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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 5 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 07:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Conor Macauley and Ciaran McCauley

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight!

That's your lot on BBC News NI Live for another day. It's been a pretty wet day but there has been sunshine attempting to break through too. The mixed weather captured perfectly in Paul Warwick's picture of Slieve Croob in County Down earlier today.

Slieve Croob rainbow
Paul Warwick

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 from across Northern Ireland on the

BBC News NI website.

Executive buys building for £12m:

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

The NI Executive has bought a central Belfast office building for just over £12m saying it will "generate substantial rental savings."

Causeway Exchange
Google

Causeway Exchange on Bedford Street is the headquarters of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and also accommodates other civil servants.

O'Brien laments lack of top-level fixtures:

BBC Sport NI

Ireland all-rounder Kevin O'Brien says he is frustrated by

the team's lack of top-level cricket fixtures as they prepare for Friday's one-day clash against England at Malahide, near Dublin.

Kevin O'Brien (right) celebrates taking a wicket
Press Eye

The showdown with England and a Belfast encounter against Australia in August will be Ireland's only matches against full member teams this season.

NIAS: Ambulance strike action will lead to delays

John McPoland of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service says that the proposed strike action by ambulance workers in the union, Unite, tomorrow will "further impact on our ability to deliver an emergency service to those in need".

Jon McPoland
BBC

Mr McPoland said: "The public may, immediately, notice a delay in their call being answered by our control staff and there will be delays in ambulance response as the trust anticipates a reduced level of cover for the 24 hour period."

Frampton fight announcement imminent

World super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton has told BBC Evening Extra that an announcement about his next fight is imminent.

Carl Frampton
Getty Images

Minister blames 'anti-GAA' element for Casement delays:

Julian O'Neill

BBC News NI Business Correspondent

Sports Minister Carál Ni Chuilín has said "an anti-GAA element" is making it difficult for a new 38,000 seater stadium being built at Casement Park in west Belfast.

Aerial view of Casement Park GAA stadium
BBC

But she has insisted the project will be delivered "on my watch." It comes as

an investigation begins into evidence from a public official at the Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee last week.

Unite ambulance members to strike

Unite's Ambulance Service members will start a 24-hour strike at 00:00 tonight over a pay dispute. Unite members account for approximately 25% of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service workforce.

Ambulances
BBC

Unite's Kevin McAdam said: "This action is only the latest in a long running pay campaign to ensure healthcare workers are treated with respect and dignity."

Extra checkpoints to counter dissident activity

Police have announced extra road checkpoints and patrols in the coming days to counter dissident republican threats across Northern Ireland.

Police checkpoint
Pacemaker

ACC Stephen Martin said: "In light of the four attacks carried out in Belfast and Londonderry over the last two weeks, the PSNI will have an enhanced profile in local communities to provide safety and reassurance to everyone."

Motorists...have a little patience:

Trafficwatch NI

Motorists can expect extra traffic on the M3 and A12 Westlink in Belfast from around 18:30 this evening as there is a Take That concert on in the Odyssey Arena.

Suspended sentence for making explosives

A former soldier who pleaded guilty to making explosives under suspicious circumstances and having pistols

has been given a suspended sentence.

Belfast court complex at Laganside
BBC

John Rankin, a Falklands War veteran, had claimed that he made blast bombs and collected guns as a "hobby". The 52-year-old's address was given in court as Maghaberry prison.

Ulster on 'upward curve':

BBC Sport NI

Ulster second row Franco van der Merwe says that

Ulster are on an upward curve and are peaking at the right time ahead of their Pro12 clash with Munster.

Ulster second row Franco van der Merwe
Press Eye

Van der Merwe said: "Things have been going well for us, especially the last game with Leinster. We took a lot of confidence from the fact that we defended very well in that match."

McIlroy paired with Spieth

Rory McIlroy and Masters champion Jordan Spieth are in the same group for the opening two rounds of

the Players Championship at Sawgrass in Florida later this week.

Rory McIlroy
Getty Images

World number one, McIlroy and world number two, Spieth will play alongside Jason Day on Thursday and Friday, teeing off their opening round on Thursday at 13:39 BST.

Coming up on BBC Evening Extra

On BBC Evening Exrta tonight, BBC Radio Foyle's Teresa Craig will have all of the latest on

two bombs found close to an Army Reserve centre in Londonderry that were left about 20 metres from nearby homes.

BBC Evening Extra 5 May 2015
BBC

'Gay cake' judgment delayed:

Economics and business editor John Campbell

tweets that the Asher's 'gay cake' judgment has been moved to 19 May, meaning it will no longer clash with polling day, this Thursday.

Gay cake judgment
Twitter

Commemoration for blitz to be suggested:

Belfast city councillor Jeffrey Dudgeon will bring a motion before council tonight to formally mark the 75th anniversary of the 1941 Blitz with a commemorative event and to consider a memorial in the grounds of City Hall.

Belfast Blitz 1941
BBC

Mr Dudgeon says: "It goes without saying that the blitz in 1941 and its consequences were the most significant tragedy to hit our city in half a century and that colossal death and destruction were experienced, without consideration of religion or politics."

Forecasting election day:

BBC News NI Weather

You may know that there's a general election this Thursday and while experts may have trouble predicting the results, we're hoping BBC News NI's weather team can be a bit more accurate with their forecasts.

Thursday weather
BBC

It's going to be dry for most with just the odd shower on Thursday, polling day.

Road closure in Fermanagh this week:

Trafficwatch NI

In County Fermanagh there will be roadworks on the A32, Enniskillen Road in Irvinestown until Friday 8 May. The road will be closed every day until Friday between 09:30 and 22:00.

Pharmaceutical fortunes differ:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph

reports that two of Northern Ireland's largest pharmaceutical companies, Almac and Norbrook, saw contrasting fortunes in 2014, according to latest accounts.

Norbrook
Pacemaker

Craigavon-based Almac Group saw pre-tax profits fall by more than a third in 2014, despite a rise in turnover while Norbrook Holdings saw profits rise but turnover fall last year.

Brady warned of death threats

A Sinn Féin election candidate has said he has had three death threats within 24 hours. Mickey Brady said police officers told him on Monday that a threat had been made against him.

Mickey Brady said the bomb alert had been a "terrifying experience" for his neighbours
Pacemaker

A second threat was later made in a phone call on Tuesday morning. Then, there was a bomb alert at his home but nothing was found.

Victim was 'high profile community worker'

Police have described Gerard 'Jock' Davison as a father, grandfather, brother and son. Police said he was a a prominent member of the Markets Development Association and are appealing for witnesses to his murder.

Jock Davison
Pacemaker

Mr Davison was shot a number of times at Welsh Street in the Markets area of Belfast at about 09:00 this morning. He died at the scene.

Armed robber 'had branch in mouth'

An east Belfast man who robbed an off-licence at knifepoint while he had a branch sticking out of his mouth, has been jailed.

Laganside Court
BBC

William McGreevy, 39, from Strandburn Park, faced four charges dating back to 14 June last year. McGreevy will serve two years in custody and two on supervised licence.

NI assistant resigns as Cowdenbeath manager:

BBC Sport NI

Northern Ireland assistant boss

Jimmy Nicholl has resigned as Cowdenbeath manager after relegation from the Scottish Championship.

Jimmy Nicholl
SNS Group Kenny Smith

The 59-year-old Northern Irishman's side was leapfrogged by both Livingston and Alloa Athletic on the final day of the season.

Police appeal for witnesses:

PSNI

Det Ch Insp Justyn Galloway and Ch Insp Robert Murdie are appealing for witnesses to the murder of Jock Davison.

Jock Davison appeal
PSNI

Gerard 'Jock' Davison, 47, was killed at Welsh Street in the Markets area of the city at about 09:00 BST on Tuesday.

Police say no dissident involvement in shooting:

Kevin Sharkey

BBC News NI

Police say they don't believe that dissident republicans were involved in killing of Gerard 'Jock' Davison.

Gerard 'Jock' Davison
Pacemaker

The former senior IRA figure, who was in his late 40s, was shot dead near Belfast city centre this morning.

Davison shot several times:

BBC News NI reporter Kevin Sharkey

tweets: Police say father and grandfather Jock Davison, 47, was shot a number of times.

Kevin
Twitter

Sunny April skies

It may be raining pretty heavily where you are today but

stats from the Met office show that April was the sunniest on record, dating back to 1929.

April sunshine
Met Office

Tyrone roadworks:

Trafficwatch NI

There will be roadworks between Fivemiltown and Clogher on the A4 in County Tyrone until 12 June. The work will be carried out between 09:30 and 16:30.

Tyrone Roadworks
Twitter

Public Health Agency convenes meeting over suicides

A number of organisations dealing with suicides have been called to a meeting this afternoon by the Public health agency.

It is believed that a number of suicides in the last week across Belfast has prompted the meeting and a strategy to tackle the issue will be formulated.

No contract broken says airline chief:

Aer Lingus's chief executive

tells the High Court that the airline did not break a 10-year contract to fly out of Belfast International Airport.

Aer Lingus
PA

Stephen Kavanagh said it honoured a pricing arrangement to pay for having a base at Aldergrove and only left when the operation became unsustainable.

County Down road reopens:

BBC NI Travel

Ballyglighorn Road, Comber, has reopened after it was closed earlier because of a fire.

Police interview on army centre bomb

Police have said two bombs found close to an army reserve centre in Londonderry were left about 20 metres from nearby homes.

Watch Ch Insp Tony Callaghan say that the bombs were "clearly designed to kill or seriously injure".

Scene
BBC

The devices were left at the perimeter fence of the Caw Camp Army base and were discovered at 11:00 BST on Monday.

Kelly lands Oldham job:

BBC Sport NI

Oldham Athletic have appointed former Derry City and Portadown defender Darren Kelly as

their new manager.

Darren Kelly
Getty Images

It's a first managerial role for Kelly, 35, who also played for Carlisle United and York City and is a former Northern Ireland U-21 international.

Man who found mother in Nepal faced 'agonising wait':

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph reports that a local musician who had just returned from Nepal after meeting his birth mother for the faced time faced an

agonising wait for news when the country was hit by an earthquake.

Fire crews late for 41% of emergency call-outs:

Irish News

The Irish News

reports that the fire service is failing to attend more than four out of 10 emergency calls within its six-minute target.

Front page 5 May 2015
The Irish News

Response times to fires and incidents deemed "high risk" fell to 59% within the target time last year, compared with more than 75% in 2010.

Who was 'Jock' Davison?

The man murdered near his home in Belfast today was a former senior IRA figure in the city and was reported to be involved in the pub fight that led to the killing of Robert McCartney 10 years ago.

Gerard 'Jock' Davison
Pacemaker

As police officers begin an investigation into his murder, we've

taken a look at what we know about Gerard 'Jock' Davison.

Solicitor admits £94k fraud:

A solicitor has admitted

stealing almost £94,000 from the estates of three dead clients.

Craigavon Crown Court
BBC

John Irwin, 39, of Trummery Heights, Moira, pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud and three charges of false accounting at Craigavon Crown Court.

Shot man linked to Robert McCartney case:

It is understood that

Gerard 'Jock' Davison, who was shot dead near Belfast city centre this morning, was involved in the fight in the bar in Belfast that led to the death of Robert McCartney in January 2005.

Gerard 'Jock' Davison
Pacemaker

Gerard Jock Davison's uncle later stood trial for Mr McCartney's murder, but was acquitted.

Bingham: Allen's 'no bottle' claim spurred me on:

BBC Sport

Stuart Bingham says he was spurred on to his World Championship victory at the Crucible by

Mark Allen's claim that he had "no bottle".

Stuart Bingham
PA

Bingham, 38, became the oldest world champion since 1978 by beating Shaun Murphy 18-15 in Sheffield.

Haass' 'violence' warning:

Richard Haass, the US diplomat who

chaired multi-party talks in 2013, says he fears Northern Ireland could return to see more violence, albeit not on the scale of the Troubles.

Richard Haass
Reuters

He told

BBC Hardtalk: "You have a new generation which didn't experience first-hand the misery and danger of the Troubles. I think there's a little bit of romance there. I could imagine, for example, some big demonstration over flags or parades getting out of hand."