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

Live Reporting

By Grania McFadden and Ciaran McCauley

All times stated are UK


Ciaran McCauley


Storms. showers, squally winds - we've had all four seasons today, four seasons of miserable weather that is. But finally we're seeing some respite (not to mention a few rainbows, as BBC Radio Foyle reporter Jenny Witt shows in the picture).

Jenny Witt

That's us for today - we'll see you again from 07:00 tomorrow morning, hopefully with less rain to report.

Less rain, but still windy:

Geoff Maskell

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

It's been a miserable day but the rain has at least dissipated, although a weather warning for wind remains in place.

Weather Tuesday


full forecast shows that tomorrow will be warmer, but showers will persist. But the rest of the week is looking like an improvement.

Worst of the rain over:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

Finally - rain's clearing the east coast now with sun coming out. There's a warning for strong wind is still in place.


Demolition starts:

Julian O'Neill

BBC News NI Business Correspondent

Demolition work is underway at the old Belfast Tech on Brunswick Street where McAleer and Rushe are planning a hotel and student accommodation.

Demolition work

Call on hate crime:

BBC Newsline

The Polish ambassador is on a two-day visit and he wants action on hate crime.

Polish ambassador

More on BBC Newsline from 18:30.

Future looks good for Irish Open:

BBC Sport NI

The Irish Open's future is bright - that's the

view of James Finnigan, commercial director with the European Tour, after the event's successful staging at Royal County Down.

James Finnegan

He says he's hopeful the event could rotate between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in future years.

'Hollywood? Piece of cake':

It's a big change from Holywood, but at the weekend 13-year-old Art Parkinson was

back in his family's coffee shop in Londonderry serving cakes to customers.

Art Parkinson

The 13-year-old from Moville stars in San Andreas, which is

at the top of the US box office, and which he watched with family and friends at the weekend.

Rays of hope:

Is there any hope that the rain misery will end?

@smokiewater tweets this photo of, incredibly, sun in Fermanagh.

Fermanagh sun

Will this mysterious phenomenon manage to make it's through to the rest of the country? We can only dream...

Malvern PS to stay open:

Education Minister John O'Dowd says Malvern Primary School in Belfast will stay open, turning down a development proposal to close it.

John O'Dowd

"My decision reflects the unique circumstances pertaining in the local community served by the school and my belief that the development of an area-wide solution is needed," he says.

Foyle Bridge open to all traffic:

BBC NI Travel

The Foyle Bridge has reopened to all vehicles with a 30mph speed limit in place.

Driving hazards:

BBC NI Travel

A tree has just fallen across the dual carriageway driving into Larne from Belfast, close to the roundabout with the Antiville Road - it's blocking both lanes.

Also, there is debris on the M1 northbound in County Louth, near junction 18.

'Blue-eyed boy':

Eamonn Magee Senior, whose

son was murdered on Saturday morning, says he always called him his "blue-eyed boy".

Eamonn Magee

"You're hoping that you're going to wake up and it's going to be a dream. But it's not, it's reality. My son's took away from me."

Summer, really?

Ciaran McCauley


It's June, it's Monday, it's miserable and it's going to stay that way all night. High winds, loads of rain - best summed up by this photo at Portstewart by

Doris Gilmour.

Doris Gilmour

If you've got a pic you can send it to - in the meantime, it's probably best to accept that the closest we're getting to summer today is listening to the Beach Boys while wrapped in an electric blanket.

Eamonn Magee speaks about son's murder:

Evening Extra

Coming up tonight - we speak to Eamonn Magee Senior, after his son was

murdered in the early hours of the Saturday morning.

Foyle Bridge closed to lorries:

BBC NI Travel

The Foyle Bridge has been closed to high-sided vehicles because of strong winds.

Human Rights Act debate

Stewart Dickson of Alliance is bringing a motion which asks the Assembly to "recognise the vital importance" of the Human Rights Act and states its objection to any attempts by the Conservative Government to repeal it.

Stewart Dickson

DUP calls for 'reboot' of area planning for education

The DUP's Peter Weir has said there should be a 'reboot' of the area planning process in education and in particular a level playing field for the controlled sector.

Peter Weir

His comments come as the Assembly debated a position paper prepared by the education committee on area planning, calling for the Education Minister to implement the recommendations within the document.

Bail refused over samurai sword accused:

A Londonderry man who's charged with owning a samurai sword and assaulting two people during an aggravated burglary last night has been refused bail at Londonderry Magistrates' Court.

DERRY Bishop's Street Court house

Robert Emmett Rogan, 29 from Altcar Park, was remanded in custody when he appeared earlier. The court heard that three children were present and a woman suffered a cut to her hand when she grabbed the sword during the attack.

Technical difficulties...

Ciaran McCauley


We've had a delay in updates thanks to some technical difficulties with our system - but we're back up, running and should be as normal for the rest of the evening (well, that's the plan anyway).

Test Card F

Because the night is stormy...

If anybody is on their way to Patti Smith's gig in Dublin tonight, it's still on despite the bad weather but has been moved indoors.

Patti Smith

The US star is playing in the grounds of Royal Hospital Kilmainham later, but the threat of stormy winds and rain has led to tents being brought in for the performance.

Ireland up for the Test:

BBC Sport NI

Ireland head coach John Bracewell says he's

relishing the challenge of helping Ireland's bid for Test status, which begins tomorrow with their first Intercontinental Cup match against the United Arab Emirates.

John Bracewell

The side who wins the tournament will play-off against the 10th ranked Test nation - if they win the series, they will become the 11th Test nation.

NI sex trade moving across the border:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph

reports that campaigners say that pimps and prostitutes are moving into the border counties of the Republic as a crackdown on the sex trade comes into force here.

Prostitutes in Lithuania - file pic

Irish parliament 'should join' court challenge:

Lawyers for the

Irish parliament should join a High Court challenge to allow the media to report comments made under parliamentary privilege, members of Fianna Fáil say.

Denis O'Brien

Denis O'Brien has used an injunction to prevent the Irish media covering details of his personal finances mentioned in parliament.

Crossmaglen arson attack:

The police area treating a fire in south Armagh that destroyed a house being built by a well-known GAA footballer as arson.

Danny O'Callaghan

The two-storey house in Crossmaglen, that was nearly finished, is owned by Crossmaglen Rangers player Danny O'Callaghan.

Samurai sword and burglary charges:


PSNI Foyle

tweets that a man has been charged with having a samurai sword and aggravated burglary after an incident in Londonderry.

Samurai sword

Kincora review begins

A judicial review has begun over the decision to exclude the former Kincora boys' home in east Belfast from a child abuse inquiry being held at Westminster.

Kincora Boys Home

A victim is taking legal action to force an independent inquiry with power to compel witnesses and the security services to hand over documents.

'Repeal Rights act'

Nelson McCausland of the DUP says that the Human Rights Act should be repealed.

Nelson McCausland

Mr McCausland said: "It is a cause of concern to many people across the UK about the way in which the Human Rights agenda is operated."

Belfast playwright dies

Belfast playwright Christina Reid has died. She was born in Ardoyne in 1942 and was best known for her plays Tea in a China Cup, which was set during the Twelfth of July celebrations, and Joyriders, about a group of teenagers in Belfast in 1986 during the Troubles.

Christina Reid

She moved to London in 1987 and became writer in residence at the Young Vic theatre in the city.

Mortgage advice funding rise:

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

Funding for Northern Ireland's main mortgage debt advice service has been increased by 50% after a recommendation by a Stormont-based taskforce.

Mortgage advice

The Housing Rights Service (HRS) will see its budget for mortgage advice rise to £340,000.

Summer in Northern Ireland

This photo from Rodney Harrison pretty much sums up what we can expect from the weather today.

Whitepark Bay
Rodney Harrison

Wind and rain aplenty.

Petition of concern over abortion law

A valid Petition of Concern has been tabled by Sinn Féin, the Green Party and members of the Alliance Party in relation to an amendment to the Justice Bill which would have tightened the law here relating to abortion.

Pregnancy test

The bill is to be debated in the Assembly tomorrow.

Protest at Belfast Met:

About 50 students and staff are protesting at Belfast Metropolitan College against cuts to performing arts courses.

Belfast Met

Actor Dan Gordon addressed the crowd during the protest. The courses are under threat as the college has earmarked it site at Tower Street for closure.

Kingsmills inquest adjourned again

The families of the Kingmills massacre victims have said they are disappointed at

the eighth adjournment of an inquest into the 1976 murders.

Kingsmill mini-bus

IRA members ambushed a mini-bus carrying the men in County Armagh and shot dead 10 of them after checking they were Protestants.

Police appeal over man hit by car:

Police in east Belfast are investigating after a man was hit by a car at Knock Eden Park this morning.

East Belfast

New law for paedophiles?

BBC Talkback

Join presenter Chris Buckler from 12:00 - we'll be talking about whether a

version of 'Sarah's Law' should be introduced here.

Chris Buckler

Fifa target of NI chants:

Sepp Blatter and Fifa were the targets of chanting by Northern Ireland fans during their draw with Qatar in a friendly yesterday.

Press Eye
Press Eye

Some fans sang at their opponent: "How much did you pay for the Fifa World Cup?" Qatar are set to host the tournament in 2022.

Shed fire treated as arson:

Police are treating a fire in Londonderry as arson.

The fire service attended a shed on fire in Leafair Gardens before 07:00 this morning.

DUP make 'Sarah's Law' proposal:

Mark Devenport

BBC News NI Political Editor

The DUP is proposing the introduction of a paedophile disclosure scheme, similar to

"Sarah's Law" in the rest of the UK.

Paul Frew and Lord Morrow

Two MLAs, Paul Frew and Lord Morrow, have tabled an amendment to the Justice Bill due to be discussed at the Assembly tomorrow.