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  1. Updates for Friday 24 April 2015
  2. More updates from 07:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Dave Culbert and Ciaran McCauley

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight and have a good one!

That's it for another week here at BBC News NI Live. We'll leave you with this scenic picture of Lisnaharney near Gortin in County Tyrone.

Kenny Allen

We'll be back again on Monday 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.

Bring a brolly:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Weather presenter Barra Best

tweets: This is how your weekend is shaping up through to Monday. It'll be cooler and unsettled at times.

Weekend weather

Money and laptop stolen from school:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph

reports that a safe containing money and a laptop has been stolen from a school in County Down.

There was a break-in at St Patrick's Primary School in Holywood between 17:00 yesterday evening and 08:00 this morning.

Casement appeal success?:

Joel Taggart

BBC Sport NI

BBC Sport NI's Joel Taggart

tweets that there are reports that Chris Casement's appeal has been successful and he will be free to play for Portadown in the Irish Cup Final.


Anti-racism rally:

Keiron Tourish


Up to 100 people have attended an

anti-racist rally in Londonderry in protest against an attack on an Egyptian man in the city.

Racist protest in Derry

Tharwat Elsha needed three stitches to his face after the assault by a number of men outside the shop in which he works on the Strand Road on Tuesday.

Street protest against cuts:

Rick Faragher


A community association in south Belfast says its future is in doubt following a funding cut of more than £50,000.

Belfast protest

The Ballynafeigh Community Development Association held a protest on the Ormeau Road today against the cutbacks.

Look what's arrived in Belfast

Precious cargo arrived at a Belfast hotel this afternoon.

World cup trophy

Sport's most iconic trophy, the World Cup, is in Belfast tonight for the world premiere of a film about Northern Ireland's 1986 World Cup campaign.

Tonight on Inside Politics

Tonight on

Inside Politics on BBC Radio Ulster, UUP leader Mike Nesbitt defends his party's pact with the DUP. Tune in from 18:05 this evening.

Inside Politics

Rain on the way this evening

Weather Presenter Barra Best

tweets that a bit of rain is likely for the start of the Ulster v Leinster game at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast this evening. It should dry up though.

Ulster rugby

There'll be live coverage of the game on BBC2 Northern Ireland tonight. The kick-off is at 19:35.

Hoey misses the cut in China:

BBC Sport NI

Michael Hoey has failed to make the cut at the China Open following a disappointing three-over-par 75 in Friday's second round.

Michael Hoey
Getty Images

The Belfast player finished on seven over in Shanghai after a round which included two birdies, three bogeys and a double-bogey at the 16th.

Second court appearance for Karen Buckley accused

A man has appeared in court for

a second time charged with murdering Irish student Karen Buckley. Alexander Pacteau, from Glasgow, is also accused of attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

Karen Buckley
REX Shutterstock

Trio of teams in promotion mix:

BBC Sport NI

With all Premiership issues decided, the focus turns to the race for promotion from the Championship

as three teams battle for places in the Premiership.

Carrick's Ryan Arthur and Bangor opponent Andrew Morrow in an aerial duel
Press Eye

Crash on M1:

BBC NI Travel

There's been a crash on the M1 near Blacks Road. It's blocking the outside lane and affecting traffic heading out of Belfast - are queues back to Broadway.

Mairead Maguire plans Korean peace walk:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph

reports that Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire is one of 30 women peacemakers hoping to walk across the demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea.

Mairead Maguire

McCoy's last stand:

BBC Sport

Retiring jockey AP McCoy's final ride of a record-breaking career will be on Box Office at Sandown on Saturday.

AP McCoy
Getty Images

Box Office, trained by Jonjo O'Neill for owner JP McManus, will run in the handicap hurdle at 16:25 BST.

Men jailed over £150m drug plot

A 70-year-old man who skippered a yacht across the Atlantic in a £150m cocaine smuggling operation

has been jailed for 10 years.

The Irish naval vessel - the LÉ Niamh, sails alongside the detained yacht Makayabella
Irish Defence Forces

John Powell, of Silsden, West Yorkshire, admitted two charges ahead of a trial in the Republic of Ireland. Benjamin Mellor, 35, of Bradford, and Thomas Britteon, 28, of Grimsby were each jailed for eight years.

Clegg: The DUP 'mask has slipped'

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg says "the mask has slipped" from the DUP and their views have been exposed when he was asked about Health Minister Jim Wells' comments linking child abuse and gay relationships.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

Mr Clegg, however, refused to rule out taking DUP support if his party needed it to get back into power.

Does Jim Wells' apology cut ice?

Gareth Gordon

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

Does DUP minister Jim Wells' apology for gay parents remark cut ice?

Jim Wells made the comments during a discussion on gay marriage

BBC News NI political correspondent

Gareth Gordon looks at the implication of the health minister's remarks and how they might play out at Westminster.

McGuinness calls Wells' position 'untenable'

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has said that the health minister Jim Wells' position is 'no longer tenable' after

he linked child abuse and gay relationships.

Martin McGuinness

Mr McGuinness said: "His position as Health Minister is clearly no longer tenable and the DUP leadership should now reflect on that."

Gallipoli remembered:

Julian Fowler


BBC News NI reporter Julian Fowler contributes

a Northern Ireland perspective of the Battle of Gallipoli, a century after it happened.

A British soldier at a grave in Gallipoli

In one day in 1915, 90 men from Enniskillen - part of the 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers - were killed as they were led into a storm of machine gun and artillery fire.

Striker leaving Linfield:


tweets that striker Peter Thompson will leave the club at the end of the season.

Peter Thompson

The Linfield legend has scored 230 goals in 417 games for the club and won six doubles in seven seasons.

Peter Thompson celebrates scoring against Glentoran
Press Eye

Parade in Lurgan tonight:

Trafficwatch NI

There will be a big band parade in Lurgan tonight between 19:00 and 23:00. The route includes Queens Street, High Street and Market Street.

No evidence of increased risk of abuse

The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland has

tweeted that there is no evidence that children who are brought up by same sex couples are any more at risk of abuse than those brought up by heterosexual couples.

Safeguarding Board

The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland was established by the Department of Health. Last night, Health Minister Jim Wells linked child abuse and gay relationships.

Allen in action:

Mark Allen has started his World Championship second round match against Barry Hawkins.

Mark Allen Barry Hawkins

You can watch

live coverage online throughout the afternoon.

Pagan church warning:

News Letter

The News Letter reports that a Presbyterian minister has warned Londonderry residents to be "wary" about NI's first recognised pagan church that is setting up in the city.

Expert says Wells was mistaken

Prof Susan Golombok of the University of Cambridge's Centre for Family Research says the DUP's Jim Wells was mistaken in his comments about gay adoption.

Mandy and Louise and their children

She told BBC Talkback: "The minister has got his facts wrong because the evidence points to completely the opposite conclusion - more than 35 years of research on the well-being of children with lesbian mothers, and more recently with gay fathers, have shown that these children do just as well with children with traditional families."

The Iconettes in studio:

BBC Talkback

We've glammed up this Friday - The Iconettes were in studio and delivering fantastic soulful harmonies to see us into the weekend.

The Iconettes

You can listen back to them on

today's programme now.

'The forgotten campaign':

Claire Noble


As the world is preparing to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign, the stories of local soldiers who fought in the battle

have come to light.

Gallipoli obit

War researcher Jason Burke says "Gallipoli is a forgotten campaign" - but his work remembers the soldiers who fought and died on the Turkish peninsula.

Trophy no-go:

Ciaran McCauley


Childhood dreams dashed - there was some hope in the newsroom today that the actual (not a replica) FIFA World Cup trophy would be visiting Broadcasting House.

BBC World Cup Trophy

It will be on the red carpet at the Waterfront Hall tonight as part of the premiere of Shooting for Socrates. But FIFA, the spoilsports, have said it can't come to us. Looks like I'll have to raise my game on the pitch if I want to get my hands on it.

Ready to roll:


Belfast public hire scheme is almost ready to roll, with bikes appearing in the 30 docking stations around the city.

Bikes outside City Hall

Wells 'no confidence' motion:


says it is submitting a motion of no confidence in Jim Wells to the assembly.

SDLP Motion

Robinson: Personal pressures contributed to Wells' comments

First Minister Peter Robinson has said that personal pressures on the health minister contributed to his comments

linking child abuse and gay relationships.

Jim Wells

Mr Robinson said: "Everybody knows the pressures he's been under in the last number of months with his wife in hospital and trying to keep a major department going, all at the same time. The moment he said what he said he knew he shouldn't have said it."

'Big backlash':

BBC News NI reporter Claire Noble is just off the phone with Paul Symington, editor of the Down Recorder - the paper that organised the event that

Jim Wells spoke at last night.

Wells comments

He says a member of public made a formal complaint to police about comments after the event.

"The debate was reasonably good tempered up until that point - but once he made those remarks, there was a pretty big backlash," he adds.

Down unchanged for Division Two final:

BBC Sport NI

Mourne boss Jim McCorry goes with

an unchanged line-up for Sunday's Division Two final against Roscommon.

Roscommon's Enda Smith and Down forward Conor Garvey prepare to collide

McCorry includes the influential Kevin McKernan despite the Burren forward being on a disciplinary tightrope.

Assisted suicide case acquittal

The jury in the trial of a woman accused of helping her friend take her own life has been ordered to find her not guilty on two of the three charges against her.

Gail O'Rorke

Following legal argument at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Patrick McCartan ordered the jury to acquit Gail O'Rorke, 43, of ordering a lethal dose of barbiturates from Mexico that were later taken by Bernadette Forde, 51, to end her life.

Police probe Wells comments:

Police say they are investigating

comments made by Jim Wells linking child abuse and gay relationships after receiving a complaint.

Jim Wells

Mouse mea culpa

Earlier, we ran a story that

Belfast is among the worst locations for mice problems in the UK. But a helpful reader got in contact to say that the picture accompanying the story was, in fact of a gerbil, not a mouse.

Mouse gerbil

We consulted the newsroom's resident rodent expert, Barra Best, who was able to inform us that gerbils have furry tails whereas mice have baldy tails. We stand corrected.

Robinson defends Wells

The First Minister Peter Robinson says the DUP stands over the health minister, Jim Wells, who's facing calls to resign after

he linked the abuse of children to homosexual relationships.

Peter Robinson

Speaking in Londonderry Mr Robinson said Mr Wells accepted the remarks were offensive and that's why he had apologised.

Colder weather this weekend:

Angie Phillips

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Here's the outlook for the weather this weekend. It'll be a dull, damp start on Saturday before becoming drier and brighter with sunny spells during the weekend. But it will be colder.

Angie weekend weather 24 April 2015

Reward offered over 'road rage' incident:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph

reports that Translink have offered a cash reward of up to £1,000 for information about a "road rage incident" where a man allegedly attempted to pull a driver through his bus window.

Translink sign

It was claimed that the driver of a black BMW car forced the bus driver on to the hard shoulder and tried to pull him through the bus window on the Omagh to Belfast service on Saturday 18 April.