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  1. Goodnight:

    Ciaran McCauley

    BBC News NI

    That's all from us at BBC News NI Live - we'll be back with more from 07:00 on Tuesday.

    Until then, have a great Monday evening.

  2. Shiny new bikes ready for Belfast

    Belfast City Council has posted this picture of Belfast's shiny new public bikes

    Belfast bikes

    The public hire scheme goes live in two weeks time. Around 600 people have pre-registered.

  3. Randalstown crash causing delays:


    PSNI Antrim tweets:

    police tweet
  4. Selfridge to turn pro:

    BBC Sport NI

    North of Ireland Amateur Champion Chris Selfridge announces he will turn professional in May.

    Chris Selfridge

    The 23-year-old, from the Moyola Park club in Castledawson, will play on the European Challenge Tour this season.

  5. 'Intimidation' behind Moygashel decision:

    The chief electoral officer says he has decided to stop using a Moygashel school as a polling station because of loyalist intimidation of Sinn Féin workers during last year's elections.

    Graham Shiels

    The full review of the decision by Graham Shiels has been published on the Electoral Office website.

  6. New road but problems remain:

    Natalie Lindo

    BBC News

    It cost £130m, is 14.5km long and has taken 200 million hours to complete - the A8 Larne to Belfast will be complete in weeks.

    A8 road scheme

    The road scheme hasn't been without criticism, as I've been finding out.

  7. Police release car photo:

    Police appealing for information over the murder of Kyle Neil release a photo of the car that he was found in.

    Kyle Neil car
  8. Road closed in east Belfast:

    BBC NI Travel

    Lower Newtownards Road is closed from Templemore Avenue (towards the city) to allow for a building demolition - diversions at Tobermore Avenue and Albertbridge Road.

  9. Commitment to job creation questioned:

    Derry Journal

    The Derry Journal reports that questions have been asked over what a recently established ministerial sub-group is doing about Derry's high unemployment.

    Shoppers walking past a B&Q store
  10. Lavery quits Tyrone squad:

    BBC Sport NI

    PJ Lavery has become the fifth player to quit the Tyrone squad in the wake of relegation to Division Two.

    PJ Lavery

    Lavery was considered an integral part of the Tyrone panel and was involved in all seven Division One games.

  11. Rathlin in the Spring sun:

    Cee tweets: Before the cloud arrived at #Rathlin today - pic via Douglas Cecil. The sun should return later this week

  12. Jailed burglar had 'stupid' excuse:

    A judge has jailed a man for burglary and described his claim that he was hiding from a gang of armed men in an empty house as "completely stupid".

    Laganside Courthouse Belfast
  13. Hole-in-One Direction filled?

    Belfast Telegraph

    One Direction's search for Zayn Malik's replacement is over for one night at least, as Rory McIlroy will take to the stage with the group, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

    McIlroy One Direction

    McIlroy will join the group in September after group member Niall Horan acted as caddy for him last week in a warm-up for the Masters.

  14. Patrick Reed for Irish Open:

    BBC Sport NI

    World number 14 Patrick Reed says he'll play at the Irish Open at Royal County Down in May.

    Patrick Reed
  15. Bomb victim to 'lose sight' in an eye:

    Sinn Fein MLA Mickey Brady says that Francis McCabe, who was injured in a south Armagh bomb attack in February, will lose his sight in an eye.

    Francis McCabe
  16. No fairytale but a happy mother for McCoy:

    It wasn't to be a fairytale ending at the Grand National for AP McCoy on Saturday - but his mother says she's happy he made it round the course safely.


    "I knew when I was listening that he was still there, he hadn't gone down, that they were saying he had a great run," she says.

  17. New boss at Ulster Bank:

    Ulster Bank appoint Richard Donnan as its new boss in Northern Ireland.

    Richard Donnan

    He is currently managing director of retail banking for the Ulster Bank group. He replaces Ellvena Graham, who is becoming a non-executive director.

  18. 23-year-old jailed for attacking girlfriend

    A 23-year-old man who headbutted, punched and kicked his 17-year-old girlfriend in a drunken attack has been jailed for seven months at Londonderry Magistrates Court.

    Courthouse in Derry

    Christopher Kennedy, of no fixed abode, admitted attacking his girlfriend in a house in Ballymagroarty on 2 March.

  19. New Zealand speak at Stormont

    BBC News NI political correspondent Gareth Gordon tweets:

    New Zealand speaker
  20. Man charged over road death:

    Julian Fowler

    BBC News NI

    A man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving following a crash in County Tyrone at the weekend.

    Albertas Daskevicius, 49, from Bawncourt, Ballykelly was driving a lorry which collided with a van in Victoria Bridge on Saturday night. Sean McElwee, who was driving the van, was killed.

  21. Cloudy but mild:

    Cecilia Daly

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    Temperatures are going to pick up again over the coming week but it doesn't mean there's going to be sunshine all the while. By the end of the week though, it'll be drier and brighter.

    Weather forecast 13 April 2015

    There's a lot of cloud around this afternoon. This evening will remain cloudy but it'll be mild too and tomorrow morning will be damp. You can watch the latest weather forecast here.

  22. Strabane crash victim named:

    The man in his 40s who died after a collision involving a lorry and a van in Strabane on Sunday was Sean McElwee from Cookstown, County Tyrone.

    A 49-year-old man is due to appear in court in Enniskillen later charged with causing death by dangerous driving. He also faces a number of other charges, including driving without insurance.

  23. North Belfast alert over:

    Police say that a security alert on Upper Meadow Street in north Belfast has ended after a suspicious object was declared a hoax.

    A controlled explosion was carried out on the object. The street has now reopened.

  24. Londonderry roadworks

    Trafficwatch NI tweets:

  25. Inquest verdicts upheld

    The family of one of two IRA men shot dead by the SAS have lost a legal bid to have the inquest verdicts quashed.

    High Court, Belfast

    A High Court judge ruled today that the deaths of Martin McCaughey and Dessie Grew nearly 25 years ago were properly examined.

  26. Killed in 'frenzied attack':

    Police say that Kyle Neil, whose body was found in a car boot in South Belfast, died in a "frenzied attack".

    Kyle Neil

    Det Ch Insp John McVea says the victim had been at a party at an address in Comber. He confirms that a knife was used in the attack.

  27. Labour hints at different benefit cap for NI?

    John Campbell

    BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

    BBC News NI economics and business editor John Campbell tweets: I'm extrapolating but this, from the manifesto, implies Labour could impose a lower benefit cap in Northern Ireland.

    Labour manifesto for NI
  28. Money cut for Stormont parties:

    Chris Page

    BBC News NI Political Correspondent

    The Assembly has voted for a 3% cut in a scheme that provides money to parties with MLAs.


    The Financial Assistance for Political Parties Scheme distributes funding to parties to help Assembly members perform their duties.

  29. One-armed goal machine:

    It was often said Belfast striker Jimmy Hasty inspired his teams single-handedly - literally in his case, as he lost his left arm after a work accident as a teenager.

    Jimmy Hasty

    That didn't stop Hasty scoring more than 100 goals in a storied career for Dundalk FC. His extraordinary life was remembered in a BBC Radio Ulster documentary aired yesterday - you can listen back on iPlayer.

  30. The most dangerous constituency:

    BBC News NI political correspondent Gareth Gordon tweets:

    East Belfast
  31. Council websites dispute:

    News Letter

    The News Letter reports that four out of Northern Ireland's 11 new councils have ditched the customary reference to the UK government in their website names.

    A person uses a laptop

    It is usual for most arms of government to include the letters "" as part of their web address, and as part of the email accounts used by officials and councillors.

  32. Rain to clear:

    BBC Weather

    Patchy rain soon clearing - the temperatures will rise into double figures this afternoon.

    Monday weather2
  33. Birthday boy Barra's weather cake

    Our Barra had a birthday recently, and celebrated with a meteorological cake in the newsroom.

    Barra's cake

    As you can see there's a hungry front approaching from the south west. As to his age? Twenty-nine (again).

  34. 'Marginal' increase for business:

    Julian O'Neill

    BBC News NI Business Correspondent

    Northern Ireland's private sector saw a "marginal" increase in business activity in March, ending a three-month sequence of decline, according to a survey.


    Despite a slowdown in recovery, firms have taken on extra staff in recent months..

  35. Security alert:


    Police are at the scene of a security alert in north Belfast

    A suspicious object has been found in Upper Meadow Street.

  36. Five months of roadworks:

    BBC NI Travel

    Five months of roadworks start on the Castlereagh Road in Belfast today between the junction of Grand Parade/Ladas Drive and Orby Link.

    The bus and cycle lane will be closed for the duration of the roadworks.

  37. New nursing home care standards

    Revised care standards for nursing homes have been launched today setting out the minimum requirements that providers of these services must achieve.

    Holding hands

    The standards will be used by the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) as part of its programme for the registration and inspection of nursing homes

  38. Labour stance on Kincora:

    Chris Page

    BBC News NI Political Correspondent

    Ivan Lewis, Labour's Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary, said that Labour would include the Kincora case in the national child abuse inquiry if it was in government.

    Ivan Lewis

    Mr Lewis said: "The suffering of the victims at Kincora Boys Home is unimaginable. We will take all necessary steps to secure truth and justice for the victims."

  39. Irish immigration fraud investigated:

    Belfast Telegraph

    The Belfast Telegraph reports that Australia is investigating immigration fraud amid concerns Irish people may be using passports issued in their Irish-language names to conceal their identity as they seek visas.

    Irish passport

    The authorities believe people have been using passports issued in their Gaelic names to apply for working visas in Australia - when they had previously got one using passports issued in the English-language version of their name.

  40. Clouds gathering

    A bright morning is giving way to some cloudier conditions as you can see from this scenic shot over Whiterocks beach near Portrush in County Antrim. Thanks to those at Atlantic Lens for sending the snap in.


    You can send us in your pictures by emailing

  41. Clarke pleased with Masters performance:

    Stephen Watson

    BBC Sport NI

    Darren Clarke spoke to BBC Sport NI's Stephen Watson about his largely satisfactory week at the US Masters.

    Clarke plays a shot on the first hole on Sunday

    Clarke made the cut but finished six-over-par after a poor score on the third day. Check out the 'cheeky' interruption mid-way through the interview.

  42. Rea extends lead:

    BBC Sport NI

    Jonathan Rea extended his lead at the top of the World Championships series to 26 points by winning race one at Aragon and taking second in race two.

    Northern Ireland rider Jonathan Rea in World Superbike action

    Northern Irishman Rea, 28, clinched his fourth success of the season by winning by 0.051 seconds on his Kawasaki after a thrilling end to the first event.

  43. Greens on Talkback

    BBC Talkback presenter William Crawley tweets:

    William Crawley
  44. New college for young offenders

    A new college for young offenders at Hydebank Wood has been opened by the Northern Ireland Prison Service.


    Prisoners between the ages of 18 and 21 will be involved in a range of activities from Monday to Friday with a number of weekend activities also provided.

  45. Game of Thrones returns

    The latest series of Game of Thrones, some of which was filmed in Northern Ireland, returns for its fifth series on television tonight.

    Game of Thrones

    BBC Newsbeat reporter Chi Chi Izundu told BBC Good Morning Ulster: "The beauty and historical landscape of Northern Ireland has made Game of Thrones what it is. It's done the series no end of good."

  46. Still waters

    Here's a fantastic photo of last night's sunset at a Holywood jetty in County Down sent in to us by Rodney Harrison.

    Holywood jetty

    You can send us your pictures by emailing

  47. Curious clouds:

    Barra Best

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    BBC News NI weather presenter Barra Best tweets: Like an alien invasion. Altocumulus lenticularis clouds over Newcastle in County Down today. Photos by the Kavanaghs.

    Altocumulus lenticularis
  48. Attacks on Polish people 'unacceptable'

    Assistant Chief Constable of the PSNI Stephen Martin tweets:

    Polish attacks
  49. Spieth eyes McIlroy rivalry:

    BBC Sport NI

    Masters champion Jordan Spieth says he is relishing a future rivalry with Rory McIlroy after winning his first major.

    Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth

    Spieth said: "He's got four majors, something I can only dream about. I look forward to getting in the heat of the moment with him a few more times in the near future."

  50. Software company growing exports:

    Clodagh Rice

    BBC News NI

    A Magherafelt-based software company is growing its export markets across Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland and the United States of America.

    Advance Software is an IT management software company that builds a range of customised software to solve common business tasks.

  51. A mother's love's a blessing:

    BBC Sport NI

    AP McCoy finished fifth in his final Grand National on Saturday but his mother Claire told BBC Good Morning Ulster that she didn't watch the race due to her nerves. You can listen to her interview here.

    AP McCoy and DJ Casey

    Claire McCoy said: "We've had 20 brilliant years, we have met some lovely people and he's extremely good to all of us."

  52. Crusaders almost champions:

    Crusaders are virtually assured of their first Irish Premiership title since 1997 after Saturday's 1-0 win away to deposed champions Cliftonville.

    Cliftonville's George McMullan in action against Declan Caddell of Crusaders

    With three fixtures left, the Crues are nine points ahead of second-placed Linfield who lost 2-0 to Glenavon with a vastly superior goal difference.

  53. NI's online shopping habits:

    Clodagh Rice

    BBC News NI

    Northern Ireland has the lowest proportion of shoppers who use their mobile or smartphones of any region in the UK but the highest proportion who use tablet computers to shop online.

    A woman online shopping on a tablet

    A survey conducted by Barclays says that consumers in Northern Ireland spent £186m using mobile devices in 2014. That figure is expected to increase by more than 200% by 2019.

  54. Titanic priest sainthood campaign:

    BBC Good Morning Ulster tweets:

    GMU tweet 13 April 2015

    You can hear that interview with Father Graham Smith after 8.30

  55. Ulster sides defeated in League semis:

    BBC Sport NI

    Dublin remain on course for a third successive Football League title after narrowly defeating Monaghan on a score-line of 0-17 to 0-16 at Croke Park.

    Dublin's Jack McCaffrey and Monaghan's Owen Duffy

    Dublin will face Cork in the final after the Rebels defeated Donegal with four points to spare.

  56. Searches at Comber apartment:

    Louise Cullen

    BBC NI News

    BBC News NI's Louise Cullen tweets: Quiet on Mill Street in Comber after searches at this apartment block yesterday. I'm live on @BBCgmu after 08:00.

    Comber apartment

    Police are also examining a scene at Church Gate apartments at Mill Street, Comber, County Down in connection with the discovery of a man's body in a car boot in south Belfast yesterday.

  57. Same-sex-marriage mural

    A large mural supporting same-sex-marriage went up on a Dublin city centre wall at the weekend. Voters in the Republic of Ireland will decide whether to approve same-sex marriage in a referendum on 22 May 2015.

    Gay mural in Dublin

    The artist responsible for the mural, Joe Caslin, is talking about it on BBC Good Morning Ulster

  58. Clouds and rain on the way:

    Geoff Maskell

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    It's a bit of a deceptive start to the day because the bright start will give way to a band of rain working its way across Northern Ireland. You can watch the latest weather forecast here.

    Weather 13 April 2015

    But it'll feel pleasant when that cloud and rain pass. There'll be plenty of cloud around over the next few days but in between the cloudy spells, there could be some nice spells of sunshine.

  59. Polling station decision expected:

    Kevin Magee

    BBC News NI

    An announcement is expected later on the future of a polling station at Moygashel in County Tyrone. The Electoral Office had dropped Howard Primary School as a polling station.

    Loyalists protested outside Howard Primary School during last year's elections

    It followed claims that loyalist flag protestors prevented some people from voting there at last year's local government and European elections.

  60. Slight increase in business activity:

    Clodagh Rice

    BBC News NI

    Ulster Bank and Markit have published the Purchasing Managers Index for March which reports on business activity in the private sector in Northern Ireland.

    Business activity NI

    Local firms reported a decrease in business activity over the first quarter of this year but March saw activity increase slightly with firms taking on extra staff.

  61. Two questioned about car boot body

    Police are questioning a man and woman in their 20s as part of a murder investigation.

    Car where body was found

    The body of 23-year-old Kyle Neil from north Belfast was found in the boot of a car in the south of the city yesterday. An apartment in Comber is also being examined.

  62. Dangerous driving death charge

    A 49-year-old man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving following a crash in County Tyrone at the weekend. A man in his 40s died after the collision involving a lorry and a van in Strabane on Saturday.

    It happened at Melmount Road, Victoria Bridge, at about 22:00 BST.

  63. McIlroy finishes fourth:

    BBC Sport NI

    Rory McIlroy finished fourth at the US Masters in Augusta, Georgia, six shots behind the winner, Jordan Spieth, who equalled the lowest winning score in Masters history.

    Rory McIlroy 2015 US Masters

    McIlroy shot was a final round score of six-under-par, 66. He finished 12 under-par for the tournament. Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke both finished six-over-par.

  64. Good morning:

    Ciaran Daly

    BBC News NI

    Good morning and welcome to BBC News NI Live on Monday 13 April. We'll be bringing you all the latest news, sport, travel and weather up until 19:00 this evening.