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  1. Updates for Thursday 14 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 07:00 on Friday

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By Dave Culbert and Ciaran Daly

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That's your lot on BBC News NI Live for another day so we'll leave you with an image to brighten up your evening - bluebells in bloom in Portglenone forest. Thanks to Colleen Webb for the snap.

Portglenone Forest
Colleen Webb

We'll be back again on Friday 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. Have a nice evening.

Success for Seeley:

BBC Sport NI

Alastair Seeley has secured his 13th North West 200 win and set a new lap record of 117.077 mph on his way to victory.

Alastair Seeley
Gavan Caldwell

The Tyco BMW rider finished 7.5 seconds clear of Michael Dunlop. Live coverage of the North West 200 continues on the

BBC Sport NI website.

Evening weather:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

We're going to have a dry night to come but low pressure will move in bringing stronger winds with some wet weather tomorrow.

You can watch the evening weather forecast here.

Evening weather 14 May 2015

A dry start will give way to damper conditions on Friday. Some of the drizzle will be persistent in places. Saturday should be clearer with some decent spells of sunshine.

Nesbitt says interest in GAA is not 'newfound'

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt has responded to Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín's comments that he had a "newfound" interest in the GAA as part of the ongoing row over the redevelopment of Casement Park.

Mike Nesbitt

Mr Nesbitt said: "Ms Ní Chuilín was still of school age when I attended my first GAA match. Since then I have attended many games, including matches at Casement, Clones, and Croke Park, where I have been a spectator at no fewer than three All-Ireland finals".

Windsor park revamp on schedule

BBC News NI's Mark Simpson tweets some good news on the stadium front. UEFA inspected the revamped Windsor Park yesterday. All work is on schedule for the Euro 2016 qualifier next month.

Windsor Park revamp

Racing under way at NW200:

BBC Sport NI

Three races are scheduled for this evening at the North West 200. You can find

live coverage on the BBC Sport NI website now.

Alastair Seeley is fastest in three of the four qualifying sessions at NW 200 practice
Press Eye

The Supersport race is under way now and despite a poor start, Alastair Seeley is quickly moving up through the field to battle for the lead.

Tonight on BBC Newsline

BBC Newsline presenter Tara Mills

tweets: A big rise in Northern Ireland passengers using Dublin Airport, more Casement and Windsor Park. Plus, in or out of Europe. We ask farmers. Tune into BBC One NI at 18:30.

Newsline 14 May 2015

Effective accounting require to police fraud

The Charity Commission has said that a charity chief's conviction underlines the need for effective accounting procedures.

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland logo
The Charity Commission

Nuala Magee, 48, from Allengrove, Crumlin, County Antrim, pleaded guilty to 23 charges of false accounting, allowing her to swindle almost £50,000 to fund an extravagant lifestyle. She was given a suspended sentence.

McDonnell hits back at party critics

SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell has rounded on his internal critics, saying: "I'm not going to run away from a task half done."

Alasdair McDonnell

He has faced a lot of criticism since saying he would be standing down from the assembly but continuing to lead the party from Westminster as an MP.

IFA: Windsor Park damage speculation 'unhelpful'

The Irish Football Association (IFA) has released a statement saying it would be "unhelpful and inappropriate to speculate on the outcome" of discussions investigating the damage to Windsor Park West Stand.

Loose bricks on West Stand

The IFA statement added: "A delegation from the association has already met with the CAL committee with regards to this matter and is prepared to meet again with the committee if requested."

Having a calf:

Conor Macauley

BBC NI Agriculture & Environment Correspondent

BBC NI agriculture and environment correspondent Conor Macauley has

tweeted this picture of a diligent cow protecting her calf at the Balmoral Show, saying "She means business."

Protective cow

Part of Donegall Road closed:

BBC NI Travel

Police have closed the Donegall Road between Donegall Avenue and Broadway due to a protest about a school closure.

Smith to quit as Ireland hockey coach:

BBC Sport NI

Ireland women's hockey coach

Darren Smith will leave the post after World League 3 next month with his assistant Graham Shaw succeeding him in the top job.

Darren Smith took over as Ireland coach in 2013

Smith, who took charge of the team in January 2013, will return to his native New Zealand to be with his family.

Finuncane 'sham hid inquiry decision'

The government had already decided to rule out

a public inquiry into the 1989 killing of solicitor Pat Finucane but staged a "sham process" to conceal this, the High Court has been told.

Pat Finucane

His widow is challenging PM David Cameron's decision in 2011 to instead commission a QC to review the case.

Decrease in agricultural crime:


All policing districts in Northern Ireland showed decreases in agricultural crime when compared to last year.

In a bid to further reduce agricultural crime police have appealed to the public to report suspicious activity with as much detail as possible as soon as possible.

Balmoral in bloom

It's been a dry, bright day for most of us across Northern Ireland some people are taking advantage of the sunshine.

Balmoral Show

BBC Satellite truck lads Leo and Raymond are having a 'blooming' marvellous time at the Balmoral Show.

Full council ratification not needed:

Louise Cullen


A major redevelopment project centred around an evangelical church on the edge of Ballymena approved by the planning committee in Mid and East Antrim doesn't have to go to full council for ratification.

An impression of the proposed new urban village on the edge of Ballymena

A spokesperson for Mid and East Antrim Council says that all councils act differently, but in their council, the planning committee has sole delegated powers and as such, takes the final decision on planning matters.

Duke of the north:

BBC NI Archive

After a couple of practice sessions, racing gets under way at 17:15 this evening at

the North West 200.

Geoff Duke

Before then, sit back and enjoy

this archive footage from 1955 when multiple world champion Geoff Duke won on the north coast circuit.

No direct flights to Middle East

BBC News NI business reporter Julian O'Neill

tweets: Northern Ireland wants a Middle East direct flight. The reality - Emirates is about to appoint a representative in Northern Ireland but to drum up business for its Dubai flight from Dublin.

Middle East travel

More stars bound for Irish Open:

BBC Sport NI

Miguel Angel Jimenez, Victor Dubuisson and Jamie Donaldson are among the latest batch of big names added to

the field for this month's Irish Open.

Miguel Angel Jimenez
Andrew Redington

Headliners at Royal County Down will include event host Rory McIlroy plus Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Patrick Reed and Ernie Els.

Farmer convicted at Ballymena Court:

Conor Macauley

BBC NI Agriculture & Environment Correspondent

A County Antrim farmer has been convicted of three charges of causing unnecessary suffering to animals, one charge of failing to dispose of a carcass and one charge of failing to comply with a notice.

Ballymena courthouse

Henry Gerard Kelly of Gortgole Road, Portglenone in County Antrim was disqualified from keeping animals for five years and received a six month prison sentence suspended for three years. Disqualification and deprivation orders were issued by the court.

Latest weather forecast:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

There's plenty of dry weather today with sunshine coming out in quite a few places. You can

watch the latest online weather forecast here.

14 May 2015

It'll be a dry start tomorrow morning but it will turn damp later on. Looking forward to the weekend, Saturday should be a nice day but Sunday is more of a mixed bag with patchy rain affecting areas across Northern Ireland.

IFA Windsor Park letter leaked:

Mark Simpson


The full contents have emerged of the letter sent by IFA chief executive Patrick Nelson to

a Stormont committee about Windsor Park.

IFA chief executive Patrick Nelson
Press Eye

In the letter, written on 6 May, Mr Nelson wrote: "The ultimate cause of the failure of the stand is still to be determined and our advice is not to issue copies of any report outside of the project team. I hope that you understand our position on this."

O'Driscoll 'ambassador' for Irish World Cup bid:

BBC Sport NI

Former Ireland centre Brian O'Driscoll is to be the "ambassador" for Ireland's bid to stage the 2023 World Cup, the Irish Rugby Football Union announced today. It was announced yesterday that

Ireland would stage the 2017 women's rugby World Cup

Brian O'Driscoll is applauded off by team-mates after his last Ireland appearance in Dublin
Getty Images

Ireland have never been the main host nation of a Rugby World Cup but did stage matches during the 1991 and 1999 editions when matches were spread across the home nations.

Humphrey wants Windsor Park report published:

Mark Simpson


The DUP's William Humphrey has called on the Irish Football Association to be "open and honest" about the cause of

the collapse of the West Stand at Windsor Park.

Crack in stand

Mr Humphrey said: "I want to know exactly when the stand moved, why it moved, what was the cause?"

Deadline for Jean McConville case

Prosecutors have been given a final deadline of 4 June to decide whether to pursue a case against a veteran republican accused of involvement in the murder of Jean McConville.

Jean McConville and family

Mrs McConville was taken from her home by the IRA in December 1972. Her body was recovered in County Louth in 2003. A district judge issued the ultimatum to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) after one a three week adjournment was sought in the already delayed case of Ivor Bell.

UTV Ireland expected to lose £8.5m

UTV Media plc has revised its forecast for its new channel, UTV Ireland, saying it expects losses to reach to £8.5m this year.

UTV headquarters

A statement from UTV said: "It is still very early in the life of UTV Ireland and there is considerable volatility in its performance. Given that volatility we think it would be appropriate to reduce our revenue forecasts for 2015 by £2.5m."

Bombardier 'deeply regrets' job losses

Bombardier says that it "deeply regrets" that

220 jobs will be lost from its Northern Ireland operation.


A statement from the firm said: "The majority of those affected will be members of our complementary labour force and other temporary and agency staff who work alongside our employees. A small number of Bombardier employees will also be affected,

Four Emmy nominations for Cookstown singer:

Mid Ulster Mail

The Mid-Ulster Mail

reports that Cookstown singer Eamonn McCrystal has been nominated in four categories for the Regional Michigan Emmy Awards in the USA.

Eamonn McCrystal

Superbike session ends under red flag:

BBC Sport NI

The Superbike session has ended under the red flag. The red flag was not for a racing accident, but to allow the fire brigade access to attend an unrelated emergency.

Michael Dunlop during Superbike practice
Press Eye

Alastair Seeley topped the Superbikes session having reached 121.55mph.

Disappointment over Bombardier cuts:

Unite union says the

decision by Bombardier to cut jobs needs a proactive response from politicians.

"There's a need for Stormont politicians to take action to improve worker protections," says Davy Thompson from Uniyr. He adds that the announcement is the "latest in a series of blows to the NI manufacturing base".

Bikes in Belfast:

Mervyn Jess


BBC News NI's Mervyn Jess captured this picture of hundreds of bikers arriving in Belfast ahead of tonight's North West 200 races.

Mervyn Jess

North Belfast hate crime:

Police say they are treating a house attack in north Belfast as a racist hate crime.

A living room window of a house on Mountcollyer Avenue was broken at about 07:40 this morning.

Attempt to scam council out of £100,000:

Keiron Tourish


An investigation has begun into how the former Derry City Council paid almost £100,000 to a fraudulent bank account. You can

watch Keiron Tourish's report here.

Derry City and Strabane District Council incurred no financial loss

An investigation has begun into how the former Derry City Council paid almost £100,000 to a fraudulent bank account.

Race for UUP MLA roles:

News Letter

The News Letter says that the Ulster Unionist Party is planning to replace new MPs Tom Elliott and Danny Kinahan in Stormont by the end of next month.

Tom Elliott

The paper says that some party members have emerged as possible candidates to replace the Westminster-bound pair.

Suspended sentence for charity fraudster:

A children's charity chief who abused her position to

swindle almost £50,000 to fund an extravagant lifestyle has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Nuala Magee

Nuala Magee, 48, from Allengrove, Crumlin, pleaded guilty to 23 charges of false accounting.

Bombardier cutting at least 220 Belfast jobs:

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

Bombardier says at least 220 jobs will be cut in Belfast as part of plans to cut 1,750 jobs from its global workforce.


The firm said 280 workers in Belfast will be impacted but that it hopes to save 60 of those jobs by moving people to other programmes and projects. It says the move comes because of a fall in demand for business jets.

Guy lets fly:

BBC Sport NI

Everyone is having a great time at the

North West 200 apart from, it seems, colourful competitor Guy Martin.

Guy Martin
Mark Edwards

The outspoken Lincolnshire racer

ranted about the chicanes on the Triangle circuit, declaring himself "bored to the back teeth" during practice for the Superstocks. You can watch him let fly, and other videos, on the
BBC NW200 Facebook page

Council 'checks not adequate':

BBC Radio Foyle

SDLP councillor John Boyle tells

BBC Radio Foyle that reports of an attempted fraud on Derry City Council are "very concerning".

John Boyle

The former council paid almost

£100,000 into a fraudulent bank account. Mr Boyle says: "The checks and balances were not adequate, not robust at all."

Green Pastures decision 'shameful':

Economics editor John Campbell tweets that the Northern Ireland Independent Retailers Trade Association are unhappy that planning has been approved for Green Pastures' urban village.

John Campbell