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  1. Updates for Tuesday 21 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather updates on Wednesday 22 April

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  1. Goodnight:

    That's BBC News NI Live over until tomorrow. It's been a glorious day as this idyllic image of Murlough Bay in County Down shows. A hat-tip to Mr J for sending that picture to us.

    Murlough Bay

    We'll be back again 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.

  2. Feeling hot, hot, hot:

    Barra Best

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    BBC News NI weather presenter Barra Best tweets: We hit 19C today. Let's see if we can hit the magic 20C somewhere on Wednesday.

    Temperatures 21 April 2015
  3. Man released unconditionally:


    A 53-year-old man who was arrested over the attempted murder of police on Crumlin Road in December 2013 has been released unconditionally.

  4. Norovirus at City Hospital:

    There has been an increase in vomiting and diarrhoea (norovirus) among a number of patients at Belfast City Hospital. Vomiting and diarrhoea, while contagious, normally passes within 48 hours.


    People are being asked not to visit the hospital if they have been vomiting or had diarrhoea and to be wash hands when entering or leaving wards.

  5. Westlink crash cleared:

    BBC NI Travel

    The crash on the Westlink, M1-bound just before the Broadway underpass has now been cleared.

  6. Coming up on BBC Newsline tonight:

    Donna Traynor tweets about what will be coming up on tonight's BBC Newsline at 18:30, including industrial action planned in the health service.

    Coming up on BBC Newsline
  7. Polish ambassador to visit Northern Ireland:

    The Polish Embassy UK tweets: Ambassador Witold Sobkow is planning to visit Northern Ireland in May to discuss recent attacks on Poles with local authorities.

    Polish ambassador visit
  8. Crash on Westlink:

    BBC NI Travel

    A crash on the the Westlink just before the Broadway underpass is blocking the middle lane and holding up traffic going towards the M1 in Belfast.

  9. Prince Charles' Irish visit 20 years ago:

    BBC NI Archive

    The Prince of Wales is to visit the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland as part of a four-day visit from 19 to 23 May.

    Prince Charles

    Watch the BBC's Shane Harrison report on the final day of The Prince of Wales' visit to the Republic of Ireland back in 1995 when the prince spent his day in County Mayo.

  10. All but one health union to take action:

    Marie-Louise Connolly

    BBC News NI Health Correspondent

    Health correspondent Marie-Louise Connolly has tweeted that all health unions in Northern Ireland except the Royal College of Nursing will participate in either strike or industrial action over the next fortnight.

    Health workers' strikes
  11. Carbon monoxide poisoning warnings

    In light of the news that a couple in their 70s, who died in their caravan in Newcastle, County Down, earlier this year, were the victims of carbon monoxide poisoning, oven manufacturer, Beko, has reminded customers how to operate their ovens safely in line with manufacturer's instructions.

    Carbon monoxide detector

    Beko has also provided a list of all ovens that may require the grill door to remain open. The Health and Safety Executive of Northern Ireland also has information on their website about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

  12. Attwood supports midwives' strike plans

    The SDLP's Alex Attwood says his party supports midwives who are planning to go on strike on 30 April in a dispute over pay.

    Alex Attwood

    Mr Attwood said: "These hardworking people not only make a significant contribution to our economy but serve our communities and have done so under increasing pressure and stringent cuts."

  13. BBC Sportsound special tonight:

    BBC Sport NI

    There will be a Sportsound Special on BBC Radio Ulster 1341MW and online at 19:30 this evening.

    Sportsound special

    Among other things. there'll be coverage of the Linfield v Crusaders game in the Irish Premiership.

  14. Lo criticises OFMDFM on ethnic minority issues:

    Alliance South Belfast MLA, Anna Lo, has criticised the failure of the Office of First and Deputy First Minister to answer several questions she has tabled on ethnic minority issues, one of which she tabled in June 2014.

    Anna Lo

    Ms Lo said: "It is now over six months since the consultation closed on the Racial Equality Strategy, yet there is no word on when it will be implemented or what resources it will be given to meet its targets."

  15. East Belfast accident

    Trafficwatch NI tweets that there has been an accident on the Upper Newtownards Road in east Belfast.

    East Belfast accident
  16. Suicide '100% woman's own decision'

    The sister of a woman who took her own life has told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court she was 100% certain the decision was her sister's own idea.

    Gail O'Rorke

    Catherine Campbell was giving evidence in the trial of Gail O'Rorke. Ms O'Rorke, 43, of Kilclare Gardens, Tallaght, denies assisting the suicide of 51-year-old Bernadette Forde between 10 March and 6 June 2011.

  17. Reports of O'Connell move to Toulon rubbished:

    BBC Sport

    Munster coach Anthony Foley believes there is no substance to reports that Paul O'Connell could be set for a surprise move to Toulon.

    Paul O'Connell helped Ireland clinch a second successive Six Nations title last month

    A French newspaper suggested on Monday that the 35-year-old Ireland and Munster lock had been targeted by the current European club champions.

  18. Tonight on BBC Evening Extra

    BBC NI presenter Tara Mills has tweeted that the industrial action in the health service will be discussed on tonight's BBC Evening Extra, as will as the DUP's manifesto launch.

    Evening extra 21 April 2015
  19. Tall ships return:

    This year's Tall Ships Race in Belfast has been officially launched, with the event set to be held between 2-5 July.

    Tall Ships

    Organisers say they expect more than 500,000 people to attend the return of the race - it also visited Belfast in 1991 and 2009.

  20. Radiographers to join midwives on strike

    Radiographers in the GMB Northern Ireland union are to join midwives in strike action next Thursday. Its ambulance workers will also start a two-week overtime ban on Tuesday.

    Members of the Royal College of Midwives have voted to strike on 30 April in a dispute over pay.

  21. Hundreds of jobs to go at Ladbrokes in Ireland

    Hundreds of jobs are under threat at Ladbrokes in the Republic of Ireland after it suffered losses of £3.6m (€5m) last year. Ladbrokes said lay-offs are expected at all levels of its operation in the Republic of Ireland where it has 840 employees and 196 betting shops.

    Ladbrokes shopfront

    Ladbrokes in Northern Ireland is a different corporate entity called North West Bookmakers. It has about a quarter of the market and is profitable.

  22. Gunshot was accidental:

    The Police Ombudsman says a police officer fired a gunshot accidentally after his gun struck the driver's side window of a car believed to contain armed paramilitaries.

    The Police Ombudsman's Office in Belfast

    The police officer has, however, been disciplined for his handling of the weapon. No one was injured during the incident.

  23. Top temperatures:

    Barra Best

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    Weather presenter Barra Best has tweeted that the warmest place in Northern Ireland has been Thomastown in County Fermanagh at 18°C. Valentia in County Kerry has reached 19C today.

    Map of Ireland
  24. Seven year old critical after crash

    A seven-year-old boy is in a critical condition in hospital after a crash involving two cars in Islandmagee, County Antrim on Saturday. One of the car's drivers is also in hospital in a serious condition.

    The crash happened on Lough Road at 14:40 on Saturday afternoon.

  25. Tall Ships look back:

    The Tall Ships Race is coming to Belfast this summer, but it's not the first time the race has come to the city.

    Tall Ships

    In 1991 and 2009, the race included Belfast in its itinerary - take a look back at the Parade of Sail along Belfast Lough from six years ago.

  26. Wonderful weather to be on the water

    It's a beautiful day and there are certainly worse places you could be than Carrybridge Marina in County Fermanagh. Thanks to Stevie Jay for sending in the sunny scenes from there.

    Carrybridge Marina Fermanagh

    You can send us your snaps by emailing

  27. UUP leader says he will vote for DUP

    UUP leader Mike Nesbitt told BBC Talkback earlier today that he will be voting for the DUP in East Belfast in the upcoming general election on 7 May. You can listen to what the UUP leader said here.

    Talkback 21 April 2015

    Mr Nesbitt said: "Sometimes leadership is about saying to people I'm not asking you to do something that I'm not prepared to do myself and that's the situation I find myself in."

  28. NI businesses against EU withdrawal:

    Clodagh Rice

    Business Reporter, BBC News NI

    Business reporter Clodagh Rice tweets that the latest survey from the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce & BDO Northern Ireland reveals that the majority of businesses in Northern Ireland are against withdrawal from the EU.

    NI Chamber of Commerce EU withdrawal
  29. Sunny days are here again:

    Barra Best

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    Get out and enjoy the sunshine if you can. There'll be plenty of it on offer today and tomorrow. You can watch the latest weather forecast here.

    Online weather 21 April 2015

    The temperatures have already hit 16C at noon today. And it's going to be dry and sunny again tomorrow.

  30. Archive: Prince Charles '95 visit:

    BBC NI Archive

    After Prince Charles' announcement that he will visit the Republic of Ireland in May, we're taking a look back at the first time he visited the country.

    Prince Charles

    In 1995, the prince became the first member of the Royal family to visit the Republic of Ireland since Irish independence.

  31. Water works:

    We've had a lot of tweets about the lack of water in the River Lagan today, like this one from Michael Bedwell:


    It's not the good weather that's doing it (like we said earlier - sorry). The DSD has issued a notice saying "the River Lagan between Lagan Weir and Stranmillis Weir will be unsafe for navigation during the following time: Tuesday 21 April 000-1100 hours."

  32. Anger over arson:

    Margaret O'Hara, whose house in Londonderry was set on fire last night, says she has "anger, anger, anger" over the incident.

    Burnt Door

    The 70-year-old says: "I opened the door and I thought I was in Towering Inferno, the flames were flying up. I put it out and I went straight to the phone and rung the police."

  33. Allen in front:

    Mark Allen has turned around his World Championship first round match against Ryan Day to lead 6-3 at the interval.

    Mark Allen

    The Larne cueman found himself 3-1 down, but reeled off five frames in a row.

  34. Remembering Ted:

    It's 20 years since classic comedy Father Ted hit the screens. Earlier, Pauline McLynn, aka Mrs Doyle, recalled her memories of the show on Good Morning Ulster.

    Father Ted

    "We didn't think anybody would watch it, or notice it was on, although we found it funny. But that doesn't necessarily mean everybody else would," she said.

  35. Cunningham murder investigation:

    The family of John Paul Cunningham say that the police investigation into their son's death does not have their support after a 73-year-old man was arrested this morning.

    John Paul Cunningham

    The family say that they will "only have confidence in an investigative process that is completely independent of the PSNI".

  36. Belfast International Airport suing Aer Lingus

    Julian O'Neill

    BBC News NI Business Correspondent

    Belfast International Airport has begun a legal claim at the High Court for £20m damages from Aer Lingus.

    Aer Lingus aircraft

    The airport is suing for breach of contract, after the airline's early termination of a 10-year operating deal.

  37. Jail for abusive father

    A judge today described as disturbing how reports were made to the police and to social workers about the abuse of three young children, but no action was taken at the time. The defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to a number of charges.

    DERRY Bishop's Street Court house

    Judge Philip Babington made the comment at Londonderry Crown Court when he jailed a 60 year-old man for 10-and-a-half years for what a probation officer described as "a harrowing catalogue of physical abuse which makes difficult reading".

  38. Midwives strike 'disappointing':

    A Department of Health spokesperson has called the decision by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) to strike on 30 April over pay "disappointing".

    The spokesperson said: "There is ongoing pressure within our health and social care system and there is a very difficult financial year ahead with difficult decisions about the provision of direct health and social care services."

  39. Fire damage at pensioner's home:

    Keiron Tourish

    BBC News NI

    Here is some of the damage done to the home of a 70 year-old in the Gobnascale area of Londonderry yesterday. The pensioner was left frightened when a fire was started at her front door.

    Fire damage at Derry pensioner's home
  40. Prince Charles to visit Ireland

    Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles, will pay a four-day visit to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland between 19 and 22 May.

    Prince Charles

    Planning is still in progress and more details will be released in due course

  41. Republican court appearance over speech:

    Gordon Adair

    BBC News NI

    A prominent dissident republican activist has appeared in court charged in relation to comments he allegedly made at an Easter commemoration.

    Craigavon courthouse

    Damien 'Dee' Fennell, from the Ardoyne area of Belfast, is accused of encouraging people to commit acts of terrorism and supporting a proscribed organisation. It follows a speech which he gave as part of a republican Easter commemoration event in Lurgan, County Armagh.

  42. Anger over Derry arson:

    Geraldine O'Donnell, a community worker in Londonderry, says residents are angry after a 70-year-old woman's house was set on fire.

    "There was fear, there was anger. She was shocked to say the least," she says. She says the woman's front door was set on fire and that she was "very lucky" to be able to put it out.

  43. Mike Nesbitt on BBC Talkback:

    UUP leader Mike Nesbitt will be on BBC Talkback today. If you have any questions for him you can get in touch. You can also pose your questions over Twitter using #talkbackUUP.

    Mike Nesbitt Talkback
  44. Road work cuts:

    Derry Journal

    Road workers in the north west claim they are being denied access to proper equipment because of government cutbacks, the Derry Journal reports.

  45. Derry arson attack:

    A 70-year-old woman's house in Londonderry has been targeted in an arson attack.

    Police say that flammable liquid was poured through the letterbox of the house in the Top of the Hill area last night.

  46. Paramedics to wear riot gear:

    Irish News

    The Irish News reports that paramedics in Northern Ireland are to wear full PSNI riot gear for the first time.

    The Irish News front page 21 April 2015
  47. Carbon monoxide poisoning:

    Mervyn Jess

    BBC News NI

    The elderly couple who died in their caravan at Bonny's in Newcastle, County Down, at the beginning of the year were the victims of carbon monoxide poisoning.

    Nan and Francie O'Reilly were well known in Newcastle

    The Coroner's Court was told this morning that Nan and Francie O'Reilly, who were in their mid 70s, were found lying on the floor of their caravan having been overcome by fumes from a "malfunctioning gas cooker".

  48. DUP manifesto launch:

    The DUP has just launched its election manifesto - and the party says it could be vital in the formation in the next UK government.


    It's ruled out taking part in a coalition but says it could support a party whose proposals are in the best interests of Northern Ireland.

  49. Allen begins title challenge:

    BBC Sport NI

    Mark Allen has begun his World Championship challenge - his first round match against Ryan Day has just started. You can watch live coverage online.

    Mark Allen
  50. Bridge that gap:

    The good weather has already been affecting levels in the River Lagan, as Stephen Baxter-Crawford tweets:


    He asks: 'Where has the Lagan River gone?'

  51. More on Cunningham murder arrest:

    John Pat Cunningham was killed in Benburb on 15 June 1974 by soldiers. Last month, police made an appeal for information after the PSNI's Legacy Investigation Branch reopened the case.

    John Pat Cunningham

    The 73-year-old arrested earlier in England is being brought to Northern Ireland for questioning.

  52. John Pat Cunningham murder arrest:

    Police say it's arrested 73-year-old man in England in connection with the murder of John Pat Cunningham in 1974.


    Mr Cunningham, who was 27, was killed near Milltown on 15 June 1974.

  53. Derry too strong:

    BBC Sport NI

    Derry City broke their goal scoring dry spell with a 2-0 win away to League of Ireland bottom club Limerick last night.

    Barry McNamee

    The club hadn't scored in three previous games but Barry McNamee's penalty and a Mark Timlin strike were enough to move the Candystripes into the top half of the table.

  54. Parade dispute review:

    The Orange Order has commissioned a think tank to review the Crumlin Road parade dispute in north Belfast.

    Crumlin Road

    Protests have been on-going in the area since the 12 July parade was restricted to marchers in 2013.

  55. Attempted police murder arrest:

    Police say a 53-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a gun attack on police on the Crumlin Road in 2013.

    Police sealed off a number of streets in the area following the gun attack
    Image caption: Police sealed off a number of streets in the area following the gun attack

    He was arrested in the north Belfast area and has been taken to Antrim Serious Crime Suite for questioning.

  56. M1 delays:

    BBC NI Travel

    A crash on the M1 just before Blacks Road (towards Belfast) has been cleared but delays remain just after junction six at Saintfield Road.

  57. King's Speech writer in studio:

    Good Morning Ulster

    We have an Oscar-winner in the studio - David Seidler, screenwriter of The King's Speech, joins us ahead of an adaptation of the film that opens in the Grand Opera House tonight.

    David Seidler
  58. Linfield signs pair:

    Linfield FC tweets:

    Warren Feeney
  59. Delays in Derry:

    BBC Radio Foyle tweets:

    BBC Radio Foyle
  60. Packaging firm's new site:

    Clodagh Rice

    Business Reporter, BBC News NI

    Priory Press Packaging is investing £500,000 relocating to a new factory in Conlig four times the size of its existing operations and creating five new jobs.

    The company was originally based in Holywood - it makes packaging for a range of sectors like food, health and beauty.

  61. Traffic latest:

    BBC NI Travel

    Traffic's slow on both the Lisburn and Grosvenor Roads towards Belfast city centre.

  62. Encouraging terrorism charge:

    A 33-year-old man will appear in court in Craigavon later today in connection with comments made at a republican commemoration event in Lurgan on Easter Sunday.

    He has been charged with encouraging terrorism and supporting a proscribed organisation.

  63. Warming up:

    Angie Phillips

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    Plenty of sunshine later although it's been a cold start to the day. The full forecast shows temperatures could reach 16C or 17C in some places.

    Tuesday weather
  64. Sunny side up:

    Slieve Gullion's looking splendid in the sunshine today.

    Slieve Gullion

    Former Armagh GAA player Jarlath Burns has been out and about early this morning, and sent us this picture.

  65. Roads getting busy:

    BBC NI Travel

    In Belfast, traffic's slow on the Sydenham Road and on the Dee Street bridge heading towards Airport Road.

    It's also starting to get busy on the M1 from the usual place at junction eight at Blaris to junction six at Saintfield Road and on the Westlink from Broadway towards the M2.

  66. Cup of tea, anyone? Go on, go on...

    Good Morning Ulster tweets: 'Careful now..' #FatherTed is 20 years old today, before 8 we'll be speaking @PaulineMcLynn1 aka Mrs Doyle.

  67. 'Wedded to cars':

    Julian O'Neill

    BBC News NI Business Correspondent

    The Northern Ireland Audit Office has said people here are "still wedded to their car" despite a £1.1bn investment in public transport.


    A report said statistics show commuters are less likely to use public transport to and from work than a decade ago.

  68. House in the rising sun:

    It's another beautiful morning across Northern Ireland.


    Thanks to Paul McFarland for this picture of the sun rising over Dromore, which he took while out walking his dog before work.

  69. Vilnius routes begin:

    Clodagh Rice

    Business Reporter, BBC News NI

    Direct flights from Belfast International Airport to Lithuania will start from tomorrow.

    Wizz Air

    The route to Vilnius will be operated by Wizz Air and fly twice a week.

  70. Midwives strike:

    Midwives have voted to strike on 30 April in a dispute over pay.

    Members of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) will stop working for four hours on that day.

  71. Good morning:

    Ciaran McCauley

    BBC News NI

    It's another bright, promising looking morning here in Belfast - hope it's the same wherever you are. We'll be bringing you all the latest updates throughout the day up until 19:00.