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  1. Updates for Thursday 29 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel from 07:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Conor Macauley and Ciaran Daly

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    Ciaran McCauley

    BBC News NI

    That's us for today - thanks for all your contributions, including all those fantastic snow pictures.

    Snow birds

    Stay warm and safe tonight, and remember the birds - they're even colder than us (cheers to Brendan Digney for the pics). We'll be back with all the news, sport, weather and travel from 07:00 tomorrow.

  2. Upper Hightown Road closed


    Upper Hightown Road is closed between Upper Crumlin Road and Hightown Road due to poor road conditions.

  3. Trimble: 'DUP may back Labour'

    Stephen Walker

    BBC News NI Political Correspondent

    David Trimble says the DUP may back a Labour administration if there's a hung parliament after the general election.

    David Trimble

    The former Ulster Unionist leader told BBC's The View that the DUP may be attracted to "a party of public spending" and so move "towards Labour". The View is on BBC One tonight at 22:35.

  4. Station reopens

    Botanic railway station in Belfast has reopened. It had been closed since early morning as police carried out investigations in the area after a body with multiple stab wounds was found.

  5. Trust sorry over cancellations

    Marie-Louise Connolly

    BBC News NI Health Correspondent

    The Belfast Trust has apologised to more than 100 patients who had orthopaedic operations cancelled.


    The procedures were due to take place at Musgrave Park Hospital.

  6. Bird's eye view

    We've been very grateful for your many excellent snow pictures today. For a unique viewpoint, this shot of the Larne coast taken with the help of a drone is hard to beat.

    Larne coast

    Thanks to Damian Hemy for the pic.

  7. Family 'dismayed' over missing info

    Robert Hamill's family say they are "dismayed" that information from the inquiry into his murder has been lost after being put in the post.

    Robert Hamill

    They said they would be seeking "urgent answers" and are at "a lost to understand" why the material would be posted as it was completed in February 2011.

  8. Discharge for rugby assault

    The captain of a school rugby team who assaulted a player from another team during a schools cup match is given a conditional discharge.

    Robert O'Callaghan, 20, from Sunnylands Avenue, Carrickfergus, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

  9. Hamill information 'lost in the post'

    Discs containing information from the inquiry into the murder of Robert Hamill have gone missing after being put in the post.

    Robert Hamill

    Mr Hamill was killed by loyalists in Portadown in 1997. SDLP MLA Dolores Kelly said the loss would "increase public perception that collusion and cover-ups are rife".

  10. Hats off to our reporters:

    We received an email from a Newsline viewer that makes a very pertinent observation. They write: "It constantly amazes me that your reporters working outside in winter never wear hats."

    Snow pic

    The concerned viewer goes on to to make a suggestion: "Please take pity on them and get them to wear hats".

  11. Ambulance weather 'difficulty'

    The ambulance service says it is "experiencing difficulty" in answering some emergency calls because of the bad weather.


    It asks that people only call 999 for a real emergency and stay patient if there is a delay in the ambulance's response.

  12. Postcard pic

    The National Trust NI tweets: More snowy beauty from Northern Ireland...this one from Castleward

    Castle Ward
  13. PS enrolment guaranteed

    Strandtown primary school in Belfast has been allowed to exceed its enrolment number in September.

    All children in the feeder infants schools, Dundela, Greenwood and Belmont, who want it will have a place in p4 at Strandtown, the Department of Education has said.

  14. Cameras out

    Ciaran McCauley

    BBC News NI

    As cynical newshounds, we don't often get doe-eyed - but this beautiful, ghostly winter picture of the Fermanagh Lakelands managed to do it.

    Fermanagh Lakelands

    That photo is just the tip of the snowy iceberg, as our photo gallery has plenty more of the fantastic pictures you have been sending us.

  15. Murder police probe flat link

    Detectives believe a man stabbed to death on a popular Belfast shopping street may have been involved in an altercation in a nearby flat that spilled outside.

    The victim, thought to be from Pakistan, was found lying dead with multiple stab wounds on Botanic Avenue shortly after 5am.

    Police are still trying to positively identify the victim.

  16. Mmmm, doughnuts...

    Ciaran McCauley

    BBC News NI

    Maybe it's just the time of day, but something about this snow pic is making me hungry...

    Snow 29 January 2015

    You can check out some of the best snow pictures we've been sent on our snowfall picture gallery. There is more from Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK in this gallery.

  17. Curry, no yoghurt

    East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson tweets:

    Curry tweet
  18. Bins collection disruption:

    Lurgan Mail

    Lurgan Mail reports that disruptions to bin collections are a possibility as a result of the snow.

    Wheelie bins and recycling boxes
  19. Prostitution over debt claims:

    Londonderry Sentinel

    Londonderry Sentinel reports on a charity worker's claims that young mothers in Londonderry are being forced into prostitution in order to pay off debts.

    Red light district
  20. Pakistan link to stabbing victim

    Kevin Sharkey

    BBC News NI

    A man found stabbed to death in Botanic Avenue this morning is believed to be from Pakistan.

    Botanic Avenue murder

    Two knives were found at the scene and police are also investigating a flat in India Street.

  21. Demos over 'Conscience clause'

    Gay rights activists are to lead protests against DUP proposals to introduce a 'conscience clause', the News Letter reports.

    On Saturday there will be demonstrations in Belfast, Newry and Londonderry led by the Rainbow Project.

  22. Barra's Stark warning

    Ciaran McCauley

    BBC News NI

    There have been plenty of weather warnings this week, but this one from spoof website The Ulster Fry is the (Barra) best one we've seen.

    Barra Best Ned Stark

    The website says journalists have been calling this week's weather a "massive snow explosion" - we prefer snowmageddon, lads.

  23. Accused banned from Belfast:

    Belfast Telegraph

    The Belfast Telegraph reports that a man accused of a Christmas Eve killing in east Belfast has been banned from entering the city.

    The prohibition was imposed on Christian Walker, 25, of Ribble Street in Belfast, as part of bail conditions on a charge of murdering Matthew Goddard.

  24. Road closures

    BBC NI Travel

    In County Antrim, the A6 Moneynick Road in Toomebridge is closed in both directions because of a crash. Diversions are in place at Gloverstown Road.

    In south Down, the B27 Moyad Road at Spelga remains closed because of snow.

  25. Send us your snow snaps

    Some more snaps of the snow across Northern Ireland. From the top working clockwise is a snap from our own Chris Buckler near Hannahstown, the BBC's Julian Fowler in Clogher, Sharon Cuatriz at Queens University in Belfast and Lauren Harte near Newcastle.

    Snow 29 Jan 2015

    You can send us your snow pictures by emailing

  26. PSNI not on parade:

    News Letter

    The News Letter reports that the PSNI will not be taking part in the St Patrick's Day parade in New York this year.

    People around the world will be marking St Patrick's Day on 17 March

    Concerns were raised last year about the six PSNI officers' official presence among explicitly Irish republican banners in the 2014 event.

  27. Anyone got a snow wedge?

    Ballycastle Golf Club tweets: @newslineweather we can't find our #golf course #snow

    golf course
  28. Henderson in Wolfhounds side;

    BBC Sport NI

    Ulster's Iain Henderson is named in the Ireland Wolfhounds team to take on the England Saxons tomorrow night.

    Iain Henderson at Ireland training on Tuesday

    Ulster teammates Rob Herring, Robbie Diack and Craig Gilroy are on the bench, while Sean O'Brien and Keith Earls return to the team after injury.

  29. Ambulance strike

    Hundreds of ambulance workers and other NHS staff in Northern Ireland are striking today over a proposed pay dispute.

    Ambulance strike

    The GMB union said its members in the NHS are taking action today for 12 hours from 09:00 while ambulance staff have been on walk-out for 12 hours since noon.

  30. Murder victim was stabbed

    It's being reported that the man found dead in Botanic Avenue , Belfast this morning was stabbed to death.

    Botanic stabbing

    One man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

  31. Fuel spill

    Trafficwatch NI tweets:

  32. Dissident arrest in Antrim:


    Police investigating dissident terrorist activity have arrested a 39 year old man in the Antrim area. A property in west Belfast was also searched last night.

  33. Snow dog

    You've been sending us lots of great snow pictures. There's a selection on our BBC Newsline facebook page

    snow dog

    This snow dog was spotted in Hillsborough. Email us yours on

  34. Unions call on health minister to act:

    News Letter

    The News Letter reports that unions have called on Northern Ireland's health minister to engage to avert another major strike after thousands of NHS staff walked out today.

    Jim Wells
  35. Police appeal on Creggan shooting

    Police in Londonderry have renewed their appeal for information about a shot fired in a pub in the Creggan area.

    Telstar Bar

    The incident happened at the Telstar Bar at about 18:30 on Saturday, 17 January.

  36. Farming income falls

    The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has published estimated figures indicate that farming incomes fell 17% last year.


    Provisional figures suggest that income fell from £336m in 2013 to £283m in 2014.

  37. Forensic team on Botanic Avenue

    Police are investigating the murder of a man whose body was found at Botanic Avenue in Belfast.

    Murder botanic

    The police have a forensic tent in place at the corner of Cameron Street where it meets with Botanic Avenue.

  38. Council honours rugby legend

    Newtownabbey Times

    Newtownabbey Borough Council is to name the sports hall at Ballyclare's Sixmile leisure centre in honour of rugby legend Willie John McBride, the Newtownabbey Times reports.

    Willie John McBride
  39. Weather warning until tomorrow:

    Barra Best

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    A weather warning for snow has been issued until 11:00 on Friday. Scattered snow showers will be hit and miss.

    Weather Graphic
  40. Row over Traveller camp

    William Crawley

    BBC Talkback presenter

    A row has erupted over plans for a Traveller camp at a housing estate in Antrim. Councillors have rejected the proposal - is this fair?

    Do we have a problem towards the Traveller community in Northern Ireland? We'll be debating this on today's BBC Talkback from 12:00.

  41. Giving a dig out

    Paul McFarland tweets: @NI_Amb_Service Going the extra mile to ensure patient safety.

    Ambulance service
  42. Runway clearing at Belfast International airport

    Belfast International Airport closed for 35 minutes earlier this morning to allow for sweeping.


    It's now fully operational with some flight delays.

  43. Broadcasters agree to exclude NI parties

    The BBC, Sky and ITN have all confirmed that they will not be inviting the DUP to take part in the main televised debates ahead of the general election.

    Prime ministerial debate on general election

    The broadcasters are proposing three debates - one between David Cameron and Ed Miliband, and two adding Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, UKIP, the Green Party, the SNP and Plaid Cymru.

  44. McIlroy in the hunt:

    BBC Sport NI

    Rory McIlroy is tied in fourth position, one shot behind leader Nicolas Colsaerts at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

    Rory McIlroy

    The Holywood man shot a round of 66 to leave him on six-under-par after the first day's play.

  45. Reporter gears up for a cold one

    Gordon Adair

    BBC News NI

    All set for a day's filming in the snow (not shown is my natty thermal underwear)

  46. 11 primary schools warned

    The Stephen Nolan Show has found that 11 primary schools have been warned by the Department of Education for coaching pupils for grammar school transfer tests since May 2012.

    11-plus exam
  47. Blanket of snow

    These shots of a snowy Northern Ireland from the air were sent in by @tsdesignersni

    plane shots
  48. Crash near Cullaville:

    BBC NI Travel

    AA Roadwatch is reporting a crash on the A37/N53 Castleblaney road at Cullaville in County Armagh.

    The road conditions are poor and drivers are being warned to be extra careful.

  49. Lions and tigers and brrrrs:

    Belfast City Council tweets:

    zoo closure
  50. Harbouring hopes:

    Clodagh Rice

    BBC News NI

    Belfast Harbour handled a record 23 million tonnes during 2014, up 46% since the recession's low point in 2009.

    Belfast Harbour

    Stone exports, coal, paper products and steel saw the strongest levels of growth.

  51. Reduced Shakespeare Company to return:

    Newtownabbey Times

    Newtownabbey Times reports that the comedy troupe behind a spoof play about the Bible which sparked a massive row in the Newtownabbey borough last year is to return with a new show.

    Actors from the Reduced Shakespeare Company performing the play

    The Reduced Shakespeare Company (RSC) is heading for Theatre at The Mill as part of its 2015 spring/summer UK tour.

  52. Winter wonderland

    The snow has been falling acrosss Northern Ireland.

    Snow collage

    These snow pics, going clockwise from the top, were sent in by Paul McFarland in Dundrod, Steveo in Dromore, Lyndsay Mallon in Belfast and Thomas Gibson in Broughshane.

  53. Burnt out car discovered

    A burnt-out car was discovered on fire at about 03:20 this morning on the Springtown road in Londonderry

    Burnt out car

    The fire service say one fire appliance attended and no one was injured.

  54. A1 at Newry tricky say police


    Newry and Mourne PSNI tweet this vine of conditions on the A1 at Newry.


    It's down to one lane in places and the Hilltown Rd is impassable at the 7 sisters

  55. Snow day students asked to help

    Corpus Christi Youth Centre in west Belfast has a request for all school students in the area who are off on a snow day.

    Corpus Christi
  56. More bus services hit by snow


    The latest on how snow is hitting Ulsterbus and Metro services is available here.

    snow street

    Here's Glengormley this morning.

  57. Play day for playgroup

    Moy Area Playgroup is closed today due to the snow. More details of snow closures on our schools page.


    Here's what it's like in Dromara this morning.

  58. Ghostbusters on Good Morning Ulster

    Chris Condie is in the building this morning with his handmade Ghostbusters proton pack


    He's in to talk about the new all-female movie, which apparently is causing some controversy. He's on soon

  59. Flurry of school closures

    Reporter Peter Coulter has the unenviable task of updating the schools closures page.


    As you can see from our email inbox, they're coming in thick and fast. If you're a principal, please be patient!

  60. Schmidt hopeful on Henry:

    BBC Sport NI

    Ireland coach Joe Schmidt hopes Chris Henry can boost his chances of playing in this year's World Cup by returning to action before the end of the season.

    Chris Henry of Ireland

    The Ulster back row had heart surgery in December and will miss Ireland's defence of their Six Nations title.

  61. South Down snow

    Ramy Kinley tweets: @TVconormac Downpatrick St Rathfriland. Still snowing fairly heavy.

  62. Arrest in murder investigation:

    Police say a man has been arrested after the murder of a man whose body was found at Botanic Avenue in Belfast this morning.

  63. Botanic incident a murder say police.


    Police say they're investigating the murder of a man whose body was found at Botanic Avenue in Belfast this morning

  64. Operations cancelled

    More than 100 orthopaedic operations at Belfast's Musgrave Park Hospital have been cancelled, the BBC has learned.


    It's partly due to bed pressures. One patient told us he'd been waiting for months in constant month.

  65. School closures:

    You can find out about school closures across Northern Ireland on the BBC News NI website.

    School Closures

    Keep an eye on the page for more updates.

  66. Train station closed due to incident

    Translink says Botanic train station in Belfast as police deal with a serious overnight incident outside.


    Good Morning Ulster have a reporter at the scene with some more details shortly

  67. Police deal with serious incident


    PSNI South Belfast tweets:

    Botanic Avenue
  68. Good morning!

    Ciaran Daly

    BBC News NI

    Good morning and welcome to BBC News NI Live. We'll have all the news, sport, travel and weather from across a wintry Northern Ireland on this, 29 January 2015.

    snow scene

    Here's the scene in Moira at 4.50am taken by our radio bulletins producer Jenny Lowry.