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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 8 April 2016
  2. More updates from 07:00 on Monday
  3. Picture: Lambing in Annahilt, County Down (by Kerry Harkness)

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Hope you have a good weekend and can join us on Monday morning for more news, sport, weather and travel updates.

Cold snap expected, so wrap up warm

Looks like you will have to wrap up warm tonight, going by the latest weather forecast.

Geoff Maskell
BBC

Love Letters From The Front

A new 30-minute documentary, Love Letters From The Front, telling the compelling real-life story of World War One English soldier Eric Appleby and his Irish sweetheart, Phyllis Kelly, will be broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster and Radio Foyle later this month.

Love Letters From The Front
BBC

The documentary on Sunday 17 April at 12:30 is part of a major 137-part series that will cover 200 letters, postcards and telegrams charting Eric's experiences from March 1915 until October 1916.

BBC News NI Business reporter moving to new pastures

Car on fire on the M1

Quinn responds to plea by US investment funds

Fermanagh businessman Séan Quinn has responded to an appeal by the US investment funds, that took over some of his businesses, to speak out against "escalating violence and intimidation" directed at the firms.

Séan Quinn
BBC

"Séan Quinn and the Quinn family's stated position is that they have always condemned and will continue to condemn all negative activity in the local area," a statement said.  

Youngsters swap sand pit for pitstop at King's Hall

Youngsters from the Simply Me Malone Nursery School and Playschools in south Belfast got a grandstand view of the Circuit of Ireland rally drivers and cars before they left the King's Hall grounds this morning.

Circuit Of Ireland rally at King's Hall
Emily Madill
Circuit of Ireland rally at King's Hall
Emily Madill

The cars got some fine tuning before they took part in the main event which finishes back at the King's Hall on Saturday evening.

M1 closed between Moira and Lurgan after crash

Traffic signals not working in Lisburn

Former Derry City striker Garry Jones dies

US funds urge Quinn to speak out over 'violence'

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics and Business Editor

The US investment funds that took over some of Séan Quinn's businesses have urged him to speak out against "escalating violence and intimidation" directed at the firms.  

Séan Quinn
BBC

The funds have also accused Mr Quinn of trying to "drive a wedge" into the management team running the businesses.  The comments are from an email obtained by the Impartial Reporter and seen by the BBC.

Man is charged over murder in Lurgan

A 36-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a woman in Lurgan, County Armagh.  

Laura Marshall
PSNI

Laura Marshall, 31, was found dead in a bath in a flat in Victoria Street on Sunday 3 April.  Gary O'Dowd from Knocknagore Road in Gilford denies any involvement in her death and has been refused bail.

Three vehicle crash on the M1

Oil spill on Sydenham Bypass

Parents of De La Salle College pupils meet education minister

Parents of students from De La Salle College in west Belfast have met the education minister, John O'Dowd, over ongoing problems at the school.  

De La Salle College
BBC

Regular protests have been held outside the secondary school in recent weeks. It followed high levels of staff absences, which some parents said were affecting pupils about to sit GCSE and A-Level exams.

Traffic easing after Sydenham Bypass crash

Tommy Bowe 'happy to get playing'

Cold weather weekend is expected

Video footage of aftermath of M1 lorry crash near Blaris

Video footage of the aftermath of the incident on the M1 near Blaris, when a lorry struck a central reservation, has been posted on social media.

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McDowell satisfied with opening round at The Masters

David Healy is named manager of the month

Linfield's David Healy has been named as the Irish Premiership's manager of the month for the second time since taking up the job in October.  

David Healy
BBC

The Belfast club, second in the league table behind Crusaders, was unbeaten during March and also beat Cliftonville in the Irish Cup quarter-finals.  

Kincora legal bid was 'premature and misconceived'

Justice Treacy has dismissed the application for a judicial review by victims of abuse at the Kincora Boys Home in Belfast as "premature and misconceived".

Belfast High Court
BBC

Kincora will remain part of the current inquiry in Northern Ireland. 

Lorry removed from central barrier on M1

Five vehicle crash on Sydenham bypass

Derry City v Shamrock Rovers on BBC Radio Foyle

BreakingKincora victims lose legal bid

Victims of child sexual abuse at the Kincora Boys Home in Belfast have lost their legal case for the home to be part of a UK-wide inquiry.  

Kincora boys' home
Pacemaker

Derry actress shares Pope photo

Derry actress Roma Downey shared this photo she took with Pope Francis at the Vatican.  

Roma Downey in Vatican
Roma Downey

O'Driscoll backs Gatland for Lions job

Former British and Irish Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll has backed Wales coach Warren Gatland to lead the 2017 Lions tour to New Zealand.  

Warren Gatland and Brian O'Driscoll
Getty Images

Gatland, 52, controversially dropped the Ireland legend from the decisive Test win against Australia in 2013.

More traffic misery for drivers heading citybound on M1

Traffic on M1 'like a carpark' as a result of lorry crash

Man appears in court charged with Derry murder

A 28-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of Paul McCauley. 

Paul McCauley
McCauley family

Mr McCauley died last year. He had been left with severe injuries after an assault at a barbeque 10 years ago.

Circuit of Ireland Rally disruptions

Major disruption after M1 lorry crash

The outside lanes of the M1 in both directions are expected to remain closed for several hours following a lorry crash  - it's causing serious delays.

Lorry crashed on barrier on M1
Mid Ulster Mail and Tyrone Times

The lorry hit the central reservation between junction eight at Blaris and junction nine at Moira.  

Donegal heart attack patients to be treated in Derry

Bird of prey found dead in Glenarm

Bring the waterproofs if heading to Circuit of Ireland

Abortion anomaly that exists in Northern Ireland

The BBC examines why abortions are not allowed in Northern Ireland when they are in the rest of the UK.

An anti-abortion activist outside the Marie Stopes Clinic in Belfast
Getty Images

It follows the case of a Belfast woman who bought drugs online to terminate her pregnancy - as she had no access to a legal abortion - and was recently given a suspended sentence.  

Two lanes of M1 blocked by lorry crash