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  1. Updates for Wednesday 25 March 2015
  2. More updates from 07:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Conor Macauley and Ciaran Daly

All times stated are UK

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Ciaran Daly


That's BBC News NI Live over for another day. Thanks to Andy for sending us this picture from the north coast from earlier today.

North coast

We'll be back again on Thursday 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.

Evening weather forecast:

Cecilia Daly

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

It's wet and windy outside in most places and it's likely to stay that way tonight but by morning,

most places will be dry again with clearing skies.

Evening weather 25 March 2015

Though it'll be bright tomorrow there could be some intermittent showers. There will be plenty of sunshine throughout the afternoon though and temperatures in the sun should reach 10C.

How do you catch an escaped lion-tailed monkey?

Conor Macauley


Lion-tailed macaques have escaped from their enclosure in Belfast zoo. But just how do you deal with such monkey business?

Monkey capture trap

BBC News NI Live's own Conor Macauley found out exactly how to catch an escaped lion-tailed monkey when some escaped from Belfast zoo in October 2013.

Watch Conor's report from the time here.

Happy birthday Hugo!

Ahead of his big birthday outside broadcast tomorrow, Hugo Duncan was showered with hugs and cake by colleagues today.

Hugo Duncan turns 60

The birthday boy turns 65. Many happy returns!

Gibson ruled out of Republic of Ireland qualifier:

Republic of Ireland midfielder

Darron Gibson has pulled out of Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland in Dublin because of a groin injury.

Darron Gibson

The Everton player has been unable to train since joining up with the squad in Malahide because of the problem, and was withdrawn on Wednesday afternoon.

Tonight on BBC Newsline:

Keiron Tourish


The owner of

a Chinese restaurant that was gutted in a fire in Londonderry earlier this month will be talking to reporter Keiron Tourish about the devastating effect of the fire tonight on BBC Newsline at 18:30.

Mandarin Palace

Stan Lee from the Mandarin Palace said: "I burst our crying because 25 years of my life have been spent building up this business".

Minecraft in class:

Fifty-thousand schoolchildren in Northern Ireland could soon be

playing one of the world's most popular video games in class.. Licences for the game will be given to up to 240 sites in Northern Ireland.

A screengrab from the Minecraft game

Minecraft will be made available to every post-primary school as part of an innovative technology project.

Trapped in a carpark

The owners of a south Belfast carpark have apologised after

a number of motorists were trapped inside it on Wednesday.


The carpark, at Donegall Pass, has no permanently marked spaces. 50 vehicles were blocked in for an hour when a car was parked across their exit.

Devenney confirms end to MLA role

The DUP's Maurice Devenney has confirmed he is to step down from his role as Foyle MLA after just five months.

Maurice Devenney

Mr Devenney said: "I have decided to step down from this role as I want to be able to concentrate on a number of local issues in the City. This is best achieved by being based in Londonderry. "

Monkeys on the run

Two monkeys have escaped from Belfast Zoo after giving their keepers the slip.


One of the lion-tailed macaques is being pursued along the Antrim Road in north Belfast by zoo staff, the other one is on a cliff at Cave Hill

A snapshot of Northern Ireland tourism:

BBC NI Archive

Terence Brannigan has been appointed chairman of the board of Tourism Northern Ireland. He will take up the position on 1 April 2015.

Antrim coast

This archive from the British Travel Association from the 1950s was created to help promote Ulster as a tourist destination. It highlights the beauty of the north coast. It's comforting to know some things never change.

Current government has not used pardons in NI:

Chris Page

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

The current government has not used the Royal Prerogative of Mercy (RPM) in relation to Northern Ireland. Yesterday Sinn Féin's Gerry Kelly confirmed that he received the RPM after he was recaptured in the Netherlands in 1986.

Gerry Kelly

NIO records indicate that the RPM was used 18 times by the previous government. Sixteen were in relation to terrorist offences in Northern Ireland between 2000 and 2002.

Court hears of abusive behaviour:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph

reports that a man was hit by a car he was allegedly trying to hijack within hours of being released from custody.

Belfast court complex

Kenneth Colwell, 23, shouted abuse and threats at police and medical staff trying to treat him at the city's Royal Victoria Hospital.

Cave confident of Ulster win:

BBC Sport NI

Darren Cave says Ulster will go into Friday's Pro12 game against Cardiff Blues at Kingspan Stadium confident that they can

maintain their impressive home record.

Darren Cave
Press Eye

The centre says Ulster will concentrate on producing their best form, but expect a tough challenge from the Blues in Belfast.

Safety measure at accident spot

Work has begun to

reinstate safety measures at a fatal accident blackspot on a main road in Belfast.

Enda Dolan

A crash barrier was removed three weeks before Enda Dolan, from Tyrone, was hit by a van as he returned to student accommodation last October.

Life imprisonment for Ballymena murder:

A 41-year old County Antrim man

was jailed for life today after he admitted the murder of his partner in her Ballymena home last summer.

Denise Dunlop
BBC Newsline

Denise Dunlop, 32, was stabbed to death in Centuripe Avenue last June.

Queens Parade Bangor planning permission:

BBC News NI economics and business editor John Campbell

tweets: DSD's latest attempt to redevelop Queens Parade in Bangor has got planning.

Bill Clinton Bangor

Further Education College statistics:

The Department for Employment and Learning has released statistics detailing what people

have been studying at further education colleges in Northern Ireland.

FE Colleges NI

Over the past five academic years, the number of enrolments at further education colleges decreased by 9.4% from 199,577 in 2009/10 to 180,825 in 2013/14.

Scotch on the rocks:

Northern Ireland take on Scotland tonight in a

friendly match at Hampden Park but this fantastic photo from Anne Kelly shows how close the two countries really are.

Murlough Bay, County Antrim
Anne Kelly

In the photo taken from Murlough Bay in County Antrim you can see the lighthouse on Rathlin Island and beyond that Scotland in the background. Remember, you can send your photos to us by emailing

Inquest assesses soldier's health

A coroner has said he will reflect carefully on whether

a soldier who fired a rubber bullet that killed a boy is too ill to give evidence.

Francis Rowntree
Coroners Office

Coroner Jim Kitson said the inquest into the death of 11-year-old Francis Rowntree in 1972 would be "severely hampered" if the former soldier could not attend.

Gildernew criticises polling station decision

Sinn Féin MP for Fermanagh South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew has criticised the decision to

reinstate a polling station in Moygashel, County Tyrone., saying it was only based on a technicality.

Michelle Gildernew

Ms Gildernew said: "The original decision to close the polling station in Moygashel was the right one."

Over 100,000 parkers penalised in 2014

A total of 108,525 parking penalties were issued in Northern Ireland during 2014 according to

figures released by the Department for Regional Development.

Parking ticket
Getty Images

That number represents an increase of just two tickets when compared to 2013. From 1 April 2015, responsibility for off-street car parks will transfer to the 11 new supercouncils.

Liam Adams lawyers' claim jury was misdirected:

Jurors who found a brother of Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams guilty of raping his own daughter were not properly directed on dealing with widespread publicity in the case, the Court of Appeal heard today.

Liam Adams

Lawyers for Liam Adams claimed the level of press, television and radio coverage on both sides of the Irish border before he went on trial turned his case into a national issue.

Police appeal for missing man:


Police are searching for

a missing man who was last seen at 07:00 on on 4 March, walking in the direction of Oxford Street in Belfast city centre.

Missing person Belfast

Geng Feng Shi, 23, was wearing a dark coat with a hood, blue jeans, red trainers and a red and blue baseball cap. He was also carrying a duffle bag. His family in China have not heard from him since his disappearance.

Barrier was in 'hazardous condition':

Regional Development Department official Dr Andrew Murray has told a committee that a crash barrier was removed from the Malone Road in Belfast last October because it was in a "hazardous condition".

Andrew Murray

He said there was no public concern about its removal until media coverage surrounding

Enda Dolan, who was killed in a hit-and-run, emerged. Dr Murray said: "We don't install barriers with the benefit of hindsight."

New chairman for Tourism Northern Ireland

Terence Brannigan has been appointed chairman of the board of Tourism Northern Ireland. He will take over the position on 1 April 2015.

Glentoran chairman Terence Brannigan

Jail for stubbing cigarette out on police officer

A woman, who stubbed

a lit cigarette out on a police officer's collar and tried to kick another officer, has been jailed for 10 months.

Kathy Shannon, 29, from Mount Eden, Limavady, County Londonderry, admitted the offences.

Polling station confusion:

BBC News NI political correspondent Gareth Gordon



Anderson calls for Israel sanctions:

Sinn Féin's Martina Anderson has called on the EU to impose sanctions against Israel over what she described as "its refusal to live up to its obligations to the peace process".

Martina Anderson

The MEP, who has been

banned from entering Gaza three times, said she wanted the EU to send a "clear message to Israel".

Elliott critical of Electoral Commission:

Ulster Unionist MLA Tom Elliott has said that the

two-week consultation the Electoral Commission will run regarding the retention of Howard Memorial Primary School as a polling station could be nothing more than "a token gesture".

Tom Elliott

Mr Elliott said: "How can 3,000 people be consulted in only 14 days? The entire process has been slapdash."

Joint initiative to tackle fuel laundering

Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill says that a new joint British-Irish initiative to tackle fuel laundering is a step forward in the fight against rural crime.

Fuel laundering plant

On 1 April the British and Irish governments will implement a new product to mark rebated fuels, including off-road diesel commonly known as 'red diesel' in a move designed to boost the fight against laundering.

Laundering is the removal of marker dye that indicates that fuel is intended for agricultural and industrial use and is not therefore liable for the duty paid on regular diesel.

Roads reopened:

Trafficwatch NI

The Gransha Road in Comber and the New Forge Road in Magheralin have both reopened following traffic collisions this morning.

Liam Adams appeal begins:

An appeal has begun into the conviction of Liam Adams, the brother of Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, on sexual offences.

Liam Adams

Liam Adams was

jailed in November 2013 for the rape and abuse of his daughter Aine when she was a child. A defence barrister told judges there were several problems with the conviction, including media coverage.

Ford warns of £18m fines:

Alliance Leader David Ford has warned that putting a deal off on welfare reform until after the election will cost £18m in fines to Westminster.

David Ford

Mr Ford said: "We will be paying £2m a week in fines to Westminster until welfare is agreed. This figure will continue to rise for every week that a deal isn't done."

Eight drugs arrests in Italy:

Police say eight people in Italy have now been arrested as part of a major international operation into the supply of 'skunk' cannabis in Northern Ireland.


Four men and two women have also been arrested in Northern Ireland, after £800,000 worth of cannabis and cash were found yesterday.

Rain on the way:

Cecilia Daly

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

BBC News NI weather presenter Cecilia Daly

tweets: Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts - this is where the rain is now, due to reach the east coast this evening.

Weather 25 March 2015

Guilty plea over E.coli food poisoning:

The former owner of Belfast restaurant Flicks, which closed in 2012 after an outbreak of E.coli, has pleaded guilty to 11 food hygiene breaches.


Michael McAdam, who also runs Yorkgate Movie House, appeared at Belfast Crown Court. Flicks closed its doors voluntarily after the outbreak, which was

later described as the worst case of E.coli in Northern Ireland's history.

Work begins on crash barrier:

The Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has said that work to replace a crash barrier in south Belfast has started "in the last couple of days".


Safety measures were removed from the Malone Road last October, just weeks before an

18-year-old student was knocked down and killed at the area.

King Henry's glorious reign ends:

BBC Sport NI

Legendary Kilkenny hurler Henry Shefflin has brought a stellar inter-county career to an end

by announcing his retirement.

Henry Shefflin won 10 All-Ireland titles with Kilkenny

The 36-year-old, nicknamed King Henry, has been described as the best hurler ever.

He won a record 10 All-Ireland titles with the Cats to go along with 13 Leinster titles and five national league triumphs.