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  1. Updates for Tuesday 5 May 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!

    That's your lot on BBC News NI Live for another day. It's been a pretty wet day but there has been sunshine attempting to break through too. The mixed weather captured perfectly in Paul Warwick's picture of Slieve Croob in County Down earlier today.

    Slieve Croob rainbow

    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 from across Northern Ireland on the BBC News NI website.

  2. Executive buys building for £12m:

    John Campbell

    BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

    The NI Executive has bought a central Belfast office building for just over £12m saying it will "generate substantial rental savings."

    Causeway Exchange

    Causeway Exchange on Bedford Street is the headquarters of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and also accommodates other civil servants.

  3. O'Brien laments lack of top-level fixtures:

    BBC Sport NI

    Ireland all-rounder Kevin O'Brien says he is frustrated by the team's lack of top-level cricket fixtures as they prepare for Friday's one-day clash against England at Malahide, near Dublin.

    Kevin O'Brien (right) celebrates taking a wicket

    The showdown with England and a Belfast encounter against Australia in August will be Ireland's only matches against full member teams this season.

  4. NIAS: Ambulance strike action will lead to delays

    John McPoland of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service says that the proposed strike action by ambulance workers in the union, Unite, tomorrow will "further impact on our ability to deliver an emergency service to those in need".

    Jon McPoland

    Mr McPoland said: "The public may, immediately, notice a delay in their call being answered by our control staff and there will be delays in ambulance response as the trust anticipates a reduced level of cover for the 24 hour period."

  5. Frampton fight announcement imminent

    World super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton has told BBC Evening Extra that an announcement about his next fight is imminent.

    Carl Frampton
  6. Minister blames 'anti-GAA' element for Casement delays:

    Julian O'Neill

    BBC News NI Business Correspondent

    Sports Minister Carál Ni Chuilín has said "an anti-GAA element" is making it difficult for a new 38,000 seater stadium being built at Casement Park in west Belfast.

    Aerial view of Casement Park GAA stadium

    But she has insisted the project will be delivered "on my watch." It comes as an investigation begins into evidence from a public official at the Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee last week.

  7. Unite ambulance members to strike

    Unite's Ambulance Service members will start a 24-hour strike at 00:00 tonight over a pay dispute. Unite members account for approximately 25% of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service workforce.


    Unite's Kevin McAdam said: "This action is only the latest in a long running pay campaign to ensure healthcare workers are treated with respect and dignity."

  8. Extra checkpoints to counter dissident activity

    Police have announced extra road checkpoints and patrols in the coming days to counter dissident republican threats across Northern Ireland.

    Police checkpoint

    ACC Stephen Martin said: "In light of the four attacks carried out in Belfast and Londonderry over the last two weeks, the PSNI will have an enhanced profile in local communities to provide safety and reassurance to everyone."

  9. Motorists...have a little patience:

    Trafficwatch NI

    Motorists can expect extra traffic on the M3 and A12 Westlink in Belfast from around 18:30 this evening as there is a Take That concert on in the Odyssey Arena.

  10. Suspended sentence for making explosives

    A former soldier who pleaded guilty to making explosives under suspicious circumstances and having pistols has been given a suspended sentence.

    Belfast court complex at Laganside

    John Rankin, a Falklands War veteran, had claimed that he made blast bombs and collected guns as a "hobby". The 52-year-old's address was given in court as Maghaberry prison.

  11. Ulster on 'upward curve':

    BBC Sport NI

    Ulster second row Franco van der Merwe says that Ulster are on an upward curve and are peaking at the right time ahead of their Pro12 clash with Munster.

    Ulster second row Franco van der Merwe

    Van der Merwe said: "Things have been going well for us, especially the last game with Leinster. We took a lot of confidence from the fact that we defended very well in that match."

  12. McIlroy paired with Spieth

    Rory McIlroy and Masters champion Jordan Spieth are in the same group for the opening two rounds of the Players Championship at Sawgrass in Florida later this week.

    Rory McIlroy

    World number one, McIlroy and world number two, Spieth will play alongside Jason Day on Thursday and Friday, teeing off their opening round on Thursday at 13:39 BST.

  13. Coming up on BBC Evening Extra

    On BBC Evening Exrta tonight, BBC Radio Foyle's Teresa Craig will have all of the latest on two bombs found close to an Army Reserve centre in Londonderry that were left about 20 metres from nearby homes.

    BBC Evening Extra 5 May 2015
  14. 'Gay cake' judgment delayed:

    Economics and business editor John Campbell tweets that the Asher's 'gay cake' judgment has been moved to 19 May, meaning it will no longer clash with polling day, this Thursday.

    Gay cake judgment
  15. Commemoration for blitz to be suggested:

    Belfast city councillor Jeffrey Dudgeon will bring a motion before council tonight to formally mark the 75th anniversary of the 1941 Blitz with a commemorative event and to consider a memorial in the grounds of City Hall.

    Belfast Blitz 1941

    Mr Dudgeon says: "It goes without saying that the blitz in 1941 and its consequences were the most significant tragedy to hit our city in half a century and that colossal death and destruction were experienced, without consideration of religion or politics."

  16. Forecasting election day:

    BBC News NI Weather

    You may know that there's a general election this Thursday and while experts may have trouble predicting the results, we're hoping BBC News NI's weather team can be a bit more accurate with their forecasts.

    Thursday weather

    It's going to be dry for most with just the odd shower on Thursday, polling day.

  17. Road closure in Fermanagh this week:

    Trafficwatch NI

    In County Fermanagh there will be roadworks on the A32, Enniskillen Road in Irvinestown until Friday 8 May. The road will be closed every day until Friday between 09:30 and 22:00.

  18. Pharmaceutical fortunes differ:

    Belfast Telegraph

    The Belfast Telegraph reports that two of Northern Ireland's largest pharmaceutical companies, Almac and Norbrook, saw contrasting fortunes in 2014, according to latest accounts.


    Craigavon-based Almac Group saw pre-tax profits fall by more than a third in 2014, despite a rise in turnover while Norbrook Holdings saw profits rise but turnover fall last year.

  19. Brady warned of death threats

    A Sinn Féin election candidate has said he has had three death threats within 24 hours. Mickey Brady said police officers told him on Monday that a threat had been made against him.

    Mickey Brady said the bomb alert had been a "terrifying experience" for his neighbours

    A second threat was later made in a phone call on Tuesday morning. Then, there was a bomb alert at his home but nothing was found.

  20. Victim was 'high profile community worker'

    Police have described Gerard 'Jock' Davison as a father, grandfather, brother and son. Police said he was a a prominent member of the Markets Development Association and are appealing for witnesses to his murder.

    Jock Davison

    Mr Davison was shot a number of times at Welsh Street in the Markets area of Belfast at about 09:00 this morning. He died at the scene.

  21. NI assistant resigns as Cowdenbeath manager:

    BBC Sport NI

    Northern Ireland assistant boss Jimmy Nicholl has resigned as Cowdenbeath manager after relegation from the Scottish Championship.

    Jimmy Nicholl

    The 59-year-old Northern Irishman's side was leapfrogged by both Livingston and Alloa Athletic on the final day of the season.

  22. Police appeal for witnesses:


    Det Ch Insp Justyn Galloway and Ch Insp Robert Murdie are appealing for witnesses to the murder of Jock Davison.

    Jock Davison appeal

    Gerard 'Jock' Davison, 47, was killed at Welsh Street in the Markets area of the city at about 09:00 BST on Tuesday.

  23. Davison shot several times:

    BBC News NI reporter Kevin Sharkey tweets: Police say father and grandfather Jock Davison, 47, was shot a number of times.

  24. Sunny April skies

    It may be raining pretty heavily where you are today but stats from the Met office show that April was the sunniest on record, dating back to 1929.

    April sunshine
  25. Tyrone roadworks:

    Trafficwatch NI

    There will be roadworks between Fivemiltown and Clogher on the A4 in County Tyrone until 12 June. The work will be carried out between 09:30 and 16:30.

    Tyrone Roadworks
  26. Public Health Agency convenes meeting over suicides

    A number of organisations dealing with suicides have been called to a meeting this afternoon by the Public health agency.

    It is believed that a number of suicides in the last week across Belfast has prompted the meeting and a strategy to tackle the issue will be formulated.

  27. No contract broken says airline chief:

    Aer Lingus's chief executive tells the High Court that the airline did not break a 10-year contract to fly out of Belfast International Airport.

    Aer Lingus

    Stephen Kavanagh said it honoured a pricing arrangement to pay for having a base at Aldergrove and only left when the operation became unsustainable.

  28. County Down road reopens:

    BBC NI Travel

    Ballyglighorn Road, Comber, has reopened after it was closed earlier because of a fire.

  29. Kelly lands Oldham job:

    BBC Sport NI

    Oldham Athletic have appointed former Derry City and Portadown defender Darren Kelly as their new manager.

    Darren Kelly

    It's a first managerial role for Kelly, 35, who also played for Carlisle United and York City and is a former Northern Ireland U-21 international.

  30. Man who found mother in Nepal faced 'agonising wait':

    Belfast Telegraph

    The Belfast Telegraph reports that a local musician who had just returned from Nepal after meeting his birth mother for the faced time faced an agonising wait for news when the country was hit by an earthquake.

  31. Fire crews late for 41% of emergency call-outs:

    Irish News

    The Irish News reports that the fire service is failing to attend more than four out of 10 emergency calls within its six-minute target.

    Front page 5 May 2015

    Response times to fires and incidents deemed "high risk" fell to 59% within the target time last year, compared with more than 75% in 2010.

  32. Who was 'Jock' Davison?

    The man murdered near his home in Belfast today was a former senior IRA figure in the city and was reported to be involved in the pub fight that led to the killing of Robert McCartney 10 years ago.

    Gerard 'Jock' Davison

    As police officers begin an investigation into his murder, we've taken a look at what we know about Gerard 'Jock' Davison.

  33. Solicitor admits £94k fraud:

    A solicitor has admitted stealing almost £94,000 from the estates of three dead clients.

    Craigavon Crown Court

    John Irwin, 39, of Trummery Heights, Moira, pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud and three charges of false accounting at Craigavon Crown Court.

  34. Bingham: Allen's 'no bottle' claim spurred me on:

    BBC Sport

    Stuart Bingham says he was spurred on to his World Championship victory at the Crucible by Mark Allen's claim that he had "no bottle".

    Stuart Bingham

    Bingham, 38, became the oldest world champion since 1978 by beating Shaun Murphy 18-15 in Sheffield.

  35. Haass' 'violence' warning:

    Richard Haass, the US diplomat who chaired multi-party talks in 2013, says he fears Northern Ireland could return to see more violence, albeit not on the scale of the Troubles.

    Richard Haass

    He told BBC Hardtalk: "You have a new generation which didn't experience first-hand the misery and danger of the Troubles. I think there's a little bit of romance there. I could imagine, for example, some big demonstration over flags or parades getting out of hand."

  36. Comber fire 'suspicious'

    Police say the fire that has closed the Ballyglighorn Road in Comber, County Down, is being treated as suspicious.

    The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service was called to the scene of a fire at an outbuilding in the area at around 01:10 this morning. The fire is now out but the fire service remains at the scene because of concerns about structural damage of the building.

  37. Bring a brolly:

    Barra Best

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    Weather presenter Barra Best tweets: Great weather for ducks today. The rain is slowly moving north.

    Weather 5 May 2015

    You can watch the latest weather forecast here. Bad news, there's a rain warning in place so it's going to be a wet one across most of Northern Ireland.

  38. Shooting victim named

    The former senior IRA figure in Belfast shot dead near the city centre this morning has been named locally as as Gerard 'Jock' Davison.


    It happened at Welsh Street in the Markets area just before 09:00 this morning.

  39. Sunny April:

    The Armagh Observatory reports that last month was the sunniest April for 94 years, and the fourth sunniest since records began.


    However, rainfall was slightly higher than average and temperatures slightly less than the average over the last 30 years. Still, good to know last month was nice and bright when May has started off particularly soggy.

  40. Cannabis arrest:

    Police have arrested a 32-year-old woman as part of an international investigation into cannabis supply from Italy.


    She was arrested in the Donegall Road area, and is also being held in connection with cannabis found at a house in Newry worth an estimated £275,000 on 1 April. Police say she's the 13th person to be arrested in connection with the cannabis investigation.

  41. 24-year-old arrested in Cheung murder investigation

    PSNI have tweeted that a 24 year-old man has been arrested in Antrim as part of the overall investigation into the murder of Nelson Cheung in Randalstown in January.

    Nelson Cheung

    Mr Cheung and his wife, from the Ballymena area, were attacked and had money stolen near Randalstown. Mr Cheung died from stab wounds.

  42. Road closed due to fire:


    PSNI Ards tweets: Motorists are advised that the Ballyglighorn Road in Ards is expected to be closed for a long period of time due to an investigation into a fire in the area. The road is closed at both the Ballydrain Road and Castle Espie.

  43. Murdered man was senior IRA figure:

    It's believed that the man who was shot dead in the Markets this morning was a former senior IRA figure in Belfast.

    Murdered man
  44. Latest on shooting:

    Nicola Weir, reporter with The Stephen Nolan show, is on the scene of the shooting at the Markets.

    Markets shooting

    She says that people ran to the scene of where the man was shot in an extremely distressed state and calling out "daddy, daddy".

  45. Adams loses appeal:

    Liam Adams has lost his appeal at the High Court against his conviction for raping and abusing his daughter.

    Liam Adams
  46. Shooting scene:

    BBC News NI reporter Kevin Sharkey sends us the first picture of the scene of a shooting in the Markets area.

    Markets shooting

    He says: "There's a very heavy police presence here at the minute. A lot of locals have gathered, and police have put up a large security tent near where the shooting happened.

    "Some locals are clearly very, very distressed at what's happened. They're moving around the street in a very distressed state."

  47. Shooting latest:

    The ambulance service confirm that it was called to a shooting at Welsh Street, in the Markets area, at 09:00 and that a man's been shot.

  48. South Belfast shooting:

    Police say officers are responding to reports of a shooting in the Markets area of south Belfast - it's understood one man has been shot.

  49. Bank holiday rush?

    Appears that it was a busy bank holiday for the traffic police around Ballymena.

    Ballymena road police

    PSNI Road Policing posted on Facebook that they seized this uninsured silver BMW after it was caught travelling at 106mph. Later, officers posted about a separate incident of a driver doing 145mph.

  50. Studio debate:

    BBC Radio Foyle

    Foyle candidates were in the studio this morning debating ahead of Thursday's election.

    Foyle debate

    Alliance's David Hawthorne, SDLP's Mark Durkan, Sinn Féin's Gearóid Ó hEára, DUP's Gary Middleton and UUP's Julia Kee (on the phone) all took part in the debate. Hamish Badenoch from the Conservatives and UKIP's Kyle Thompson are also standing in the election.

  51. Sydenham crash

  52. Crusaders clean up:

    BBC Sport NI

    Crusaders' fine season was reflected at last night's end-of-season BT Sport Football Writers Awards. Gavin Whyte was named Young Player of the Season while Paul Heatley took the senior award.


    Nine Crues players were named in the team of the season and - surprise, surprise - Stephen Baxter walked off with the Manager of the Year prize.

  53. Bottoms up:

    It might be a bit early, but one County Down business is toasting success after winning an international award for the quality of their gin.

    Gin and Tonic

    Shortcross Gin, made by Rademon Estate Distillery, won a silver medal at the World Spirits Competition in San Francisco. It was founded in 2012 by husband and wife team Fiona and David Boyd-Armstrong and is based just outside Downpatrick.

  54. Cross-border exports:

    Clodagh Rice

    Business Reporter, BBC News NI

    A new initiative to encourage small businesses to expand into export markets, particularly the Republic of Ireland, has been launched.

    Elevate is the next phase of a development programme to help small firms export across the border. Companies can received up to £5,000 of support - the programme has helped 245 small businesses since 2013.

  55. Bluebell wood

    Thanks to Paul McFarland for this shot of a bluebell wood.

    Bluebell wood

    We need a splash of colour to cheer us up on a grey day.

  56. Big slap of rain

    Angie Phillips

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    Radar shows position & extent of the wet weather. Raining pretty much across all of Northern Ireland now.

    Rain map
  57. Police on bomb attack:

    Police say two bombs in Londonderry that partially exploded on Sunday were left "20 to 30 metres" from nearby houses.

    Ch Insp Tony Callaghan tells Good Morning Ulster that 10 to 15 houses were evacuated yesterday after the explosion.

  58. Robinson seeks union commission:

    Mark Devenport

    BBC News NI Political Editor

    DUP leader Peter Robinson says the creation of a commission on the union would be a non-negotiable requirement of any deal it enters into at Westminster after the election.

    Peter Robinson

    At a speech in east Belfast last night, he said all pro-union parties should join in the interests of the UK and long-term stability.

  59. Rain warning

    Angie Phillips

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    A wet day for most parts. Rain warning in place. Your latest video forecast is online now

  60. Coffee jobs:

    Clodagh Rice

    Business Reporter, BBC News NI

    At this time in the morning, many people are thinking about one thing - coffee. So we bring you news of caffeine expansion.

    Coffee beans

    Ground Espresso Bars is opening three new stores and creating up to 40 new jobs. The outlets will be in Next stores in Londonderry, Enniskillen and Bangor.

  61. Bombs 'endangered lives':

    Residents living close to where two bombs partially detonated on Monday in Londonderry say their lives were put at risk.

    Derry bombs

    The bombs were found at midday yesterday near an Army Reserve centre - residents nearby spent 10 hours out of their homes while the devices were made safe.

  62. Good morning:

    Ciaran McCauley

    BBC News NI

    After the bank holiday yesterday, we're back to business as usual - we'll have all the news, sport, weather and travel until 19:00 tonight.