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  1. Updates for Tuesday 21 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather updates on Wednesday 22 April

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That's BBC News NI Live over until tomorrow. It's been a glorious day as this idyllic image of Murlough Bay in County Down shows. A hat-tip to Mr J for sending that picture to us.

Murlough Bay

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

BBC News NI website.

Ulster will face determined Leinster:

BBC Sport NI

Ulster coach Neil Doak says Leinster will be out to keep their season alive by winning Friday's vital Pro12 game at Kingspan Stadium.

Neil Doak's Ulster side will guarantee their Pro12 play-offs spot if they beat Leinster at the Kingspan Stadium on Friday

Leinster exited from the European Championship Cup on Sunday and defeat in Belfast could end their chances of retaining their Pro12 title.

Feeling hot, hot, hot:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

BBC News NI weather presenter Barra Best

tweets: We hit 19C today. Let's see if we can hit the magic 20C somewhere on Wednesday.

Temperatures 21 April 2015

Man released unconditionally:


A 53-year-old man who was arrested over the attempted murder of police on Crumlin Road in December 2013 has been released unconditionally.

Norovirus at City Hospital:

There has been an increase in vomiting and diarrhoea (norovirus) among a number of patients at Belfast City Hospital. Vomiting and diarrhoea, while contagious, normally passes within 48 hours.

Science Photo Library

People are being asked not to visit the hospital if they have been vomiting or had diarrhoea and to be wash hands when entering or leaving wards.

Westlink crash cleared:

BBC NI Travel

The crash on the Westlink, M1-bound just before the Broadway underpass has now been cleared.

Coming up on BBC Newsline tonight:

Donna Traynor

tweets about what will be coming up on tonight's BBC Newsline at 18:30, including industrial action planned in the health service.

Coming up on BBC Newsline

Polish ambassador to visit Northern Ireland:

The Polish Embassy UK

tweets: Ambassador Witold Sobkow is planning to visit Northern Ireland in May to discuss recent attacks on Poles with local authorities.

Polish ambassador visit

Crash on Westlink:

BBC NI Travel

A crash on the the Westlink just before the Broadway underpass is blocking the middle lane and holding up traffic going towards the M1 in Belfast.

Prince Charles' Irish visit 20 years ago:

BBC NI Archive

The Prince of Wales is to visit the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland as part of a four-day visit from 19 to 23 May.

Prince Charles
(C) British Broadcasting Corporation

Watch the BBC's Shane Harrison report on the final day of The Prince of Wales' visit to the Republic of Ireland back in 1995 when the prince spent his day in County Mayo.

All but one health union to take action:

Marie-Louise Connolly

BBC News NI Health Correspondent

Health correspondent Marie-Louise Connolly has

tweeted that all health unions in Northern Ireland except the Royal College of Nursing will participate in either strike or industrial action over the next fortnight.

Health workers' strikes

Carbon monoxide poisoning warnings

In light of the news that a couple in their 70s, who died in their caravan in Newcastle, County Down, earlier this year, were the victims of carbon monoxide poisoning, oven manufacturer, Beko, has reminded customers how to operate their ovens safely in line with manufacturer's instructions.

Carbon monoxide detector

Beko has also provided

a list of all ovens that may require the grill door to remain open. The Health and Safety Executive of Northern Ireland also has
information on their website about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Attwood supports midwives' strike plans

The SDLP's Alex Attwood says his party supports midwives who are planning to go on strike on 30 April in a dispute over pay.

Alex Attwood

Mr Attwood said: "These hardworking people not only make a significant contribution to our economy but serve our communities and have done so under increasing pressure and stringent cuts."

BBC Sportsound special tonight:

BBC Sport NI

There will be a Sportsound Special on BBC Radio Ulster 1341MW and online at 19:30 this evening.

Sportsound special

Among other things. there'll be coverage of the Linfield v Crusaders game in the Irish Premiership.

Lo criticises OFMDFM on ethnic minority issues:

Alliance South Belfast MLA, Anna Lo, has criticised the failure of the Office of First and Deputy First Minister to answer several questions she has tabled on ethnic minority issues, one of which she tabled in June 2014.

Anna Lo

Ms Lo said: "It is now over six months since the consultation closed on the Racial Equality Strategy, yet there is no word on when it will be implemented or what resources it will be given to meet its targets."

East Belfast accident

Trafficwatch NI

tweets that there has been an accident on the Upper Newtownards Road in east Belfast.

East Belfast accident

Suicide '100% woman's own decision'

The sister of a woman who took her own life has told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court

she was 100% certain the decision was her sister's own idea.

Gail O'Rorke

Catherine Campbell was giving evidence in the trial of Gail O'Rorke. Ms O'Rorke, 43, of Kilclare Gardens, Tallaght, denies assisting the suicide of 51-year-old Bernadette Forde between 10 March and 6 June 2011.

Reports of O'Connell move to Toulon rubbished:

BBC Sport

Munster coach Anthony Foley believes there is no substance to

reports that Paul O'Connell could be set for a surprise move to Toulon.

Paul O'Connell helped Ireland clinch a second successive Six Nations title last month
Inpho/Billy Stickland

A French newspaper suggested on Monday that the 35-year-old Ireland and Munster lock had been targeted by the current European club champions.

Tonight on BBC Evening Extra

BBC NI presenter Tara Mills has

tweeted that the industrial action in the health service will be discussed on tonight's BBC Evening Extra, as will as the DUP's manifesto launch.

Evening extra 21 April 2015

Tall ships return:

This year's Tall Ships Race in Belfast has been officially launched, with the event set to be held between 2-5 July.

Tall Ships

Organisers say they expect more than 500,000 people to attend the return of the race - it also visited Belfast in 1991 and


Radiographers to join midwives on strike

Radiographers in the GMB Northern Ireland union are to join midwives in strike action next Thursday. Its ambulance workers will also start a two-week overtime ban on Tuesday.

Members of the Royal College of Midwives have

voted to strike on 30 April in a dispute over pay.

Hundreds of jobs to go at Ladbrokes in Ireland

Hundreds of jobs are under threat at Ladbrokes in the Republic of Ireland after it suffered losses of £3.6m (€5m) last year. Ladbrokes said lay-offs are expected at all levels of its operation in the Republic of Ireland where it has 840 employees and 196 betting shops.

Ladbrokes shopfront

Ladbrokes in Northern Ireland is a different corporate entity called North West Bookmakers. It has about a quarter of the market and is profitable.

Gunshot was accidental:

The Police Ombudsman says a police officer fired a gunshot accidentally after his gun struck the driver's side window of a car believed to contain armed paramilitaries.

The Police Ombudsman's Office in Belfast

The police officer has, however, been disciplined for his handling of the weapon. No one was injured during the incident.

Top temperatures:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Weather presenter Barra Best has

tweeted that the warmest place in Northern Ireland has been Thomastown in County Fermanagh at 18°C. Valentia in County Kerry has reached 19C today.

Map of Ireland

Seven year old critical after crash

A seven-year-old boy is in a critical condition in hospital after a crash involving two cars in Islandmagee, County Antrim on Saturday. One of the car's drivers is also in hospital in a serious condition.

The crash happened on Lough Road at 14:40 on Saturday afternoon.

Tall Ships look back:

The Tall Ships Race is coming to Belfast this summer, but it's not the first time the race has come to the city.

Tall Ships

In 1991 and 2009, the race included Belfast in its itinerary -

take a look back at the Parade of Sail along Belfast Lough from six years ago.

Wonderful weather to be on the water

It's a beautiful day and there are certainly worse places you could be than Carrybridge Marina in County Fermanagh. Thanks to Stevie Jay for sending in the sunny scenes from there.

Carrybridge Marina Fermanagh
Stevie Jay

You can send us your snaps by emailing

UUP leader says he will vote for DUP

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt told BBC Talkback earlier today that he will be voting for the DUP in East Belfast in the upcoming general election on 7 May.

You can listen to what the UUP leader said here.

Talkback 21 April 2015

Mr Nesbitt said: "Sometimes leadership is about saying to people I'm not asking you to do something that I'm not prepared to do myself and that's the situation I find myself in."

NI businesses against EU withdrawal:

Clodagh Rice

Business Reporter, BBC News NI

Business reporter Clodagh Rice

tweets that the latest survey from the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce & BDO Northern Ireland reveals that the majority of businesses in Northern Ireland are against withdrawal from the EU.

NI Chamber of Commerce EU withdrawal

Sunny days are here again:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Get out and enjoy the sunshine if you can. There'll be plenty of it on offer today and tomorrow.

You can watch the latest weather forecast here.

Online weather 21 April 2015

The temperatures have already hit 16C at noon today. And it's going to be dry and sunny again tomorrow.

Archive: Prince Charles '95 visit:

BBC NI Archive


Prince Charles' announcement that he will visit the Republic of Ireland in May, we're taking a look back at the
first time he visited the country.

Prince Charles

In 1995, the prince became the first member of the Royal family to visit the Republic of Ireland since Irish independence.

Water works:

We've had a lot of tweets about the lack of water in the River Lagan today, like this one from

Michael Bedwell:

Michael Bedwell

It's not the good weather that's doing it (like we said earlier - sorry). The DSD has issued a notice saying "the River Lagan between Lagan Weir and Stranmillis Weir will be unsafe for navigation during the following time: Tuesday 21 April 000-1100 hours."

Anger over arson:

Margaret O'Hara, whose house in Londonderry was set on fire last night, says she has

"anger, anger, anger" over the incident.

Burnt Door

The 70-year-old says: "I opened the door and I thought I was in Towering Inferno, the flames were flying up. I put it out and I went straight to the phone and rung the police."

Sick leave management could save £37m

Better management of sickness absence in the Northern Ireland civil service

could help to save £37m per year, according to an assembly report.

Woman sneezing

A review of public sector sickness absence has found a "consistent failure" to meet targets.

Allen in front:

Mark Allen has turned around his

World Championship first round match against Ryan Day to lead 6-3 at the interval.

Mark Allen

The Larne cueman found himself 3-1 down, but reeled off five frames in a row.

Remembering Ted:

It's 20 years since classic comedy Father Ted hit the screens. Earlier, Pauline McLynn, aka Mrs Doyle,

recalled her memories of the show on
Good Morning Ulster.

Father Ted

"We didn't think anybody would watch it, or notice it was on, although we found it funny. But that doesn't necessarily mean everybody else would," she said.

Cunningham murder investigation:

The family of John Paul Cunningham say that the police investigation into their son's death does not have their support after a

73-year-old man was arrested this morning.

John Paul Cunningham

The family say that they will "only have confidence in an investigative process that is completely independent of the PSNI".