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  1. Updates for Wednesday 13 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel from 07:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Dave Culbert and Ciaran Daly

All times stated are UK

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Ciaran McCauley


That's your lot from BBC News NI Live - hopefully you enjoyed today's sunny weather, as tomorrow doesn't look like it'll be quite so bright.

We'll be back again in the morning with more from 07:00, see you then.

Thursday's weather:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Not as much sunshine tomorrow - more clouds, and with that a little bit of dampness too although it'll remain largely dry.

Barra Best

Enjoying the show:

Ciaran McCauley


Our BBC team have been out-and-about at the Balmoral show today, with BBC Newsline being presented live from the event by Donna Traynor.

Balmoral team

A special mention to agriculture correspondent Conor Macauley, who previously had a regular slot in the newsroom manning the BBC News NI Live feed. No jealousy here (of course) but he doesn't half look unhappy to be outside...

Harry Corry plans to close stores:

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

Furniture firm Harry Corry is planning to close eight of its 50 stores and is seeking rent reduction on its other stores.

Harry Corry

The details are contained in the sales pack for the Valley Retail Park in Newtownabbey where the soft furnishing business has a shop.

Two charged over cannabis find:

Two men, aged 40 and 50, have been charged after cannabis worth more than £400,000 was discovered near Magherafelt yesterday.

The cannabis factory was discovered on Carricknakeilt Lane. The two men are expected to appear at Londonderry Magistrates' Court tomorrow morning.

Security alert after dissident investigation:

Irish police say a security alert is ongoing in Courtown, County Wexford after a device was found following an operation into dissident republican activity.

Four men were arrested after 20 searches were carried out in Counties, Louth and Wexford.

Easter lily complaint:

The Belfast Health Trust has launched an investigation after a complaint was lodged about staff in the Royal Victoria Hospital wearing Easter Lily badges.

Easter Lily

The trust says it has clear policies on providing a neutral working environment and takes any possible breach seriously.

Busy near Lisburn:

BBC NI Travel

The A1 is very busy heading south from Sprucefield towards Hillsborough roundabout.

Prince's letter on Armagh Jail:

A private letter

sent by the Prince of Wales to the Northern Ireland Office about Armagh Jail is among 27 that have been published after a lengthy legal battle.

Prince Charles letter
Northern Ireland Office

Prince Charles wrote to then Northern Ireland Secretary Paul Murphy offering his assistance in any plans for the conservation and reuse of the jail.

Apartment buyers fail in court case:

Six apartment buyers who failed to complete the purchase of city centre flats in Belfast have

lost a High Court test case against the developer.

College Court

Their lawyers argued contracts were breached when part of College Court Centre were sold for social housing, but the judge ruled the developer was entitled to sell.

New guys at Westminster:

Stephen Walker

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

I'm in London and I've been talking to our three new MPs - Gavin Robinson, Tom Elliott and Danny Kinahan. I'll have more on BBC Newsline later at 18:30.

New MPs

Ministers welcome World Cup news:

Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín says it's "fantastic" that Ireland will host the Women's Rugby World Cup in two years. "We have shown that we can host major sporting events in recent years," she adds.


Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell says it's a "real honour" for Belfast to be chosen to host the semi-finals and finals of the games.

Getting the big scoop:

BBC Newsline's Donna Traynor will be presenting from the

opening day of the Balmoral Show later - like any good journalist, she's doing her research on local produce before going on-air.

Donna Traynor

'Human Rights plan is attack on GFA':

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams says a UK plan to scrap the Human Rights Act is a "scandalous attack" on the

Good Friday Agreement.

Gerry Adams

Cannabis seizure:

Police have released a photo of some of the £225k worth of cannabis plants

seized in a raid in Annalong yesterday.

Cannabis raid

Action urged on legal highs:

Carrick Times


Carrick Times reports that East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson is calling on the government to take action against 'legal highs'.

Sammy Wilson

Tribute to late broadcaster:

RTÉ's director-general Noel Curran says

broadcaster Derek Davis, who has died, was a "hugely popular man" and "one of the most versatile presenters" the network had seen.

Derek Davis

"But at heart, he was always a journalist and he brought that inquisitive sense of journalism to everything he did," says Mr Curran.

Belfast to host Women's Rugby World Cup:

Ireland has been

selected to host the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup - and Belfast will be the venue for the semi-finals and final.

Ireland women's rugby team

Queen's University and Kingspan Stadium will host the tournament's final matches.

Cannabis find in Annalong:

The police say that officers discovered cannabis worth £225,000 after a search in County Down yesterday. A man in his 60s has been arrested.


Road blocked after crash:

BBC NI Travel

Police say a road crash has blocked Moor Road near Coalisland - motorists will have to find another route.

Special advisor salaries:

BBC Talkback's William Crawley has been
tweeting some details about the salaries of Stormont's special advisors.


Inquiry call over minister's Casement knowledge:

Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt has called for an inquiry into the Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín over what she knew of safety issues relating to the proposed redevelopment of Casement Park.

Nesbitt Ni Chuilin

Mr Nesbitt says he finds it "beyond belief" that the minister didn't know about safety issues until they were

raised at a Stormont committee.

'Time to deliver' on Stormont House:

Theresa Villiers says it's time for party leaders to deliver their side of the Stormont House Agreement.

Theresa Villiers

The Secretary of State says the government has lived up to its commitments, such as offering extra financial support to the executive and passing legislation to devolve corporation tax.

HSE investigation into death of baby

The Health Service Executive (HSE) says an investigation has begun following

the death of a newborn baby at Cavan General Hospital. The baby died on Tuesday.

Cavan General Hospital

Last year, after the deaths of three babies within an 18-month period, the Health Information and Quality Authority was instructed to examine the maternity services at the hospital.

Public disorder policing warning:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph

reports that detectives in Northern Ireland are unable to provide "comprehensive coverage" if public disorder threatens, a police commander has revealed amid an increase in the frequency of paramilitary attacks.

Riot gear

Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) chief superintendent Nigel Grimshaw made the revelation as he said some communities faced the worst excesses of violence and criminality.

Policeman disciplined for failure to investigate former officer

A policeman has been formally disciplined for failing to investigate an allegation of criminal damage, and later falsely claiming to have taken steps to progress the case.

Police Ombudsman

It follows

a Police Ombudsman investigation into a complaint from the owner of a van who reported that his vehicle had been damaged by a retired policeman in County Londonderry

Secretary of State at Balmoral Show

Secretary of State Theresa Villiers has been 'fielding' questions at the Balmoral Show.

Theresa Villiers

Earlier today, Ms Villiers said it is crucial that

the issue of welfare reform is resolved or the executive is likely to become "increasingly dysfunctional".

Henderson cleared:

BBC Sport NI

Good news for Ulster - flanker Iain Henderson will be available for the rest of the season after he had his red card against Munster last Friday night overturned by a disciplinary hearing.

Iain Henderson
Press Eye

East Belfast race relations call:

Belfast City councillor John Kyle calls for a race relations officer to be appointed in east Belfast after two men were attacked last night. Police are treating the incident as a hate crime.

John Kyle

New crews for Chambers brothers:

BBC Sport NI

Coleraine brothers Richard and Peter Chambers will

represent GB as part of new crews for the European Championships this month.

Chambers Brothers

Fellow Coleraine man Joel Cassells debuts in the lightweight four.

Drink driver loses PSNI data appeal

A drink driver who went to the UK's highest court

to stop police keeping his DNA profile and other identity data indefinitely has lost his case.

Fergus Gaughran was arrested for drink driving in Northern Ireland in October 2008 and pleaded guilty within weeks.

'Scrapping human rights act would cause chaos in NI'

North Belfast MLA Alban Maginness has criticised Conservative plans to repeal the Human Rights Act, saying it would have a deep-rooted impact on the devolution set-up.

Alban Maginness

Mr Maginness said: "The repeal of the Human Rights Act would spell absolute chaos for Northern Ireland, particularly around some of our most sensitive and contentious legacy issues."

Suspect object a hoax:

Police say the object reported to police in the Creggan area of Londonderry has been declared a hoax. They said it had been there for quite some time.

Bus lane camera positions:

Mark Simpson


BBC News NI's Mark Simpson

tweets: For drivers wanting to avoid a £90 fine for using Belfast city centre bus lanes, the new cameras are the black dots on the picture below.

Bus lane cameras

Burning question:

BBC Talkback

Should we legalise cannabis in Northern Ireland? On air now to discuss the issue are Glen Donnelly from

CISTA and Alison Armstrong from


Creggan alert:

Police confirm that a suspicious device has been found in the Creggan area of Londonderry and is being examined by officers.

Pat Ramsey tweet

Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey has

tweeted that there are traffic diversions in place in the Southway area.

Derek Davis dies:

Well-known TV broadcaster

Derek Davis dies aged 67 after a short illness.

Derek Davis

Best known for his work as a presenter with RTÉ, Mr Davis, who was born in County Down, started his career with BBC Northern Ireland.

RUC widow's petition to stop killers' pre-release:

News Letter

The News Letter

reports that the widow of a murdered RUC officer has urged victims and opponents of terrorism to sign a petition against pre-release leave for short sentence terrorist prisoners.

RUC Reserve Constable John Proctor,

June McMullin's husband, John Proctor, was shot in the car park of the Mid Ulster Hospital just after visiting his wife and newborn son in 1981.

Jumping for joy at the Balmoral Show:

Conor Macauley

BBC NI Agriculture & Environment Correspondent

There's been a jump in this year's Balmoral Show attendance this year but it's not the only jump at the event.

Balmoral show jump

90,000 people are expected to attend the Balmoral Show over three days, making it 10% bigger than last year.