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  1. Updates for Monday 13 April 2015
  2. More updates from Tuesday at 07:00

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Ciaran McCauley


That's all from us at BBC News NI Live - we'll be back with more from 07:00 on Tuesday.

Until then, have a great Monday evening.

Shiny new bikes ready for Belfast

Belfast City Council has

posted this picture of Belfast's shiny new public bikes

Belfast bikes
Belfast City Council


public hire scheme goes live in two weeks time. Around 600 people have pre-registered.

Randalstown crash causing delays:


PSNI Antrim


police tweet
Conor Macauley

Selfridge to turn pro:

BBC Sport NI

North of Ireland Amateur Champion Chris Selfridge announces he will turn professional in May.

Chris Selfridge
Press Eye

The 23-year-old, from the Moyola Park club in Castledawson, will play on the European Challenge Tour this season.

'Intimidation' behind Moygashel decision:

The chief electoral officer says he has decided to

stop using a Moygashel school as a polling station because of loyalist intimidation of Sinn Féin workers during last year's elections.

Graham Shiels

The full review of the decision by Graham Shiels has been

published on the Electoral Office website.

New road but problems remain:

Natalie Lindo

BBC News

It cost £130m, is 14.5km long and has taken 200 million hours to complete - the A8 Larne to Belfast will be complete in weeks.

A8 road scheme

The road scheme hasn't been without criticism, as

I've been finding out.

Police release car photo:

Police appealing for information over

the murder of Kyle Neil release a photo of the car that he was found in.

Kyle Neil car

Road closed in east Belfast:

BBC NI Travel

Lower Newtownards Road is closed from Templemore Avenue (towards the city) to allow for a building demolition - diversions at Tobermore Avenue and Albertbridge Road.

Commitment to job creation questioned:

Derry Journal

The Derry Journal

reports that questions have been asked over what a recently established ministerial sub-group is doing about Derry's high unemployment.

Shoppers walking past a B&Q store
Getty Images

Lavery quits Tyrone squad:

BBC Sport NI

PJ Lavery has become the fifth player to

quit the Tyrone squad in the wake of relegation to Division Two.

PJ Lavery
Press Eye

Lavery was considered an integral part of the Tyrone panel and was involved in all seven Division One games.

Mild but cloudy night:

Cecilia Daly

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

No frost or ice tonight - very mild but not much use for stargazing.


Rathlin in the Spring sun:


tweets: Before the cloud arrived at #Rathlin today - pic via Douglas Cecil. The sun should return later this week

Douglas Cecil

Jailed burglar had 'stupid' excuse:

A judge has

jailed a man for burglary and described his claim that he was hiding from a gang of armed men in an empty house as "completely stupid".

Laganside Courthouse Belfast

Hole-in-One Direction filled?

Belfast Telegraph

One Direction's search for Zayn Malik's replacement is over for one night at least, as Rory McIlroy will take to the stage with the group,

the Belfast Telegraph reports.

McIlroy One Direction

McIlroy will join the group in September after group member

Niall Horan acted as caddy for him last week in a warm-up for the Masters.

Patrick Reed for Irish Open:

BBC Sport NI

World number 14 Patrick Reed says he'll play at the Irish Open at Royal County Down in May.

Patrick Reed

Polling station closure confirmed after review

The chief electoral officer has

upheld a decision to move a polling station which was the
scene of a loyalist protest last year.

loyalist protest

Voters who'd used Moygashel Primary School, will instead use Dungannon Leisure Centre for the May general election.

Weather on the up


tweets: It's an improving picture this afternoon across NI.
Here's my latest weather video

Weather video

Bomb victim to 'lose sight' in an eye:

Sinn Fein MLA Mickey Brady says that Francis McCabe, who was injured in a

south Armagh bomb attack in February, will lose his sight in an eye.

Francis McCabe
Irish News

No fairytale but a happy mother for McCoy:

It wasn't to be a fairytale ending at the Grand National for AP McCoy on Saturday - but

his mother says she's happy he made it round the course safely.


"I knew when I was listening that he was still there, he hadn't gone down, that they were saying he had a great run," she says.

New boss at Ulster Bank:

Ulster Bank appoint Richard Donnan as its new boss in Northern Ireland.

Richard Donnan

He is currently managing director of retail banking for the Ulster Bank group. He replaces Ellvena Graham, who is becoming a non-executive director.

23-year-old jailed for attacking girlfriend

A 23-year-old man who headbutted, punched and kicked his 17-year-old girlfriend in a drunken attack has been

jailed for seven months at Londonderry Magistrates Court.

Courthouse in Derry

Christopher Kennedy, of no fixed abode, admitted attacking his girlfriend in a house in Ballymagroarty on 2 March.

New Zealand speak at Stormont

BBC News NI political correspondent Gareth Gordon


New Zealand speaker

Man charged over road death:

Julian Fowler


A man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving following a crash in County Tyrone at the weekend.

Albertas Daskevicius, 49, from Bawncourt, Ballykelly was driving a lorry which collided with a van in Victoria Bridge on Saturday night. Sean McElwee, who was driving the van, was killed.

Cloudy but mild:

Cecilia Daly

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Temperatures are going to pick up again over the coming week but it doesn't mean there's going to be sunshine all the while. By the end of the week though, it'll be drier and brighter.

Weather forecast 13 April 2015

There's a lot of cloud around this afternoon. This evening will remain cloudy but it'll be mild too and tomorrow morning will be damp.

You can watch the latest weather forecast here.

Strabane crash victim named:

The man in his 40s who died after a collision involving a lorry and a van in Strabane on Sunday was Sean McElwee from Cookstown, County Tyrone.

A 49-year-old man is due to appear in court in Enniskillen later charged with causing death by dangerous driving. He also faces a number of other charges, including driving without insurance.

North Belfast alert over:

Police say that a security alert on Upper Meadow Street in north Belfast has ended after a suspicious object was declared a hoax.

A controlled explosion was carried out on the object. The street has now reopened.

Londonderry roadworks

Trafficwatch NI



Inquest verdicts upheld

The family of one of two IRA men shot dead by the SAS have lost a legal bid to have the inquest verdicts quashed.

High Court, Belfast

A High Court judge ruled today that the deaths of Martin McCaughey and Dessie Grew nearly 25 years ago were properly examined.

Killed in 'frenzied attack':

Police say that Kyle Neil, whose

body was found in a car boot in South Belfast, died in a "frenzied attack".

Kyle Neil

Det Ch Insp John McVea says the victim had been at a party at an address in Comber. He confirms that a knife was used in the attack.

Labour hints at different benefit cap for NI?

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

BBC News NI economics and business editor John Campbell

tweets: I'm extrapolating but this, from the manifesto, implies Labour could impose a lower benefit cap in Northern Ireland.

Labour manifesto for NI

Money cut for Stormont parties:

Chris Page

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

The Assembly has voted for a 3% cut in a scheme that provides money to parties with MLAs.


The Financial Assistance for Political Parties Scheme distributes funding to parties to help Assembly members perform their duties.

One-armed goal machine:

It was often said Belfast striker Jimmy Hasty

inspired his teams single-handedly - literally in his case, as he lost his left arm after a work accident as a teenager.

Jimmy Hasty

That didn't stop Hasty scoring more than 100 goals in a storied career for Dundalk FC. His extraordinary life was remembered in a BBC Radio Ulster documentary aired yesterday - you can

listen back on iPlayer.

The most dangerous constituency:

BBC News NI political correspondent Gareth Gordon


East Belfast

Council websites dispute:

News Letter

The News Letter

reports that four out of Northern Ireland's 11 new councils have ditched the customary reference to the UK government in their website names.

A person uses a laptop

It is usual for most arms of government to include the letters "" as part of their web address, and as part of the email accounts used by officials and councillors.

Rain to clear:

BBC Weather

Patchy rain soon clearing - the temperatures will rise into double figures this afternoon.

Monday weather2

Birthday boy Barra's weather cake

Our Barra had a birthday recently, and celebrated with a meteorological cake in the newsroom.

Barra's cake

As you can see there's a hungry front approaching from the south west. As to his age? Twenty-nine (again).

'Marginal' increase for business:

Julian O'Neill

BBC News NI Business Correspondent

Northern Ireland's private sector saw a

"marginal" increase in business activity in March, ending a three-month sequence of decline, according to a survey.


Despite a slowdown in recovery, firms have taken on extra staff in recent months..