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  1. Updates for Friday 27 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 07:00 on Monday 30 March

Live Reporting

By Ciaran Daly and Grania McFadden

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night!

    Jayne McCormack

    BBC News NI

    Well that's all from us at BBC News NI Live. If you're off to watch the Ulster match at Ravenhill we envy you, but there's just time to show this fantastic shot of the Mourne Mountains from Paul Killeen.

    Paul Killeen

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

  2. Spring forward, fall back:

    We like to be helpful here at BBC News NI Live, so as a reminder to those of you who are working this weekend, don't forget to set the clocks forward on Sunday!

  3. Delays expected due to hospital rally:

    Trafficwatch NI tweets:

    Daisy Hill
  4. Spring has sprung:

    Jayne McCormack

    BBC News NI

    The first signs that Spring is on its way have appeared in the form of this lovely snap - some primroses on the quarry path at Cave Hill this morning (thanks Belfast Snapper)!

  5. Commemorating the 1916 Rising:

    Shane Harrison

    BBC NI Dublin correspondent

    This day next year it'll be Easter Sunday and big events are due to take place that day to commemorate the 1916 Rising.

    Easter Rising

    I've been looking at arguments taking place across the border for BBC Newsline about how the day should be marked, and who should be at the centre of it.

  6. Rugby traffic expected:

    Trafficwatch NI tweets:

  7. Old wives' tale:

    Our BBC newsroom colleague Seamus Kelters has sent us this slightly unusual image of some fabrics tied around trees at a holy well in Cranfield, County Antrim.


    It's believed they're placed there to ward off diseases as people believe that as the fabrics decay, so will their illness.

  8. Get on up:

    Evening Extra

    How much of your working day is spent standing up? A British Heart Foundation says hardly any of us spend more than 30 minutes away from our desks, so we put it into practice tonight!


    Here's Seamus McKee and BBC Sport NI's Padraig Coyle burning the calories by keeping on their toes.

  9. Trains moving again:


    Trains on the Bangor line are now moving, but there are severe knock-on delays of up to 30 minutes.

  10. Bangor rail delays:

    Translink tweets:

  11. Rush hour:

    BBC NI Travel

    In north Down traffic is very slow on the A2 Bangor-bound at Cultra due to a broken down taxi opposite the Larch Hill Road.

  12. Wind warning:

    Barra Best

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    Take extra care along the north coast tomorrow. A warning for strong winds has been issued from 07:00 to 18:00.


    Keep up-to-date with the latest BBC News NI weather forecast.

  13. 'Gay cake' court over for day:

    Mark Simpson

    BBC News NI

    The Ashers Bakery "gay cake" case has finished for the day. It's due to resume on Monday.

  14. McClean 'hung out to dry' over poppy:

    The Belfast Telegraph reports that footballer James McClean from Derry believes he was "hung out to dry" for his refusal to wear a poppy on Remembrance Sunday when he played for Sunderland.

    James McClean
  15. Coastal views:

    Jayne McCormack

    BBC News NI

    It's much less windy outside today and you've been making the most of it with some great snaps!


    Thanks to I Love North Coast for this view of the new Whiterocks Path that's just opened in Portrush.

  16. Dwyer found guilty of murder:

    A jury in the Republic of Ireland has found architect Graham Dwyer guilty of murdering childcare worker Elaine O'Hara.


    The jury heard over 40 days of graphic evidence of a sexual nature before they unanimously found the 42-year-old guilty.

  17. School closure overturned:

    Tyrone Times

    The Tyrone Times reports that the High Court has overturned a decision to close Clintyclay Primary School, the first Catholic primary school attempting to transform to integrate status in Northern Ireland.

  18. Dry spells tonight:

    Cecilia Daly

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    Great news if you're heading to the Ulster match tonight as it's going to stay dry with very little wind, though expect some rain later in the weekend.

  19. 'Voices' killer given 10 year sentence:

    A man who said he stabbed his friend to death because of "voices" must serve at least 10 years of a life sentence.

    Tomas Hornay

    Tomas Hornay, 36, attacked Luis Nazario Ximines with two kitchen knives at the house they shared in Dungannon, County Tyrone, on 1 August 2013.

  20. Boy choked by toxic gas fumes:

    Natalie Lindo

    BBC News

    An inquest into the death of an eight-year-old boy has found he died from asphyxia from the toxic gases released during the mixing of slurry at a farm in Dunloy in County Antrim.

    Farm where accident happened
  21. Four years for indecent assault

    A 32-year-old man who indecently assaulted two female cousins has been jailed for four years at Londonderry crown court.

    Derry Crown Court

    Patrick Mark Cunning form Dunlade Road in Greysteel was convicted by a jury earlier this month of indecently assaulting his first victim in August 2008 when she was 13-year-old. He pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting the girl's 18-year-old cousin in January 2013.

  22. We built this city (hall) on rock n'roll:

    BBC News NI's Dan Stanton tweets: Live music on the steps of Belfast city hall this lunchtime. Well done to all involved. More of it please.

    Live music city hall 27 march 2015
  23. Blanchflower plaque unveiled:

    Kevin Sharkey

    BBC News NI

    Crowds gather in East Belfast for the unveiling of a plaque in honour of Danny Blanchflower, one of Northern Ireland's greatest footballers.

    Blanchflower plaque

    The unveiling ceremony, at Grace Avenue in east Belfast, was attended by members of his family and high-profile figures from the sport.

  24. Henry confirmed for Cardiff game:

    BBC Sport NI

    Ulster Rugby have confirmed that Chris Henry has been selected as a replacement for tonight's game against Cardiff Blues.

    Ulster flanker Chris Henry

    Henry suffered a mini-stroke in November, but following a consultation with doctors in Dublin he's been cleared for full participation.

  25. Woman admits manslaughter of son:

    A 28-year-old woman's pleaded guilty to killing her three-year-old son at their Lisburn home in 2013.

    The baby was found dead at a house in Trinity Terrace in Lisburn

    Michelle Owens was returned on bail to a secure psychiatric unit at Knockbracken Health Care park in south Belfast. She'll be sentenced in May.

  26. Gay blood challenge set for October:

    Former Health Minister Edwin Poots' bid to overturn rulings that his ban on gay men giving blood in Northern Ireland was irrational and "infected" by apparent bias will not take place until October.

    Edwin Poots

    Senior judges in Belfast today relisted Mr Poots' appeal for a hearing to begin on October 12 - nearly four years after the judicial review proceedings were first issued.

  27. Flash Harry:

    BBC Talkback

    We like to try and bring you a bit of live music on the programme on Fridays and today's no exception.

    Flash Harry

    Freddie Mercury impersonator Flash Harry Hamilton is playing a couple of tunes and telling us about his 20 years in the music business!

  28. No imminent breakthrough in welfare reform talks:

    Gareth Gordon

    BBC News NI Political Correspondent

    The Secretary of State says there's no sign of an imminent breakthrough in the impasse over welfare reform.


    Theresa Villiers was speaking after meeting the Executive parties for another review of the Stormont House Agreement.

  29. Car on fire on M2 hard shoulder:

    A vehicle is on fire on the hard shoulder of the M2 northbound, just before the Antrim turn-off.

    care on fire

    Motorists are being directed off the M2 at the Rathbeg slip-road and back onto the motorway.

  30. Looking back as the clocks go forward:

    BBC NI Archive

    Remember the clocks go forward this weekend as we enter daylight savings time on Sunday. It means an hour less in bed, but there'll be a 'quare stretch in the evenings' too.


    It can be a confusing time as this archive from 1974 shows. BBC Northern Ireland reporter Richard Ayre asked people in Belfast whether they were able to remember what way the clocks should change.

  31. Objection to content not character:

    Mark Simpson

    BBC News NI

    The barrister representing Ashers Bakers has told a court that they didn't know - or care - about the sexual orientation of the customer who ordered the 'gay cake'.


    David Scoffield QC said: "The issue here was the content of the cake, and not a characteristic of the customer.

  32. Derry murder court:

    Kieran McLaughlin has been acquitted of murdering Barry McCrory in Londonderry in 2013, but a judge has found him guilty of possessing a loaded shotgun and a Mauser pistol with intent to endanger life.

    Kieran McLaughlin

    McLaughlin had already pleaded guilty to possessing the firearms. He'll be sentenced in May.

  33. New air routes:

    Julian O'Neill

    BBC News NI Business Correspondent

    City of Derry airport could have a new, week-round route to Dublin, with the new service short-listed for help from the government.

    Derry City Airport

    It would be operated by Isle of Man-based regional carrier Citywing and start in October. Flybe has also applied to run weekday return flights between Derry and Birmingham from next year.

  34. Derry man not guilty of murder:

    A Londonderry man's been found not guilty of murdering Barry McCrory at a flat in the city in 2013. The judge at Belfast Crown Court said there was no forensic evidence to link Kieran McLaughlin to the killing.

  35. Woman dies after Enniskillen crash:

    A woman in her 40s has died following a crash in Belmore Street in Enniskillen on Wednesday night. The family of Yvette Lunney say they've donated her organs to help others to live.

  36. Rail delays:

    BBC NI Travel

    Signalling problems are causing delays on the railway line between Antrim and Coleraine again today. Speed restrictions are in place.

  37. Flight delayed:

    BBC NI Travel

    The 13:30 arrival from Amsterdam to Belfast International Airport has been delayed until 16:25 because of delays after a power failure at Schipol Airport.

  38. Green energy costs:

    John Campbell

    BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

    A new report says electricity consumers here could see the amount they have to pay to subsidise renewable energy triple by 2020.

    Solar panels

    A typical customer's bill currently includes £17 a year towards renewable energy, but this looks set to rise to more than £50.

  39. Tourism appointment questioned:

    BBC News NI's Business Correspondent Julian O'Neill tweets:

  40. Cake order to avoid 'confrontation':

    Mark Simpson

    BBC News NI

    The woman who took the order for a cake bearing a slogan supporting gay marriage says she initially accepted it to avoid a "confrontation".

    The cake was ordered for a civic event in Bangor Castle Town Hall, County Down, to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

    Karen McArthur from Ashers Bakery told the court: "In my heart, I knew I would not be able to put that (slogan) on the cake."

  41. Celibacy rules:

    BBC Talkback

    As parishioners show their support for a west Belfast priest accused of having a relationship with a woman, today we're asking is it time the Catholic Church got rid of its rules on celibacy?

    Person holding a cross

    Chris Buckler sitting is in for William Crawley, join us at 12:00.

  42. 35 jobs to go at NIACRO:

    The Northern Ireland Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NIACRO) says that 35 staff members will be made redundant by 31st March due to the removal of European Social Fund monies.

    Olwen Lyner, chief executive of NIACRO said: "Our concern now is the impact that this decision will have on our staff, the community, and the level of crime and reoffending across Northern Ireland."

  43. Radio Foyle's 'voice of sport' retires:

    Keiron Tourish

    BBC News NI

    The 'voice of sport' in the north west, Ritchie Kelly, this morning hung up his microphone after 30 years covering rugby, cricket, GAA, athletics and his own favourite, the beautiful game.

    Ritchie Kelly

    Friends, colleagues and a host of sporting organisations paid tribute to Ritchie at a special reception in BBC Foyle.

  44. Waking Limavady:

    BBC Radio Foyle

    BBC News NI's Dean McLaughlin has been reporting on the 'waking of Limavady Borough Council' before the Causeway Coast and Glens supercouncil comes into power.

    Limavady council offices

    There are many memorable stories of Limavady through the years and you can listen to the full report here.

  45. BBC and NI Screen team up:

    The BBC and Northern Ireland Screen today signed a new partnership agreement to support the television and online industries in Northern Ireland.

    ni screen

    The purpose of the joint agreement is for the BBC and Northern Ireland Screen to work together to invest financially and creatively in developing an internationally competitive screen industry in Northern Ireland.

  46. New mayor for Derry City and Strabane District Council:

    Derry Journal

    The Derry Journal reports that Sinn Féin Councillor Elisha McCallion has made history by being installed as the first ever Mayor of the new Derry City & Strabane District Council.

    New Derry mayor
  47. McCarron returns to Tyrone line-up:

    BBC Sport NI

    Cathal McCarron returns to the Tyrone defence for Sunday's Division One relegation derby against Donegal at Ballybofey after overcoming injury.

    Cathal McCarron

    McCarron missed the narrow defeat to Cork at Healy Park after damaging a hamstring injury against Dublin.

  48. Ballymurphy relatives meet Irish Prime Minister

    The Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach) has been meeting the families of civilians who were killed by soldiers in Belfast over a three-day period in 1971.


    The shootings took place in Ballymurphy in the west of the city between 9 and 11 August, as the government introduced interment - imprisonment without trial

  49. #askframpton

    BBC Sport

    Have a question for Carl Frampton? Well, why not ask it? The IBF super-bantamweight champion will be answering questions after lunch on the BBC Sportsday live-blog. To ask a question just tweet with the hashtag #askframpton.

    Carl Frampton
  50. Weekend weather

    Barra Best

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    BBC News NI weather presenter Barra Best tweets: It's almost the weekend. Here's how it's shaping up for you:

    Weekend weather 27 March 2015
  51. McIlroy moves operations to Dublin:

    Belfast Telegraph

    The Belfast Telegraph reports that Rory McIlroy will pay tax to the Irish government rather than HMRC after deciding to base most of his global operations in Dublin.

    Rory McIlroy

    The decision will mean a significant boost to the Irish Exchequer as the golfer will pay normal company tax at 12.5% on his royalty fees, which are expected to amount to hundreds of millions of euro over his career.

  52. Reports of a Whiteabbey crash:

    BBC NI Travel tweets:

    Reports of a crash
  53. Henry set for surprise return:

    BBC Sport NI

    Ireland flanker Chris Henry could be set to make an earlier than expected return to Ulster duty in Friday's Pro12 game against Cardiff Blues.

    Chris Henry

    Ulster have left a vacancy on their bench for the Kingspan Stadium contest and there is speculation that Henry will fill the slot. He has been out of action since suffering a mini-stroke in November

  54. Ballymurphy families to meet Kenny:

    BBC News NI reporter Aileen Moynagh tweets:

    Aileen Moynagh
  55. Blanchflower honoured with blue plaque

    Danny Blanchflower, one of Northern Ireland's greatest footballers, is to be honoured with a commemorative plaque in his native city of Belfast later.

    Danny Blanchflower with Spurs trophy

    He captained Tottenham Hotspur in the 1960s as they won the League, the FA Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup. He also made 56 appearances as a Northern Ireland international and later managed the team.

  56. Keeping it country?

    Good Morning Ulster

    BBC Good Morning Ulster is discussing what makes a 'culchie' with local historian John Makem. One listener got in touch with to say he hadn't heard the brilliant turn of phrase 'Ya aul attercot' in years. If you've got any favourite country catchphrases you can tweet them to @BBCgmu


    Culchie and Proud airs on BBC Radio Ulster this Sunday at 12:30.

  57. Sunny skies on the north coast:

    Thanks to Anne Kelly for this picture of the sun rising over Ballycastle, County Antrim this morning. It'll be a largely bright and dry day, but enjoy it while you can. It's going to be wet and windy this weekend.


    You can send your photos to us by emailing

  58. Kenny to meet Ballymurphy relatives:

    The Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach) is due to meet the families of civilians who were killed by soldiers in Belfast over a three-day period in 1971.

    Relatives of those shot dead iby soldiers in Ballymurphy in 1971

    The shootings took place in Ballymurphy in the west of the city between 9 and 11 August, as the government introduced interment - imprisonment without trial. On Thursday, Mr Kenny met the families of 10 Protestant men murdered by the IRA at Kingsmills, County Armagh, in 1976.

  59. Fond farewell planned for Ritchie:

    BBC Radio Foyle

    BBC Radio Foyle tweets: It's Ritchie Kelly's last day in the BBC after working in @BBCSPORTNI for 30 years. We take a look back this morning.

    Ritchie Kelly
  60. Traffic around Belfast:

    BBC NI Travel

    Traffic is busy on the M2 from Duncrue Street to Nelson Street. There are also delays on the Westlink from Roden Street right through to York Street and the M2.

    Traffic's also slow on the M1 from Blaris to the Saintfield Road junction.

  61. Unmetered water customers worst hit:

    BBC News NI business reporter Julian O'Neill tweets:

    NI Water

    Northern Ireland Water is putting up charges to its 80,000 non-domestic customers from April - the first price rise in three years.

  62. Newtownabbey security alert a hoax:

    PSNI tweets:

    Secuirty alert hoax
  63. Friday's weather forecast:

    Geoff Maskell

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    It's a bit of a chilly, grey start to the day but it's not going to turn into too bad a day. There should be bright and sunny spells throughout the day.

    Morning weather 27 March 2015

    This evening though, it's all change. Rain is set to move in and there'll be strong wind with it too. That unsettled weather looks likely to stay for the weekend.

  64. Firth sets new world record:

    BBC Sport

    Bethany Firth set a new world record on her way to winning the 100 metres breaststroke at the British Para-Swimming International Meet in Glasgow.

    Bethany Firth

    The 19-year-old from Northern Ireland set the mark with her winning time of one minute 14.40 seconds in the morning heats of the multi-category event.

  65. Non-domestic water charges rise:

    Julian O'Neill

    BBC News NI Business Correspondent

    Northern Ireland Water is putting up charges to its 80,000 non-domestic customers from April - the first price rise in three years.

    tap pouring water

    The company said the increase would average out at 2.4%.

  66. Good morning!:

    Ciaran Daly

    BBC News NI

    Good morning and welcome to BBC News NI Live on Friday 27 March. We'll be bringing you all of the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across Northern Ireland up until 19:00 this evening.