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  1. Updates for Tuesday 15 March 2016
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  3. Image: 'Little house in the Sperrins' (by Trevor Hartnett)

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By Fiona Murray and Ross McKee

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Dry St Patrick's Day on the cards

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Looks like those taking part in St Patrick's Day celebrations may be able to ditch the raincoats, according to the latest weather forecast

Some dissidents 'celebrated prison officer's death'

Belfast man wanted in Portugal wins extradition case

A Belfast man wanted in Portugal over alleged weapons trafficking has won his fight against extradition.

Belfast High Court

High Court judges backed John Gerard McCann's case due to insufficient assurances about his potential medical treatment and conditions in a Lisbon prison. The 56-year-old, with an address at Black's Road in west Belfast, has cancer.

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Woman in hospital after quad bike collision

A woman in her 40s has been taken to hospital after her quad bike overturned in Lisnarick, County Fermanagh.

She is believed to be in a serious condition with a head injury following the incident on Liscreevin Road.

Standing down from Stormont

BBC News NI looks at the MLAs who will not be standing for re-election in May 2016

Neeson pictures dominate school Facebook page

Slemish College in Ballymena have posted more images of Hollywood star Liam Neeson via their facebook page following his surprise visit to the school.  

Liam Neeson at Slemish College
Slemish College
Liam Neeson at Slemish College
Slemish College

Rory Best in Six Nations fitness fight

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Royal Hospital access warning for St Patrick's Day

Neil Lennon in Bolton exit

Bolton Wanderers have parted company with manager Neil Lennon by mutual consent.  

Neil Lennon
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The 44-year-old former Celtic manager was appointed in October 2014 and leaves as the club is 11 points from safety in the championship - at the foot of the table, with nine games left to play.  

Family issue photo of Adrian Ismay

The family of Adrian Ismay, 52, who has died 11 days after a bomb attack in east Belfast, have released a photograph of the father-of-three.

Adrian Ismay
Family of Adrian Ismay

Sunshine set to continue tomorrow

Traffic delays on the Westlink in Belfast

Cars at centre of police's appeal into Ismay attack

Police are looking for information about two cars seized after the attack on prison officer Adrian Ismay.

Citroen C3 and Skoda Fabia

O'Dowd says 'senseless attacks' need to end

Sinn Fein Education Minister John O'Dowd said those behind attacks such as that on the prison officer in east Belfast needed to "come out and explain their actions".

John O'Dowd

He told BBC Radio Ulster's Talkback programme there was "a political alternative to militarism" and such "senseless attacks" needed to end.

'Redouble efforts to ensure terror culture doesn't return'

Police appeal over prison officer attack

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Campbell has appealed for information about two cars in relation to the attack on prison officer Adrian Ismay.

PSNI crest

The first one is a red Citroen C3, registration SKZ 6662. Police believe it was used by those planting the bomb around 2:20am. 

The second car was a silver Skoda Fabia, KFZ 2352. Police believe it was used before and after the attack.

Report into trawler sinking published

A report into the sinking of a County Down trawler, after a collision at sea, has found that a proper watch had not been maintained on either vessel involved.

The Good Intent

The Silver Dee and the Good Intent collided in the Irish Sea. The Silver Dee sank eight minutes later. Her five crew managed to transfer to the other vessel and there were no injuries. 

Cameron's 'sadness' after prison officer dies

PSNI still trying to establish cause of prison officer's death

PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Richard Campbell has said police are still trying to establish the cause of prison officer Adrian Ismay's death.

Det Chief Insp Richard Campbell

At a news conference today he said police would do everything possible to bring those responsible for the "senseless attack" on the father of three to justice.

Man admits causing death of student Enda Dolan

David Lee Stewart, 31, from Grays Park Avenue, Belfast has admitted causing the death of student Enda Dolan by dangerous driving.

Accident scene

The 18-year-old student was struck by a van driven by Stewart as he walked to his student accommodation on the Malone Road, Belfast, in October 2014. Stewart is to be sentenced next month.

'Hands off our bus passes' says outgoing MLA

Alliance Party MLA Kieran McCarthy has warned any future executive to keep their paws off senior citizens' free bus passes in his final Assembly speech. He is not seeking re-election in May.

Kieran McCarthy

"I have never raised my voice in this house before until now, when I say loud and clear...hands off our bus passes, hands off our bus passes," he said.

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton reaction to Adrian Ismay's death

Chief Constable George Hamilton, speaking in New York, said police will have to wait for medical evidence before confirming if Adrian Ismay's death would be treated as murder.

Man due in court over police chase

A 35-year-old man is due to appear in court tomorrow following a chase and a crash in which three police officers suffered minor injuries.


The car was being chased by police. It crashed into a PSNI landrover and another vehicle at Salisbury Avenue, north Belfast at lunchtime. Two policemen and a police woman were inside the landrover at the time.

Death was 'shocking and devastating' says UUP

The Ulster Unionist Party has said the prison officer's death was "shocking and devastating".

"The people responsible for this despicable attack must be brought to justice," said Andy Allen, whilst Chris McGimpsey called on anyone with information to contact police.

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton reacts to death of prison officer Adrian Ismay

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton said the prison officer had suffered traumatic injuries but that police would have to wait for medical evidence before confirming if they were treating his death as murder.

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Irish foreign minister sends condolences

Irish minister for foreign affairs Charlie Flanagan sent his condolences to the family and friends of Adrian Ismay.He said it was a "callous and cowardly attack on the entire community". 

Charlie Flanagan

"We must work together to reject those who would wish to return Northern Ireland to the days when these heinous attacks were commonplace. Their futile agenda will not succeed," he said.  

Campbell: 'We will not allow these people to drag us back'

DUP MP Gregory Campbell told BBC Radio Ulster's Talkback programme it was a "traumatic" time for the prison officer's family and slammed those behind the bomb attack in east Belfast earlier this month.  

Gregory Campbell

"[The] total and utter waste of time, resource, energy and innocent lives is appalling," he said. "We will not allow these people to drag us back."  

Deputy First Minister reaction to death of prison officer Adrian Ismay

Speaking from the USA, Martin McGuinness said he was deeply saddened by the death of prison officer Adrian Ismay.

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Mr Ismay was injured in a dissident republican bomb attack 12 days ago. He died today, from what is believed to have been a heart attack.

NI First Minister Arlene Foster reacts to the death of prison officer Adrian Ismay

The First Minister Arlene Foster says she's "devastated" by the death of prison officer Adrian Ismay.

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NI Secretary 'shocked and saddened' by death

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers said she was saddened by the news of Adrian Ismay's death.

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Theresa Villiers

East Belfast MP: 'We stand united in opposition to terrorism'

East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson says the community is repulsed at the death of the prison officer targeted by dissident republicans 12 days ago.

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Deputy first minister: Dissident republicans will continue to fail

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said those who had targeted the officer had failed to get support and will continue to fail.

Martin McGuinness
Martin McGuinness

Justice Minister and Prisons chief offer sympathy

Justice Minister David Ford and the head of the Prison Service Sue McAllister said their thoughts and prayers were with Adrian Ismay's family and friends.

Sue McAllister

"Adrian Ismay gave over 28 years of service to prisons in Northern Ireland and he was greatly respected by all those who knew him," they said.