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  1. Updates for Tuesday 10 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 07:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Conor Macauley and Ciaran McCauley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight!:

    Ciaran Daly

    BBC News NI

    Thanks to Mr J for sending us this snap of the beautiful sunset at Belfast Lough this evening. And so, the sun sets on BBC News NI Live for another day (see what I did there?)

    Sunset on Belfast Lough

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

  2. SDLP jobs warning

    SDLP spokesperson for employment and learning, Pat Ramsey has said many community sector employees face the prospect of losing their jobs in the coming weeks.

    Pat Ramsey

    Mr Ramsey has asked the minister for employment and learning, Stephen Farry, to address delays in the application process of the European social fund, which provides money for training.

  3. Counting the cost of welfare reform:

    Here are the facts and figures at the heart of the crisis over welfare reform in Northern Ireland:

    Welfare reform
    Payment scheme
  4. Return of The Fall:

    Jamie Dornan will once again play serial killer Paul Spector in The Fall when it returns to BBC2 for a third series.

    The Fall

    Writer and director Allan Cubitt says: "The cliffhanger ending of season two was conceived in the hope of further exploring the characters and the themes that are at the heart of The Fall."

  5. Call for welfare reform committee:

    BBC News NI political correspondent Chris Page tweets:

    SDLP call
  6. Omagh accused claims to have an alibi

    A man accused of murdering 29 people in the 1998 Omagh bomb has an alibi, a court has been told by his lawyer.

    Omagh bomb scene

    Seamus Daly, 44, is originally from Culloville, County Monaghan, but now has an address at Kilnasaggart Road in Jonesborough, County Armagh.

  7. Rates frozen for fifth year:

    Finance Minister Simon Hamilton MLA today announced a real terms regional rate freeze for the fifth year in a row.

    Simon Hamilton

    The regional rate represents just over half of the typical rate bill; the remainder being made up of district rates, which were set independently by the new local councils.

  8. Slaughtneil focused on final:

    BBC Sport NI

    Watch Slaughtneil forward Gerald Bradley talk about playing in the All-Ireland senior club final against Corofin on St Patrick's Day.

    Slaughtneil's Gerald Bradley

    The Derry side progressed to the Croke Park decider after a 1-14 to 2-10 semi-final win over Austin Stacks last month.

  9. Storey says SF stand 'not about welfare'

    Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey says Sinn Féin's withdrawal of support for a reform bill on Monday is not about concern for benefit claimants.

    Mervyn Storey

    Mr Storey said: "This isn't about welfare reform - this is about some other political agenda they have."

  10. Rally to protect stroke unit:

    Newry Reporter

    The Newry Reporter says there will be a rally on Saturday 28 March from the centre of Newry to Daisy Hill to support keeping the hospital's stroke unit.

    Stroke unit
  11. Adams criticises Micheál Martin

    Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has responded to comments by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin suggesting that Sinn Féin is reversing support for welfare reform in the north as a tactical manoeuvre.

    Gerry Adams

    Mr Adams said Mr Martin has "a tendency to make the most ridiculous and misleading comments on the workings of the institutions in the north."

  12. Cricket Ireland criticises article:

    Cricket Ireland has released a statement in response to an article, described as a "vicious personal attack" on Ireland player John Mooney, that appeared in The Zimbabwe Herald.

    John Mooney celebrates his winning hit

    Warren Deutrom of Cricket Ireland said: "In mocking John in such a contemptuous fashion, and using his personal difficulties as a mere punchline, the Zimbabwe Herald has demonstrated breathtaking crassness and a gross error of editorial judgement."

  13. Live stream of Derry St Patrick's Day:

    Londonderry's St Patrick's Day festivities will be streamed live on the Derry City Council website and city of culture's Facebook page on 17 March.

    The parade in Londonderry was a colourful spectacle

    The live stream will be available from 13:30 and will feature video messages from the city along with a live broadcast of the entire carnival parade. Streaming will finish at 15:30.

  14. Abuse victim support 'SF priority':

    Gerry Adams says that "Sinn Féin's priority is to support victims of abuse whether that abuse is historical or contemporary".

    Gerry Adams

    The Sinn Féin leader was responding to allegations that a man was raped by an IRA member and that the victim was subjected to a kangaroo court after speaking out.

    Paudie McGahon made the claim in a BBC Spotlight programme being aired tonight.

  15. 3D prosthetic limbs for Syrian casualties:

    BBC Radio Foyle

    A County Donegal man is using 3D printing techniques that he learned in Northern Ireland to help make prosthetic limbs for casualties of the conflict in Syria.

    Tony Canning holds prosthetic hand

    Tony Canning moved to Jordan in February to work for a company that makes affordable prosthetics.

  16. Villiers on corporation tax:

    Secretary of State Theresa Villiers says the government has not decided whether to proceed with the devolution of corporation tax powers to Northern Ireland that is currently passing through Westminster.

    Agreement paper

    Speaking after Sinn Féin withdrew its support for a reform bill on Monday Ms Villiers said: "This question will need to be sorted out and resolved before devolution actually happens in practice."

  17. Sinn Féin concerns expressed last week

    Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey has confirmed that he had a meeting with Sinn Féin last Thursday, days before the party withdrew support for the Welfare Reform Bill, and that "concerns were expressed".

    Mervyn Storey

    Mr Storey said that a Sinn Féin member he would not name had commented at the time that "we were against the wire".

  18. Good drying weather:

    Barra Best

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    BBC News NI weather presenter Barra Best tweets: Get the washing out on the line, it's a cracking sunny day! Here's the view from space via the @metoffice.

    10 March 2015
  19. FM 'pulls out of Washington trip':

    Belfast Telegraph

    Peter Robinson has pulled out of a St Patrick's Day visit to Washington in the wake of the latest Stormont crisis, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

    Peter Robinson

    He is due back in Northern Ireland by Thursday after flying out to New York today.

  20. Pipe bomb found in Carryduff:

    A pipe bomb was made safe by army bomb experts after it was discovered in Franklin Drive in Carryduff this morning. The security alert in the area is now over.

  21. Storey calls for apology:

    BBC News NI's political editor Mark Devenport tweets:

    Mervyn Storey
  22. Taoiseach asks for welfare answers:

    In Dáil questions, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny has asked why, when an agreement had been signed off, Sinn Féin had decided to withdraw its support for welfare reform.

    Enda Kenny said the IRA "humiliated" Maíria Cahill

    Mr Kenny said Mr McGuinness had to go back and explain why the figures regarding welfare had 'drifted'.

  23. Bus lanes rules relaxed on Friday:

    Police say they won't enforce bus lane regulations on Friday in light of the public transport strike.

    Bus lane in Belfast city centre

    The exemption doesn't apply where buses use the hard shoulder on motorways.

  24. Lost in translation?

    BBC Talkback presenter William Crawley tweets:

    Marriage referendum
  25. Irish interest in Champion Hurdle:

    BBC Sport

    There'll be plenty of Irish interest in the Champion Hurdle race at Cheltenham at 15:20. Faugheen is favourite for the Champion Hurdle, the first day's feature race.

    Willie Mullins (l) and Ruby Walsh

    The unbeaten hurdler was chosen by all-time Festival top jockey Ruby Walsh ahead of Hurricane Fly. AP McCoy is on 2014 victor Jezki.

  26. 'Sizeable donation':

    BBC News NI business correspondent Julian O'Neill tweets:

    Mary Peter Trust
  27. 'Walk gave away' bomb hoaxer:

    A man who planted a hoax bomb at MP Naomi Long's office after he had threatened to kill her was identified on CCTV by the way he walks, a court hears.

    Jonathan Ginn

    Jonathan Ginn, who has cerebral palsy, has admitted planting the hoax at the MP's east Belfast office.

  28. Carryduff security alert ending:

    Will Leitch

    BBC News NI

    The security alert in Carryduff is finishing and army bomb experts are preparing to leave the area.

  29. Full training session for Sexton:

    BBC Sport

    Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton has been passed fit for this Saturday's Six Nations clash with Wales in Cardiff.

    Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton

    Assistant coach Richie Murphy confirmed that Sexton trained fully on Tuesday, after recovering from hamstring trouble.

  30. Campbell challenges Sinn Féin:

    Mark Devenport

    BBC News NI Political Editor

    The DUP's Gregory Campbell says that if an extra £286m is to be provided for the welfare top-up scheme then it will be up to Sinn Féin to say which schools, hospitals and road projects should lose out to fund extra benefits.

    Gregory Campbell

    Sinn Féin withdrew its support for a reform bill on Monday after accusing the DUP of reneging on commitments made in the Stormont House Agreement.

    Martin McGuinness told RTE radio today an extra £200m would solve the problem.

  31. Murderer wants release for GAA match:

    A republican jailed for the 1981 murder of a part-time police officer has won the right to challenge his temporary release arrangements.

    Seamus Martin Kearney

    Seamus Kearney was jailed in 2013 for the murder of John Proctor in 1981. He wants to be freed to celebrate St Patrick's Day and watch his club play in the All-Ireland football final. His case will be heard on Friday.

  32. £300m cost of welfare protection:

    BBC News NI economics and business editor John Campbell tweets:

    Cost of welfare reform
  33. Transport strike leaflets:

    Julian O'Neill

    BBC News NI Business Correspondent

    Here are leaflets printed by the union Unite about Friday's bus and rail strike.

    Strike action Friday 12 March 2015

    The union says people are sympathetic to strike action.

  34. Nazareth House nuns defended:

    Kevin Sharkey

    BBC News NI

    Two women have launched a robust defence of nuns who cared for children at Nazareth House, a former residential home in Belfast.

    HIA at Banbridge courthouse

    The witnesses appeared before the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry this morning.

  35. Carryduff alert latest:

    Will Leitch

    BBC News NI

    Army bomb experts and police are at the scene of a security alert in Franklin Drive, Carryduff, after a suspicious object was found.

    Carryduff alert
  36. Van dismisses 'grumpy' tag:

    Belfast Telegraph

    Van Morrison has dismissed the idea that he's grumpy as a myth and that "lazy journalists" who label him dour need a sense of humour, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

    Van Morrison
  37. Danielle's story:

    BBC Talkback

    Danielle McGriskin, an 18-year-old from Lisburn, has received an award from David Cameron for raising over £130,000 for charity while battling a brain tumour.

    Danielle McGriskin

    She'll be telling her story to BBC Talkback after 13:15.

  38. Further Westminster funding ruled out:

    Secretary of State Theresa Villiers says Westminster will not provide any extra cash for welfare reform in Northern Ireland.

    Theresa Villiers

    Ms Villiers says it would be unfair to fund a more expensive welfare system for Northern Ireland than is being provided elsewhere in the UK.

  39. Roads closed in alert:

    BBC NI Travel

    There is no access to Frankhill Drive in Carryduff at the moment because of a security alert. Frankhill Park has been closed at the junction with Ballynahinch Road.

  40. Carryduff alert:

    Police say there's a security alert in Franklin Drive, Carryduff. Army bomb experts have been sent to examine a suspicious object.

    Some homes have been evacuated.

  41. School transport on Friday:

    Translink is discussing options for school transport on Friday when there will be no scheduled bus or train services in Northern Ireland on Friday due to strike action.

    School bus

    Ciaran Rogan of Translink said: "We are in touch with the education and library boards to find out if schools are open on Friday and to discuss options for transport."

  42. More cash for mortgage debt advice:

    Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey MLA has announced that he is increasing funding to the Mortgage Debt Advice Service (MDAS) by 50%, to £340,000 in 2015/16, an increase of £115,000 from 2014/15.

    Mortgage application form

    Rates of negative equity are much worse in Northern Ireland than elsewhere in the UK and repossessions have also increased.

  43. Prisoner on the run recaptured:

    Police have found a prisoner who has been on the run since 22 December 2014 in north Belfast. Samuel McKinley, who has been serving a life sentence for murder, will be returned to prison later today.

    Samuel McKinley
  44. Probation for sexual charges against teens:

    Portadown Times

    The Portadown Times reports that a man who pleaded guilty to 11 sexual charges against teenagers has been placed on probation for three years.

    Craigavon courthouse

    David Ernest Forde, of Alexandra Avenue, was sentenced at Craigavon Crown Court last Friday.

  45. Court hears of hoax device:

    Eunan McConville

    BBC News

    A court has heard that a hoax device left beside the Alliance Party's office on the Upper Newtownards Road in Belfast was made up of two AA batteries, an aerosol can, white powder, purple shards of plastic and a circuit board, all contained in a Quality Street tin.

    Alliance Party alert

    Jonathan Ginn, 34, with an address at Dunraven Court in Belfast, pleaded guilty to making threats to kill Alliance MP Naomi Long and MLA Chris Lyttle. Ginn also admits to leaving the hoax device outside the party's office in October 2013.

  46. Sterling v Euro:

    Clodagh Rice

    BBC News NI

    BBC News NI business reporter Clodagh Rice tweets: This graph shows the sterling rate against euro as the pound hits its strongest level in seven years.

    Sterling v Euro
  47. Ireland to face unchanged Welsh team:

    BBC Sport

    Sam Warburton will lead an unchanged Wales team against Ireland in the Six Nations in Cardiff on Saturday.

    Sam Warburton

    Flanker Warburton captains Wales for a record 34th time.

  48. Construction firms merger:

    Belfast Telegraph

    Two of Northern Ireland's biggest construction firms will soon finalise a merger following a week of talks, the Belfast Telegraph .


    Lagan Construction Group and H&J Martin revealed back in December that they had entered into talks about a potential merger.

  49. Travel compensation:

    Translink says it will compensate passengers who have already bought bus and train tickets for Friday. All services have been cancelled because of a strike.

  50. Clear skies:

    Angie Phillips

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    A few showers in the north west but, otherwise, hardly a cloud in the sky at the moment.

  51. Clarke's comeback hope:

    BBC Sport NI

    Former Aussie Rules star Martin Clarke says he would love to make his Down GAA comeback in this year's Championship.

    Martin Clarke

    However, he has admitted time is not on his side as he tries to get up to full fitness.

  52. No buses and trains on Friday:

    BBC News NI's business correspondent Julian O'Neill tweets:

    Julian O'Neill
  53. Belfast delays due to funeral:

    BBC NI Travel

    funeral tweet
  54. Record strength:

    Clodagh Rice

    BBC News NI

    The pound is at record strength against the euro this morning, with the euro worth 72 pence. That's 11 pence lower than this time last year.

    So it's a good time to get your holiday spending money, but bad news for firms looking to export as their goods will be more costly.

  55. Can Rory tame Masters?

    BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter has been looking at Rory McIlroy's chances of completing his career grand slam by winning the Masters next month.

    Rory McIlroy

    For him, McIlroy has much to do to recover his form ahead of the tournament.

  56. Meeting over oil project:

    Newtownabbey Times

    Residents in Greenisland are to meet to discuss plans for an oil and gas exploration well at Woodburn forest, the Newtownabbey Times reports.

    Hundreds of the residents have written to a number of Stormont departments over the well project.

  57. Portadown firm expands:

    Clodagh Rice

    BBC News NI

    Portadown firm Dawson Manufacturing is creating six new jobs and expanding its premises after a £600,000 investment supported by the Ulster Bank.


    The firm makes stainless steel products for the food and catering firms, health trusts, and the education sector.

  58. Promise of a lovely day:

    David Scott tweets: Sunrise & the Mournes

    sunrise at mournes

    Send us your pics via twitter to @bbcnewsni or email to

  59. Sam Simon dies:

    The co-creator of The Simpsons, who last year saved a 'gay' Irish bull from the abattoir, has died.

    Sam Simon Benji

    Sam Simon, 59, had been battling cancer. In November 2014, his donation helped save Benji the Bull who was due to be slaughtered.

  60. M2 crash:

    BBC NI Travel

    There has been a crash on the M2 (just before Nelson Street) heading towards the M3. It has been cleared but there are knock-on delays back to Bellevue.

  61. Spotlight highlights IRA sex abuse claim

    BBC Spotlight reporter Jennifer O'Leary gives Good Morning Ulster details of tonight's programme which tells the story of a Co Louth man who alleges he was raped by an IRA man

    Studio two-way

    Paudie McGahon claims his case was covered up by the organisation, which offered to shoot the alleged abuser.

  62. Second 'IRA rape victim' speaks out'

    A second alleged sex abuse victim who claims to have been raped by a member of the IRA has spoken out to criticise how republicans dealt with his case.

    Paudie McGahon

    Paudie McGahon has given an interview to BBC Spotlight which will be broadcast tonight on BBC 1 at 10.45pm.

  63. Ireland fall to India:

    BBC Sport NI

    India have beaten Ireland in the Cricket World Cup by eight wickets - Virat Kohli hit the winning runs in the 36th over after Ireland set a respectable target of 259.


    Not a bad performance against one of the tournament favourites. Ireland now face Pakistan on Sunday in the final group game - a win or draw is needed to qualify for the next stage.

  64. Sunny today:

    Angie Phillips

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    It's a cold start in places but the sunshine will clear up any frosty patches and the full forecast shows it's due to be a fine day with plenty of sunshine.

    Angie Phillips
  65. Sydenham by pass busy

    traffic tweet
  66. Delays at Toome:

    BBC NI Travel

    Delays on A6 Moneynick Road from #Toome towards the M2

  67. Ireland vs India latest:

    India are closing in on victory over Ireland in the Cricket World Cup - they currently sit on 218-2 and need 42 runs from 18 overs for victory.

    India vs Ireland

    Ireland put together a solid first innings, racking up 259 but the defending champions' potent top order have quickly established a dominant position. You can follow live updates or listen to the match on BBC 5 live sports extra.

  68. 1974 shooting appeal:

    Detectives have made a fresh appeal for information about the murder of a 27-year-old man who was shot dead by soldiers in County Tyrone more than 40 years ago.


    John Pat Cunningham was killed at Benburb on 15 June 1974.

  69. Good morning

    Ciaran McCauley

    BBC News NI

    Hello on this cold March morning - clearly that winter weather hasn't quite gone away yet.

    We'll have all the news, sport, weather and travel on BBC News NI Live right up until 19:00.