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  1. Updates for Tuesday 3 February 2015
  2. More updates from 07:00 on Wednesday

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By Ciaran Daly and Dave Culbert

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    Ciaran McCauley

    BBC News NI

    That's all we have have for today. Wherever you are, we hope you're preparing to chill out and warm up - like these dairy cows and starlings preparing to hunker down for another cold night in Greencastle (thanks for the picture Stephen Rooney).

    Greencastle at sunset

    We'll be back from 07:00 tomorrow with more news, sport, weather and travel from across the country.

  2. Frosty feeling

    The snow's dissipated but today has been all about staying ice cold judging by your weather pictures of the frozen conditions.

    Frost pictures

    Clockwise from top left we have a frozen over dam at Altnahinch, Hare's Gap in the Mournes, Loughgiel Lough and Lagan Meadows. Thanks to Brian Fullerton, Emma Kerrigan, Sean Paul McKillop and Gary Gray for the pics.

  3. Weather week ahead

    Barra Best

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    Here's how your weather's shaping up into the weekend. Plenty of settled conditions.

    03 Feb Weather week
  4. Maghaberry visits 'return to normal'

    The Northern Ireland Prison Service says that visits to Maghaberry Prison will return to normal from tomorrow.

    Maghaberry Prison

    Visits were suspended after an incident involving dissident republican inmates on Monday.

  5. Duffy in dreamland

    BBC Sport NI

    Former Derry City winger Michael Duffy says he's living a boyhood dream after signing for Scottish champions Celtic.

    Michael Duffy

    The Northern Ireland U21 international made the move yesterday after a prolific season for the Candystripes.

  6. MLA's speaking rights back next week

    The Northern Ireland Assembly confirms that Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan will be allowed to speak in the house from next week.

    Phil Flanagan

    Mr Flanagan was barred from speaking for challenging the authority of the chair but apologised earlier to speaker Mitchel McLaughlin.

  7. NI MPs vote in baby debate

    Alliance's Naomi Long was the only Northern Ireland MP to vote in favour of a passed law at Westminster that will allow babies to be created from the DNA of three people.

    Naomi Long

    Press Association reports that the DUP, SDLP and independent MP Sylvia Hermon voted against while Nigel Dodds, Ian Paisley, David Simpson and Alasdair McDonnell were absent from the debate.

  8. First female moderator?

    Peter Coulter

    BBC News NI

    Will the Presbyterian Church in Ireland elect its first female Moderator tonight?

    Presbyterian Church

    The Rev Liz Hughes just missed out on the post last year but is back in the running again. Voting is now underway across Ireland and results are expected around 21:00.

  9. Rush hour delays

    BBC NI Travel

    On the M1, there are delays from Broadway right through to Lisburn. Traffic is also very slow on the M5 from the M2 towards Rush Park.

  10. NCA motion passed

    MLAs pass a motion at Stormont to enable the powers of the National Crime Agency to be extended to Northern Ireland.


    It was carried by 68 votes to 26. Earlier, the SDLP said it would move to support the motion after negotiations on additional accountability measures.

  11. No to Randalstown school plan

    Education Minister John O'Dowd turns down a proposal to convert a reception class at Randalstown Central Primary School into a 16-place part-time nursery unit.

  12. 'NCA will be accountable'

    Stephen Walker

    BBC News NI Political Correspondent

    The SDLP decided to support the introduction of the National Crime Agency in Northern Ireland because of new measures on its accountability.

    National Crime Agency

    The party say the agency will now be subject to the same code of ethics as the PSNI. The Policing Board will also have powers of scrutiny and the Police Ombudsman will have the power to investigate the body.

  13. #Prayforjosh mystery revealed

    Jayne McCormack

    BBC News NI

    Why has a massive billboard bearing the phrase #prayforjosh appeared in Holywood playing fields? A mystery donor paid for the sign to be put up last week to raise awareness for 13-year-old Josh Martin.

    Pray for Josh

    Josh, from Donaghadee, County Down, was diagnosed with cancer on Christmas Eve. Bangor Elim Church started using #prayforjosh on Facebook to generate support for his family. They said they never expected that the social media campaign would be so successful.

  14. Owners fall foul in new laws

    Derry and Strabane super council has proposed that fines be issued for dogs fouling when off the lead - and that wardens could follow dogs back to their homes in order to punish owners.

    Dog fouling

    The plans would bring the super council into line with current restrictions on owners by Strabane District Council.

  15. Frozen Fermanagh:

    There's no sign of the snow shifting in Fermanagh.

    Snowy Fermanagh

    Tom Gilroy sent us this picture - you can just see Lough Erne in the distance.

  16. Neigh-bourhood watch

    Ciaran McCauley

    BBC News NI

    Is this the new (long) face of the Orange Order? BBC Talkback producer Johnny Caldwell snapped this four-legged lad giving him the eyes at the organisation's Cregagh Road building in Belfast last Friday.

    White horse

    Turns out this horse belongs to King William, but his figure has been removed during refurbishments. The order tells us he'll return to the saddle this summer when the building reopens as the Museum of Orange Heritage.

  17. Belfast-Heathrow flights:

    BBC Newsline

    The NI Executive says it will seek assurances that Belfast-Heathrow flights will not be "impacted" by a takeover of Aer Lingus

  18. Prison alert over:


    A security alert at Maghaberry Prison has ended. A search was carried out and nothing untoward was found.

  19. McIlroy case: further delay

    Chris Buckler

    BBC Ireland Correspondent

    Rory McIlroy case now further delayed until 11.00 tomorrow morning.

  20. School admissions increase

    Education Minister John O'Dowd has approved plans to increase admissions at Forge Integrated Primary School in Belfast.

    John O'Dowd

    The school's admissions will increase to 60 pupils from September this year. The minister the "evidence of demand" for integrated school places in the area justified the decision.

  21. Fire in Carrickfergus

    The fire service is attending a fire at two derelict huts at Nelson Street in Carrickfergus.


    They say that four fire trucks are at the scene and police are putting traffic measures in place.

  22. Dornan tops 'sexiest' poll

    Holywood-born screen star Jamie Dornan has been named the world's sexiest man in a magazine poll.

    Jamie Dornan

    The Fall star topped the list, compiled by Glamour magazine, ahead of Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston.

  23. SDLP backs NCA:

    Stephen Walker

    BBC News NI Political Correspondent

    SDLP say they will back full powers for NCA and that new accountability measures are in place.

    SDLP members
  24. Chilling sound:

    Talking about eerie - Trevor Simpson sends us this Vine video of a frozen over lake at Loughgall.


    His attempt to skim stones on the surface produces the kind of otherworldly sound that you wouldn't want to hear while home alone.

  25. Archive: The mists of time

    BBC NI Archive

    Many of you had a foggy start this morning, but thick mist and smog used to be more common in past decades.

    Fog montage

    Our archive footage shows that we've had plenty of eerie weather over the years, although we have to admit the Hitchcockian soundtrack gives it a little extra creepiness.

  26. Planning office merger:

    Derry Journal

    The Derry Journal reports that Derry City and Strabane are to get a single planning office next week ahead of the two councils merging and assuming planning powers in April.

    Mark H Durkan

    Environment Minister Mark H Durkan announced that the Derry City and Strabane District Council dedicated planning office will open on Monday 9 February.

  27. Diner denies contamination allegation:

    Belfast Telegraph

    The Belfast Telegraph reports that a Belfast city centre diner will contest allegations of failing to properly protect food from contamination.

    Food hygiene rating card

    The operators of Alley Cat are facing a total of 11 charges, including claims of having inadequate procedures to control pests.

  28. IRA sex abuse allegations

    The justice departments in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are discussing the scope of any cross-border inquiry into IRA sex abuse.

    David Ford

    Northern Ireland Justice Minister David Ford has not ruled out the possibility of a cross-border inquiry.

  29. McIlroy case delay:

    Mark Simpson

    BBC News NI

    Rory McIlroy court case in Dublin delayed again. Resumes at 4pm. Signs that gap between sides is narrowing.

  30. Randalstown nursery unit refused:

    Education Minister John O'Dowd has turned down a development proposal to convert the existing reception class at Randalstown Central Primary School into a 16-place part-time nursery unit.

    John O'Dowd

    Minister O'Dowd said: "I am satisfied that there are already sufficient places in the Randalstown area available for those children who are in their immediate pre-school year."

  31. Prisoner's death was suicide

    A unanimous verdict of suicide was recorded today against the death of a convicted murderer who hanged himself in his prison cell.

    Ballymena courthouse

    The Coroners Court inquest jury at Ballymena Courthouse returned their verdict "beyond reasonable doubt" that Christopher Stokes had intentionally taken his own life on 25 June 2012.

  32. Love Ulster march opposition

    On BBC Talkback Dublin Fianna Fáil Councillor Jim O'Callaghan called on Willie Frazer to cancel plans for a Love Ulster March planned for March in Dublin.


    A rally in Dublin in 2006 was abandoned after rioting erupted. Forty-one people were arrested.

  33. SDLP supports NCA:

    The SDLP says it will support the full introduction of the National Crime Agency into Northern Ireland.

    The National Crime Agency logo

    The party had originally opposed it because of concerns over accountability.

  34. Billboard mystery revealed

    A large billboard with the phrase #prayforjosh has been puzzling residents of a County Down town, and commuters on the main route between Bangor and Belfast, over the last week.


    It is part of a social media campaign supporting 13-year-old Joshua Martin, from Donaghadee, County Down.

  35. Why is Katesbridge so cold?:

    Barra Best

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    The coldest night of the winter, -9.1C, was recorded in Katesbridge, County Down, last night but why is it so consistently cold there?

    Katesbridge temperatures

    Barra Best explains why Katesbridge and Castlederg in County Tyrone often record the lowest temperatures on the island of Ireland in this short YouTube video.

  36. 4% pay increase offer:

    Belfast Telegraph

    The Belfast Telegraph reports that staff at NI Water have been offered a 4% pay hike as part of the deal reached with management to halt industrial action.

    Customers who are cut off supply in County Tyrone get water from a collection point

    Workers will get a backdated pay rise of almost 2%, with a similar increase to follow in the next year.

  37. New keeper at Ballymena:

    BBC Sport NI

    Ballymena United sign goalkeeper Tim Allen on a short-term deal.

    The Dublin-based 22-year-old will provide competition for Dwayne Nelson and Stuart Addis.

  38. National Crime Agency:

    Mark Devenport

    BBC News NI Political Editor

    Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly says that he understands that SDLP has received a letter from Home Secretary Theresa May about the role of National Crime Agency in Northern Ireland.

    NCA officers

    It's believed that the SDLP will be speaking about the National Crime Agency this afternoon.

  39. DUP consulting lawyers:

    Gareth Gordon

    BBC News NI Political Correspondent

    The DUP leader Peter Robinson says the party has begun consulting "key" lawyers in London over its exclusion from national leaders' debates on TV ahead of the general election.

    Peter Robinson

    Peter Robinson said legal action was the last step to take but they recognised if they were going to court it would have to be in London not Belfast.

  40. Catholic woman claims bias:

    News Letter

    The News Letter reports that an Invest NI manager who failed to get promoted claimed that she was discriminated against because she was a woman and a Roman Catholic, despite the fact that the person who got the job was a Catholic woman.

    Invest NI sign

    Deirdre Convery, an EU programmes manager who is paid £39,000 a year, took the Government investment agency to a fair employment tribunal.

  41. HIA inquiry extended:

    Mark Devenport

    BBC News NI Political Editor

    MLAs pass order extending inquiry into Historical Institutional Abuse by one year to January 2017 - extension requested by Sir Anthony Hart.

  42. Presbyterians to elect new moderator

    A new Presbyterian moderator, the most senior position in the church, will be elected today.

    Presbyterian Church

    There is a shortlist of four ministers. They are Rev Robert Bell, Rev Liz Hughes, Rev Ian McNie and Rev Frank Sellar. The new moderator will take over from Rev Michael Barry.

  43. Icy outlook:

    Barra Best

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    Last night was the coldest night this winter, reaching -9C in County Down. It could be just as cold tonight:

    Weather map
  44. Social housing in Londonderry

    Plans have been unveiled for 80 new social houses and a community centre for the Glen area in Londonderry.

    Glen Area housing plan, Derry

    The Creggan Burn Park site will be developed by Apex housing association. More than 3,000 people are waiting for social housing in the city council area.

  45. Foggy driving conditions:

    Trafficwatch NI tweets:

  46. Join in the conversation:

    BBC Talkback

    Here's William, with what's coming up on Talkback today at 12.00:

    William Crawley
  47. Glenanne Gang report shelved:

    Irish News

    The Irish News reports that a former senior historical enquiries team (HET) investigator says his report on the loyalist Glenanne gang was shelved in 2010.

  48. Ten Pieces Live

    There'll be a classical sound in the classroom this morning, when primary school pupils get the chance to hear music through BBC Learning's Ten Pieces from 11:30.

    Ten pieces

    Schools can watch Ten Pieces Live at or via the BBC's Red Button service.

  49. McIlroy case deferred

    Shane Harrison

    BBC NI Dublin correspondent

    Rory McIlroy case against his former management agency has been deferred to 2pm to allow both sides to narrow some of the issues in the case.

    Senior counsel for McIlroy said the case is scheduled to last for up to eight weeks.

  50. At the movies:

    Why is BBC News NI Political Correspondent Gareth Gordon at the movies with Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster?


    Find out more later.

  51. McIlroy in court

    Shane Harrison

    BBC NI Dublin correspondent

    Rory McIlroy is now sitting in court with his legal team waiting for Mr Justice Brian Cregan to hear the case against McIlroy's former management agent in Dublin's High Court.

  52. SF MLA says sorry

    The Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan has apologised to the assembly Speaker Mitchel McLaughlin for comments he made during a debate last week.

    He made the remarks during a debate last week on the use of the union flag on Northern Ireland driving licences.

  53. Almac and Queens combine:

    Belfast Telegraph

    The Belfast Telegraph reports that pharmaceutical giant Almac Group is collaborating with Queen's University in a £4.6m project.


    The venture, supported by Invest NI, will involve the use of enzymes to perform chemical transformation under mild conditions.

  54. McGuinness to meet Stardust families:

    Deputy First Minister Martin McGuiness will meet a delegation from the Stardust Families campaign in Belfast this afternoon. Relatives are calling for a new inquiry into the fire at the Stardust venue at Artane in north Dublin.

    Martin McGuinness

    Three of the 48 people who lost their lives in the fire, which happened on 14 February 1981, were from Northern Ireland.

  55. Drugs worth £20,000 seized

    Illegal drugs worth approximately £20,000 have been seized in Derry city.

    Ecstasy pills from government handout

    The find was made by members of the Foyle City West neighbourhood policing team in a flat in the Foyle Road area last night.

  56. McIlroy arrives

    A tanned Rory McIlroy, wearing a black suit, brown shoes and black glasses, has arrived at court in Dublin.

    He was been taken to a room to await the start of his case against his former management agent. Reporters have not yet been allowed into the court.

    The Dublin firm is counter-suing

  57. McIlroy set for court battle:

    Rory McIlroy's court case against his former management agent is set to begin in the Irish High Court later.

    Rory McIlroy during the final round of the 2015 Omega Dubai Desert Classic

    The world's number one golfer is suing Horizon Sports Management following a multi-million euros dispute over fees.

  58. Magee expansion campaign:

    Derry Journal

    The Derry Journal reports that a fresh campaign for the expansion of Magee campus of the University of Ulster has been launched, almost 50 years to the day since Londonderry was overlooked in favour of Coleraine as the site for a new university.

    Ulster University's Magee campus
  59. Corporation tax cost:

    BBC News NI Economics and Business Editor John Campbell tweets:

    Corp tax
  60. Road closed close to Maghaberry

    The Old Road close to Maghaberry Prison has been closed between its junctions with Corrstown Road and Leckey Road after a call warning of a device in the area.

    Police are at the prison but there have been no evacuations.

  61. Shopping centres for the market?:

    Belfast Telegraph

    The Belfast Telegraph reports that two of Northern Ireland's best known shopping centres could soon be on the market following a financial restructuring deal.

    Foyleside shopping centre

    Belfast's Forestside and Londonderry's Foyleside have now been split from one single parent company, into two separate firms.

  62. BBC lawyer joins Derry firm

    Senior BBC in-house lawyer Philip Wheeler has joined the Londonderry-based international media and entertainment law firm SmithDehn LLP.


    SmithDehn recently launched a new operations base in Derry.

  63. Device warning at Maghaberry

    Police are investigating a call warning of a bomb near Maghaberry prison in County Antrim.

    Maghaberry Prison

    There have been no evacuations and no roads are closed at this time. Prison visits have been cancelled.

  64. Katesbridge is coldest

    Angie Phillips

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    Katesbridge (and Shap in England) had the coldest night of the winter so far! -9C! Baltic!

  65. Brrright!

    It's freezing out but at least it's a bright morning, as you can see from this photo taken from Cavehill in Belfast by Simon Stockton.


    Remember, you can send us pictures of what it's like where you are by emailing

  66. A2 delays:

    BBC NI Travel tweets:

  67. Danske lending levels:

    BBC News NI Economics and Business Editor John Campbell tweets:

    Twitter 3 Feb 2015
  68. Prisons Ombudsman on Good Morning Ulster

    The Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, Tom McGonigle, will be speaking to Good Morning Ulster about the huge increase in drugs finds in prison at 08:30.

    Tom McGonigle

    There was an increase of more than 400% in the number of drugs finds in 2013, compared to 2012.

  69. Free wi-fi for Ballycastle

    Parts of Ballycastle in County Antrim are to get free wi-fi. The Department for Social Development and Moyle District Council will each provide £12,287 to pay for the service.

    Wi-fi hotspot logo

    It will be available to local people and tourists in the Diamond and seafront areas of the town.

  70. Danske bank profits rise

    Danske Bank in Northern Ireland has reported a pre-tax profit of £117.5m for 2014 with total income up 12% to £224m.

    Danske Bank

    The bank says the results reflect a combination of improved revenue performance, reduced impairment charges and cost control.

  71. Banking gaining strength:

    Finance Minister Simon Hamilton tweets:

    Simon Hamilton
  72. Homes plan welcomed:

    BBC Radio Foyle

    Planners have given the go-ahead for almost 200 new homes in Londonderry.

    The development will be built by Apex Housing Association near the Lower Galliagh and Skeoge link roads.

    Maeve McLaughlin in Foyle studio

    Speaking to BBC Radio Foyle, Sinn Fein MLA Maeve McLaughlin said it is "a major investment for the area, somewhere in the region of £10m"

  73. Temperatures plummet

    Ballymena newsagent Eugene Diamond has been in touch to say that customers from the Glens and Cloughmills are saying that the temperature is now hitting -8.

    Sheep in a field in Hatton, Derbyshire, on 29 December

    Wrap up warm and take care on the roads.

  74. Jail visits cancelled

    There is a security alert outside Maghaberry prison, County Antrim, and all visits to the prison have been cancelled.

  75. Wintry weather continues:

    Angie Phillips

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    It's another very frosty start, with temperatures lowest in the east. You can find today's full weather forecast on the BBC News NI website.

    Weather 3 February

    A warning remains in place as there'll be further snow showers in the west during the morning giving a couple of cms in places and leading to a risk of travel disruption.

  76. Danske Bank profits:

    BBC News NI Economics and Business Editor John Campbell tweets:

    John Campbell tweet
  77. Cup tied postponed:

    BBC Sport NI

    Linfield's Irish cup tie against Warrenpoint town on Saturday has been postponed.

    Darren Forsyth in action for Glenavon

    The IFA made the move last night after opening an investigation into claims that striker Darren Forsyth contravened FIFA regulations by playing for Warrenpoint in the fifth round of the cup, having already appeared for two other clubs this season - the maximum number permitted.

  78. Knife held to 95-year-old's throat

    A disabled 95-year-old man is recovering after a knife was held to his throat during a robbery at his home in Glengormley, County Antrim.

    Ransacked room

    The attackers, who tricked their way inside, ransacked rooms in search of money. It happened at Glencairn Park in the town at about 02:00 GMT on Monday.

  79. Lafferty moves to Turkey:

    BBC Sport NI

    Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty has left Norwich City to join Turkish side Caykur Rizespor on loan.

    Kyle Lafferty

    The Northern Ireland international arrived at Carrow Road from Palermo in the summer, and has one goal in 18 Championship games.

  80. Huge rise in jail drug finds:

    Robbie Meredith

    BBC News NI

    There has been a huge increase in the number of drugs finds in Maghaberry prison, County Antrim, over the past two years.

    Maghaberry prison gates

    Figures obtained by the BBC show that there was an increase of more than 400% in the number of drugs finds in 2013, compared to 2012.

  81. Frost and snow:

    Angie Phillips

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    BBC News NI weather presenter Angie Phillips tweets:

    Weather tweet 3 Feb
  82. Good morning!:

    Ciaran Daly

    BBC News NI

    Good morning and welcome to BBC News NI Live on Tuesday 3 February. We'll be brining you the latest news, sports, travel and weather from across Northern Ireland up until 19:00 this evening.