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

Live Reporting

By Ciaran Daly and Dave Culbert

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    Ciaran McCauley

    BBC News NI

    Thanks again for all your pictures and contributions today - we'll see you again on Tuesday from 07:00.


    Until then, many thanks to Alistair Hamill for this lovely shot of the sunset over Belfast from Divis Mountain.

  2. 'Act on libel laws'

    News Letter

    Baroness Randerson says the government "greatly regret" Stormont's refusal to reform Northern Ireland's libel laws and the assembly should act on the issue, the News Letter reports.

    Jenny Randerson
  3. Snow place like home

    There hasn't been too much disruption because of snow today but there's still plenty of the white stuff around, as your pictures show.

    Snow collage

    Clockwise from top left we have Benevenagh Mountain, Castlerock, Templepatrick and the Mournes. Thanks to Eoin O'Connell, Deborah North, Eamonn O'Sullivan and Philip Blair for the pics.

  4. 'Brave' efforts to save fire victim

    The 22-year-old man who died following a house fire in Ballyclare has been named locally as Brian Heaney.

    Brian Heaney

    Mr Heaney was pulled from his home by a passer-by but died in a hospital a short time later. Fire service area commander Colin Dickson said the man should be "commended for his bravery".

  5. Touchdown in the studio

    Evening Extra

    Barry Kiel from the Belfast Trojans American football team joined us in the studio to talk about last night's dramatic Superbowl and how the sport is going in Northern Ireland.

    Belfast Trojans

    As you can see, he came suitably kitted out too. He may yet convert presenter Conor Bradford.

  6. Ireland can call on Murray

    BBC Sport NI

    Scrum-half Conor Murray has recovered from a neck injury and is available to play in Ireland's opening Six Nations game against Italy this Saturday.

    Conor Murray
  7. Cocaine kept 'under duress'

    A man has claimed he was keeping up to £180,000 worth of cocaine in his north Belfast home under duress, a court hears.

    Laganside Courts

    Terence Jamison, 56, was arrested after police seized drugs at his Kilcoole Park home last Friday. He is charged with possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.

  8. Super superbowl:

    Evening Extra

    Coming up: Barry Kiels from the Belfast Trojans American football team will be in the studio to chat about last night's Superbowl. Did you stay up to watch it?

  9. Plain packaging 'by next year'

    Health minister Jim Wells tells Evening Extra that he believes plain tobacco packaging will be introduced in Northern Ireland next year.


    He said that the move to plain packaging is part of a UK-wide initiative with the governments in England, Wales and Scotland all proposing to implement the same legislation.

  10. Police at Maghaberry:

    Kevin Sharkey

    BBC News NI

    I'm at Maghaberry Prison, where a single armoured police Land Rover with rooftop camera has just entered the gates.


    There are very few details available on the "ongoing incident" inside the perimeter. But it seems management withdrew staff from Roe House, where dissident republicans are held, earlier today.

  11. Assembly call for college funds

    Maggie Taggart

    BBC News NI Education Correspondent

    Unionists and nationalists have united in a call for the retention of extra payments to St Marys and Stranmillis University colleges.

    St Marys University

    They are due to lose more than £2m each they get annually. During a debate in the assembly earlier, speakers on both sides of the chamber called on employment and learning minister Stephen Farry to reinstate the premia payments.

  12. Train delays

    There's a broken down train on the Bangor-Portadown-Bangor line. @nirailways says delays are expected.

  13. Post update

    BBC NI Travel

    A broken down vehicle's blocking part of the Knock Road just before Sandown Road, causing long delays towards Castlereagh Road in Belfast.

  14. 'Sorry' over cancelled operations

    Health Minister Jim Wells has apologised to patients whose orthopaedic operations were cancelled at Musgrave Park Hospital in Belfast.

    Jim Wells

    Last week, the BBC revealed that more than 100 scheduled procedures were cancelled.

  15. Post update

    BBC NI Travel

    Delays on the Westlink now in both directions

  16. Would you like ice with it?

    There's a beautiful sunset in Rathfriland, County Down tonight

    Drumlough Lake Rathfriland

    David Scott sent us this short video of the frozen water on Drumlough Lake. You can check it out here

  17. Snow tonight:

    Barra Best

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    There's snow forecast tonight, but the Met Office says Antrim and Down may escape the worst - although an ice risk is still in place.

  18. Archive: Councillors view on Emmanuelle

    BBC NI Archive

    The film Fifty Shades of Grey starring Jamie Dornan has been passed uncut and will be shown in cinemas with an 18 certificate. But how were controversial films greeted in Belfast in the past?

    Emmanuelle protest

    In 1975, Belfast City councillors were given a preview of the French film Emmanuelle after it was given an X-Rated certificate. It was due to be shown in the ABC Cinema.

  19. Drive safely

    Travelwatch NI tweets:

    Travelwatch salting
  20. Is it ever too cold to snow?

    If you've stepped outside today you'll know that it's absolutely baltic, as they say around these parts. This wintry scene was sent in to us by Jimmy McMullen.


    But is it ever really too cold to snow? Well, you can read through this little handy guide about the myths and facts associated with the weather and know for sure.

  21. Newtownards road reopens

    BBC NI Travel

    Portaferry Road in Newtownards has reopened after a crash.

  22. Plain tobacco packaging for NI

    Northern Ireland will introduce standardised packaging on tobacco products next year, the health minister confirms.

    Department of Health images of how standardised packaging may look

    Jim Wells said Northern Ireland would be included in proposed UK-wide regulations.

  23. Prison 'incident' at Roe House

    It's understood that the "ongoing incident" at Maghaberry Prison is at Roe House, a building where dissident republican prisoners are held separately from other inmates.


    The prison service says staff are trying to resolve the incident but are not making further comment.

  24. Almost 200 houses to be built

    Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced his Department's intention to give planning permission for the construction of 197 homes in Derry city.

    Houses in Belfast

    The proposal is for social housing units with landscaping and associated site works, on lands at Galliagh, south of Skeoge Link Road and adjacent to the Lower Galliagh Road.

  25. 'Regret' over stabbing

    A 50-year-old man who stabbed a Belfast business owner has expressed his "regret and remorse" for the attack, a court hears.

    Laganside courtroom

    Raymond Allardyce, of Bannview Heights, Banbridge, admits wounding Denis Wolsey, 67, with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

  26. More snow tonight

    Barra Best

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    Two to three centimetres of snow may fall in some low level areas tonight. Showers won't affect everywhere. Warnings have been issued.

    Snow Monday 2 Feb
  27. Talks over refugee role for NI

    Gareth Gordon

    BBC News NI Political Correspondent

    The Executive is in exploratory discussions with the Home Office to see if it can play a role in helping the Syrian refugee crisis according to the deputy first minister.

    Martin McGuinness

    Martin McGuinness said he believed they should respond positively to the call for help by the UN refugee agency.

  28. Crash in Newtownards

    BBC NI Travel

    Portaferry Road in Newtownards is closed in both directions near Finlays Road after a three vehicle collision. Diversions are in place.

    Meanwhile, the Newbridge Road in Lisnaskea is open again after a crash.

  29. Judicial review dates:

    Louise Cullen

    BBC NI News

    Mr Justice Treacy granted the Human Rights Commission leave to pursue a judicial review of abortion law in Northern Ireland and listed the case for 3 days from 15-17 June.

    Lord Justice Treacy

    Mr Justice Treacy said the case raised issues of considerable public importance, important enough to deserve a hearing.

  30. Fire not suspicious:

    Andy West

    BBC News NI

    BBC News NI reporter tweets:

    Andy West
  31. UKIP meets first minister

    Deputy leader of UKIP, Paul Nuttall, says he doesn't think any regional parties should be included in the upcoming television debates ahead of the election.

    Paul Nuttall

    Mr Nuttall met First Minister Peter Robinson this morning and said that if parties such as the SNP and Plaid Cymru are involved, the DUP should be included too.

  32. Freedom of Information:

    BBC Business Correspondent Julian O'Neill tweets:

  33. Magilligan escapee still at large:

    News Letter

    The News Letter reports that a man sentenced for causing the deaths of two parents in 1999 remains "unlawfully at large" from Magilligan Prison.

    Desmond Savage

    The north Belfast man who looked after the two children orphaned after that head-on collision with a stolen car in 1999 has slammed the justice system as "a joke".

  34. Durkan backs Magee expansion

    SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan has said expansion at the Magee campus of the University of Ulster is the best way of delivering and sharing the benefits of higher education growth in Northern Ireland.

    Mark Durkan

    Mr Durkan said that unless the expansion was delivered Northern Ireland was in danger of exporting a university every year.

  35. 'Ongoing incident' at Maghaberry

    The Prison Service says there is an ongoing incident at Maghaberry and they are trying to "resolve" the situation.

    The incident happened at Maghaberry prison in County Londonderry
  36. Judicial review leave granted:

    Louise Cullen

    BBC NI News

    The High Court in Belfast has granted permission for a judicial review of the abortion law in Northern Ireland.

  37. Fire fatality named:

    Andy West

    BBC News NI

    The man who died at a Ballyclare house fire last night has been named locally as Brian Heaney.

    House fire

    The 22 year-old has been described as a a "gentle giant" and a "true gentleman."

  38. Hammer attack during burglary

    Two people are injured after being attacked with a hammer and crowbar by three masked men who burgled their home in Coleraine.

    They were treated in hospital for cuts and bruising.

  39. DUP regret union leaflets:

    Belfast Telegraph

    The Belfast Telegraph reports that the DUP has admitted regret over its handling of the flag protests, which began in December 2012.

    Loyalists protested in Lisburn

    DUP MLA Sammy Douglas said: "Could we have done things differently? I would say yes, if I look back we probably could have done."

  40. Free WiFi for Ballycastle

    Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey MLA, has announced funding to provide free WiFi for Ballycastle.


    The funding of £12,287 from the Department for Social Development is being matched by Moyle District Council and will provide free WiFi for locals and tourists in Ballycastle's Diamond and seafront areas.

  41. Gerry Anderson remembered

    A portrait of late BBC presenter Gerry Anderson has been unveiled as BBC Radio Foyle opened its doors to its newly refurbished premises on Northland Road in Londonderry.

    Gerry Anderson portrait unveiled

    Anderson, one of Northern Ireland's best-known presenters, died last year aged 69 following a long illness.

  42. Nice weather for geese

    It's not been ideal conditions for swimming recently but the freezing conditions didn't bother these geese who barely took a gander at the water before jumping in.


    Thanks to Elizabeth Jess for the pictures.

  43. Ballyclare fire:

    Andy West

    BBC News NI

    BBC News NI reporter Andy West tweets: Ballyclare downstairs flat where man died in house fire last night. Neighbours say he was quiet and friendly.

    Ballyclare fire
  44. SF member barred from speaking

    Sinn Féin's Phil Flanagan will not be called to speak in the Assembly "until further notice".

    Phil Flanagan

    Speaker Mitchel McLaughlin found him to have made "provocative" comments during a debate last week on whether the union flag should be retained on driving licences.

  45. Bridge re-opens


    Lady Craigavon Bridge, Lisnaskea has now reopened following a road traffic collision.

  46. Dinner's in the freezer!

    Can you tell what it is yet?

    Sion Mills in snow

    Jimmy Mullan sent us this picture of silage bales covered in snow at Ballyfatten just north of Sion Mills in Tyrone.

  47. Welfare reform:

    Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA Phil Flanagan tweets:

    Phil Flanagan
  48. Talkback today

    William Crawley

    BBC Talkback presenter

    On BBC Talkback at 12:00 - Stephen Fry's angry attack on God. Do you agree with him? He says if God exists, he's a capricious, selfish maniac. What would you say in response to him?

    Stephen Fry

    We'll also be talking to SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell who says his party opposes a change in the law that would allow a woman to have an abortion if she has been raped or she is carrying a foetus with a lethal abnormality.

  49. Libel laws reform:

    News Letter

    The News Letter reports that the government's Northern Ireland representative in the House of Lords, Baroness Randerson has criticised Northern Ireland's refusal to reform libel laws here.


    Baroness Randerson said: "My Lords, the government greatly regrets the fact that that law has not been introduced in Northern Ireland, and urge those in the assembly to work on this so that it can be."

  50. Bridge closed


    Police are attending a road traffic collision at Lady Craigavon Bridge, Lisnaskea. The road is closed, please avoid the area for now.

  51. Forsyth transfer probe:

    BBC Sport NI

    Relegation-threatened Warrenpoint Town are facing an Irish FA investigation into the recent signing of striker Darren Forsyth.

    Darren Forsyth in action

    The probe will focus on whether the transfer from Glenavon broke Fifa rules because Warrenpoint would have been Forsyth's third club this season.

  52. Snow warning:

    Angie Phillips

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    Updated snow warning from the Met Office. It reduces the amount of snow but there is still a risk of disruption.

    Snow and ice warning graphic

    You can see the latest weather forecast on the BBC News NI website.

  53. Snow closes zoo

    Belfast Zoo tweets:

    Belfast zoo tweet
  54. Fatal Fire in Ballyclare:

    Newtownabbey Times

    The Newtownabbey Times reports that a man has died following a house fire in Ballyclare last night.

    It's understood a man aged in his 20s was pulled from a property on Rashee Park by a passer-by and was resuscitated by firefighters at the scene but he died a short time later in hospital.

  55. Celtic to sign Derry's Duffy:

    BBC Sport NI

    Derry City winger Michael Duffy is expected to sign for Celtic today after the clubs agreed on a transfer fee understood to be £250,000.

    Derry City winger Michael Duffy

    The 20-year-old recently had two spells on trial with the Scottish Premiership champions and also one with English Championship outfit Brentford.

  56. Former Quinn firm sold:

    Julian O'Neill

    BBC News NI Business Correspondent

    Another part of what was formerly within the business empire of Fermanagh man Sean Quinn has been agreed for sale.

    Quinn group premises

    Polycasa, a plastics business, is subject of a €120m takeover by a Swiss company, Schweiter Technologies.

  57. Judicial review granted:

    Will Leitch

    BBC News NI

    The High Court in Belfast has granted permission for a judicial review into a series of murders linked to a loyalist gang in the 1970s.

    High Court, Belfast

    The Glenanne gang was responsible for over 100 killings. There was RUC and Army collusion with the County Armagh-based UVF gang.

  58. Meningitis research boost:

    Belfast Telegraph

    The Belfast Telegraph reports that tests originating in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital that diagnose meningitis in 10 minutes have received a £1.5m boost.

    Royal Victoria Hospital

    Funding for HiberGene, which was co-founded by three doctors from Belfast's main hospital, has come from Kernel Capital through a Bank of Ireland fund, and private investors.

  59. Police warned about Facebook use:

    Irish News

    The Irish News reports that police have been warned about overindulging on Facebook.

    PSNI pic
  60. Scenic but slippery

    Davy Daly has sent us a picture of the winter scene at Newtowncrommelin in County Antrim.

    Davy Daly

    You can send us your pics, stories or comments to

  61. SF MP backs legal challenge

    Sinn Féin MP Francie Molloy says he will be at Belfast High Court today for a legal challenge into the delay in completing an investigation into the murder of 13-year-old Edward Barnard by a loyalist gang that included members of the security forces on St Patrick's Day 1976.

    The Ulster Volunteer Force gang was based at a farm in Glenanne, County Armagh.

    Francie Molloy

    The Mid Ulster MP said: "I will be at the court today in support of the demands of the victims of this murder gang that the truth be told and that the state takes responsibility for its actions."

  62. School closure

    Evish Primary School in Strabane, County Tyrone is closed today due to the weather conditions.

  63. BBC adviser defends decision

    BBC's chief political adviser Ric Bailey tells The Stephen Nolan Show that the reasons for BBC and other broadcasters excluding Northern Ireland parties from TV election debates are "completely rational".

    Prime ministerial debate on general election

    North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds subsequently said the broadcasters' decision about the TV debates was "bizarre, irrational and illogical".

  64. Difficult driving conditions:

    Keiron Tourish

    BBC News NI

    These are some country roads just outside Londonderry.


    It's very icy and it is leading to difficult driving conditions.

  65. Amnesty criticises SDLP

    Amnesty International campaigner Grainne Teggart tweets:

    Grainne Teggart

    SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell has said that his party does not support any expansion of the abortion law as it stands in Northern Ireland.

  66. Delay in Troubles investigations:

    Chief Constable of the PSNI George Hamilton told Good Morning Ulster that a new independent body to investigate Troubles murders could take two years to start work.

    George Hamilton

    The unit was proposed as part of the Stormont House Agreement in December.

  67. Attempted murder charge:


    Police investigating the stabbing of a 57-year-old man in north Belfast in the early hours of Sunday 1 February have charged a 45-year-old woman with attempted murder.

  68. Judicial review:

    The chief commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, Les Allamby, has told Good Morning Ulster that abortion should be available in certain situations.

    Les Allamby

    Mr Allamby made the comments as the commission prepares to apply to the High Court in Belfast for a judicial review of abortion law in Northern Ireland.

  69. 'Love Ulster' rally debate

    Councillors in Dublin are due to vote later on a motion against a Love Ulster march planned for March by loyalist campaigner, Willie Frazer.


    The motion was tabled by Jim O'Callaghan of Fianna Fáil, amid fears that the planned march could lead to violence.

  70. Snow's back!

    Cold and frosty this morning and there's still plenty of snow around in some places, as these photos from Limavady sent to us by James Smyth show.

    Limavady snow

    If you want to send us your pictures you can email us on

  71. Abortion law review bid

    The Human Rights Commission is to apply to the High Court today for a judicial review of abortion law in Northern Ireland.

    pregnancy test

    It is seeking a change to allow abortion in cases of rape, incest or "serious malformation" of a foetus.

  72. Today's weather forecast:

    Angie Phillips

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    It's another cold and frosty start to the week. The Met Office has issued a snow warning from later today into Tuesday.

    Weather 2 February 2015

    There's a risk of disruption tomorrow morning, more in the north and west.

  73. National League results:

    BBC Sport NI

    In the National League there were wins for Down and Armagh who beat Kildare and Tipperary respectively. Fermanagh also comfortably saw off Louth in Division Three.

    Jamie Clarke's two late points helped Armagh snatch a fortunate victory over Tipperary in Division 3

    Antrim drew with Carlow, as did Cavan with Roscommon while all-Ulster affairs saw Donegal sink Derry and Monaghan defeat Tyrone.

  74. Slurry risks being ignored

    Fewer than one in five farmers who took part in a survey waited the recommended time before entering a building where slurry mixing had started.

    Slurry tank

    The findings were revealed by the Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI), which interviewed 100 farmers.

  75. Legal challenge over loyalist gang

    The brother of a boy killed by a loyalist gang, allegedly containing members of the RUC and UDR, is due to launch a legal challenge against Northern Ireland's chief constable later.

    High Court, Belfast

    The Glenanne gang has been accused of involvement in 120 murders on both sides of the border in the early 1970s.

  76. No money for Magee expansion

    BBC Radio Foyle

    Minister for Employment and Learning has told Radio Foyle that he still doesn't have the money for the expansion of the Magee campus of the University of Ulster.

    Stephen Farry
  77. Firm wins major UAE contract

    County Armagh company Cubis Industries has won a six-figure contract in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

    Arlene Foster

    Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster says it is a "tremendous boost for manufacturing in Northern Ireland".

  78. Icy roads:

    BBC NI Travel

    There is a risk of ice, frost and snow on roads this morning. A Met Office yellow warning of ice has been issued for counties Antrim, Londonderry and Tyrone, valid until 10:00.

    Road users should exercise caution on all roads when travelling this morning.

  79. Good morning!

    Ciaran Daly

    BBC News NI

    Good morning and welcome to BBC News NI Live on Monday 2 February. We'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather up until 19:00 this evening.