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  1. Updates for Friday 20 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather updates from 07:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Jayne McCormack

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight!

    Jayne McCormack

    BBC News NI

    That's all from us for today - and as this weekend is set to be wet, windy and possibly even snowy, we'll leave you with this beautiful photo of Fairhead in Ballycastle, sent in by Anne Kelly earlier.


    We'll be back at 07:00 on Monday, whatever the weather. Until then, you can keep up-to-date with all the latest news, sport, weather and travel on the BBC News NI website.

  2. Making memories:

    Marie-Louise Connolly

    BBC News NI Health Correspondent

    The social sofa was designed by men and women who are all living with dementia. They translated their memories into images that now have a permanent place on the special seat.


    The idea comes from the Netherlands, and it's hoped it might catch on across other parts of Northern Ireland.

  3. Chill factor:

    Thomas Niblock

    BBC Sport NI

    BBC Sport NI cameraman Phil could be a presenter any day - we're about to go live at Stormont for BBC Newsline to explain why it's got a bit icy at parliament buildings all of a sudden!

  4. Social sofa:

    Marie-Louise Connolly

    BBC News NI Health Correspondent

    What's behind this kiss? Men and women living in supported accommodation on the Shankill Road in Belfast have created a sofa designed to bring people of all backgrounds and generations together.


    The 'social sofa' is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland - I've been finding out more for BBC Newsline.

  5. Swapping NI for Hollywood:

    Riley Hamilton, one of the stars of Oscar-nominated short film Boogaloo and Graham, is in Hollywood ahead of Sunday's ceremony and says it's "much better than Northern Ireland".


    Speaking to Radio Ulster's Evening Extra, the 10-year-old also admitted he'd never seen the ceremony before because he wasn't allowed to stay up late to watch it! You can judge the film for yourself on Sunday night when it airs on BBC One NI at 22:30.

  6. DUP on parading dispute:

    Nigel Dodds has responded to Theresa Villiers' call for business people and politicians to work harder to reach a resolution on a north Belfast parading dispute.

    Nigel Dodds

    The DUP MP said: "It is incumbent upon her to bring forward solutions to the problems which very clearly exist. I hope the secretary of state will listen to the people most directly affected."

  7. Ice warning:

    Barra Best

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    Watch out for ice tonight, folks. A yellow weather warning for snow and ice has been issued across all of Northern Ireland, which is valid from 20:00 tonight until 10:00 tomorrow morning.

  8. A26 crash delays:

    Trafficwatch NI tweets:

  9. Facebook ruling 'important'

    The solicitor for a convicted sex offender who was awarded £20,000 in damages after he featured on a Facebook page set up to monitor paedophiles says the ruling is "hugely important".


    Kevin Winters said the decision sent out a message to social media companies that they had to "properly police the internet".

  10. SDLP 'want to meet doctors'

    The SDLP's Alban Maginness says his party wants to meet with representatives from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to discuss issues surrounding fatal foetal abnormality.

    Alban Maginness

    Last month, the party's leader Alasdair McDonnell claimed that doctors could not predict when a foetus has a fatal abnormality.

  11. Smile for the camera:

    Jayne McCormack

    BBC News NI

    Film and TV star Idris Elba took a break from practising for the Circuit of Ireland yesterday on a three-mile stretch of closed roads and was snapped enjoying some of the rural sights in Aughnacloy.


    The cows don't look too impressed, though! Time for a boxset of The Wire for the byre?

  12. M2 crash cleared:

    BBC NI Travel

    Traffic's now moving well on the M2 leaving Belfast after a crash just before 17:00.

  13. Criminal damage charges:


    A 36-year-old man has been charged with 15 counts of criminal damage, cultivating cannabis and dishonestly using electricity.

    He's expected to appear at Belfast Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

  14. Star struck:

    Jayne McCormack

    BBC News NI

    At first glance, this photo of actor Idris Elba might look like a scene from a movie, but in fact the TV and film star has been spotted in Aughnacloy, County Tyrone, ahead of the Circuit of Ireland!


    Elba got some practice during a test session in the countryside yesterday, as he'll be taking part in the race when it begins in Belfast on 2 April.

  15. Tyrone firm in adminstration:

    John Campbell

    BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

    County Tyrone civil engineering firm PT McWilliams has been placed into administration again and is facing closure. It had previously been in administration in 2011 but managed to reach a deal with creditors.

    The firm's main contract has been taken on by another firm, saving 44 jobs.

  16. In the hot seat:

    BBC Radio Foyle journalist Elaine McGee has been far away from her native Derry this week, presenting Radio Ulster's Evening Extra instead. She's sent us this photo ahead of her final day in the Radio Ulster studio.

  17. Ulster take on Edinburgh

    BBC Sport NI

    Ulster take on Edinburgh at Murrayfield Stadium tonight and it's live on a TV near you.

    Iain Henderson

    Ulster have Irish international Ian Henderson back in the starting line-up. The match kicks off at 19:35 GMT and live coverage is on BBC Two NI.

  18. Belfast crash:

    BBC NI Travel tweets:

  19. Tyrone road reopened:

    BBC NI Travel

    The A4 Crossowen Road between Ballygawley and Enniskillen has reopened in both directions after the removal of an overturned lorry.

  20. Icy front at Stormont:

    Ahead of testing out the track for Evening Extra, BBC News NI journalist Claire Graham tweets:

  21. Second lorry overturned

    Trafficwatch NI

    The A4 is still closed between Clogher and Augher due to an overturned lorry. A second overturned lorry on the Enniskillen-bound diversion route is adding to delays.

  22. Hard at work:

    Jayne McCormack

    BBC News NI

    BBC NI producer Chris Lindsay has been rocking a lab look as he works hard up at Randox Laboratories in Antrim, getting some last-minute sound effects in the toxicology lab.

    Chris Lindsay

    The Roots of Rave, which looks at the 1990s dance scene in Northern Ireland, airs on Radio Ulster on Sunday at 12:30.

  23. Gearing up for St Patrick's:

    Belfast Telegraph

    The Belfast Telegraph reports that this year's St Patrick's Day concert at Custom House Square in Belfast will be headlined by Simon Webbe.


    The singer is best known for being a member of former boy band Blue.

  24. NI needs to 'step up':

    Stephen Walker

    BBC News NI Political Correspondent

    The Secretary of State Theresa Villiers has launched a new bid to resolve a parading dispute in north Belfast. She told me she wants business people, civic society and political leaders to "step up to the plate".


    You can hear more on Inside Politics on Radio Ulster at 18:00.

  25. Ex-soldier admits bomb charges

    A former soldier has pleaded guilty to having improvised explosive devices at his Whitehead home.

    John Rankin, 53, of Edward Road, admitted having a nail bomb and six blast bombs between 2013 and 2014. He was released on bail to be sentenced next month.

  26. Go-ahead for internment lawsuit

    The first legal hurdle in the case of 19 Protestant men who were jailed without trial in the 1970s has been cleared. They're trying to sue the British state for unlawful arrest.


    Government lawyers tried to have the case thrown out for being brought out of time, but a High Court judge refused to dismiss the men's claims.

  27. Spring has sprung:

    It hasn't felt much like it today in the wintry chill but spring is definitely springing....

    Spring flowers

    Thanks to Paul McFarland for this cheery herald of a new season captured in Hillsborough forest.

  28. Good luck wishes

    The culture minister Carál NÍ ChuilÍn has wished the Irish Oscar nominees good luck ahead of Sunday's ceremony in Hollywood.

    Boogaloo and Graham

    Boogaloo and Graham, which was filmed in Belfast and has already won a Bafta, is up for best short film. Song of the Sea, which was made by a studio in Kilkenny, is hoping to win best animated short film.

  29. Surf's up

    The wind is causing a stir on the north coast judging by these shots of the waves at Castlerock (thanks for the pics Uel Gordon).

    Waves Castlerock
  30. Archive: Revamp for historic pub

    BBC NI Archive

    Historic Belfast pub Kelly's Cellars has been threatened with losing its listed status.

    Kelly's Cellars

    The bar has been going for almost 300 years and, as our archive video shows, got a modern revamp in 1976. Its famous low counter was to be changed, to the relief of bar staff and dismay of regulars.

  31. Chill factor:

    Jayne McCormack

    BBC News NI

    It might be cold and windy today but it hasn't stopped lots of you from getting some fresh air and sending us your snaps! Steven Donegan tweeted this great picture while he was out walking in Crawfordsburn.

  32. Careless driver faces jail

    A judge at Dungannon Magistrates' Court has told a teenager that he faces jail after pleading guilty to killing a man by careless driving.


    Christopher McKenna, 19, from Lack near Enniskillen, admitted causing the death of Stephen Mark Gilmour on the Omagh Road in October 2013. He will be sentenced next month.

  33. North Belfast robbery:


    Detectives are appealing for information following an armed robbery at a shop in the Cliftonville Road area of north Belfast this morning.

  34. Priest: Don't do yoga

    BBC Radio Foyle

    It's an ancient form of exercise that is said to boost physical and mental well-being, but a Londonderry priest has called on people not to practise yoga. Fr Roland Colhoun is also advising people not to have Indian head massages.

    derry priest

    He told BBC Radio Foyle: "If you meditate straight on yourself then you are stepping across the line between the kingdom of light and the kingdom of dark."

  35. Determined to solve dispute:

    Chris Page

    BBC News NI Political Correspondent

    Theresa Villiers says business people, civic society and political leaders need to work together to find a way forward on a north Belfast parading dispute.


    In a speech at Queen's University in Belfast, the secretary of state said that any new initiative needs to involve a "broad range of people with the same vision that had solved so many other problems in the past".

  36. Clarke set to miss cut

    BBC Sport NI

    Darren Clarke is unlikely to miss the cut at the Dimension Data Pro-Am in South Africa after his second-round 76.

    Darren Clarke

    The European Ryder Cup captain's three-over-par round left him three over for the tournament, which is likely to be two shots too many.

  37. Facebook 'misused information'

    A convicted sex offender has won damages against Facebook and Joseph McCloskey, who operated a page that named sex offenders, on the basis that they misused his private information.


    Lawyers for the sex offender have predicted it could pave the way for compensation claims by others who feel similarly aggrieved.

  38. Agri-food cuts 'misguided'

    SDLP agriculture spokesman Joe Byrne says cuts to the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute budget could "spell disaster" for agriculture research facilities in Northern Ireland.


    The Department of Agriculture is proposing to cut the body's workforce from 800 to 400.

  39. Ex-priest dismissed

    The Diocese of Down and Connor says Pope Francis has dismissed a former Lisburn priest from the clerical state "for the good of the Church".

    Former priest James Donaghy

    James Donaghy was jailed in 2011 for sexually abusing three teenagers. The Church's decision means Donaghy is not allowed to function as a priest under any circumstance.

  40. Sunshine and rainbows

    It's a beautiful day today on Binevenagh Mountain in County Londonderry. Thanks to Allan Reavie for sending us this stunning picture.

  41. Unionists unite on Irish first

    Unionist councillors on Newry, Mourne and Down District Council say they've requested the call-in of the council's Irish first proposals. A decision was taken at a committee meeting last week to place Irish above English on all council signage.

    Irish first

    DUP group leader Garth Craig said the proposals would "create a cold-house for unionists" in the area.

  42. Paying to protest:

    BBC Talkback

    Our top story on BBC Talkback today - police in London have told protest groups that if they want to demonstrate they'll have to pick up the bill for road closures and stewarding. Is that an idea you'd welcome in Northern Ireland?

    Chris Buckler
  43. Missing man's body found

    A body found in Lough Erne on Wednesday has been confirmed as that of missing Monaghan man Kieran McAree.

    Kieran McAree

    Mr McAree had been missing since 17 December. His funeral will take place tomorrow in Emyvale.

  44. Easy as ABC?

    The Lurgan Mail reports that councillors in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon have voted on a new name for their super council. It will be known as Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council when the councils merge in April.

  45. Overturned lorry:

    Trafficwatch NI tweets:

  46. Faro flight reduced:

    BBC Radio Foyle

    Ryanair is reducing its service from Londonderry to Faro.


    The airline said it would be reducing the frequency of its summer service "due to a lack of aircraft capacity". The flights will operate throughout July.

  47. Monday weather warning:

    Barra Best

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    Sleet, hail, snow showers and strong winds - a warning's just been issue for Monday.

  48. Oscar fever

    The biggest red-carpet bash in film, the Oscars, takes place on Sunday night and there's some local talent to cheer for in the nominations.


    Bafta winning Boogaloo and Graham is up for best live action short film while Song of the Sea - which was co-directed by Newry born Thom Moore - is nominated for best animated film.

  49. Residents feel 'unsafe':

    Derry Journal

    Residents in Rockmills have said they no longer feel safe in their own homes after "years of anti-social behaviour", the Derry Journal reports.

  50. Pure morning

    This morning was a beaut right across Northern Ireland, from the north coast (cheers Murray Bell) to Newcastle on the east coast (thanks Bernie McAllister).

    Sunrise pictures
  51. Limerick test for Saffrons:

    BBC Sport NI

    Antrim hurlers have a tough task this weekend when they host Limerick in their second Division 1B game.

    Antrim Limerick
  52. McDonnell 'humiliated' doctors

    A senior consultant in foetal medicine has accused SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell of "humiliating" the medical profession in his comments on abortion.

    Alasdair McDonell

    Samina Dornan told the Stephen Nolan Show that his comments had caused harm to doctors and he should "get engaged with the medical community in Northern Ireland".

  53. Memories of the All Blacks

    A Belfast man recalls the moment he got an up-close look at the All Blacks on tour in 1964, when he refereed their game against Scotland.

    Ray Williams

    Ray Williams was on the whistle when New Zealand played in Murrayfield, and the Scots came away with a 0-0 draw.

  54. Pub to lose listed status:

    Belfast Telegraph

    Kelly's Cellars, one of the oldest pubs in Belfast, could be about to lost its listed status, along with 16 other buildings in the city, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

    Kelly's Cellars
  55. Talking zero-hours:

    Good Morning Ulster

    Employment lawyer Rachel Penny and Jimmy Kelly from the Unite union joined us in the studio for a discussion on zero-hours contracts.

    Zero hours
  56. Delays in Belfast:

    BBC NI Travel

    Traffic is busy on the Westlink to the M2 from Broadway to York Steet, and on the Sydenham Bypass to Belfast from Tillysburn to Dee Street.

    Also we reported earlier that a cement truck had overturned on the Crossowen Road in Clogher, but it has not obstructed the road to traffic.

  57. Sun up, cameras out

    It may be cold but it's been an extremely beautiful sunrise across Northern Ireland, judging from the pictures you're sending us.


    Here's Cushendall Beach (taken by Sean Paul McKillop) and the view from the train to Belfast (by Sara O'Neill).

  58. Loyalists linked to alerts:

    BBC Radio Foyle

    Police say that "loyalist groupings" are the main line of inquiry around two alerts involving pipe bombs in Londonderry yesterday.

    Derry alert

    Ch Insp Tony Callaghan also told BBC Radio Foyle that police are treating the two incidents as linked.

  59. Same-sex referendum

    Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny says he expects the same-sex marriage referendum in the Republic of Ireland to be held on Friday, 22 May.

    Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny
  60. Cement truck overturns:

    BBC NI Travel

    Police say a cement lorry has overturned in Crossowen Road, Clogher, spilling 30 tonnes of cement. It's unconfirmed whether it has spilled onto the road but disruption is possible.

  61. Alerts 'disruptive':

    BBC Radio Foyle

    A Londonderry councillor tells BBC Radio Foyle that the two security alerts in the Waterside yesterday were extremely distressing for many residents.

    Alert Derry

    Hilary McClintock said: "This is an area where there's a lot of disabled people, elderly people so it was particularly disruptive to them and we also heard from people who missed vital hospital appointments."

  62. Ice warning:

    BBC NI Travel

    Ice also being reported on the A5 Ballygawley to Omagh road. Drivers are warned to slow down.

  63. Irvine 10th in Paris:

    BBC Sport NI

    Northern Ireland's Martyn Irvine had to settle for 10th in the men's scratch race at the Track World Championships.

    Martyn Irvine

    The Ards ride, world champion two years ago, will now turn to his main target, the Olympic Omnium, that begins on Friday.

  64. Breaking light

    The morning is slowing emerging across Northern Ireland - BBC News NI reporter Julian Fowler sends us this photo of the sun beginning to break through over Lough Erne.

    Lough Erne
  65. Pipe bomb alerts

    Police are searching for those behind two pipe bombs that led to two separate security alerts in Londonderry yesterday.

    Trafalgar Court

    The two bombs, found in Trafalgar Court and Jeffrey Avenue both in the Waterside area, caused roads to be closed and houses to be evacuated.

  66. Frosty roads

    BBC NI Travel

    Police are advising motorists on the Portaferry Road in Newtownards to reduce their speed and exercise caution because of icy conditions.

  67. Good morning

    Ciaran McCauley

    BBC News NI

    Good morning and happy Friday to you all from BBC News NI Live - we'll be with you right through to 19:00 with all the news, sport, weather and travel.