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  1. Enjoy your weekend

    Ciaran McCauley

    BBC News NI

    That's us for today. Hope you have a good weekend and we'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 07:00 on Monday.

  2. Eyewitness report of Belfast shooting

    BBC Newsline reporter Martin Cassidy says that he spoke to an eyewitness to the north Belfast shooting, which has resulted in a man being taken to hospital.

    Oldpark shooting

    She told him that she saw the victim slumped in the takeaway with what appeared to be a head wound.

  3. Broken bottle attacker jailed

    A Belfast man is jailed for nine years for repeatedly hitting his partner with a broken bottle.

    Laganside Courts

    Brian Mongan, 41, from St Agnes Place, repeatedly attacked Julie Nevin at her flat on the Antrim Road last March.

  4. Witness to shooting

    Martin Cassidy

    BBC NI

    A witness to the shooting at a takeaway on Belfast's Oldpark Rd tells me she heard the shot and saw the aftermath. I'm live on BBC Newsline shortly with the latest.

  5. Archive: SoS faces City Hall protest

    BBC NI Archive

    Today we've been feeding out nuggets from a briefing paper given to Tom King when he was made Secretary of State in 1985 - it's essentially a rundown of what not to say when in Northern Ireland.

    Jim Wells

    But just two months into the job, the new secretary faced protests and anger at Belfast City Hall following the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement. Among the protesters are the familiar (but fresher) faces of Jim Wells and Nigel Dodds.

  6. SDLP 'will have post-election role'

    SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell predicts his party will play a role in the future of the UK government after the May Westminster elections.

    Alasdair McDonnell
  7. Shooting in north Belfast

    Police say they're at the scene of a shooting at a takeaway on Belfast's Oldpark Road

    Oldpark Shooting

    It happened around 5.40pm. A man has been taken to hospital. His condition isn't known. The road is closed.

  8. Illegal gaming operation smashed

    Cash and gaming machines worth half a million pounds have been seized by police.

    gaming machines

    100 gaming machines, 3 roulette machines and £200K in cash were found in Belfast and Lisburn.

  9. Shipbuilding mural unveiled

    Peter Coulter

    BBC News NI

    A new mural to commemorate Belfast's shipbuilding heritage has been unveiled on Pilot Street.

    Ship mural Belfast

    It contains 54 photographs telling the stories of shipbuilders in the city over the last two centuries. Keep an eye out for it when you are driving home tonight.

  10. Footballer convicted over drugs

    Belfast Telegraph

    An Irish League footballer has been convicted of possessing Class A drugs but acquitted of any intention to deal them, the Belfast Telegrjohaph reports.

    John McGuigan

    John McGuigan, who is currently on loan at Warrenpoint Town from Glentoran, admitted having a quantity of ecstasy and cocaine at a nightclub in south Belfast.

  11. Agreement 'won't unravel'

    Chris Page

    BBC News NI Political Correspondent

    Peter Robinson says he doesn't see the Stormont House Agreement "unravelling" as Mike Nesbitt has claimed.

    Peter Robinson

    The DUP leader also said he thought broadcasters would be "going back to the drawing board" over election TV debates.

  12. Rare famine box at Linen Hall

    Allan Preston

    BBC News NI

    Last night, Belfast's Linen Hall library was presented with a rare gift over 160-years-old by a County Tyrone family - a rare famine box, complete with six food vouchers.

    Famine Box

    They were used in the famine relief in Omagh in 1847. You can hear more about this on Evening Extra at 17:45.

  13. Court orders dog back to owner

    Michael Fitzpatrick

    BBC News NI

    A dog owner has won a court injunction to have their family pet returned after someone looking after the animal refused to hand it back.

    Charlie the Dog

    The owner of Charlie the dog left him with a pet minder for two weeks. Belfast County Court granted the injunction to have him returned yesterday.

  14. Incinerator project queried:

    Newtownabbey Times

    Newtownabbey Times reports that campaigners fighting plans for a massive waste incinerator near Mallusk claim doubts have been raised about the future of the body behind the project.

    An artist's impression of the proposed waste facility at a quarry on the outskirts of north Belfast
  15. Frances Black Friday gig off

    Bad news for fans for Frances Black - the Irish singer has lost her voice and her performance this evening with Kieran Goss at the Grand Opera House has been cancelled.

  16. Libel case almost resolved;

    Belfast Telegraph

    A member of Northern Ireland's Policing Board is close to resolving her libel action against two colleagues, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

    Policing Board members were briefed about On The Runs in April 2010

    Joan O'Hagan, an independent member, issued proceedings against the board, vice-chairman Stuart MacDonnell and former chairman Brian Rea.

  17. NI political speak for newbies

    We've mined some more advice given to Secretary of State Tom King in 1985 from the newly released briefing papers from the PRONI.

    Tom King briefing

    On the Republic of Ireland, the Free State and Eire were "unacceptable" terms and Ireland "best avoided". Meanwhile 'majority community' and 'minority community' were allowed for Protestants and Catholics - but not loyalists, Orangemen or republicans

  18. 'Disappointing' cannabis behind drugs bust

    Two men were so disappointed with the quality of herbal cannabis sold in Carrickfergus that they decided to grow their own, a court has heard.

    Cannabis plant

    Marcin Jarzebiak, 31, and Bartosz Czelaw Szadkowski, 38, admitted a charge of cultivating cannabis at Belfast Crown Court.

  19. E-cig ban proposed in Republic

    Electronic cigarettes could be banned from bars, restaurants and workplaces in the Republic of Ireland under proposed new laws.

    Electronic cigarette
    Image caption: Electronic cigarettes could be banned from bars and restaurants in Ireland

    They are already banned in hospitals and health centres.

  20. Defibrillator welcomed:

    Larne Times

    Larne Times reports that the mother of an Islandmagee footballer who died during an amateur league match in 2013 has welcomed the donation of a defibrillator to the Wilbourne Park club.

    Cardiac Defibrillator

    Stuart Ross, 25, passed away while playing for Islandmagee's second team against Shankill United's reserves.

  21. Jail for bottle attack

    A man who admitted striking his victim several times on the head with a bottle has been jailed at Londonderry Crown Court.

    DERRY Bishop's Street Court house

    Danny Campbell, 30, from Kular Court in William Street, Derry, carried out the unprovoked assault on William Street on 24 September 2013.

  22. 'Orange and green' no-go

    Northern Ireland in 1985 was a place where you had to mind your language - not least if you were Secretary of State.

    Tom King briefing

    Papers released by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland show that the newly appointed SoS Tom King was briefed not to say 'Orange area' or 'Green area' publicly and also never to say 'being out here' as it was "provocative".

  23. New Lyric chairman

    Sir Bruce Robinson has been confirmed as the new Chairman of the Lyric Theatre in Belfast after Mark Carruthers stepped down from the role earlier this month.

    Sir Bruce Robinson

    Stephen Douds has become Vice Chairman, succeeding Sid McDowell.

  24. That chill in the air

    It's going to be another cold weekend with warnings for more snow on the way and wind chill will only make it feel colder.


    But what exactly is wind chill? BBC Weather's Peter Gibbs explains. Thanks to Patricia Coyle for sending us this pic of snowdrops in the snow.

  25. Generation 2015

    If you are aged 18-24 and eligible to vote in May's General Election, the BBC wants to hear from you.

    Get heard

    We are building Generation 2015, a UK-wide group of young voters who will take part in local and national BBC programmes in the run up to the General Election in May. Visit the Generation 2015 website for more details.

  26. A2 warning:

    PSNI tweets:

  27. McGuinness hails 'positive' talks

    Martin McGuinness says comments that the Stormont House Agreement could unravel are "silly". Earlier, UUP leader Mike Nesbitt said that the agreement could unravel if parties tried to renegotiate it.


    The deputy first minister said: "Unfortunate terms such as 'unravelling' don't sit well with the progress we've made. That was a particularly silly comment to make."

  28. Mind your words

    A newly released document from the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland has revealed how Secretary of State Tom King was advised on what not to say after taking up the post in 1985.

    Tom King briefing

    The briefing on "expressions to be avoided" tells Mr King that he should avoid the phrases 'the mainland', 'the Six Counties' and 'the North of Ireland' while 'the North' and 'the Province' were ok to use.

  29. Villiers responds to talks:

    Theresa Villiers says that the process of implementing the Stormont House Agreement is going well.

    Theresa Villiers

    The Secretary of State said was speaking after meeting Stormont party leaders to discuss the deal.

  30. Agreement reaction:

    Chris Page

    BBC News NI Political Correspondent

    BBC News NI political correspondent Chris Page tweets:

    Chris Page
  31. McIlroy leads in Dubai:

    BBC Sport NI

    Rory McIlroy is top of the leaderboard after day two of the Dubai Desert Classic.

    Rory McIlroy

    The Holywood man had a round of 64, leaving him 14 under par for the tournament. He is two shots ahead of Graeme McDowell who is in a tie for third place, one shot behind Scotland's Marc Warren.

  32. DUP reply to BBC

    The DUP has responded to BBC Director General Tony Hall's explanation of the party's omission from upcoming TV election debates.


    In the letter the DUP states that its inclusion would help the political balance as there are only two Eurosceptic parties involved at present.

  33. Rates 'won't pay for advisers'

    Belfast ratepayers will not have to fund advisers for local parties after the city council opted against a proposed political assistance scheme.

    Council tax bill

    It would have seen around £700,000 collected from rates over the four years of the 'super council' and paid to political parties on the council collectively to fund special advisers for each group.

  34. McCollum prison transfer costs:

    News Letter

    The News Letter reports that unionists are asking why the UK taxpayer is to pay £353,000 prison costs for a Tyrone drug smuggler "when Dublin lobbied to return her" to Northern Ireland.

    Michaella McCollum (left) and Melissa Reid on 24 September 2013

    Justice Minister David Ford has revealed that Ms McCollum must pay her airfare but that the taxpayer would meet her £63,000 annual jail costs.

  35. Milk co-op merger:

    John Campbell

    BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

    Ballyrashane Co-Op, the County Londonderry-based dairy, is in merger talks with the Town of Monaghan Co-op.

    Milk bottles

    Ballyrashane has an annual turnover of £80m and employs around 150 staff.

  36. Snow and sky

    Phil Thompson tweets this lovely picture of Divis Mountain:


    Your BBC TV signal comes off the mast on the left and radio from the one on the right.

  37. Murder victim named

    The man stabbed on Botanic Avenue in Belfast during the early hours of Thursday morning was 29-year-old Mohsin Bhatti who lived in India Street, police say.

    Botanic murder victim

    A 32-year-old Somalian man arrested as part of the investigation has been transferred from police custody to a secure medical facility, where he is being detained under the Mental Health Order.

  38. Churchill at Queen's University

    Today we've been marking 50 years since Winston Churchill's funeral. As part of that we've dug into our archives and found this clip of the former prime minister at Queen's University in 1926.

    Winston Churchill

    It shows Churchill being presented with a hat by students outside the Lanyon Building. You can follow his state funeral 'as live' on the BBC Archive Twitter feed.

  39. Racially abused on bus

    A teenager was racially abused on a bus in Belfast by a woman in her 40s, police say.

    The hate crime incident happened on a bus from the city centre to north Belfast at about 21:50 on Tuesday night. Police are appealing for information.

  40. Saturday ice warning

    Barra Best

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    A warning's been issued for ice overnight into Saturday. Take extra care out there.

    Saturday 31 January ice warning
  41. Millions spent on four convictions:

    Irish News

    The Irish News reports that just four people have been convicted of Troubles-related activities since the Good Friday Agreement was signed.

  42. Snow stag party

    Remember, you can send us your photos, stories or comments to


    This fantastic pic of a majestic stag at Lough Fea in County Tyrone was shared by Nightskyhunter.

  43. Experienced Antrim to face Carlow:

    BBC Sport NI

    Antrim manager Frank Fitzsimons has named an experienced team for Sunday's Football League Division 4 opener against Carlow at St Paul's in Belfast.

    Ryan Murray returns to the Antrim side after featuring for Queen's in the McKenna Cup

    Ryan Murray is included after impressing for Queen's in the recent Dr McKenna Cup.

  44. Welfare reform

    UUP leader Mike Nesbitt accused Sinn Féin of rolling over on welfare reform on this morning's Nolan Show.

    Mike Nesbitt

    It is understood the much delayed welfare bill will come before the assembly on 10 February 2015.

  45. What is best of Belfast?:

    Ciaran Daly

    BBC News NI

    The New York Times has given Belfast a glowing review after spending 36 hours in the city, citing the friendliness of the people as the most appealing aspect of their visit.

    City Hall lit up

    A straw poll around the closest desks suggests that the pace, the small size and, as with the NYT, the people of the city are hits with us.

    But what do you love about Belfast? Let us know via Twitter or by emailing us on

  46. Cross-border tax:

    Belfast Telegraph

    The Belfast Telegraph reports that people who live in the Republic of Ireland but work in Northern Ireland could owe tax in both countries.

    HM Revenue & Customs logo
  47. Naming of schools slammed

    Belfast Newsletter

    The News Letter reports that unionists have criticised the department of education for naming 'test coaching' primary schools

  48. £2.5m for Camlough reservoir

    Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has announced that a £2.5m project for the redevelopment of Camlough reservoir in County Armagh is set to get under way.

    Northern Ireland Water logo

    The investment has been part-financed by Newry, Mourne and Down District shadow council which has committed £1.25m funding to the project, matching the investment by NI Water.

  49. Keep the warm coat handy:

    Barra Best

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    Here's how the weather's shaping up today and over the weekend. Keep the warm coat handy.

    Weather weekend
  50. More flights to London City:

    Belfast Telegraph

    The Belfast Telegraph reports that George Best City Airport will be increasing its services to London City airport to meet growing demand among business travellers.

    George Best Belfast City Airport

    The airport predicts overall passenger numbers will rise by 12% this year.

  51. Irish and Ulster-Scots strategy

    Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure Carál Ní Chuilín has published separate strategies on Irish and Ulster-Scots languages.


    The minister said: "In addition to the strategies, and as I announced in the assembly, I will be launching a consultation on proposals for an Irish Language Bill in February."

  52. Airline trading

    Qatar Airways has bought a 9.99% stake in International Airlines Group (IAG), the group that is attempting to buy Aer Lingus for £1bn.

    Qatar Boeing 787
  53. Rathlin ferries cancelled

    All ferry sailings between Rathlin and Ballycastle up to and including the 14.00 are cancelled due to weather conditions. No decision yet on afternoon sailings.

  54. Churchill's Irish mentor

    William Bourke Cockran may not be a name you recognise but Winston Churchill attributed his legendary skills as an orator to the Irishman.

    Churchill mentor

    Churchill's funeral, 50 years ago today was a major state occasion. BBC Archive will be tweeting Churchill's funeral 'as live' this morning.

  55. Polling station move:

    Alliance's Trevor Lunn MLA tweets:

  56. Cows scared to death:

    Belfast Telegraph

    The Belfast Telegraph reports that a farmer has received £40,000 in compensation after a low-flying Army helicopter scared his cattle to death.

    Cow looking at you

    The settlement was one of the largest of its type made by Ministry of Defence officials in the UK.

  57. Poll station closure 'disgrace'

    Moygashel polling station closure is "regrettable and nothing short of a disgrace", Lord Morrow tells Good Morning Ulster.

    "This discourages people from voting", he adds. Sinn Féin's Michelle Gildernew welcomed the closure.

  58. Council wants cuts cancelled:

    Derry Journal

    The Derry Journal reports that Derry City Council has called on Health Minister Jim Wells to to scrap Western Trust proposals to cut services for disabled children at a respite centre.

    Sad child looks at adult

    The unit, known locally as the Cottages, supports children with learning disabilities.

  59. Added pressure for McGeeney:

    BBC Sport NI

    Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney admits there is "added pressure and expectation" in managing his native county, Armagh.

    Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney

    The Orchard county begin their National League campaign with a Division Three opener at home to Tipperary on Sunday.

  60. Teenagers released

    Two teenage girls arrested in connection with the murder of a businessman in County Antrim earlier this month have been released.

    Nelson Cheung, who owned a Chinese restaurant in Randalstown

    Restaurateur Nelson Cheung, 65, was attacked and stabbed at Caddy Road, near Randalstown, on 8 January.

  61. Do children need a tech tonic?

    BBC Radio Foyle

    A Londonderry primary school has brought in a speech therapist because it is concerned about the impact technology is having on children's face-to-face communication skills.

    Children holding a selection of smartphones

    The Model Primary School in the city says children are spending more and more time on smartphones and computers and not enough time talking to each other. Parents have been in touch to say that children need balance but parents can be guilty of relying on technology too.

  62. Straid Primary school closed

    Straid Primary School in County Antrim will be closed today due to snow.

  63. Churchill remembered:

    BBC NI Archive

    It's 50 years to the day since Winston's Churchill's state funeral but did you know the famous former prime minister attributes his skills as an orator to an Irish-born politician?

    Winston Churchill pictured making an election speech in 1945

    You can follow Churchill's state funeral 'as live' on the BBC Archive twitter feed today. There will be lots of gems from the day from the BBC vaults .

  64. McDowell in the mix:

    BBC Sport NI

    Graeme McDowell remains close to the top of the leaderboard on the second day of the Dubai Desert Classic.

    Graeme McDowell

    McDowell is nine-under-par after 11 holes of his second round, just two shots behind leader Danny Willett. Rory McIlroy who is six-under-par after day one, tees off his second round at 08:25 GMT.

  65. Weekend weather:

    Barra Best

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    A flavour of winter stays with us right through the weekend with cold winds and wintry showers in the forecast. Warnings for snow have been issued.

    Snow warning
  66. School closure:

    Loughash Primary School in Dunamanagh, County Tyrone will be closed today due to adverse weather conditions.

  67. Man being questioned over murder

    Police investigating the murder of a man who was found stabbed to death on a Belfast street are continuing to question a man about the killing.

    Police have carried out an examination of a flat in India Street, a short distance from where the victim was found.

    The victim's body was found on Botanic Avenue, near the city centre, at about 05:00 GMT on Thursday.

  68. Polling station dropped

    A primary school will no longer be used as a polling station after loyalist protesters demonstrated outside the school during last year's elections.

    Chief electoral officer Graham Shields

    Alternative arrangements are being made for people who have, until now, cast their vote at Howard Primary School in Moygashel, County Tyrone.

  69. Good morning!

    Ciaran Daly

    BBC News NI

    Good morning! Welcome to BBC News NI Live on Friday 30 January. We'll be bringing you the latest news, travel, sport and weather in Northern Ireland up until 19:00 this evening.