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  1. Updates for Wednesday 18 February 2015
  2. More updates from Thursday at 07:00

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By Dave Culbert and Ciaran Daly

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    Ciaran McCauley

    BBC News NI

    That's all from us at BBC News NI Live - we'll be back tomorrow from 07:00 with more news, sport, weather and travel.

  2. Rain rolling in:

    Barra Best

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    Here comes the rain - it'll move east through the night. Tomorrow there'll be sunny spells and showers. Cooler with highs of 8C.

    Rain Wednesday
  3. Minister fails to hand over report

    Social Development minister Mervyn Storey has failed to hand over an internal civil service report on the conduct of a special adviser.

    Mervyn Storey

    The report covers the behaviour of ministerial adviser Stephen Brimstone. Mr Storey was asked to make the report available by 17:00 but it was not submitted.

  4. Payout scheme details:

    John Campbell

    BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

    The finance department have published details on the civil service redundancy scheme. There will be more than 2,000 redundancies between September this year and March next year.

    People who successfully apply will get one month's pay per year of service up to 21 months. The first £30,000 of any payout will be tax-free.

  5. Teenage shooting victim:

    Dan Stanton

    BBC News

    I've interviewed the victim of a shooting in west Belfast. Full story coming up on BBC Newsline at 18:30.

    Aaron Stilges
  6. Train fire


    A small fire has broken out on a train travelling from Belfast to Portrush.

    Fire service put the fire out while about 100 passengers were evacuated. It's not thought there will be any knock-on delays.

  7. Whiteabbey delays:

    BBC NI Travel

    There's been a collision on the A2 Shore Road near Station Road near Whiteabbey - its causing long tailbacks through Rusk Park on to the M5 and the M2 to beyond Fitzwilliam.

  8. Clarke's Ryder Cup record

    Europe's new captain Darren Clarke has played in five Ryder Cups (1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006) and acted as vice-captain in two (2010, 2012).

    Darren Clarke

    Clarke has lost only one of those competitions - in 1999 in Brookline, Massachusetts. On the course, he's won 10, lost seven and halved three of his Ryder Cup matches.

  9. Court appeal over flag protests

    A Belfast man has been given leave to appeal to the Supreme Court over how police handled loyalist flag protests in the city.

    Flag protests

    The Short Stand resident originally won a case stating that police had wrongly facilitated loyalist flag protests, but it was overturned last summer after the PSNI appealed.

  10. 'No need' for charges

    An assembly committee has heard that there is no need to reintroduce prescription charges in Northern Ireland.

    Colette Goldrick

    Colette Goldrick, from the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, told the health committee that a "ring-fenced fund" was not required.

  11. Shooting horror

    A west Belfast teenager has spoken of his horror at being shot in the legs six times by a masked gang in the bedroom of his home.

    Aaron Stilges

    Aaron Stilges, 17, was shot in his home at Monagh Drive on Tuesday night.

  12. Belfast traffic slow:

    BBC NI Travel

    In Belfast, traffic is very congested after a crash on St Georges Street - there are delays on East Bridge Street, Short Strand, Bridge End and Sydenham Bypass all heading towards the Westlink.

  13. North Belfast shooting appeal

    Police are appealing for information after a man was shot in the leg in north Belfast.

    Officers say that the man was shot in the Cliftonville Road and Clifton Crescent area at about 20:15 last Thursday.

  14. 'Gang fights' warning:

    Derry Journal

    A Londonderry councillor has warned that organised gang fights are taking place in an estate in the city, the Derry Journal reports.

    Elisha McCallion says a number of fights have taken place in the Galliagh area recently.

  15. Cuts to library hours?

    Maggie Taggart

    BBC News NI Education Correspondent

    Public libraries could face more reductions to opening hours because of budget cuts.

    NI Libraries

    Libraries NI says it has reluctantly agreed to review hours.

  16. Pensioner "forgotten about":

    Belfast Telegraph

    The son of a pensioner who died on an emergency department trolley says he was "forgotten about", the Belfast Telegraph reports.

  17. Great Georges Street crash:

    BBC NI Travel

    There's been a collision on Great Georges Street in Belfast - it's blocking two lanes and holding up traffic going on to the Westlink from the Sydenham Bypass, M3 and M2.

  18. Wedding shooting arrest

    Police have arrested a 46-year-old man in Belfast in connection with the murder of Barney McGinley at a wedding in Newtownbutler last week.

    Bernard McGinley
  19. McCoy's last National:

    BBC Sport NI

    AP McCoy's expected mount in his last Grand National, Shutthefrontdoor, has been allotted a weight of 11st 2lbs for the handicap at Aintree on 11 April.

    AP McCoy on Shutthefrontdoor

    Shutthefrontdoor, owned by JP McManus, is favourite despite not having raced since a win at Carlisle in November.

  20. Student accommodation application:

    Planning applications have been submitted for York street in Belfast proposing managed student rooms and retail units.

    An artist's impression of the university's development plan

    The accommodation blocks would situated next to the University of Ulster's new Belfast campus if the applications are granted.

  21. Kennedy signs for Stevenage:

    Ulster Star

    The Ulster Star reports that Lisburn teenager Ben Kennedy has signed his first professional football contract with Stevenage Football Club.


    The former Lisburn Youth player scored his first two senior goals in the 3-1 win over Hartlepool on Saturday, helping him to secure the contract.

  22. Archive: Clarke's emotional Ryder Cup

    BBC NI Archive

    Darren Clarke has had plenty of big moments in the Ryder Cup, but the K Club in 2006 is possibly the most memorable as our archive video shows.

    Darren Clarke

    Not only did Europe thrash the US in a first Ryder Cup on Irish soil, but Clarke was also playing just six weeks after the death of his wife.

  23. Police response justified:

    Police were justified in discharging two AEP baton rounds at a man who attacked a police Land Rover with a samurai sword in Belfast's New Lodge area on 9 August 2013.

    Police Ombudsman

    The Police Ombudsman said the actions of police had been "lawful and proportionate".

  24. West Belfast delays:

    Trafficwatch NI tweets there are reports of delays on the Monagh by-pass as the result of an RTC. Motorists are advised to choose alternative routes.

  25. Congrats to Clarke

    Lee Westwood tweets: Congratulations slim #RyderCupCaptain

    Darren Clarke congratulations

    Ian Poulter tweets: Congratulations to @DarrenClarke60 being appointed as 2016 @RyderCupEurope captain. That's great news and will be first class captain.

    Sergio Garcia tweets: Congrats Captain @DarrenClarke60! I'm sure you'll be an amazing asset to #TeamEurope. Go Europe

  26. Body found in Lough Erne

    Julian Fowler

    BBC News NI

    A body has been found in Lough Erne by those searching for missing Monaghan man Kieran McAree.

    Kieran McAree

    The body has not been identified yet. Mr McAree went missing 64 days ago.

  27. Ballykelly jobs boost

    Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness says the redevelopment of the former Shackleton Barracks site in Ballykelly will create thousands of jobs.

    Martin McGuinness on building site

    Mr McGuinness visited the site with Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill. They took a look at the site that will be DARD's new headquarters come 2017.

  28. Concern over street patrols

    Police say they are concerned over night-time street patrols by a loyalist community group in east Belfast.

    Street patrols

    The group, Action for Community Transformation (ACT), told the BBC the aim of the patrols is to prevent crime and deter anti-social behaviour.

  29. Darren gets Villiers' vote:

    Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers has been tweeting her best wishes to Captain Clarke:

  30. Donaldson inquest postponed

    The family of Denis Donaldson has expressed their disappointment after an inquest into the circumstances of his death was adjourned for the 15th time due to an ongoing investigation into the matter by the Irish police.

    Denis Donaldson

    The Sinn Féin official and republican informer was shot dead at a remote cottage in County Donegal in April 2006.

  31. Dodds criticises court decision:

    DUP MEP Diane Dodds has criticised the decision to dismiss charges against the organiser of a republican parade in Castlederg in 2013 that commemorated republicans who died during the Troubles.


    Brendan Devlin, 42, was cleared of breaching a parades commission determination at Strabane Magistrates Court last week.

  32. Clarke decision unanimous

    The decision to select Darren Clarke as Europe's Ryder Cup captain was unanimous.

    Paul McGinley and Darren Clarke

    The five-man selection panel, including previous captains Paul McGinley, Jose Maria Olazabal and Colin Montgomerie, all voted for the Dungannon man.

  33. 'Irish first' criticised

    A decision by Newry, Mourne and Down district shadow council to place Irish above English on its signage has been criticised by unionists.

    Newry, Mourne and Down

    The decision is expected to be ratified on 3 March. However, the County Down Outlook reports that the decision could be challenged.

  34. Clarke's class:

    BBC Sport NI

    Re-live the greatest achievement of Darren Clarke's career when, against the odds, he won the 140th Open Championship in 2011 at the age of 42.

    Darren Clarke

    Clarke has been chosen as Europe's Ryder Cup captain for the 2016 tournament at Hazeltine in the United States.

  35. BreakingMcIlroy and McDowell reaction:

    BBC Sport NI

    Watch Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell praise the appointment of fellow Northern Ireland golfer Darren Clarke as the European captain for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine, USA.

    Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell
  36. BreakingCaptaincy challenge

    Darren Clarke says he's looking forward to emulating the "fantastic captains" he featured under in seven Ryder Cups.

    Darren Clarke Ryder Cup

    "I look forward to the challenge of trying to follow in their footsteps and help Europe to a fourth consecutive Ryder Cup victory at Hazeltine next year," he said.

  37. Road re-opens after alert:

    PSNI tweets:

  38. BreakingClarke 'extremely proud'

    Darren Clarke says he is "extremely proud" to be named Europe's Ryder Cup captain for 2016.

    Darren Clarke

    He said: "The Ryder Cup has been a massive part of my life and my career, so to have the chance to lead Europe next year is a huge honour."

  39. BreakingBreaking News

    Darren Clarke has been named Europe's new Ryder Cup captain.

    Darren Clarke
  40. 'No negligence' in road death

    A Department of Regional Development official denies that it was negligent regarding a road crash in south Belfast in which a teenager was killed.

    Enda Dolan

    Enda Dolan died on the Malone Road last October. A safety barrier had been removed three weeks earlier from the scene of the crash.

  41. Bomb was 'mortar type device'

    It's understood the bomb at the centre of an alert in Londonderry was a "mortar type device" significant enough to have killed more than one person.

    Currynierin alert
  42. Ladybrook vandalism:


    PSNI West Belfast tweets: Some of the vandalism at the bus terminus at Ladybrook area. Anyone with information contact us on 101

  43. Deciding Darren's fate:

    Haydn Parry

    BBC NI Sport

    Here's the five men deciding on Europe's next Ryder Cup captain.

    Ryder Cup

    Paul McGinley, David Howell, Jose Maria Olazabal, George O'Grady and Colin Montgomerie will announce the next captain later today. Darren Clarke is the frontrunner for the role.

  44. 'Economically inactive'

    BBC News NI's economics editor John Campbell tweets:

    John Campbell
  45. Street talkers:

    Our top story today on BBC Talkback - we've been talking to the people who are patrolling their own streets. Join us from 12:00.

    BBC Talkback
  46. Signing off

    The number of people claiming unemployment benefit fell again in January but the number of people in employment over the last quarter also fell.


    Confused? This handy table above shows the reasons people have given for signing off Job Seekers allowance.

  47. Out of the Ashes

    Downpatrick band Ash are set to release their first album for eight years, followed by a summer tour with dates in Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh and Manchester.

    Ash on stage at The Brickyard, Carlisle

    Ash were formed in 1992 by vocalist and guitarist Tim Wheeler, drummer Rick McMurray and bassist Mark Hamilton.

  48. Organised gang fights:

    Derry Journal

    The Derry Journal reports that organised gang fights are taking place in the Galliagh area of Londonderry.

    Hooded youths

    The fights organised amongst young people have taken place at several locations and both boys and girls have been involved.

  49. Pound jumps:

    Clodagh Rice

    BBC News NI

    The value of the pound has jumped after reacting to strong UK jobs data and Bank of England interest rate-setters meeting. Tourists can expect to get around $1.50 for £1 while £1 will get you about €1.36.

    one euro coin and a one pound coin

    Traders think interest rates may have to rise sooner-than-expected.

  50. Big jobless drop:

    The Ulster Bank economist Richard Ramsey said last month's fall in the unemployment claimant count was the biggest one month drop in almost 16 years.

    In May 1999 the claimant count fell by 2,200.

  51. Friday fixture blues:

    BBC Sport NI

    Linfield say they have been forced to play their Premiership game against Portadown on Friday night, rather than Saturday, against their wishes.

    Linfield lie three points behind Crusaders in the Premiership table

    Linfield object to the Friday night because of the "significant inconvenience" they say it will cause to supporters who travel from across Northern Ireland.

  52. Foster hails figures

    Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment Arlene Foster has welcomed the latest unemployment figures for Northern Ireland. The numbers claiming unemployment benefit here fell by 1,700 last month.

    Arlene Foster

    She said: "The last month has seen continuing evidence of job creation and significant investment in business for Northern Ireland."

  53. Jobs figures:

    BBC News NI economic and business editor John Campbell tweets:

    Employment figs
  54. The perfect cuppa:

    Ciaran Daly

    BBC News NI

    BBC Radio Foyle's Teresa Craig has been speaking to Teresa Feeny from Eglinton women's institute about what makes the perfect cup of tea.


    Isn't it always the case that the perfect cup of tea is one you don't have to make yourself?

  55. NI's economic activity

    BBC News NI business reporter Clodagh Rice tweets:

    NI Economic Activity
  56. Items removed in ammo search:

    Police say they have removed "a number of items" for further examination from an unoccupied house in Sliabh Dubh Lane in west Belfast after receiving a report that a number of rounds of ammunition were at the scene.

    PSNI crest

    A further search of the property will take place today.

  57. Unemployment falls:

    BBC News NI economics and business editor John Campbell tweets:

  58. Super councils:

    Irish News

    The Irish News reports that four of the 11 new super councils could have Irish as the dominant language on their logos, literature and vehicle.

    Front page
  59. Bradley defends Irish policy:

    SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley has defended Newry and Mourne district council's policy to put Irish above English on its signage.


    Mr Bradley said: "It doesn't prevent speakers of English using English."

  60. Irish language 'cultural sectarianism'

    Nelson McCausland has called the proposed use of the Irish language in council literature and signage "cultural sectarianism."

    Nelson McCausland

    Mr McCausland was speaking on the Nolan Show on BBC Radio Ulster.

  61. Roadworks delay:

    Trafficwatch NI tweets:

    Falls Road
  62. Councillor calls for explanation:

    BBC Radio Foyle

    Sinn Féin councillor Christopher Jackson says that those responsible for the bomb discovered in the Currynierin estate in Londonderry on Monday need to explain their actions.

    Christopher Jackson
  63. Paramilitary style shooting:

    A 17-year-old boy was shot three times in the legs in a paramilitary-style attack at Monagh Drive in west Belfast at 21:20 last night.

    A number of masked men forced their way into a house in the area before carrying out the shooting. The boy's injuries are not life-threatening.

  64. Tweeting trending in Belfast:

    Rick Faragher

    BBC News NI

    BBC News NI reporter Rick Faragher has been exposed to a different kind of tweeting this morning.

    Bird watching

    Rick has been at the new birdwatching and nature reserve at Belfast Harbour that opens today for BBC Good Morning Ulster.

  65. Kincora judicial review reaction:

    A former resident of the Kincora Boys' Home has welcomed a decision to judicially review how allegations of abuse at the home are being dealt with.

    Richard Kerr

    Richard Kerr was 14 when he was sent to live at Kincora in 1975, and was among the young residents who say they were abused by some members of staff.

  66. Dallat makes orange order claim:

    SDLP MLA John Dallat has criticised the Orange Order after a BBC Spotlight NI programme showed a vast network of property companies were linked by a firm owned by the Orange Order.

    John Dallat

    He said: The Orange Order is supposed to be a religious and cultural organisation. It has been beavering away to exploit the property market."

  67. First day of Lent:

    Today is the first day of Lent, meaning many people will be attempting to give up at least some of their vices for the next 40 days.


    To coincide with the Christian season of Lent, which recalls Jesus' 40 days in the desert, Beyond Belief on Radio 4 took a look at the concept of wilderness.

  68. McCallister on 'divided society'

    South Down MLA John McCallister tells Good Morning Ulster that Northern Ireland needs to "build up a common identity" to ensure land in rural areas is not sold on the basis of religion.

    John McCallister

    Mr McCallister said: "Have we a divided society? Yes. We need to start addressing this from our assembly, from our executive."

  69. Crash barrier plea:

    BBC Radio Foyle

    A County Londonderry farmer wants a crash barrier erected on the road next to a 12ft drop from a bend into his farmyard,


    Henry Colgan's yard is next to a bend in the Gortnahey Road near Dungiven. Listen to Eve Blair's report.

  70. Traffic and travel update:

    BBC NI Travel

    The closure of Mersey Street in Belfast is causing delays on the Sydenham bypass towards Dee Street. At the George Best City Airport the flight scheduled to arrive from Liverpool at 08:00 has been cancelled.

  71. NI on cloud nine:

    BBC Sport NI

    Northern Ireland Women's U19 team thumped Estonia 9-1 at Solitude yesterday as part of their preparations for the UEFA Women's U19 elite round mini tournament in April.

    Northern Ireland will be one of eight teams taking part in the tournament

    Although Estonia might not fancy their chances, the teams will meet again at the same venue this Thursday at 15:00.

  72. Clarke's captaincy fate:

    BBC Sport NI

    Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke will discover today whether he will be named as Europe's 2016 Ryder Cup captain.

    Darren Clarke

    Clarke is the favourite to succeed Paul McGinley, who led Europe to victory over the United States at Gleneagles in September.

  73. Police officer stabbed:

    A prison officer in the Republic of Ireland has had emergency surgery after he was stabbed in the stomach by a prisoner at Tallaght Hospital in Dublin.

    Derek Brockwell

    Irish police are searching for 53-year-old Derek Brockwell, who escaped from custody after he was taken to the hospital yesterday afternoon.

  74. Delays on M1

    BBC NI Travel tweets:

    BBC NI Travel
  75. Mostly mild and dry

    Angie Phillips

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    A cloudy and breezy start with the odd pocket of drizzle in places but mostly it's dry and quite mild despite the breeze. Temperatures should reach 10C or 11C.


    The rain spreads east this evening, so a wet and windy spell for all parts this evening with some heavy bursts of rain.

  76. Deadline over DUP adviser report:

    Chris Page

    BBC News NI Political Correspondent

    The social development minister faces a deadline later to hand over a report about the conduct of a special adviser to a Stormont committee.

    Stephen Brimstone

    The assembly's social development committee has been investigating allegations of political interference in the Housing Executive by Stephen Brimstone.

  77. Road still sealed off:

    BBC News NI reporter Dean McLaughlin tweets: A bomb was found here in Currynierin yesterday. Part of Ardmore Road is still sealed off but people are back home.

    Ardmore road
  78. Youth rearrested

    Police investigating the death of Fermanagh schoolboy Oisin McGrath have rearrested a 17-year-old youth on suspicion of manslaughter.

    Oisin McGrath

    Oisin, who was 13 and from Belcoo, died in hospital last Thursday after being injured at St Michael's College, Enniskillen, the previous Monday.

  79. Good morning!

    Ciaran Daly

    BBC News NI

    Good morning and welcome to BBC News NI Live on Wednesday 18 February. We'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across Northern Ireland until 19:00 this evening.