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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 12 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel from Wednesday at 07:00

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By Dave Culbert and Ciaran Daly

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight:

Ciaran McCauley

BBC News NI

That's all from us at BBC News NI Live - we'll see you all again bright and early for more news, sport, weather and travel from tomorrow at 07:00.

Man released in dissident investigation:

Police say a 44-year-old man arrested earlier in connection with dissident republican activity has been released.

A 19-year-old remains in custody.

Tomorrow looking good:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

A better day coming up for everyone tomorrow. Dry and bright.

Barra Best
BBC

Ballistics unit investigated over murders link:

A shadowy Special Branch ballistics unit is being

investigated over its links to weapons used in 60 murders.

Spotlight
BBC

The revelation is made in Tuesday night's programme - you can catch the full story at 22:45 on BBC One NI.

'Strong defence' in Henderson hearing:

BBC Sport NI

Ulster coach Neil Doak says he's

hopeful over Iain Henderson's disciplinary hearing tomorrow on a red card he received against Munster last weekend.

Neil Doak
INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Ulster are awaiting the exact charge from the Citings Committee with Doak adamant Henderson showed no malice to "clear anybody out with his head".

Martina's new life:

Martina Purdy, BBC News NI's former political correspondent who left journalism to become a nun, says her transformation is like a

"makeover in reverse".

Martina Purdy
Martin McKeown

Speaking publicly about her decision for the first time, she said she had chosen a "simple, hidden life" doing "little things".

McNarry backs Nigel:

The UKIP MLA David McNarry has defended Nigel Farage's decision to return as leader of the party.

David McNarry
BBC

Mr Farage stood down on Friday after failing to become an MP in the general election - but says he was persuaded to change his mind by "overwhelming support" from his party.

Archive: 1968 North West 200

BBC NI Archive

It's

North West 200 time which means it's an ideal opportunity to dip into the archives for some road racing highlights.

A Scene around Six report on the practice sessions ahead of the 1968 North West 200.
BBC

This Scene Around Six report covers practice sessions ahead of the 1968 event.

Stormont black hole:

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

The new Finance Minister Arlene Foster

warns that a £500m hole will open up in the executive's budget if the Stormont House Agreement is not implemented.

Arlene Foster
BBC

The agreement involves a series of interlocking commitments on welfare reform, a balanced budget and public sector redundancies . Mrs Foster said the shortfall must be dealt with as soon as possible.

Sex toy thieves sentenced:

Two men in Belfast who

stole £700 worth of sex toys have been given suspended prison sentences at Belfast Magistrates' Court.

Laganside Courthouse Belfast
BBC

Gary McCann, 26, of Bray Street, and Aaron McCrory, 29, of Caledon Street took a rucksack full of stock from a shop in the city.

Trial begins over alleged UDA murder plot:

Four men have gone on trial in Scotland charged with

attempting to murder two former leaders of the UDA.

Anton Duffy, 39, Martin Hughes, 36, Paul Sands, 31, and John Gorman, 58, deny having planned to kill Johnny "Mad Dog" Adair and Sam McCrory.

Wallace gets NI post:

Stephen Walker

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

The Prime Minister David Cameron has appointed

Ben Wallace as a junior minister in the Northern Ireland office.

Ben Wallace
BBC

Mr Wallace will serve alongside Teresa Villiers who was re-appointed as Secretary of State in the post election cabinet reshuffle yesterday.

He is the MP for Lancaster and Wyre. He was first elected in 2005 and is a former soldier who served in the Scots guards. He was previously shadow minister for Scotland and was an assistant whip in the last government.

Derry arrests:

PSNI

The PSNI

tweets:

Tweet
Twitter

Will we feel El Nino?

Angie Phillips

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

El Nino is back - but will the extreme weather event affect us? The phenomenon is still in its early stages and the consequences are less clear for northern Europe.

El Nino
SPL

An El Nino year does increase the chance of getting a colder winter, like in 2009, but during the previous event in 2006, the winter was milder.

Government pledge 'breaches GFA':

A human rights organisation says the

new government's pledge to scrap the Human Rights Act would be a
"flagrant breach" of the
Good Friday Agreement.

Ministry of Justice
Getty Images

The Belfast-based group says the move would "significantly rollback" Northern Ireland's peace settlement.

Two pots of gold?

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Here's a rare sight - a double rainbow, captured over Rostrevor by Tanya Farrell.

Double rainbow
BBC

Seeley dominates NW200 opening:

BBC Sport NI

Alastair Seeley

recorded the fastest times in three of four qualifying sessions on the opening day of practice at the North West 200.

Alasdair Seeley
Press Eye

'Nuclear' warning:

BBC News NI's John Campbell

tweets that the new finance minister has issued a stark warning in the Assembly if the Stormont House Agreement is not implemented by the end of June.

John Campbell
BBC

Bring your brolly?

There are two big events this week and if you're going along to the Balmoral Show or North West 200, here's how the weather is shaping up.

Events
BBC

No 'forgiveness' over corporation tax:

BBC News NI business correspondent Julian O'Neill

tweets that Arlene Foster has told the Assembly it's crucial corporation tax be implemented.

Julian O'Neill
BBC

Crime stats show slight increase:

Crime has increased by 2.3% in the last year according to annual statistics published by the police today.

PSNI crest
Pacemaker

The full rundown of the crime stats can be viewed on the

PSNI website.

Wannabe racer:

PSNI

The PSNI

tweets that it clocked a motorcyclist doing 103mph near the NW200.

Motorcyclist
PSNI

No 'priority care' for man with spinal disease:

A 44-year-old man with a rare spinal disease has said he has

not been seen by his specialist for seven months.

Johnnie Hunter
BBC

Johnnie Hunter, from Limavady, claims he was taken off the priority care list of care because of financial pressures.

Grealish 'turned down' call up:

BBC Sport NI

Jack Grealish

turned down the chance to join up with the Republic of Ireland squad, manager Martin O'Neill says.

Jack Grealish
AFP

The Aston Villa star can also play for England but has not yet declared for either. O'Neill says he's "disappointed" but that "there's a good possibility" he will still declare for the Republic.

Always broadcasting:

Modern journalists have to be across all streams of information, at all times - which explains this shot of Barra Best being caught out by a camera unexpectantly cutting to him during the lunchtime bulletin.

Barra Best
BBC

His

explanation: "Tweeting about the weather. Multi-tasking."

Community worker assaulted:

Derry Journal

The Derry Journal

reports that a retired community worker who sustained bad facial injuries was the victim of an apparently random assault.

Assault
The Derry Journal

Michael Carlin, 46, who is well known for his community work in the Currynierin area, had been returning home from his cousin's 50th birthday party when he was set upon.

Hamilton urges health staff to embrace reform

Northern Ireland's new health minister has urged

nurses and doctors to embrace reform and not to fear it. Simon Hamilton spent his first day in the post meeting nurses at a conference in the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald.

Simon Hamilton
BBC

He said nurses were the cornerstone of the health service and praised their dedication.

Today's weather:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

It's quite windy out but most of us should enjoy some afternoon sunshine. There will be showers but it should clear this evening.

Afternoon afternoon 12 May 2015
BBC

It'll be a chilly start but tomorrow will be the best day of the week so far. The winds will be lighter and it'll be dry and brighter with temperatures ranging from 14C to 16C.

Down by the riverside:

It's a lovely day for a walk along the River Bann in Portglenone.

River Bann
Colleen Webb

That's exactly what Colleen Webb has been doing - and she's sent us a picture to prove it!

Council urged to reject urban village plan

The Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) has said that a fresh planning application to create an urban village on the edge of Ballymena is "a major threat to the viability of Ballymena Town Centre".

Green Pastures church
BBC

A joint Ballymena Chamber of Commerce and NIIRTA statement said: "If Mid Antrim Council truly believes in a Town Centre First planning policy for major retail applications and want Ballymena town centre to have a viable future, then they must reject this application"

Grealish not named in Irish squad:

BBC Sport

Aston Villa's

Jack Grealish has not been named in the Republic of Ireland squad for the friendly against England and Euro qualifier against Scotland.

Jack Grealish of Aston Villa
Getty Images

There was strong speculation that the in-form midfielder was set to be called up by Republic manager Martin O'Neill.

Roadworks in Tyrone:

Trafficwatch NI

There will be roadworks on the B43 Mullaghore Road heading into Donaghamore coming from Dungannon. It will be closed every day between 09:30 and 20:00 until Thursday.

Trafficwatch NI
Twitter

A6 project contractors appointed

The A6 Randalstown to Castledawson dualling project has been awarded to the Graham Farrans Joint Venture.

Dualling project
Michael Cooper

Ground won't be broken on the project, however, until money is available to fund it.

Red Sky controversy

BBC Political editor Mark Devenport

tweets that MLAs have been locking horns over the Red Sky housing maintenance controversy.

Red Sky
Twitter

The Social Development Committee held an inquiry after a BBC Spotlight programme into alleged political interference in the running of the Housing Executive almost two years ago.

Solicitor is jailed for £94k theft

A County Down solicitor who stole almost £94,000 from the estates of three deceased clients in order to to prop up his failing business, has been jailed for four months.

Craigavon Crown Court
BBC

John Irwin, 39, of Trummery Heights, Moira, pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud by false representation and three charges of false accounting.

In the studio:

BBC Talkback

In the Talkback studio today to talk about public transport is the Green Party's Ross Brown, while we also have Ciaran Rogan from Translink.

Ross Brown
BBC

Husband in court for Bangor-born wife's murder:

The husband of a Northern Ireland woman who was found dead in Sydney last year has gone on

trial for her murder.

Victoria Comrie Cullen
BBC

Christopher Cullen has pleaded guilty to manslaughter but has been charged with the murder of Victoria Comrie Cullen, who was originally from Bangor.

Translink's taxis:

BBC Talkback

On Talkback today - the Assembly's been told that Translink has spent £175,000 in the past year on taxis for its staff because there's no other public transport available.

Talkback
BBC

Does public transport need a shake-up? Should Translink get its staff to work without taxis? Give us a call on 08459555678 to have your say.

Long way from Arizona:

BBC Sport NI

Every year thousands of people flock from all over the world for the North West 200 - this year BBC Sport NI has asked fans to

post their journeys to the event on social media using the hashtag #NW200journeys.

NW200Journeys
BBC

Mariko and Peter Pojer have landed on the north coast

all the way from Arizona, a journey of almost 5,000 miles. They even found time to take in some sight-seeing at the nearby Dark Hedges.