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  1. Updates for Wednesday 22 April 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather updates on Thursday from 07:00

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By Grania McFadden and Ciaran Daly

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodight:

    Ciaran McCauley

    BBC News NI

    That's all from us at BBC News NI Live - we'll see you again for all the news tomorrow from 07:00.


    We'll leave you with of what is either a cloud or a return of the alien invaders from Independence Day. Let's hope it's the former.

  2. Doctor guilty of police assault:

    A hospital anaesthetist has been found guilty of two charges of assaulting police officers after a Christmas party night out in Londonderry.

    Eireann Kerr

    Dr Eireann Kerr, 32, was given a two-month conditional discharge.

  3. More sun tomorrow:

    Barra tweets that today was the warmest day of the year so far - Castlederg hit 19.1C - and Geoff Maskell says it's going to continue tomorrow.

    Thursday weather
  4. Derry to get NI's first pagan church:

    Derry Journal

    The Derry Journal reports that the first pagan church recognised by law here is being set up in Londonderry.

    The Order of the Golden River, currently operating in Belfast, is opening a branch in the city with a launch early next month.

  5. VE Day funding:

    The Royal British Legion has launched a funding scheme to help veterans make it to the annual VE Day celebrations in London on 8-10 May.

    VE Day

    Any veterans over 85 who served during World War Two can get money to help pay for travel for them and one carer.

  6. The wan with the wil' hard accent, hi:

    Courteney Cox has found out just how difficult our accent can be, after trying to teach her family to speak like her fiance, Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid.

    Courteney Cox and Johnny McDaid

    The former Friends star showed US chatshow host Jimmy Kimmel a video of the difficulties her family faced trying to imitate how the Londonderry musician said "how now brown cow".

  7. Groups to get carrier bag money:

    Environmental groups that are facing budget cuts are to receive a share of £2m raised by the carrier bag levy.

  8. Cavanagh expected to be fit:

    BBC Sport NI

    Tyrone expect Sean Cavanagh to be available for their football championship opener against Donegal on 17 May.

    Sean Cavanagh

    The 32-year-old had a minor knee operation last week.

  9. Court hears folk songs and chants:

    A court has been played folk songs and football chants by lawyers defending a loyalist flute band accused of playing a sectarian tune outside a Catholic church.

    Loyalist band

    The 13 defendants, all members of the Belfast band, Young Conway Volunteers, are alleged to have played the Famine Song at St Patrick's church in 2012. The band says it was playing the Beach Boys' hit Sloop John B.

  10. Gallipoli commemoration:

    The 'Big Gun' at Grey Point Fort in Helen's Bay will be fired on Saturday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.

  11. Grim up north:

    It's a hot day across much of Northern Ireland but not everywhere.

    Weather differences

    BBC News NI weather presenter Geoff Maskell tweets these photos that show how the temperature and view has been very different for those along the north coast.

  12. Airport deal 'never agreed':

    Lawyers for Aer Lingus have told the High Court that the airline didn't agree to keep a base at Belfast International Airport for a set time.

    Aer Lingus

    The airport claims Aer Lingus breached contract when it moved to George Best Airport in 2012 and is seeking £20m in damages.

  13. More on Drumahoe explosives:

    Police say that three pipe bombs found in Drumahoe were designed to kill or maim.

    Drumahoe alert

    The bombs were found by a member of the public on a riverbank close to a pub car park at about 10:30. Ch Insp Alan Hutton says "they posed a real danger" to anyone who disturbed them.

  14. Explosives found in alert:

    Police in Foyle say three explosive devices have been made safe in Drumahoe after a security alert.


    Drumahoe Road has now reopened.

  15. Michael Allen to leave Ulster:

    BBC Sport NI

    Ulster back Michael Allen will join Edinburgh on a two-year deal at the end of the season.

    Michael Allen

    The 24-year-old, who can play wing or centre, has been at Ulster since joining after leaving Methodist College.

  16. Hebdo event 'cancelled over risk assessment':

    Queen's University says a conference on the Charlie Hebdo murders was cancelled because organisers didn't complete a risk assessment.

    Queens University

    The move was criticised for breaching freedom of speech but the university denies the cancellation was about academic freedom.

  17. Attack linked to dissidents:

    Police say last night's attack on a PSNI patrol in north Belfast bears all the hallmarks of a dissident attack.

    North Belfast attack

    Ch Supt Nigel Grimshaw says police were responding to reports of a burglary when a device was thrown.

  18. Health policy 'here to stay':

    The head of the Health and Social Care Board says the Transforming Your Care health policy has major branding issues but is here to stay.

    Valerie Watts

    Valerie Watts also told a health conference that more open debate was need on how society pays for care.

  19. Derry could delay Fleadh bid:

    Derry Journal

    Londonderry may delay it's bid for the All-Ireland Fleadh until 2018 if Ennis decided to bid in 2017, according to the Derry Journal.

  20. Ireland hotting up:

    Scorcher! Barra Best tweets this satellite photo of Ireland's rising temperatures.

    Ireland temperatures
  21. Drumahoe alert latest:

    BBC Radio Foyle reporter Teresa Craig tweets this photo from the ongoing security alert near Drumahoe.

    Drumahoe alert

    Army bomb experts are still on the scene.

  22. Crash in east Belfast:

    Police tweets that there are delays on the Sydenham bypass after a crash near Belfast City Airport.

    East Belfast crash
  23. Body-boarder could not swim:

    News Letter

    The News Letter reports that a coroner's court has heard that a man who drowned while body-boarding in Portrush could not swim.

  24. MLAs call for incinerator rethink:

    Newtownabbey Times

    MLAs in South Antrim have called again on the environment minister to halt plans for a £240m incinerator energy plant in Mallusk, the Newtownabbey Times reports.

  25. Rusty Zip shuts:

    A Belfast student institution is closing its doors - vintage clothes shop the Rusty Zip is to shut.

    Rusty Zip

    In a Facebook post, the Botanic Avenue shop thanked customers for their support over 17 years of trading.

  26. Sunny for some:

    Ciaran McCauley

    BBC News NI

    It looks like a glorious day from the small windows of the newsroom (sob) but some of you have been out enjoying it.

    Cherry Blossoms and dog

    Whether admiring the garden cherry blossoms in Maghaberry (thanks Gordon Young) or out walking Honey the springer spaniel at Binevenagh Mountain (ta Chris Hamilton), we're glad (and furiously jealous) that some people are out in the sun.

  27. Jockey 'optimistic' for recovery:

    BBC Sport NI

    Irish jockey Robbie McNamara says he's feeling "optimistic" about his recovery after spinal surgery.

    Robbie McNamara

    McNamara, 26, fell at Wexford on 10 April. Despite having no feeling in his legs, he was able to leave his hospital bed for the first time on Tuesday.

  28. Writer joins QUB critics:

    Robert McLiam Wilson, Belfast writer and author of Eureka Street who now lives in Paris, tweets :


    Queen's University has been criticised over its decision to cancel a debate on free speech.

  29. £2m from carrier bag levy to aid environmental groups

    Environment Minister Mark H Durkan will allocate £2m from the £4.2million revenue raised via the Carrier Bag Levy to help environmental groups.

    Plastic bags

    Minister Durkan said: "This is a tough tough time for environmental groups. I hear their concerns loud and clear. What I am now doing is fulfilling my vow to try and alleviate some of that pain as imaginatively as possible."

  30. No permission for manifesto bus:

    Transport for London says it would not have allowed the DUP to use a Routemaster bus as part of its manifesto launch yesterday if it had been asked permission.


    It says it was not aware of the event and would have denied permission because of "pre-election rules for public bodies".

  31. Barely a cloud in the sky:

    Barra Best

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    BBC News NI weather presenter Barra Best tweets: It's shaping up nicely out there, barely a cloud in the sky!

    Satellite image of Ireland
  32. Hours not completed:

    Police have written to 113 part-time reserve officers asking them to explain why they've not completed contracted working hours.


    83 of 462 officers have not completed the required 144 hours a year of service, while 30 have not worked any hours.

  33. Locked gate delayed ambulance for teen:

    Belfast Telegraph

    The Belfast Telegraph reports on a father's anger after an ambulance was delayed by 11 minutes because of a padlocked gate after his son collapsed during a football match.

  34. Suspicious object near water pumping station:

    BBC News NI reporter Keiron Tourish tweets that a security alert is continuing near Drumahoe in Londonderry after a suspicious object was found near a water pumping station.

    Security alert Derry
  35. TUV manifesto launch

    The Traditional Unionist Voice has highlighted reform of Stormont and an early EU membership referendum as key policies in its manifesto.

    The TUV is fielding candidates in seven constituencies

    The party launched the document at a hotel in South Antrim, one of seven constituencies in which there are TUV candidates.

  36. McCoy's farewell race:

    BBC Sport NI

    The final race of AP McCoy's illustrious career will be in the Bet365 Handicap Hurdle at Sandown on Saturday when he will be on Box Office.

    Tony McCoy celebrates his win
  37. 40 Robinson centre staff redeployed:

    Julian O'Neill

    BBC News NI Business Correspondent

    The trade union Unite says it has secured employment for almost 40 former Castlereagh council staff who faced an uncertain future.

    The Robinson Centre

    They are being redeployed to positions at Belfast council. The union says the staff "had been in limbo" after the discovery of asbestos closed the Robinson leisure centre.

  38. Coming up on BBC Newsline

    Newsline presenter Donna Traynor tweets: Queens University Belfast cancels a conference relating to the Charlie Hebdo murders. Mark Simpson has the story at 13:30 on BBC One NI.

    Newsline 22 April 2015
  39. Hammer attack:

    A 19-year-old man suffered a head injury in a hammer attack in Londonderry.

    It happened at Ard Grange near Hazelbank in the early hours of Wednesday. A 28-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

  40. Drumahoe alert update:

    Drumahoe Road in County Londonderry has been closed as police and army bomb experts examine a suspicious object.

    Security alert

    The road is closed at the junction of Fincairn Road and Church Road - diversions are in place.

  41. Wish you were here:

    Hands up who'd like to be on the north coast today?

    North Coast

    Danny Bhoy has sent us a picture to remind us of what we're missing on a hot spring day. Thanks Danny!

  42. 2,200 more seats for cup final:

    BBC Sport NI

    An additional 2,200 temporary seats will be made available for the Irish Cup Final on 2 May after the Irish FA agreed to a request from Glentoran.

    The Oval

    The decision will mean that the final capacity has been increased to 8,200 spectators with the additional seating installed at the Sydenham end. With Windsor Park now closed because of the cracks in the west stand, the final has been moved to the Oval.

  43. Drumahoe alert:

    Police say there is a suspicious object in Drumahoe in a laneway off the Drumahoe Road.

    A member of the public spotted the object and reported it. Army bomb experts have been called to the scene.

  44. TUV launch manifesto:

    Chris Page

    BBC News NI Political Correspondent

    Political correspondent Chris Page tweets: Manifesto launches are coming to an end. Today it's the TUV's turn. Jim Allister is speaking at Dunadry in south Antrim.

    TUV manifesto launch
  45. Luck of the Irish:

    Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke may be major winners but even they need a slice of luck from time to time.

    McDowell Clarke

    The pair are included in the European Tour's top ten luckiest shots. You can also vote for which one you feel is the outright flukiest.

  46. Sun flowers:

    It's turning out to be a beautiful day in Bangor Castle Park:


    This picture of the blossom in the sunshine was sent to us by Gina Potter.

  47. PSNI queries part-time officers' hours:

    The PSNI has written to 113 of its part-time officers, asking why they have failed to complete the required 144 hours of service in each financial year.

    Psni crest

    Although part-time officers are only paid for the hours they work, they may also be entitled to a monthly retainer of £58.52.

  48. East Belfast election special on Talkback:

    BBC Talkback

    BBC Talkback will be coming live from east Belfast where candidates will take questions from an invited audience - and you can take part too.

    The Strand cinema

    If you've got a question you want to ask the candidates for Westminster, use the hashtag on Twitter: #talkbackEB

  49. Four-day forecast:

    BBC Newsline Weather tweets: There'll be another couple of days of fine, warm weather before rain moves north on Friday. It'll be cooler over the weekend.

    Four day forecast 22 April 2015
  50. Grealish urged to focus on club career:

    BBC Sport

    Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has urged Jack Grealish to focus on his club career, before making a decision on his international future.

    Jack Grealish celebrates after scoring for the Republic of Ireland's Under-21s in a Uefa qualifier against the Faroe Islands in November 2013

    Birmingham-born Grealish has played for the Republic of Ireland at under-21 level but has yet to earn a senior cap and could still play for England.

  51. Coleraine Specsavers creating five new jobs:

    Jayne McCormack

    BBC News NI

    Specsavers in Coleraine are expanding because they say they've seen an increased demand for their services.

    Specsavers Coleraine

    They've been based in the town for the past 15 years, but thanks to a £350,000 investment they're relocating to a larger store and creating five new jobs. They'll open on May Day.

  52. Traffic lights out:

    Trafficwatch NI

    The traffic lights are not working on Sandyknowes roundabout at junction four on the M2 in Glengormely. Motorists are advised to approach with care.

  53. Charlie Hebdo conference cancellation 'ironic'

    The decision to cancel a conference at Queens University in Belfast on the fallout from the Charlie Hebdo murders in France has been labelled "a bitter irony".

    Translation: "I am Charlie"

    Professor Max Silverman from Leeds University told BBC NI's Good Morning Ulster: "It is deeply ironic that what was going on in Paris this year to do largely with freedom of speech is actually being replicated by the university itself."

  54. Vehicle damaged by device:

    A vehicle was damaged by what police believe was a device thrown or fired last night in the New Lodge area of Belfast. The front windscreen of the vehicle was smashed and there was further damage caused to the dashboard.

    New Lodge

    A police patrol was investigating reports of an attempted burglary when it is believed a device was thrown at them but it did not hit the police vehicle.

  55. Parallels between the IRA and IS:

    Peter Taylor

    BBC News

    There is a remarkable parallel between the rise of the so-called Islamic State (IS), and the evolution of the IRA in Northern Ireland, says the BBC's Peter Taylor, who covered the conflict here for more than 40 years.

    IS militants

    This World: World's Richest Terror Army, the inside story of how a small band of fanatical jihadi fighters became the world's richest terror army ever will be broadcast on BBC Two on Wednesday 22 April at 21:00 BST.

  56. Legal high scare:

    Irish News

    The Irish News reports that three pupils were rushed to hospital following a legal high scare.

    Irish News front page 22 April 2015
  57. Primark to create 120 jobs in Omagh:

    Jayne McCormack

    BBC News NI

    Clothing giant Primark has announced that it's coming to Omagh this summer. It's opening a new store in the hope of creating 120 jobs.

    Primark sign

    The Department of Employment and Learning is holding a recruitment event in the Strule Arts Centre today to encourage people to apply for positions.

  58. Another lovely day on the way:

    Cecilia Daly

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    We're in for another lovely day but mist and fog may take some time to clear initially. When it does, it will be warm and sunny in most places.

    Morning weather 22 April 2015

    There's a similar picture for tomorrow; after a cool start in places, mist and fog will lift and we'll be in for more dry and warm weather. Things are set to change on Friday though, with rain moving in later in the day.

  59. Derry bids to host Fleadh Cheoil again:

    BBC Radio Foyle

    BBC Radio Foyle tweets that Derry is bidding to host the Fleadh Cheoil for a second time in 2017 and now Derry City and Strabane District Council is throwing its weight behind the effort.

  60. Healthcare can be delivered within budget

    The Chairman of the annual conference of the Northern Ireland Confederation for Health and Social Care, Colm McKenna, believes that a world class health and social care system can be delivered within the budget.

    Medical staff in a hospital

    He told BBC Good Morning Ulster: "More money isn't the answer. We're already spending 46-47% of the Northern Ireland block on health and social care. That's huge by any standards. It's having a negative impact on the rest of public services."

  61. Foggy dew

    It's going to be another warm, bright day across most of Northern Ireland but the cold temperatures overnight brought fog to some places this morning, which you can see from this picture of the sunrise in Downpatrick.

    Downpatrick dawn

    Thanks to Michael McConville for sending us his photograph. You can email us your weather pics on

  62. Charlie Hebdo event at Queens cancelled

    A conference in Belfast which was to discuss the fallout from the Charlie Hebdo murders has been cancelled.


    It was due to be held at Queen's University in Belfast in June. A security risk for delegates and the reputation of the university were cited as the reasons for the cancellation.

  63. Bid to give blood 'saved my life'

    Ballymoney man Chris McIlmoyle believes he was given a second chance of life after a visit to a local blood clinic. The 42-year-old was advised to see his GP after nurses told him his iron levels were unusually low.

    Chris McIlmoyle's family

    Chris was diagnosed with a rare stomach cancer, and doctors carried out a successful operation to remove a tumour. He said: 'Donating blood saves lives and in a different way than normal, it saved mine.'

  64. Blues beat Crues to secure second:

    BBC Sport NI

    Linfield secured second place in the Irish Premiership as they defeated new champions Crusaders 3-1 at the Oval.

    Andrew Waterworth battles with Crusaders defender David Magowan at the Oval

    Diarmuid O'Carroll and Paul Heatley hit the Linfield crossbar early on but Ivan Sproule put the Blues ahead and Michael Carvill doubled the lead.

  65. Re-think urged on air passenger duty:

    Julian O'Neill

    BBC News NI Business Correspondent

    Belfast International Airport has urged Stormont ministers to "rethink their position" on air passenger duty (APD), after consultants disputed claims about the cost of doing away with the tax.

    Graham Keddie

    The airport claims work done for ministers on the issue is "unreliable". It would mean a reduction of at least £55m from the block grant annually.

  66. Losses of £6.4bn for Tesco

    Tesco results are out. The supermarket giant has posted a full-year loss before tax of £6.4bn after revising down the value of its property portfolio. Last year it posted a profit of £2.26bn.

  67. Car parts firm to create over 60 jobs:

    Jayne McCormack

    BBC News NI

    Dunmurry car parts firm Montupet has been awarded a big production contract to manufacture and supply cylinder heads for petrol engines to eastern Europe.


    The new business represents an £8.2m investment for the firm and secures more than 60 jobs, with the new parts expected to go into production from 2018.

  68. Foggy conditions:

    Trafficwatch NI tweets that there is fog around this morning, notably on the M1 between Lurgan and Lisburn, on the A1 from Sprucefield to Newry and on the M22 around Randalstown.

    Fog 22 April 2015
  69. Police investigate patrol 'attack'

    Police are investigating reports of an attack on one of their patrols in north Belfast.


    They believe a device may have been thrown or fired at a police Land Rover at Victoria Parade in the New Lodge at about 22:30 GMT last night.

  70. Good morning!

    Ciaran Daly

    BBC News NI

    Good morning and welcome to BBC News NI Live on Wednesday 22 April. It's going to be another sunny day and we'll be bringing you all of the latest news, sport, travel and weather up until 19:00 this evening.