25 February 2015
Assembly members turn from discussing budget cuts to discuss how they could raise revenue.
Northern Ireland's health minister has formally accepted proposals for a single, all-Ireland children's heart surgery centre, based in Dublin.
An economic report for the executive says there is not a strong enough case for abolishing a £13 tax on the majority of flights out of Northern Ireland.
A wildlife keeper wins a High Court victory over being evicted from his dangerous animals sanctuary.
A woman whose partner was shot dead in her flat was ordered not to speak by a masked man when she opened the door to him, a murder trial is told.
It looks like another cold one tonight, even if it's not quite as snowy as the last couple of evenings. Gary Reid sends us this picture of a chilly evening in Carrickfergus.
We'll be back with more updates from 07:00 tomorrow. Until then, crank up the heating and stay wrapped up warm.
Not as much snow in the forecast for tonight, but it will be cold and frosty. Expect more treacherous conditions when travelling in the morning.
Academics at Queen's University have proposed to build a temporary a bridge across the Lagan made entirely from Meccano, the Belfast Telegraph reports.
Ulster players Luke Marshall and Roger Wilson have been cited after incidents in last Friday's Pro12 win over the Scarlets.
Marshall is alleged to have kicked an opponent while Wilson is charged with striking a Scarlets player.
Police in Craigavon say they have seized a number of animal items after a search in the Lurgan area related to endangered species regulations.
Police were assisted by the National Crime Agency and the Scottish Wildlife Criminal Investigation Unit.
A woman whose partner was shot dead in her flat was ordered not to speak by a masked man when she opened the door to him, a murder trial has heard.
Kieran Edward Joseph McLaughlin denies the murder of Barry McCrory in Londonderry in October 2013.
Traffic is slow on the Albertbridge Road and Newtownards Road towards Holywood Road.
There are also delays on the Boucher Road in both directions and on the Stranmillis Road from Queen's University to Stranmillis Village.
Remembrance Day poppies have been banned from sale at all council buildings in one of the first steps taken by the news Mid Ulster Council, the Belfast Telegraph reports.
The policy was passed at a meeting of the shadow council by 24 votes to 15.
Derry City Council have agreed to confer the freedom of the city to Bishops Edward Daly and James Mehaffey after a meeting earlier today, the Derry Journal reports.
A former journalist turned magician from Ireland is hoping to land a new job - at a post office in the Antarctic.
Anthony Galvin, from County Clare, is one of 1,000 people to apply to live and work for five months on Goudier Island, surrounded only be penguins. We'll be speaking to him after 17:45.
A 28-year-old Londonderry man has denied bringing a note into Maghaberry Prison on behalf of a proscribed terrorist organisation last year.
Belfast Crown Court heard that a note wrapped in cling film was found in the possession of William McDonnell, from Culdaff Gardens. He was released on continuing bail to await a date for trial.
Ireland as seen from space today. See the snow cover in parts of Ulster and Connacht through the clouds.
The Irish News reports that almost 1,000 water meters have been installed in Northern Ireland in the last three months.
RBAI are through to the School's Cup final after beating Coleraine Academical in today's semi-final at Ravenhill by 10-6.
@charliebella7 tweets us this lovely shot of snow in the Sperrins
A wildlife keeper has won a High Court battle over being evicted from his County Antrim animal sanctuary.
Norman Elder, 51, was forced out of the centre in 2008 after photos emerged on social media of a girl stroking a tiger. A judge ruled in his favour over the USPCA and a hearing later this year will decide the level of damages.
Coleraine Academical Institution are facing RBAI in the Schools Cup semi-finals right now at Ravenhill. The score stands at 3-3 at half-time.
BBC Sport NI are offering live updates of the game on Twitter.
This stunning photo of Mull of Kintyre and Ballycastle (thanks Anne Kelly!) looks more like an oil painting than real life!
At least the sun has finally reared its head after all those snow showers on the north coast this morning.
A woman has said she's hurt and disgusted at abusive comments posted about her autistic son on a Facebook page.
There are reports today that the north coast is set to get its first brewery in over 30 years.
As this great archive footage from the 1960s shows, BBC News NI's roving reporter James Boyce learns how to bypass the pub and make his own beer with a home brew kit!
The Lurgan Mail reports that archaeologists are surveying a 4,000-year-old Neolithic henge in the middle of Aghagallon, County Armagh, to find out what lies beneath the historic site.
Snow dunes in Portrush on the north coast today. Photo by Alive Surf School.
We used the new radio bulletins studio for the first time today at 14:00! This is where travel bulletins (along with the normal news, sport and weather) will come from when we're not at the traffic control centre.
Ice and snow showers are in the forecast again tonight. But - it'll get milder from tomorrow. Double digit temperatures due at the weekend.
A former maths teacher who once ran for Belfast City Council has pleaded guilty to making indecent images of children. Peter Prendiville from Craigdarragh Park in Holywood, was ordered by the judge at Downpatrick Crown Court to sign the sex offenders register.
BBC News NI's Health Correspondent Marie-Louise Connelly tweets:
The Irish FA says its position on a GB Olympics football team is "unchanged" and that "when playing, our players should play in a Northern Ireland shirt".
The Football Association plans to enter men's and women's Great Britain teams for the 2016 Olympics. A GB team featured in the 2012 Olympics, but the Irish, Welsh and Scottish FA didn't give their official backing.
Cannabis plants worth estimated street value of £15,000 were seized by police yesterday after searches in Craigavon and Portadown.
Police say three men, aged 22, 28 and 44, were arrested on suspicion of a number of drugs offences. The 22 and 28-year-old have been released on bail.
The Belfast Telegraph reports that the Lord Mayor of Belfast Nichola Mallon (left) is expecting her first child this summer.
It may not seem like it today, but it is going to get milder later this week! Temperatures rising from tomorrow and getting up to highs of 13 degrees Celcius by the weekend.
Unionists on the new Mid Ulster council say they're demanding a call-in about a number of decisions made at last week's council meeting.
They said decisions including banning the sale of poppies and Irish-first branding on logos, vehicles and buildings were an attempt by nationalists to create a "cold house for unionists".
The Belfast Telegraph says it has appointed a new editor - Gail Walker. She is the first woman to edit the newspaper and replaces Mike Gilson, who left in January.
BBC News NI's Mark Simpson conducting interviews at the Belfast Interface Project on the upcoming The Big Lunch event (thanks to Grainne McCloskey for the picture).
The Derry Journal reports that bin collections across Londonderry have been cancelled today because of hazardous road conditions.
Some rugby news you might have missed over the last week - Ireland captain Paul O'Connell was voted Ireland's sexiest rugby player.
BBC Sport NI's Thomas Niblock asked him how he felt about winning the prestigious award.
An economic report for the Executive says there is not a strong enough case for abolishing a £13 tax on the majority of flights out of Northern Ireland.
Removing air passenger duty (APD) is seen by airports and airlines as key to attracting new routes and growing tourism.
It's always exciting seeing the first sprinkles of snow, but it's easy to get fed up with it once the cold sets in though. Desmond Loughery sent in this snap of his pup Mavis experiencing the white stuff for the very first time!
Paediatric congenital heart surgery to end in Belfast. New joined up service with Republic starts April 1st. The system will take up to 18 months before becoming fully operational.
That means England will still be used in some emergency cases.
British Championship riders Sam West (left) and Craig Neve (middle) will make their North West 200 debuts at this year's meeting in May.
Both riders had a chance to check out the circuit for the first time last week.
The gritters are out in Derry as snow flurries continue to fall. Transport NI say conditions were treacherous this morning but staff are working hard to keep roads passable with care.
BBC News NI reporter Kevin Sharkey tweets:
The result of Ireland's Cricket World Cup pool game against South Africa has not been in doubt but a great effort from Ireland brought the underdogs from a dodgy 48 for five at one point to a final tally of 210 all out in the 46th over.
South Africa had set a massive target of 412.
The Belfast Telegraph reports that Portrush is getting its first brewery in three decades.
The Police Ombudsman is to send a file to the director of public prosecutions "within a matter of weeks" for him to decide if two former police officers should be prosecuted for a number of crimes, including conspiracy to murder.
The former Special Branch agent handlers were questioned in October about allegations made by former UVF commander and police informer, Gary Haggarty. He agreed to become a supergrass more than five years ago.
Conditions at Glenshane and Coleraine Mountain are good, but further snow flurries are affecting these routes. In Derry, a collision on the Caw Roundabout was a major contributor to delays on the Foyle Bridge earlier, but things are now moving well again.
BBC News NI's political correspondent Chris Page tweets:
The weather outside might be frightful up in the north west today, but it's making for some great photos! Thanks to Ciara Shaw (top) and Ramada Portrush for these scenic sunrises in Derry and Portrush.
More than 40 schools across counties Londonderry and Tyrone are closed today because of snow and icy conditions. Transport NI says snow ploughs are being used to keep the roads clear, but motorists should take extreme care.
Stevan Patterson sent in this photo of a van stuck in a ditch this morning on the main Castlederg to Drumquin Road.
Adverse weather conditions are causing minor delays at the airport this morning. You can check the latest flight information at @coderryairport.
Sinn Féin says its Newry councillors rejected proposals to reconsider calling a play park after IRA man Raymond McCreesh last night because people in the area want to keep the name.
Conor Murphy told the Nolan Show: "We're supporting the democratic wishes of the area, which overwhelmingly wants to retain the name."
Londonderry firm Airporter is expanding its fleet, buying six new coaches in an investment worth almost £500,000.
They operate a transfer service between Derry and the two Belfast airports and carry more than 100,000 passengers every year.
Angela Cunning in County Antrim sends in this wonderful photo of her dog out in the big freeze that's gripping northern and western areas of Northern Ireland this morning.
A man in his 30s has been arrested at Portlaoise prison in connection with the escape of another prisoner, Derek Brockwell, at Tallaght Hospital in February. A couple in their 60s were arrested earlier this morning in County Meath.
Brockwell allegedly stabbed two prison officers before getting away on a motorbike on 17 February. He was recaptured by police in Belfast city centre the next day.
Alasdair McDonnell says he's disappointed that Sinn Féin councillors have blocked proposals to reconsider naming a Newry park after IRA man Raymond McCreesh.
The SDLP leader told Good Morning Ulster: "Sinn Féin and their allies blocked it because it suits their political purposes at the moment".
At the halfway mark of their innings, Ireland doing their best to stay in as long as they can and make the score as respectable as possible in Cricket World Cup pool game with South Africa.
129 for six in the 26th over. South Africa 411 for four.
A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with the escape of a prisoner from custody at Tallaght Hospital last month.
Derek Brockwell allegedly stabbed two prison officers before getting away on a motorbike on 17 February. He was recaptured by police in Belfast city centre the next day.
All ferry sailings between Rathlin and Ballycastle are cancelled today because of the difficult weather conditions.
Our brave reporter Joe Doran is tackling the Glenshane Pass this morning and the snow ploughs are out! Keep checking @BBCNITravel for the latest roads information.
Paul McLaughlin emailed in this great snap of Sion Mills this morning. It looks pretty nice when you don't have to go outside in it!
Tonight on BBC One NI at 22:40, Vincent Kearney investigates why UVF leader and special branch informer Gary Haggarty hasn't testified against anyone, five years after he became a supergrass.
Traffic on the M1 is slow from Lisburn through to Broadway, and the M2 from Templepatrick into Belfast is also busy.
The gulf in class is showing in Canberra as Ireland continue to be punished by South Africa in their Cricket World Cup pool match.
It's 48 for five after 11 overs.
I'm at a CBI-run event in Belfast finding out more about the digital economy and what role it can play for businesses. I'll have more on Good Morning Ulster just after 08:45.
Lots of schools in Counties Londonderry and Tyrone have contacted us to say they're closed today because of snow and icy conditions. The list is being constantly updated so keep checking the BBC News NI website.
BBC Test Match Special's John Kenny says: "It's looking very, very ominous. We could have an early finish here." as Ireland struggle against South Africa in their Cricket World Cup pool match. Ireland are 25 for 3 and chasing 412.
The health minster says it could take several months before a final decision is made on the future of a respite centre for disabled children in Londonderry. The Western Trust had previously indicated that the service might be cut.
Frank Gallagher, who looks after his teenage son, said the facility is a lifeline for parents.
A group representing loyalist bands are to take part in the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis for the first time. The Londonderry Bands Forum will participate in an event at the party's conference on Saturday.
The forum is funded by the International Fund for Ireland. Its chairman Adrian Johnston said the move would improve "peace and reconciliation activity".
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Roe Valley Integrated Primary School, Limavady and Drumahoe Primary School, Derry will be closed today due to snow. You can check the list of school closures on the BBC News NI website.
Traffic is busy on the M1 from Lisburn to Blacks Road, on the Westlink towards York Street and on the A2 Shore Road leaving from Carrickfergus.
Some difficult conditions out there this morning because of ice and snow so please drive with extreme care. We've been told The A6 Glenshane Road is treacherous with snow between the Glenshane Pass and Claudy.
Oakgrove Integrated College, Derry; Ashlea Primary School and Nursery Unit, Tullyally.
Is it cruel to showcase wild animals in the circus or is it all just part of the act? Councillors in Newtownabbey and Antrim tried to ban exotic animals from shows on council-owned land, but they have been defeated.
The motion was rejected at a council meeting last week. We'll be discussing this at 07:50.
Some schools are closed today because of snow: Donemana Primary School, Donemana; Killen Primary School, Castlederg; St Canice's Primary School, Feeny; Limavady High School, Artigarvan Primary and community nursery, Strabane and Evish Primary School, Strabane.
A public spending watchdog says an IT company was awarded a 1.3m euros (£950,000) grant to buy equipment which "in all likelihood" cost it just 30,000 (£22,000) euros.
The Department of Enterprise is now suing Bytel Ltd after the Northern Ireland Audit Office found there were major failings in the handling of its EU-funded broadband scheme.
Unionists have failed in their latest efforts to remove the name of a dead IRA man, Raymond McCreesh, from a park in Newry, County Down.
The bid to discuss the park's name again failed after Sinn Féin councillors voted against it.
South Africa leave Ireland hoping for a miracle in their Cricket World Cup pool match. Ireland have a target of 412 from their 50 overs.
A cold start again - the current temperatures and radar showing a snapshot of the snow showers that will affect mainly north and west areas. Take care out there and watch the BBC News NI weather forecast for the latest information.
City of Derry Airport tweets:
Ireland are up against it in their Cricket World Cup pool match with South Africa at Manuka Oval in Canberra.
South Africa are 387-4 after 49 overs.
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