25 February 2015
Assembly members turn from discussing budget cuts to discuss how they could raise revenue.
A County Tyrone missionary midwife recalls the moment when she grabbed a gun being aimed at her and was shot in the shoulder.
Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy is expected to announce cuts to his budget next week which will impact on Transport NI, which looks after the roads network.
A 16-year-old boy is taken to hospital after being seriously injured in a stabbing in Antrim.
Amnesty International says it rejects "the premise and proposals" of a DUP Private Member's Bill seeking to build a conscience clause into equality law.
That's it for tonight and this week. When we come back on Monday at 07:00, it'll officially be Spring
It's all crocuses and Spring sunshine from this point forward. Aye right!
Here's how your weekend is shaping up - it's going to be very wintry later on Saturday and overnight into Sunday.
Northern Ireland pair Gareth Maybin and Darren Clarke have missed the halfway cut at the Joburg Open in South Africa.
Mark Stephen Hughes, from Newry, sends us this photo of him speaking to the late great Leonard Nimoy at a Star Trek convention in London last October.
The actor died today at the age of 83.
This Saturday Carl Frampton will be looking to defend his world title against Chris Avalos, with manager Barry McGuigan looking on eagerly.
The Clones Cyclone is no stranger to title fights. Our archive video relives the moment McGuigan landed the belt, by beating Eusebio Pedroza in 1985.
A west Belfast man has been jailed for 11 years after he was "caught red handed" with a bomb hidden in a holdall.
Connor Hughes, 23, from Altan Close, Dunmurry, pleaded guilty to possession a blast bomb type device with intent to endanger life.
We don't want to panic anyone, but this picture of Scrabo Tower sent in by Rossssor is ominous.
Clearly a mad scientist has moved into Scrabo and is testing out some sort of world-ending laser death ray. It's the only sensible conclusion.
It was an emotional occasion when Ireland faced England in the Six Nations at Croke Park for the first time.
Senior coroner John Leckey has said the inquests into deaths during the conflict in Northern Ireland will be halted because no money is available to appoint investigators, the Belfast Telegraph reports.
Police are appealing for information about a stabbing in Antrim which left a 16 year old seriously injured.
It happened at Craighill at 7am. His injuries aren't life threatening.
Repairs to potholes and verge cutting are likely to be hit by cuts at the Department of Regional Development.
Minister Danny Kennedy will say next week how the cuts have affected his 2015/16 budget.
Politicians have welcomed preliminary plans to help improve traffic flow in Downpatrick ahead of a final report this summer, the Mourne Observer reports.
Alleged Continuity IRA members were secretly recorded plotting attacks on Northern Ireland Policing Board meetings, the High Court has heard.
Kevin Heaney, 41, of Mourne View Park, Newry, faces charges of belonging to the IRA.
The process of merging and renaming government departments at Stormont seems to have been like classic TV comedy shows like Yes Minister, according to documents seen by the BBC.
One proposed name, the Department of Nature, was deemed a "Monty Python moment" by a Stormont insider.
It's just eight weeks since missionary midwife Maud Kells was shot by bandits outside her home in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Hear her story on BBC Newsline this evening at 6.30pm, BBC One NI.
Carl Frampton and Chris Avalos squared up during their weigh-in ahead of Saturday's world title fight in Belfast.
Frampton says he wants to become an Irish boxing legend and continue his run as champion.
The Executive has confirmed the names of the nine new Stormont departments.
First Minister Peter Robinson is to make a statement to the Assembly setting out the new arrangements.
Doctors working on the front line need clear guidance on abortion law here, says the chair of Northern Ireland's Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
Robin Ashe said wrangling over the law was not helpful to anyone.
The Bombardier CS300 is making its maiden flight. The newly developed plane was partly built at the firm's Belfast plant.
You can even follow the flight on live radar, if you're particularly into your engineering or aeronautics.
Police are appealing for information over the incident in which a man was injured by a pipe bomb in Crossmaglen shortly after 05:15 on Wednesday morning.
The family of Francis McCabe told the Irish News that he had been the "innocent victim" of threats and intimidation. Police say they are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen a poster being put up in the area.
It'll be very windy on Saturday night into Sunday. Gusts of up to 60mph can be widely expected but winds may reach up to 70mph in places.
BBC News NI economics and business editor John Campbell tweets:
Former BBC NI roving reporter James Boyce's was famed for his unique talent for gathering quirky tales from across Northern Ireland.
Now a lot of his reports have been retrieved from the archive and are available online so that a whole new audience can be entertained by the eccentricities of life in Northern Ireland over 50 years ago.
Ireland have made one change to the team that defeated France a fortnight ago for their game against England in Dublin on Sunday.
Jordi Murphy replaces the injured Jamie Heaslip so Ulster's Iain Henderson will have to content himself with a place on the Irish bench.
The Belfast Telegraph reports that inquests into deaths during the conflict in Northern Ireland could be halted because no money is available to appoint investigators according to the senior coroner.
Senior coroner John Leckey wants to employ specialists to hunt for information about killings during 30 years of violence but has been told nobody is available to undertake the task.
Joe Schmidt is set to name the Ireland team for Sunday's Six Nations clash against England in five minutes. You can watch the announcement live on the IRFU website.
A 37-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of County Antrim woman Pauline Carmichael.
Alan Norman Foster, from Hillside, Antrim, appeared in Coleraine Magistrates Court. He will appear again in court in March.
BBC News NI political correspondent Gareth Gordon tweets:
A Belfast man has been for the "brutal and senseless" murder of a father of four.
George Gray, who was 52, was beaten to death in his flat on east Belfast's Cregagh Road on 30 August, 2012. Alan Irvine, 31, from Rosebery Gardens, Belfast, pleaded guilty to the murder last month.
The only two unbeaten teams in the Six Nations this year, Ireland and England face each other in Dublin this Sunday.
Fly-halves are always important in big games but could the experienced Jonny Sexton or the novice George Ford sway the game for their respective sides this Sunday?
BBC News NI's own Peter Coulter spotted this poster in south Belfast last night.
Have you seen Pablo, the red-eyed albino ferret with yellow tones anywhere in south Belfast?
Jamie Clarke returns to the Armagh team for Sunday's Football League Division 3 game against Limerick in Kilmallock.
Clarke has recovered from the groin injury that forced him to miss the win over Wexford and is drafted into the attack along with Tony Kernan.
The Utility Regulator welcomed the 7.8% average decrease by SSE Airtricity gas supply in its regulated gas tariffs in the greater Belfast area.
Jenny Pyper of the Utility Regulator said: "This now means that Northern Ireland consumers are benefiting from amongst the lowest electricity and gas standard tariffs in the UK."
Part of Temple by David Best. We'll be speaking to the artist on BBC Radio Foyle's News at One.
The IRFU says fans should not buy tickets for Ireland's match against England this weekend from unofficial sources.
The union said a number of people had lost money after trying to buy tickets advertised on well-known websites.
PSNI East Belfast tweets:
A packed studio for our important discussion on self-harm in Northern Ireland. Support and stories on BBC Talkback now.
The Carrick Times reports that a petition to make mental health education compulsory within the Northern Ireland curriculum has been raised at Stormont.
Established by Carrickfergus Grammar School pupil Sara Patterson, the document was presented to the assembly on Monday morning by East Antrim MLA Roy Beggs.
First Minister Peter Robinson says the "working assumption" is Northern Ireland will adopt 12.5% corporation tax, introduced at the "earliest possible date of April 2017".
Mr Robinson was speaking at a business gathering in west Belfast.
SSE Airtricity have announced it's reducing the price of natural gas by almost 8% and it's electricity prices by 8%.
The reductions will come into effect from 1 April.
We've heard cows can predict the weather but this is ridiculous. Introducing Cecilia the cow - named after our very own weather presenter Cecilia Daly.
After visiting Limavady Central Primary School on Tuesday, Cecilia was told a calf had been named after her at a local farm. Hopefully it's not an omen for friesian conditions...
Police have won the right to listen to Boston College interviews by loyalist Winston "Winkie" Rea.
However, for now, the tapes remain secret to allow for a possible appeal.
The driver of a gritter who was instructed to drive his lorry to the Strand Road police station by a gang of masked men was assaulted by one of the men when he refused to do so.
The driver was told that an object had been placed in the lorry but when it was subsequently examined by police no object was found.
DUP Leader Peter Robinson tweets: Running the media gauntlet as I left the Kennedy centre. Great event. I want more jobs for everyone in NI.
The Derry Journal reports on a warning that fake money is being circulated in Derry.
It's understood counterfeit £20 notes have been circulating over the last 48 hours.
Police have won the right to listen to Boston College interviews by loyalist Winston 'Winkie' Rea but in case there is a further appeal, the tapes will remain secret.
Police were in court with a bag to take away the tapes but they've been told to wait in case Mr Rea's legal team appeals to the Supreme Court.
The Department of Justice has released details of a survey about the experience of crime findings for 2013/14. Among the crimes classified are domestic burglary, theft and assault.
In Northern Ireland, 10% of all households were victims of at least one crime - in England and Wales, 17% of households were victims.
PSNI Road Policing tweets:
The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency has released a labour survey that shows that full-time graduates earn nearly £300 a week more than full-time non-graduates.
The Newtownabbey Times reports that a butcher has saved his store's bacon after fending off a hatchet-wielding robber who aimed to make off with their takings.
Ballymena's Jonny Blaney, saw off the robber just before Christmas but it's only come to light after customers spread word of his exploits.
There are definite signs that spring is in the air now. The mornings are getting brighter that little bit earlier, as you can see from this picture Samuel Glover sent to us at 07:30 this morning from Saintfield.
You can send us your pictures and comments by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Police say that a shot was fired at the front door of a house in Springfield Avenue in west Belfast last night at 20:00.
No-one was in the house at the time of shooting and there are no reports of any injuries.
The Department for Regional Development has confirmed that a gritter in the Londonderry area was stopped by masked men this morning and an object was thrown into the hopper.
The driver was told to go to Strand Road police station and abandoned the vehicle on the Madams Bank Road.
SDLP councillor Brian Tierney says a worker was threatened this morning by masked men and ordered to take a suspect package to Strand Road Police Station in Londonderry.
Mr Tierney told BBC Radio Foyle that he believes this led to the security alert earlier on Madam's Bank Road in the city.
Peter Robinson has told a business community audience in west Belfast that 70% of companies that invest in Northern Ireland then re-invest.
The first minister is addressing the business community at the Kennedy Centre in west Belfast.
BBC News NI business correspondent Julian O'Neill tweets:
The Irish News front page carries the first picture of south Armagh man, Francis McCabe Jr after he was injured by a bomb near Crossmaglen in County Armagh on Wednesday.
PSNI Road Policing tweets:
IAG Chief Executive Willie Walsh tells BBC News that the firm doesn't foresee "many, if any, competition issues" from the EU competition commission in its bid to take over Aer Lingus.
Mr Walsh said: "We think Aer Lingus is a good company, and we think Aer Lingus can be a significantly better company as part of IAG."
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness tweets:
Bank of Ireland made a profit of €921m in 2014 compared to a €564m loss in 2013.
The performance included a big drop in the amount it had to set aside to cover bad loans. The bank said its Northern Ireland business made "a modest profit".
On BBC Radio Ulster at 12:30 on Sunday 1 March Not Dad's Army - Northern Ireland's Home Guard will tell the story of Northern Ireland's home defence organisation during World War Two.
First Minister Peter Robinson and Minister for Enterprise Arlene Foster are attending an event organised by the business community in west Belfast this morning. The first minister is addressing a business breakfast being held in the Kennedy Centre.
West Belfast MP Paul Maskey told Mr Robinson and Ms Foster: "Your presence here sends a very important message to all the people of this area."
A support worker at a Ballymoney housing association says long hours and challenging working conditions are having a negative effect on staff and the people they care for.
Susan Scullion works for the Triangle Housing Association and she was addressing the Social Development Committee at Stormont yesterday.
Chief Executive of Triangle Chris Alexander said: "Triangle will now complete a thorough investigation of the concerns raised publicly by this staff member."
The Derry Journal reports that the Western Trust has issued fresh proposals to reduce the number of day care centres in Londonderry.
If the trust's plans go ahead, services at Foyleville on Academy Road and Fanad Drive in Creggan will merge into a single centre.
During World War Two, home defence organisations were created across Britain but the same infrastructure in place across the water did not exist in Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland rallied however to form its own Home Guard but there were only 150 Catholic recruits out of a total of almost 40,000 men. You can hear the full story of Not Dad's Army, Northern Ireland's Home Guard on BBC Radio Ulster this Sunday at 12:30.
BBC News NI reporter Laura Trueman tweets:
The remains of a white-tailed eagle have been discovered in County Fermanagh, it has emerged.
The bird was found in the Newbridge Road area of Lisnaskea on Saturday 7 February. Police are trying to find out how it died.
Madam's Bank Road in Londonderry has reopened after a security alert. Nothing untoward was found.
There's some frost and ice around this morning meaning an ice warning is in place.
There will be some sunshine. It'll be bright, crisp and mainly dry but this afternoon it will turn more cloudy as some patchy rain arrives. It could be a damp evening this evening.
Police have told the Traffic Control Centre that there may have been seven or eight crashes on the M1 already this morning, with conditions very bad between junctions 15 and 13.
The News Letter reports that a leading Orangeman has said Sinn Féin's attitude towards the Irish language is serving to alienate unionists and increase division.
Dr David Hume said the onus was on the republican party to earn respect for the language rather than forcing it on to people.
There is a security alert on the Madam's Bank Road in Londonderry. The road has been closed and traffic diversions are in place
World number one Rory McIlroy struggled on his USPGA Tour debut for the season at the Honda Classic in Florida.
The 25-year-old ended the first day eight shots behind leader Jim Herman, who recorded a five-under-par 65.
Tyrone have named the same team that defeated Mayo for Saturday's Division One derby against Derry at Healy Park.
Manager Mickey Harte's selection means that Mattie Donnelly's switch from defence to attack is set to continue.
The Northern Ireland Executive has confirmed that it has unanimously agreed the names of the nine new Stormont departments that will replace the current 12 in 2016.
First Minister Peter Robinson is to make a statement to the assembly setting out the new arrangements.
A group of parents in Lurgan, County Armagh, have said they feel they are being bullied into sending their children to a new all-ability school.
St Ronan's College will merge three schools in the town. It's called a grammar school but will not use academic selection.
There were more than 12,000 attendances at hospital emergency departments in Northern Ireland in the past financial year for self-harm and suicidal thought, according to a new report.
The NI Registry of Self-Harm annual report is due to be launched by the Public Health Agency later.
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