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Dave Culbert and Ciaran McCauley

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  1. That's all for today

    Ciaran McCauley

    BBC News NI

    It's goodnight from us at BBC News NI Live - we'll leave you this dramatic sunset scene in Loughgiel captured by Sean McAuley.

    Loughgiel sunset

    We'll be back with more updates from 07:00 on Friday - until then you can keep up-to-date with the latest news on our website.

  2. Unionist leaders clash

    Mike Nesbitt has criticised the DUP leader for failing to agree on a unionist pact in east and south Belfast. Earlier today the first minister said agreement might be on a "more limited basis".

    Mike Nesbitt

    But the Ulster Unionist leader said if the parties couldn't reach a deal on where to run candidates before the general election, it would be "on Peter Robinson's head".

  3. Island's only cafe destroyed

    Highland Radio reports that the only cafe on Tory Island has been destroyed in a fire. Cafe Anchregan, which had been running for nearly 30 years, was set alight last night.

    The cause of the fire is not known yet.

  4. Teacher training system 'unsustainable'

    Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry says the decision to retain funding for St Mary's and Stranmillis Colleges means "scant resources" are being used to support an "unsustainable and segregated system".

    Stephen Farry

    He said: "This decision clearly puts the interests of the institutions about the needs of students and the economy."

  5. Archive: Derry's shirt factories

    BBC NI Archive

    Earlier we reported on how some residents in Londonderry have been angered by plans to turn the Sinclair shirt factory into apartments.

    Shirt factories

    The once-thriving textile industry is a historic part of a city that has changed much since our archive report from 1978. It offers a glimpse of the many people who made their lives in the factories and even shows how they were immortalised in song.

  6. Harbour's future uncertain

    Julian O'Neill

    BBC News NI Business Correspondent

    The finance minister says the future of Belfast Harbour, including the possibility of its sale, is being looked at by the executive.


    Simon Hamilton said a panel is expected to be set up soon to advise on the way forward, and that other options besides selling the harbour were "worth exploring".

  7. Funding for rock pool

    The Mourne Observer reports that Newcastle's iconic rock pool has been saved from closure for a year. Newry, Mourne and Down District Council voted to set aside funding for the open-air sea pool for 12 months yesterday.

  8. EU funding awareness

    Diane Dodds says the Special EU Programmes Body should make sure communities in Northern Ireland know how to access the new round of PEACE IV money.

    Diane Dodds

    The DUP MEP called for more events on the funding to be organised in Ballymena, Newtownards, Bangor, Portadown and Coleraine.

  9. Dealing with domestic abuse

    BBC Newsline presenter Donna Traynor tweets:

    Donna T newsline
  10. Bangor delays

    BBC NI Travel

    A broken down car on the Sydenham bypass is blocking the left hand lane at Tillysburn, causing delays for Bangor bound traffic.

  11. March solar eclipse

    Ciaran McCauley

    BBC News NI

    Put this date in your diary - on the 20 March, a rare, almost total solar eclipse will be visible across Northern Ireland.


    The partial eclipse will see the moon travel in front of the sun, and almost entirely block it out, from about 08:30 to 10:30. It'll be visible across all of Ireland, but will appear less complete the further south you are - here's a taste of what it'll look like.

  12. Gallagher could miss championships

    BBC Sport NI

    Paralympic champion skier Kelly Gallagher could miss this month's world championships after her guide Charlotte Evans suffered concussion.

    Gallagher and Evans

    The pair collided during a training session last month. Doctors have banned Evans from skiing until next week, when a final decision will be made.

  13. College welcomes cash decision

    St Mary's University has welcomed the decision not to reduce its budget. Stephen Farry's proposals to cut £2m from the budgets of St Mary's and Stranmillis training colleges were overruled by the executive earlier.

    Noel Treanor

    The chairman of St Mary's board of governors, Bishop Noel Treanor, said he was strongly encouraged by the ruling.

  14. From MP to 'colonel'

    Upper Bann MP David Simpson seems to have taken on an interesting side-job judging by a tweet earlier - the voice of Colonel Edward Saunderson.

    David Simpson

    The DUP man says he is recording the voiceover for the new Orange Order interpretative centre.

  15. Season over for Trimble

    BBC Sport NI

    Ulster and Ireland winger Andrew Trimble is to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery for a toe injury.

    Andrew Trimble

    Ulster Rugby says he is expected to be fully fit ahead of pre-season and the Rugby World Cup.

  16. Colleges decision 'regrettable'

    The employment and learning minister says it's disappointing and regrettable that his attempt to reduce the budgets of St Mary's and Stranmillis training colleges has been blocked by the executive.

    Stephen Farry

    Stephen Farry said the decision was an intrusion into the workings of his department. The move was part of a plan to make teacher training more cost effective.

  17. Pod report

    BBC News NI's Arthur Strain tweets: @bbcnewsline reporter @R_Faragher gets the lowdown on the Belfast homeless pod. Did he try it out is the question?

    Pod Belfast
  18. Teacher training cash reprieve

    Maggie Taggart

    BBC News NI Education Correspondent

    Minister for Employment and Learning Stephen Farry has been overruled by the executive in his attempt to remove £2m from the budgets of St Mary's and Stranmillis training colleges. At a meeting today the executive agreed that the money should be retained.

    St Mary's
  19. Killers should 'come forward'

    The officer heading up the investigation into the murder of Bernard McGinley says that police know who did it and it would be better if they "come forward".

    Wedding shooting

    Det Ch Insp Una Jennings said those involved should "think about the prospect of a life constantly looking over their shoulder, fearing arrest or possible retribution". Mr McGinley was shot in front of his wife and grandchildren before a wedding in Newtownbutler yesterday.

  20. SF MEP in appeal over Cypriots

    Martina Anderson says Turkey should reveal the truth about the killing and secret burial of Cypriots by its military forces.

    Martina Anderson

    The Sinn Féin MEP called on the country to co-operate with efforts to find the remains of those who are still missing.

  21. Course record for Hoey

    BBC Sport NI

    Michael Hoey fired a course record 64 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Thailand Classic at Hau Hin.

    Michael Hoey
  22. Talking welfare reform

    Our political team over at The View has tweeted:

    The View
  23. Boycott over Brown inquest

    Sinn Féin say they will boycott the next Magherafelt policing partnership meeting at the request of Sean Brown's family.

    Sean Brown murder scene

    An inquest into the death of Mr Brown, who was murdered by loyalists in Bellaghy in 1997, has been postponed indefinitely.

  24. Hunt for shooting suspect:

    Police say they believe they know who was responsible for shooting and killing Barney McGinley outside a wedding in Newtownbutler yesterday.

    Una Jennings

    Det Ch Insp Una Jennings said officers are searching both sides of the border for the suspect.

  25. Graffiti cost:

    News Letter

    Over £6,500 in taxpayers' money is being spent every year undoing graffiti on Londonderry's historic walls, the News Letter reports.

    Derry walls
  26. Council seeks pod approval:

    Belfast City Council says it's planning to look for approval for a homeless pod to remain in the city's Jubilee Gardens.

    homeless pod

    The pod reappeared last night, just three weeks after the council removed it for health and safety reasons.

  27. UUP 'disgusted' over DUP welfare votes:

    Political correspondent Chris Page tweets:

  28. Remembering the storm:

    Barra Best

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    Storms and winds of 100mph this time last year collapsed part of the A2 near Warrenpoint and Limerick Boat Club lost its roof.

    2014 storms
  29. Young ambition:

    BBC Sport NI

    Craig Young says he won't be overawed when he makes his first appearance at the Cricket World Cup this week.

    Craig Young
  30. UDA mural talks planned

    Carrick Times

    The Carrick Times tweets that discussions are to take place over the next few days about the removal of a paramilitary mural that has appeared in Carrickfergus.

  31. Best cleared for France game

    BBC Sport NI

    Rory Best has been deemed fit and will play in Ireland's crunch Six Nations clash against France on Saturday.

    Rory Best

    The Ulster hooker was doubtful after suffering a bang on the head in the victory against Italy last weekend. There are three changes to that side, with Jamie Heaslip, Sean O'Brien and Jonny Sexton all included. Best will pick up his 80th cap.

  32. Managers see funny side

    A Limavady prankster can breathe a sign of relief - Tony Pulis and Neil Lennon won't be coming after him.

    Blain Morrison

    Blain Morrison, a Limavady United footballer, called Pulis pretending to be Bolton manager Lennon and the resulting video went viral. But both managers laughed off the incident on BBC Radio Five Live last night.

  33. Goodwill from the banks:

    BBC News NI economics and business editor John Campbell tweets:

    John Campbell tweets
  34. Unhealthy bunch?

    Belfast Telegraph

    Just 4% of young people in Northern Ireland are getting the recommended five-a-day portions of fruit and vegetables, the Belfast Telegraph tweets.

    The Department of Health report also found that 82% of adults aren't eating as healthily as they should be.

  35. Public warned over ecstasy tablets

    Police here have seized two batches of ecstasy which has been the subject of a public warning.

    Ecstacy tablets in evidence bag

    1200 tablets were found in Derry. The other batch was seized in Portstewart.

  36. Redcaps grab a bagful:

    BBC cameraman @albertkirky tweets this video of a line of cars parked on the road near the Ulster Hospital which fell foul of the redcaps today

    parked cars
  37. Company fined after worker death

    A Ballymena company has been fined £22,500 for safety failings that led to the death of a 39-year-old employee.

    Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland

    Michael Beston died in 2013 after falling four metres from the roof of a building that G&J Crothers was working on. The company pleaded guilty to a health and safety breach.

  38. Priest says teenager `will not recover`

    The parish priest of the critically ill Fermanagh schoolboy, Oisin McGrath, says he will not recover from his injuries.


    Fr Seamus Quinn says Oisin's mother has told him life support is gradually being withdrawn. The 13 year old remains critically ill in hospital.

  39. Dissident arrest:

    A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicious of dissident terrorist activity in Londonderry.

    PSNI crest

    A number of items were seized from two houses.

  40. Sean Brown inquest postponed

    The inquest into the death of Sean Brown who was abducted and murdered by loyalists in Bellaghy, County Londonderry in 1997 has been postponed indefinitely.

    Sean Brown

    The Lord Chief Justice's Office has said that the main issue in relation to the delay was disclosure of documentation.

  41. Ulster team named:

    BBC Sport NI

    Craig Gilroy, 23, will become the youngest player to win 100 caps for Ulster when he lines out against Benetton Treviso tomorrow night.

    Craig Gilroy

    Nick Williams, Louis Ludik and Stuart McCloskey are also included in the Ulster team to play Treviso at the Kingspan stadium. Coverage starts on BBC2 NI at 19:30 tomorrow night

  42. Hospital protest planned

    Irish News

    The Irish News tweets that campaigners trying to stop cuts to the Downe Hospital in Downpatrick are planning to hold a rally in the town on Saturday.

  43. Takeover: 'Some jobs lost, others created'

    IAG's chief executive Willie Walsh told RTÉ some administration jobs would be lost were the company to take over Aer Lingus but that other jobs would be created.

    Willie Walsh

    The firm, which already owns British Airways, says it will look at creating up to 500 more crew jobs in Dublin if it takes over the airline. Mr Walsh is expected to appear before the Oireachtas transport committee at 2pm.

  44. Bombardier £782m loss

    John Campbell

    BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

    Aerospace firm Bombardier made a loss of £782m in 2014 compared to a profit of £372m in 2013.

    Bombardier Belfast

    The Canadian firm was hit by a big one-off cost because of the decision to suspend the development of its new Learjet. The jet's wing components were made in Belfast but there were no resulting job losses at the firm's Northern Ireland operations.

  45. Aer Lingus Heathrow guarantee

    The chief executive of IAG, the company attempting to buy Aer Lingus, says it's prepared to guarantee slots at Heathrow airport.


    Willie Walsh told Irish state broadcaster RTÉ that the firm could also provide the airline with additional planes to boost its long-haul flights and passenger numbers.

  46. Today on Talkback

    William Crawley

    BBC Talkback presenter

    On BBC Talkback today we'll be talking about 50 Shades of Grey - is it just a drama or is it a manual for sexual abuse?

    BBC Talkback
  47. Weekend weather

    Angie Phillips

    BBC News NI Weather Presenter

    The weather looks to be getting more unsettled into the weekend - there'll be wet and windy spells on Friday and Sunday.

    Weekend weather

    Saturday looks like the better day of the weekend.

  48. Paramilitary style shooting:


    An 18-year-old man was shot in both legs in a paramilitary style shooting in the Glasvey Drive area of Belfast last night.

    Shortly before 20:45 it was reported that he had been shot in an alleyway in the area. He was taken to hospital for treatment but his condition is not believed to be life-threatening.

  49. Aer Lingus takeover latest:

    BBC News NI business reporter Clodagh Rice tweets:

    12 Feb 2015
  50. Row over park name

    Newry and Mourne district council last night voted to retain the name of a play park called after IRA man Raymond McCreesh.

    McCreesh Park
  51. Ecstasy warning

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is warning about the dangers of an MDMA ecstasy tablet which may be in circulation in Northern Ireland.

    UPS tablets

    It comes after several people were hospitalised in England after taking yellow tablets marked with a 'UPS' logo. Similar pills have been seized here.

  52. £150k restoration after arson attacks:

    Newtownabbey Times

    The Newtownabbey Times reports that the Dunanney Centre in Newtownabbey which was the subject of two arson attacks last year hopes to have restoration work completed by June.

    The interior of the Dunanney Centre after the petrol bomb attack

    It's estimated that it will cost around £150,000 to put right the fire damage to the main building and boiler house.

  53. Drugs worth nearly €5m seized

    Police in the Republic of Ireland have seized heroin and cocaine with an estimated value of €4.9m.

    Syringe with heroin piled on a spoon

    Premises at an industrial estate in Dublin were searched by gardai. A 39 year old man arrested remains in custody.

  54. New Lodge incident:

    PSNI North Belfast tweets:

    PSNI North Belfast
  55. Crashes cleared:

    BBC NI Travel

    The crash on the Pond Park road at its junction with Mullaghglass road has been cleared as has the collision on the A50 on the Gilford to Banbridge road in County Down.

  56. Anger at factory redevelopment:

    Some residents have said they are angry at plans to develop a former shirt factory into an apartment block in Londonderry.

    Sinclair shirt factory

    Martin Construction will convert the iconic Sinclair building on the Abercorn Road into 52 apartments.

  57. Via Email

    Great shot of the Byford Dolphin rig in Harland and Wolf.

    Byford Dolphin

    Thanks to Adam Uprichard for sending it in. You can email us pictures and comments on

  58. Ryder cup memorabilia stolen:

    BBC Radio Foyle

    Europe's winning golf captain Paul McGinley has had Ryder Cup memorabilia due to be auctioned at a charity event stolen from his car in San Francisco.


    Speaking to Radio Foyle, his father Mick McGinley described the theft as "upsetting". Items stolen include a menu from a gala dinner signed by both Ryder cup teams

  59. Council approve development:

    Newtownabbey Times

    The Newtownabbey Times reports that the new play area at the Valley Park development in the town has been approved.

    The £3.58 million EU-funded shared space project for Valley Park will see a £400,000 play area at the back of the Valley Leisure Centre.

  60. New safety measures confirmed:

    New safety measures are planned at a fatal accident black spot on the Malone road in Belfast which had its crash barrier removed.

    The crash barrier at the junction of San Souci Park and the Malone Road was removed just week before a teenager was killed at the spot last October
    Image caption: The barrier at the junction of Sans Souci Park and the Malone Road was removed just week before Enda Dolan was killed at the spot last October

    The kerb will be raised by approximately 18 inches so that if a car hits it, it will be deflected away from the pavement.

  61. Controversial park name remains:

    Newry and Mourne District Council has voted to maintain the name of a play park named after an IRA hunger striker in Newry city.


    Last year the Equality Commission criticised the council for retaining the name of the park. More on Good Morning Ulster shortly.

  62. Homeless pod returns:

    Natalie Lindo

    BBC News

    BBC News NI reporter Natalie Lindo tweets: The homeless pod is back complete with Teenage Kicks lyrics as part of a new paint job. I'll have more on @BBCgmu at 08:40

  63. NI's first cancer patient survey

    Health and Social Care Trusts have begun posting out Northern Ireland's first cancer patient experience survey , the results of which will be published this summer.

    Cancer cells

    About 5,500 adults diagnosed with cancer and discharged from hospital between December 2013 and May 2014 will be asked to describe their experiences.

  64. Traffic update:

    BBC NI Travel

    The A50 between Lawrencetown and Gilford in County Down has been closed because of a crash.

    There are also delays on the Westlink towards the M2.

  65. Hoey leads in Thailand:

    BBC Sport NI

    Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey shot a course record 64 to claim the clubhouse lead during the first round of the Thailand Classic.

    Michael Hoey

    The Northern Irishman carded eight birdies at Black Mountain Golf Club to hold a two shot lead over India's Shiv Kapur.

  66. Can punk profit from downloads?:

    Never Mind the's the Outcasts' Greg Cowan!


    Greg Cowan from Belfast punk outfit The Outcasts was in the Good Morning Ulster studio, talking about what downloads have done for punk here.

  67. Electricity price comparison

    Clodagh Rice

    BBC News NI

    BBC News NI business reporter tweets: After electricity prices cut Utility Regulator graph shows how NI compares to elsewhere. Note: ROI VAT higher

  68. Boy remains critical after school incident

    The Belfast Trust has this morning confirmed that the 13-year-old boy injured following an incident at a St Michael's College, Enniskillen in County Fermanagh remains critically ill.

    Oisin McGrath

    Oisin McGrath was injured in an incident at his school on Monday

  69. Colleges cuts to be discussed:

    Maggie Taggart

    BBC News NI Education Correspondent

    The executive is due to discuss the controversial plan to take money from the budgets of St Mary's and Stranmillis university colleges this afternoon.

    St Mary's

    The plan to remove more than £1m from each of the budgets of Stranmillis and St Mary's teacher training colleges sparked protests in west Belfast.

  70. Punk in the studio

    Coming up on Good Morning Ulster Greg Cowan of punk band the Outcasts is coming in to shake things up a bit and talk downloads


    And after eight, the homeless pod is back on the streets of Belfast, and we've more on a row over plans to merge three primary schools.

  71. Island ferries cancelled:

    BBC NI Travel

    BBC NI Travel tweets:

  72. Power NI cuts prices:

    Colletta Smith

    BBC News NI

    Power NI is to drop electricity prices for homes and small businesses by 9.2% from 1 April.

    Electricity pylons

    The company is the biggest electricity supplier, providing for more than half a million homes and 37,000 businesses in Northern Ireland.

  73. Good morning:

    Ciaran Daly

    BBC News NI

    Good morning and welcome to BBC News NI Live on Thursday 12 February. We'll be bringing you all of the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across Northern Ireland up until 19:00 this evening.

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