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  1. Updates for Monday 11 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 07:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Dave Culbert and Ciaran Daly

All times stated are UK

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That's it from us at BBC News NI live - as ever you can keep up-to-date with all the news on our website. We'll be back from 07:00 tomorrow morning.

Silent Valley

We'll leave you with this serene shot taken of Silent Valley, in the Mournes, by Steven McCullough.

Alert over suspicious objects over:

Police say residents have been allowed back into their homes after a

search of a property in east Belfast ended.

The search happened in Castlereagh Parade - police say a number of items were recovered from the property. A 63-year-old man was arrested earlier.

Crash near Culcavy:

BBC NI Travel

There's been a crash on Harrys Road near Culcavy in Hillsborough. It's closed to traffic travelling from Culcavy Road.

Money behind Farquhar's return:

BBC Sport NI

Dungannon rider Ryan Farquhar says

financial necessity is behind his return to road racing as he prepares to race in this week's North West 200.

Ryan Farquhar

The 39-year-old announced his retirement from racing in 2012 following the death of his uncle at the Manx Grand Prix, but he returned last year.

Another Stormont move:

The DUP shuffle continues - Michelle McIlveen's

vacated position as chair of Stormont's education committee has been filled by Peter Weir.

Michelle McIlveen

Pressure brings blustery showers:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

This low pressure which brought today's gusty winds and blustery showers will stay with us over the next 24 hours.

Barra Best

'Indecency history' of man who publicly named sex offenders:

A court has heard that a man who set up a Facebook page to name and shame convicted sex offenders has

previous convictions for indecency.

DERRY Bishop's Street Court house

Joseph McCloskey, 39, from Anderson Crescent, Limavady, admitted assaulting a man in a bar near Londonderry city centre on 20 September 2014.

Ulster trio in dream team:

BBC Sport NI

Ulster trio Craig Gilroy, Rory Best and Franco van der Merwe are among the seven Irish-based players in the

Pro12 Dream Team of the season.

Ulster team

New abortion guidelines:

The Department of Health says that

new minister Simon Hamilton has indicated he will bring abortion guidelines to the executive within weeks.

Simon Hamilton

"We would expect that Minister Hamilton will consider this issue as a matter of urgency," the spokesperson says.

Good start for new minister:

BBC News NI business correspondent Julian O'Neill

tweets that Jonathan Bell will be getting some good news early into his tenure as enterprise minister next week.

Julian O'Neill

'Time of great potential':

Newly appointed Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell says he's "very honoured" by being given the role.

Jonathan Bell

"This is a time of great potential for Northern Ireland and it's important that this potential continues to be given every opportunity to be fulfilled to the maximum," he says.

Henderson's red card hearing:

BBC Sport NI

Ulster flanker Iain Henderson will

appear at a disciplinary hearing in Wales on Wednesday after his red card against Munster last weekend.

Iain Henderon

The second row was dismissed late in the

23-23 draw in Belfast for careless use of the head at a ruck.

'No additional funding for welfare':

Stephen Walker

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

Theresa Villiers, who has been

reappointed Secretary of State, says it's crucial that the political log-jam over welfare reform is "unblocked".

Theresa Villiers

She says "there's no additional funding for welfare" and that her first priority when she returns to Northern Ireland will be to hold meetings with Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness.

Magherafelt Road closed:

BBC NI Travel

The A31 Magherafelt Road between Moneymore and Magherafelt is closed because of a fallen tree - diversions are in place.

Hamilton faces 'tough decisions':

Simon Hamilton, the

new health minister, says he faces tough decisions but he "will not shy away from doing what's right".

Simon Hamilton

"While there is much good work across the sector, there are a number of areas for improvement already identified and I intend to keep the momentum of change going," he says.

Ministerial near-accident:

BBC News NI's Mark Devenport

tweets that the new health minister almost had a health issue straight after his appointment.

Mark Devenport

Ministerial challenges:

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

The first challenges for the new

finance minister - June monitoring round and managing the voluntary exit scheme.

First challenges at Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment - reassuring potential investors on corporation tax, dealing with squeezed Invest NI budget and energy costs.

New portfolios:

BBC News NI economics correspondent John Campbell tweets that Arlene Foster may be less accustomed to changing portfolios than her colleague Simon Hamilton.

John Campbell

BreakingDUP ministerial reshuffle:

First Minister Peter Robinson has reshuffled his ministers, with three changes to the Northern Ireland Executive.

DUP ministers

Simon Hamilton has been appointed health minister, with Arlene Foster replacing him as finance minister. Jonathan Bell, who was junior minister, has been appointed the new minister for enterprise, trade and investment. Michelle McIlveen is the new junior minister to Peter Robinson.

BreakingBell is the new enterprise minister:

DUP's Jonathan Bell will replace Arlene Foster as the minister for enterprise, trade and investment.

Jonathan Bell

DUP minister news incoming:

Peter Robinson

tweets that he's set to announce
new ministers at 16:00. Stand by.

Peter Robinson

On their bikes:

BBC Sport NI

It's North West 200 time and all the action will be

shown on BBC Sport Online.

North West 200

Villiers - Time to move on Stormont House:

Theresa Villiers has been

retained as Secretary of State - and says she's ready to devolve corporation tax powers if the
Stormont House Agreement is implemented.

Theresa Villiers

She says it's time to get on with putting the deal into action. Negotiations are due to take place this week.

O'Dowd to appeal school decision:

Education Minister John O'Dowd will appeal the decision to

quash his closure of Clintyclay Primary School in County Tyrone.

John O'Dowd

It follows a decision by the High Court in March to overturn a decision to shut the first Catholic school in Northern Ireland that was trying to change to integrated status.

Clawing to freedom:

Animal rights activists have

"liberated" nine lobsters from a fish tank at a Dublin restaurant.

Getty Images

They posed as diners when they went into the restaurant at Wicklow Street on Friday, and then released the lobsters into the sea at Clontarf.

Election silver lining:

BBC News NI correspondent Gareth Gordon tweets from the Assembly that Martin McGuinness is pointing out that Sinn Féin's support in

Fermanagh & South Tyrone held up despite defeat.

Gareth Gordon

Enniskillen and Waterloo:

The 200th anniversary of

the Battle of Waterloo will be commemorated in Enniskillen in County Fermanagh on 30 May. Napoleon's French army was defeated by the armies of the Seventh Coalition made up of an Anglo-allied army under the Duke of Wellington and a Prussian army.

enniskillen castle

A service in St McCartin's cathedral will take place at 11:00 followed by a series of displays, re-enactments and activities at Enniskillen Castle to commemorate the contribution of Irish soldiers to the battle.

Theresa Villiers remains as SoS:

It's official - David Cameron

tweets that Theresa Villiers has retained her post.

David Cameron

Probation for woman who beat stroke victim:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph

reports that a woman who beat her stroke-victim mother by repeatedly pressing a pillow on her face has been put on probation.

Belfast court complex

Catherine Strong was instead ordered to complete three years on probation for subjecting her mother to a drunken attack as she lay in bed at their home in Belfast.

Windsor House now and then:

BBC NI Archive

The tallest commercial building in Ireland, Windsor House in Belfast, has been sold for £6.5m to hotel operators the Hastings Group.

Windsor House

You can watch

a BBC report from the archives from 1974 that shows the construction of Windsor House in Belfast city centre as it neared completion.

Items hold clues to search for mother

A fleece, a black bag and a green carrier bag could help in the search for the mother of a newborn baby girl, police in the Republic of Ireland have said.

The baby was found in Rathcoole, County Dublin, on Friday

They put the items, which were similar to those found with the little girl, on display on Monday.

Public Service Ombudsperson fact:

Political correspondent Chris Page

tweets that the Public Services Ombudsperson Bill, currently being discussed, is the first ever NI Assembly Bill to have originated from a committee.

Chris Page

McCartney sisters denounce organisations:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph

reports that the sisters of Robert McCartney have said the authorities must urgently review the funding of community groups that eulogised murdered IRA commander Jock Davison in a newspaper advertisement.

Sexist electioneering?

BBC Talkback

tweets that Michelle Gildernew has said that the DUP and UUP entered male candidates into pacts to unseat women in the general election.


Storey seeks serious engagement on welfare reform

DUP MLA Mervyn Storey has accused some member of the assembly of burying their heads in the sand over welfare reform during the final stage of the Pensions Bill.

Mervyn Storey

Mr Storey said: "There will have to be serious engagement and serious decisions made in a short period of time."

SDLP leader has no intention of stepping down:

Mark Devenport

BBC News NI Political Editor

Senior SDLP sources say Alasdair McDonnell has no intention of standing down as party leader.

Alasdair McDonnell

This morning's newspaper reports said Dr McDonnell was under pressure to step down after confirming that he plans to give up his Assembly seat in favour of staying as South Belfast MP at Westminster.

Army bomb officers in East Belfast:


Police have discovered a number of suspicious objects in Castlereagh Parade in East Belfast and the army bomb officers are at the scene. A number of houses in the area have been evacuated. A 63-year-old man has been arrested.

Supercouncil name change petition

Political correspondent Chris Page

tweets : Sinn Féin MLA Mickey Brady presents public petition to Assembly calling for south Armagh/Gullion to be included in supercouncil name.

Chris Page

Balmoral Show transport:


Large crowds will be expected for the Balmoral Show this Wednesday to Friday.

Balmoral Show

Special bus, coach and train services will be put on for the event - details can be

viewed online.

Spotlight returns:

BBC Spotlight

Tomorrow in a new series of BBC Spotlight, Chris Moore

uncovers the shadowy world of a little known Special Branch ballistics unit.