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  1. Updates for Friday 5 June 2015
  2. More news. sport, weather and travel from Monday 8 June at 07:00

Live Reporting

By Grania McFadden and Ciaran Daly

All times stated are UK


Ciaran McCauley


That's us for today and this week - we'll see you again on Monday at 07:00.

Niall McElkearney

We'll leave you with this beauty of a shot at Portstewart

taken by Niall McElkearney. Have a great weekend.

Mixed picture:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter


weekend's weather is a game of two halves - wetter and windier on Saturday, but a much better day on Sunday.

Barra Best

PMs to meet over welfare:

Stephen Walker

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

Irish prime minister Enda Kenny has confirmed he will meet David Cameron later this month to discuss Stormont's financial crisis after the North South Ministerial Council meeting today.

Enda Kenny

Finance Minister Arlene Foster also confirmed she would present a budget to the Executive next week.

Gas network expansion plans:

Firmus energy has applied to the Regulator to expand its gas network to the villages of Moy and Benburb.

Minister defends record on Casement:

Mark Simpson


Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has

defended her handling of the Casement Park redevelopment after calls that she clarify what she knew about safety concerns.

Caral Ni Chuilin

"I was unaware of the safety concerns at Casement Park, to the extent raised by the Sport NI official, until his evidence to the CAL committee on 30 April," she says.

Murder arrest woman bailed:

A 44-year-old woman who was arrested earlier in connection with the

murder of Basil McAfee has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Planning ahead:

Barra Best

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

If you're for the Ballymoney show, the Mourne Way Marathon or Sunday's Ulster Championship game between Derry and Down, here's how the weather's looking.

Weather events

It's looking like a windy day in Ballymoney and at the marathon, but it's shaping up well for Sunday's match.

Sydenham crash cleared:

BBC NI Travel

The crash on the Sydenham bypass has been cleared but it's going to take a while to clear the backlog of traffic.

Sir James Galway 'hypocritical':

The DUP's Sammy Wilson says

Sir James Galway's comments earlier were "offensive, inaccurate and downright disgraceful".

Sammy Wilson

"For Sir James to express his pro-republican viewpoint, criticise NI for being part of the UK but then accept a knighthood from our monarch is hypocritical," he said.

Shopping scene:

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

Belfast's main shopping street, Donegall Place, is on the up after suffering during the recession - signs of life are showing in previously long-dormant retail units.

Donegall Place

I have a look at

how this revival has happened.

Cameron backing out?

David Cameron is reneging on a deal to give Northern Ireland a "peace dividend" for another three years, says Martin McGuinness.

Martin McGuinness

The deputy first minister says Westminster has gone back on a deal struck with Tony Blair during early peace-building negotiations.

Magee murder accused attacked:

Orhan Koca, who has been charged with the murder of Eamonn Magee Jr, has been treated in hospital after being attacked in Maghaberry Prison.

Orhan Koca

Mr Koca was left with a broken cheekbone and need stitches above his right eye.

Ireland beat UAE:

In cricket, Ireland have

clinched a convincing win against the UAE on the final day of their Intercontinental Cup match, winning by an innings and 26 runs.


Long delays at Sydenham:

The crash on the Sydenham bypass near the City Airport is causing long tailbacks in both directions - it's blocking the outside lane towards Holywood.

FAI payment 'extraordinary':

Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Enda Kenny has become the latest person to weigh in on the row over

Fifa's payment of 5m euros to the FAI.

Enda Kenny

He says it's "quite extraordinary" and called on FAI chief executive John Delaney to answer questions surrounding the payment.

Sydenham bypass crash:

We've been sent this picture of the crash on the Sydenham Bypass near Belfast City Airport. There are currently delays in the area.

Sydenham crash

Three cut from qualifier squad:

BBC Sport NI

Liam Boyce (pictured), Ben Reeves and Billy McKay will miss the Euro 2016 qualifier against Romania after the Northern Ireland squad was

reduced to 25 players.

Liam Boyce
Press Eye

Paisley family legal action

DUP. on James Galway's criticism of Ian Paisley: "The Paisley family have requested that we do not comment because of pending legal action."

Crash near City Airport:

BBC NI Travel

There is heavy traffic congestion on the countrybound side of the Sydenham bypass after a crash close to Belfast City Airport. If you're driving in the area, expect delays.

Arrest after cannabis seizure:

Police have arrested a 42-year-old man on suspicion of drug offences after suspected cannabis worth £10,000 was discovered in a house in the Rodney Parade area of west Belfast.


Sentence for dancing 'nuisance'

A man, with previous convictions for disorderly behaviour, has been jailed for nine months after he persistently asked staff in a hairdressing salon to dance with him.

Patrick Farren, 53, from Stoneburn Place in Londonderry admitted making a "nuisance of himself" by walking into a hairdressing salon at Church Brae and asking staff members to dance.

Interconnector plans:

Planning application by EirGrid for its section of the long-awaited, new North/South electricity interconnector will be submitted on Tuesday

Taking requests?

It's BBC Music Day and BBC Radio Ulster's Sean Coyle presented live from Lurgan this morning, where (naturally) he managed to find a man who can play a

mean harmonica solo.

Harmonica man

Derry fire 'not suspicious':

An investigation into

a fire that destroyed a restaurant in Londonderry has found that the blaze wasn't suspicious.

Mandarin Palace

Jury discharged in 'one punch' case:

A jury has

failed to reach a verdict in the case of a County Tyrone man charged with the manslaughter of Jason McGovern.

Jason McGovern

The 19-year-old died after being punched during a night out in Omagh, County Tyrone, on New Year's Eve in 2012.

Kenny meets ministers


Enda Kenny has been meeting Stormont ministers in a North South council meeting.

Enda Kenny

Sinn Féin sources said they raised the need for the British government to provide more information from its archives about the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of 1974.

'Here's what you could've won'

The fantasy budget likened to Jim Bowens catchphrase from Bullseye "here's what you would have won" by @mikenesbittni

 The DUP Finance Minister Arlene Foster is to present spending plans to the Executive, on the basis that welfare reform has already been agreed.  

Beaten man jailed for drugs offences

A 30-year-old man, who was attacked by members of a masked gang armed with iron bars in Londonderry,

has been jailed for three months for drugs offences.

Bishop Street courthouse in Derry

Gerald Patrick Lavey was attacked in a house in the Creggan area of Derry in March.

Sounds in the studio:

BBC Talkback

It's BBC Music Day and as a special treat we had Londonderry singer-songwriter George Hutton performing.

George Hutton

You can watch a bit of his

performance here or hear the whole thing by
listening back on iPlayer.

Kingsmills material:

Mark Devenport

BBC News NI Political Editor

DUP sources say Irish prime minister Enda Kenny confirmed during today's

North South council meeting that material held by Irish authorities relating to the Kingsmills killings will be made available to an inquest.

Enda Kenny
Merrion Street

Sinn Féin sources say the Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness raised the need for the British government to provide more information from its archives about the Dublin Monaghan bombings.

Woman arrested over McAfee murder:

Police investigating the

murder of Basil McAfee in north Belfast in December 2013 have arrested a 44-year-old woman.

Basil McAfee

Mr McAfee (pictured) was found dead at his home in Henderson Avenue - police believe he was killed in an attack with a knife and axe.

Police get access to Boston tapes

Police are finally to get

access to interviews a former loyalist prisoner gave to an American university project.

Winston Rea

Senior judges in Belfast have lifted an injunction on the PSNI taking possession of Winston Rea's recorded account to Boston College researchers.

"Goodness" of murdered boxer:


funeral of Eamonn Magee Jr, the young boxer who was murdered last weekend, has taken place.

Eamonn Magee Jr

Fr Kevin McGuckien told mourners of the 22-year-old's "deep reservoir of goodness".

Elderly couple named:

Police have named the

elderly couple found dead at a house in Ballycastle have as Kenneth and Rita Boughey, aged 68 and 79.

Elderly couple named

The couple were originally from Liverpool, but have lived here for 10 years and in Spain previously. Police said they believe the couple were here for a number of weeks.

NI man appeals football ban

One of the

five Chelsea fans suspected of being involved in a racist incident on the Paris Metro in February will oppose a football banning order on grounds of residency.

Man sought by police
Met Police

Solicitors for Richard Barklie told Thames Magistrates Court today that their client is a resident of Northern Ireland and the Football Supporters Act of 1989 only has jurisdiction over England and Wales.

A2 reopened:

BBC NI Travel

In North Down, the A2 is open again at Cultra following a traffic collision at the Culloden Hotel. Traffic delays have eased.

North South meeting:

Irish prime minister Enda Kenny has been chairing the North South Ministerial Council meeting today at Dublin Castle.

Enda Kenny
Merrion Street

Stormont's welfare crisis is expected to be one of the topics discussed.

Power back on:

Power has been restored to around 1,000 properties on the outskirts of Londonderry. The black-out happened at about 09:30 this morning in Prehen, Newbuildings and Ardmore.


NIE says it was due to a fault with the overhead network.