in County Armagh was named as

the most desirable postcode in Northern Ireland according to a Royal Mail survey.


Craigavon wasn't always held in such high regard though. A lack of housing and facilities, and the lack of a pub in the town were serious causes for concern 45 years ago as

this archive clip from 1970 shows.

McNair wants to fulfil boyhood dream:

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Paddy McNair

hopes he can realise his ambition of playing for Northern Ireland in Wednesday's friendly against Scotland at Hampden Park.

Paddy McNair
Press Eye

The Manchester United defender, 19, is expected to make his debut in the game.

Equality Commission spend £33,000 on cake row:

The Equality Commission has spent £33,000 on a civil action against a Christian-owned bakery firm. The costs were revealed today in response to a question from DUP MLA Jonathan Craig at the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister question time.

Equality Commission

Last year, Ashers Baking Company refused to bake a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan.

Delays in Belfast:

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Belfast delays 23 March 2015

Police budget 'rethink needed':

The Police Federation for Northern Ireland (PFNI) has called for an urgent rethink of the rules governing the PSNI's budget after the police force had to return £14m it did not spend.

PSNI officers

PFNI Chairman, Mark Lindsay, said "This money came too late in the day to be allocated. Instead of it heading back into the black hole of government coffers, it should be added to the new and inadequate budget allocation."

Department response to railway review:

The Department of Regional Development says Minister Danny Kennedy is not in a position to release a Performance Assessment Review (PAR) about the upgrade of the Londonderry railways line immediately due to "sensitivity around the commercial confidentiality of the report".


A Stormont committee is

to refer Mr Kennedy to the Public Prosecution Service over, what one of its members has said, is the minister's refusal to carry out a review.

Irish women on course for Rio:

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Ireland's women's hockey team remain on course for a place at the Rio Olympics as they

won the World League 2 tournament in Dublin.

Megan Frazer celebrates Ireland's World League 2 success

The Irish beat Canada 4-3 in a shoot-out in the final after the game had finished 1-1 at Belfield.

Call for Adams apology

The sister of a man who died after being shot in the leg by the IRA has called on Sinn Féin leader

Gerry Adams to make a public apology.

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams

Andrew Kearney, 33, from west Belfast, bled to death after he was shot three times in 1998. In a RTÉ programme to be broadcast later, his sister Eleanor King said she met Mr Adams.

Most desirable NI postcodes


most desirable postcodes in Northern Ireland include Craigavon, Finaghy, Lurgan, Dundonald and Carrickfergus.

Carrickfergus Castle

The results come courtesy of a Royal Mail study that looked at green spaces, affordable housing and commuting times.

Ford: Devolution good for Northern Ireland

Justice Minister David Ford says Northern Ireland has benefitted since justice was devolved to Northern Ireland in April 2010.

David Ford

Mr Ford said: "Devolution gives us the opportunity to develop local solutions to local problems, and to drive innovation."

Newtownabbey shooting 'utterly barbaric'

Police have described

the shooting of a woman in Newtownabbey last night as "utterly barbaric".

A number of windows were smashed and the door of the property broken

The woman, 47, and two men were in a flat at Ballyronan Park in Rathcoole, Newtownabbey, County Antrim, at about 19:45 GMT on Sunday when the two masked men forced their way into her home.

40 years of Irish rock

From local showbands to global showstoppers, Belfast and Dublin have been responsible for producing some of the sounds that have shaped the musical landscape over the last 40 years.

Thin Lizzy

This BBC iWonder guide charts the rock'n'roll influence that has permeated the airwaves and influence the youth of both communities over the last 40 years.
The Irish Rock Story: A Tale of Two Cities will be broadcast on BBC One Northern Ireland tonight at 21:00.

Jobs at risk

Five jobs are at risk after the Arts Council of Northern Ireland cut funding to the

Culture NI website.

Culture NI
Culture NI

The Culture NI website has been promoting Northern Ireland's arts and cultural scenes for the past decade.

Belvoir Park housing:

BBC News NI economics and business editor John Campbell


The Neptune Group

St Patrick's barracks:

Ulster Unionist MLA Robin Swann


Robin Swann

Latest weather:

Cecilia Daly

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

It's been a nice, bright start to the week but it's a little colder than it was at the weekend and there could be

some wintry showers on the way.

Afternoon weather 23 March 2015

There may be some dustings of snow on higher ground tomorrow morning. It'll be a bright but showery day tomorrow but more rain is forecast for the end of the week.

PSNI defend £14m underspend

The PSNI has defended the £14m underspend in their budget this year, saying that the Department of Justice needed significant financial savings, before giving the PSNI an additional £13m in funding.

PSNI graduation ceremony

A PSNI spokesperson said: "It would be irresponsible for PSNI to spend this finance unnecessarily."

Three withdrawals from Ireland squad:

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Jeff Hendrick, Anthony Pilkington and David McGoldrick are

out of the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland on Sunday.

Jeff Hendrick

Derby midfielder Hendrick, who started in the Republic's qualifier defeat by Scotland in November, has a hip injury. Cardiff's Pilkington has a hamstring problem with Ipswich striker McGoldrick missing because of a thigh injury.

The bookies always win:

AP McCoy is retiring at the end of the racing season and is expected to be crowned champion jockey for the 20th time before he retires next month.

Tony McCoy on a horse
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So just how much money would you have made if you'd put £1 on him to win every race he has ridden in since 2000? The answer may surprise you;

you'd actually have lost £1,743.63.

Tuberculosis on the rise in NI:

There were 94 cases of tuberculosis (TB) in Northern Ireland last year

according to the Public Health Agency, a 31% rise from the previous year when 74 cases were reported.


Dr Michael Devine of the Public Health Agency said: "The increase in Northern Ireland's TB rates in recent years reinforces the critical need for early diagnosis and specialist treatment to control this serious disease.

Suspended sentence for former priest:

A disgraced former Catholic priest received an 18-month suspended prison sentence for sexually assaulting a seven-year-old boy in his care between August 1990 and August 1993.

Former priest Daniel Curran

Danel Curran, 64, of Bryansford Avenue, Newcastle, appeared in the dock of the Downpatrick Crown Court for sentencing

after he pleaded guilty to one count of gross indecency towards a boy and also admitted a single charge of indecent assault on the same victim.

Committee 'to refer minister to PPS'

Stormont's Regional Development Committee is to refer

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy to the Public Prosecution Service over the upgrade of the Londonderry railway line, one of the committee's members has said.

Danny Kennedy

Work on a second major upgrade was to begin in May, with the overall project due for completion in 2016.

Clarke's good timing:

BBC Sport NI

Darren Clarke says the

timing of his Ryder Cup captaincy could not be better as he attempts to lead Europe to a fourth successive victory in 2016.

Darren Clarke

"If I could have chosen where and when, then it would have been America and now," said the 46-year-old.

PSNI underspend 'absurd':

Mark Simpson


The DUP says it is "absurd" that at a time when the PSNI is complaining about not having enough money, it is to give back £14m in funding that hasn't been spent.

PSNI crest

David Simpson MP called on senior officers to review their spending plans.

Omagh diversions:

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Diversions in Tyrone

Woman dragged from car during robbery:


A woman was dragged from her car at 10:30 this morning on Kennedy Way in west Belfast by two men wearing balaclavas who then proceeded to steal a sum of cash from her car.

The men blocked the woman's route with another vehicle before using a hammer to smash the front passenger window. The woman and a man, who was a passenger in the car, were not injured during the incident.

Global brands to invest in NI?:

BBC News NI political correspondent Gareth Gordon


US investment

£2m fines per week over welfare:

South Down MLA John McCallister


Welfare fines

Derry City squad depleted:

BBC Sport NI

A number of

Derry City players are set to miss their testing Premier Division game against St Patrick's Athletic at Inchicore in Dublin.

Ryan McBride

Mark Timlin is suspended after being sent-off in his side's 1-1 draw with Sligo Rovers on Saturday night while Stephen Dooley, Shaun Kelly and Dean Jarvis are all likely to be absent through injury.

Exports 'struggle':

BBC News NI's business correspondent Julian O'Neill


Julian O'Neill tweet

London firm buys the Linen Green


London property company has bought a retail outlet in County Tyrone, which had been for sale for £5m after being repossessed by the Irish government's 'bad bank'.

Linen Green Moygashel

The Linen Green in Moygashel changed hands for "an undisclosed sum" to the Neptune Group.

Record breaking Six Nations:

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A record breaking audience both on TV and online took in Saturday's dramatic Six Nations decider which saw Ireland emerge as champions.

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A peak audience of 9.63m watched England play France while 8.22m unique browsers used the BBC Sport website, breaking the previous record from the London Olympics.

Police at Rathcoole shooting:

Louise Cullen


The scene in Rathcoole where a woman was

shot in the legs last night after two men forced their way into her home.