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  1. Updates for Friday 27 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 07:00 on Monday 30 March

Live Reporting

By Ciaran Daly and Grania McFadden

All times stated are UK

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Good night!

Jayne McCormack


Well that's all from us at BBC News NI Live. If you're off to watch the Ulster match at Ravenhill we envy you, but there's just time to show this fantastic shot of the Mourne Mountains from

Paul Killeen.

Paul Killeen
Paul Killeen

We'll be back again on Monday at 07:00. Until then stay up-to-date with the latest news, sport, weather and travel on the

BBC News NI website.

Spring forward, fall back:

We like to be helpful here at BBC News NI Live, so as a reminder to those of you who are working this weekend, don't forget to set the clocks forward on Sunday!


Delays expected due to hospital rally:

Trafficwatch NI


Daisy Hill

Spring has sprung:

Jayne McCormack


The first signs that Spring is on its way have appeared in the form of this lovely snap - some primroses on the quarry path at Cave Hill this morning (thanks

Belfast Snapper)!

Primrose Snapper

Commemorating the 1916 Rising:

Shane Harrison

BBC NI Dublin correspondent

This day next year it'll be Easter Sunday and big events are due to take place that day to commemorate the 1916 Rising.

Easter Rising

I've been looking at arguments taking place across the border for

BBC Newsline about how the day should be marked, and who should be at the centre of it.

Rugby traffic expected:

Trafficwatch NI



Old wives' tale:

Our BBC newsroom colleague Seamus Kelters has sent us this slightly unusual image of some fabrics tied around trees at a holy well in Cranfield, County Antrim.


It's believed they're placed there to ward off diseases as people believe that as the fabrics decay, so will their illness.

Get on up:

Evening Extra

How much of your working day is spent standing up? A British Heart Foundation says hardly any of us spend more than 30 minutes away from our desks, so we put it into practice tonight!


Here's Seamus McKee and BBC Sport NI's Padraig Coyle burning the calories by keeping on their toes.

Durkan denies budget cut claims:

The Environment Minister denies claims that cuts to environmental groups' budgets were imposed without consultation.


Mark Durkan tells

BBC Radio Ulster's Inside Politics programme they were necessary because of a reduction in his overall budget. But he says the cutbacks shouldn't have come as a
total shock to the groups concerned.

Trains moving again:


Trains on the Bangor line are now moving, but there are severe knock-on delays of up to 30 minutes.

Bangor rail delays:




Rush hour:

BBC NI Travel

In north Down traffic is very slow on the A2 Bangor-bound at Cultra due to a broken down taxi opposite the Larch Hill Road.

Wind warning:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Take extra care along the north coast tomorrow. A warning for strong winds has been issued from 07:00 to 18:00.


Keep up-to-date with the latest

BBC News NI weather forecast.

'Gay cake' court over for day:

Mark Simpson


The Ashers Bakery "gay cake" case has finished for the day. It's due to resume on Monday.

McClean 'hung out to dry' over poppy:

The Belfast Telegraph

reports that footballer James McClean from Derry believes he was "hung out to dry" for his refusal to wear a poppy on Remembrance Sunday when he played for Sunderland.

James McClean

Coastal views:

Jayne McCormack


It's much less windy outside today and you've been making the most of it with some great snaps!


Thanks to

I Love North Coast for this view of the new Whiterocks Path that's just opened in Portrush.

Blanchflower at his best:

BBC NI Archive

We've already been telling you about Belfast football legend Danny Blanchflower today, who's been

honoured with a commemorative blue plaque outside his childhood home.

FA Cup trophy being handed to Danny Blanchflower


archive footage shows the former Spurs captain at the top of his game, accepting the FA Cup after they beat Leicester City in 1961.

Dwyer found guilty of murder:

A jury in the Republic of Ireland has found architect Graham Dwyer guilty of murdering childcare worker Elaine O'Hara.


The jury heard over 40 days of graphic evidence of a sexual nature before they unanimously found the 42-year-old guilty.

School closure overturned:

Tyrone Times

The Tyrone Times

reports that the High Court has overturned a decision to close Clintyclay Primary School, the first Catholic primary school attempting to transform to integrate status in Northern Ireland.

Tributes paid to crash victim:

Gordon Adair


I'm on the Keady Road in Armagh, where tributes are being paid to the

man who died in a road crash yesterday.


A woman was also hurt in the accident, after a tree fell on the van they were travelling in.

Firth sets second world record:

BBC Sport NI

County Down swimmer Bethany Firth is on a roll this week - she's set a

second world record today at the British Para-Swimming International trials in Glasgow.

Bethany Firth

Her time of two minutes 22.67 seconds in the 200m individual medley trumped the old mark by 1.49 seconds.

Dry spells tonight:

Cecilia Daly

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Great news if you're heading to the Ulster match tonight as it's going to stay dry with very little wind, though expect some rain later in the weekend.


'Voices' killer given 10 year sentence:

A man who said

he stabbed his friend to death because of "voices" must serve at least 10 years of a life sentence.

Tomas Hornay

Tomas Hornay, 36, attacked Luis Nazario Ximines with two kitchen knives at the house they shared in Dungannon, County Tyrone, on 1 August 2013.

'Justice not done' for shooting victim:

The mother of Barry McCrory, who was shot dead at a flat in Londonderry in 2013, says she feels justice hasn't been done after

a man was acquitted of his murder at Belfast Crown Court.


Boy choked by toxic gas fumes:

Natalie Lindo

BBC News


inquest into the death of an eight-year-old boy has found he died from asphyxia from the toxic gases released during the mixing of slurry at a farm in Dunloy in County Antrim.

Farm where accident happened

Four years for indecent assault

A 32-year-old man who indecently assaulted two female cousins has been jailed for four years at Londonderry crown court.

Derry Crown Court

Patrick Mark Cunning form Dunlade Road in Greysteel was convicted by a jury earlier this month of indecently assaulting his first victim in August 2008 when she was 13-year-old. He pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting the girl's 18-year-old cousin in January 2013.

We built this city (hall) on rock n'roll:

BBC News NI's Dan Stanton

tweets: Live music on the steps of Belfast city hall this lunchtime. Well done to all involved. More of it please.

Live music city hall 27 march 2015

Blanchflower plaque unveiled:

Kevin Sharkey


Crowds gather in East Belfast for

the unveiling of a plaque in honour of Danny Blanchflower, one of Northern Ireland's greatest footballers.

Blanchflower plaque

The unveiling ceremony, at Grace Avenue in east Belfast, was attended by members of his family and high-profile figures from the sport.

Henry confirmed for Cardiff game:

BBC Sport NI

Ulster Rugby have

confirmed that Chris Henry has been selected as a replacement for tonight's game against Cardiff Blues.

Ulster flanker Chris Henry

Henry suffered a mini-stroke in November, but following a consultation with doctors in Dublin he's been cleared for full participation.

Woman admits manslaughter of son:

A 28-year-old woman's pleaded guilty to killing her three-year-old son at their Lisburn home in 2013.

The baby was found dead at a house in Trinity Terrace in Lisburn

Michelle Owens was returned on bail to a secure psychiatric unit at Knockbracken Health Care park in south Belfast. She'll be sentenced in May.

Gay blood challenge set for October:

Former Health Minister Edwin Poots' bid to overturn rulings that his ban on gay men giving blood in Northern Ireland was irrational and "infected" by apparent bias will not take place until October.

Edwin Poots

Senior judges in Belfast today relisted Mr Poots' appeal for a hearing to begin on October 12 - nearly four years after the judicial review proceedings were first issued.

Flash Harry:

BBC Talkback

We like to try and bring you a bit of live music on the programme on Fridays and today's no exception.

Flash Harry

Freddie Mercury impersonator Flash Harry Hamilton is playing a couple of tunes and telling us about his 20 years in the music business!

Danny Blanchflower remembered:

BBC NI Archive

Danny Blanchflower, one of Northern Ireland's greatest footballers, will be honoured with

a commemorative plaque in his native city of Belfast on Friday.


It's hard to know if he would enjoy all of the public tributes, given that he once refused to appear on This is Your Life.

You can watch Danny and Eamon Andrews discuss that incident with Michael Parkinson in 1981.

No imminent breakthrough in welfare reform talks:

Gareth Gordon

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

The Secretary of State says there's no sign of an imminent breakthrough in the impasse over welfare reform.


Theresa Villiers was speaking after meeting the Executive parties for another review of the Stormont House Agreement.

Car on fire on M2 hard shoulder:

A vehicle is on fire on the hard shoulder of the M2 northbound, just before the Antrim turn-off.

care on fire
Mark Nicholl

Motorists are being directed off the M2 at the Rathbeg slip-road and back onto the motorway.

Looking back as the clocks go forward:

BBC NI Archive

Remember the clocks go forward this weekend as we enter daylight savings time on Sunday. It means an hour less in bed, but there'll be a 'quare stretch in the evenings' too.

(C) British Broadcasting Corporation

It can be a confusing time

as this archive from 1974 shows. BBC Northern Ireland reporter Richard Ayre asked people in Belfast whether they were able to remember what way the clocks should change.

Objection to content not character:

Mark Simpson


The barrister representing Ashers Bakers has told a court that they didn't know - or care - about the sexual orientation of the customer who ordered the 'gay cake'.

Getty Images

David Scoffield QC said: "The issue here was the content of the cake, and not a characteristic of the customer.

Derry murder court:

Kieran McLaughlin

has been acquitted of murdering Barry McCrory in Londonderry in 2013, but a judge has found him guilty of possessing a loaded shotgun and a Mauser pistol with intent to endanger life.

Kieran McLaughlin

McLaughlin had already pleaded guilty to possessing the firearms. He'll be sentenced in May.

New air routes:

Julian O'Neill

BBC News NI Business Correspondent

City of Derry airport could have a new, week-round route to Dublin, with the new service short-listed for help from the government.

Derry City Airport
Ian Patterson

It would be operated by Isle of Man-based regional carrier Citywing and start in October. Flybe has also applied to run weekday return flights between Derry and Birmingham from next year.