Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 10 June 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel from Thursday at 07:00

Live Reporting

By Fiona Murray and Ciaran Daly

All times stated are UK

Goodnight:

Ciaran McCauley

BBC News NI

That's us for today - we'll be back from 07:00 tomorrow with more news, sport, travel and updates on the sunshine, judging on

tomorrow's promising weather forecast.

Have a great evening.

Summer views:

It's been hard to ignore from the newsroom (oh, how we've tried), but it's been a really fine day weather wise.

Weather collage
Various

These pics (clockwise from left) from Knockeneden, the Mournes, Tyrella and Londonderry, give a flavour of what has been a tremendous day for sun worshippers (thanks Tom Dunn, John Jameson, Michael Faulkner and Willie S for the pictures).

More sun to come:

Angie Phillips

BBC News NI Weather Presenter

It's been a fine day and the

full forecast shows it's set to continue into tomorrow.

Weather collage
BBC

House burgled during funeral:

Newtownabbey Times

The Newtownabbey Times reports that a family are "shocked and disgusted" after returning from their mother's funeral to find that her house had been burgled during the service.

Scorcher:

It's a BBQ evening! We've hit 20C in County Clare, 19C in counties Down, Fermangh, Carlow, Galway, Cork & Tipperary.

It's a BBQ evening! We've hit 20C in County Clare, 19C in counties Down, Fermangh, Carlow, Galway, Cork & Tipperary.

Countryside crime course:

Conor Macauley

BBC NI Agriculture & Environment Correspondent

Some admit they "don't know one cow from the end of another" - but a

crash course in livestock and rural crime is designed to make rural police officers outstanding in the field.

Livestock course
BBC

About 100 officers participated in the course, run in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture.

Ireland hit four:

BBC Sport NI

Ireland's women hockey players began their World League 3 campaign with an

impressive 4-1 victory over South Africa in Valencia, with Nikki Evans grabbing a hat-trick.

Casement social club legal warning:

There's a new wrangle centred on Casement Park, this time involving the GAA and social club members who operated from a premises under the old stand at the ground.

Casement Park
Press Eye

Members of the social club are warning of legal action over hundreds of thousands of pounds they claim to be owed by the Antrim GAA county board. There'll be more on BBC Newsline at 18:30.

O'Neill back after crash:

BBC Sport NI

Republic of Ireland manager

Martin O'Neill says he's "fine" after returning to the training ground hours after being involved in a car crash.

Martin O'Neill
Inpho

O'Neill, his assistant Roy Keane and three other management team members suffered minor injuries after Tuesday's incident on the M50 motorway.

DFM will to meet Shauna Moreland:

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness says he's "more than willing" to meet Shauna Moreland about the

murder of her mother, Caroline.

Sandra Moreland Martin McGuinness
BBC

"Mr McGuiness has already outlined to the Spotlight programme that it is certainly not the case that he was on the IRA army council," a Sinn Féin spokesperson adds.

Apology over Holy Cross comparison:

Northern Ireland's Council for Ethnic Minorities (NICEM) have apologised after

last week saying that a possible school's merger in south Belfast could lead to a situation like
Holy Cross.

Fane Street Primary School
BBC
A merger of Fane Street Primary School and two others has been proposed

The council said it had met with the community of Sandy Row and the Donegall Road/Village areas and says it will stand "in a united voice with the leaders of all the affected communities".

Drugs warning from police:

See attached for important information re drugs @FASASupport any info, please call us on 101 SgtW #keepingpeoplesafe

See attached for important information re drugs @FASASupport any info, please call us on 101 SgtW #keepingpeoplesafe

Costa del Carrickfergus

We're not Spain, we're Northern Ireland. Although on a day like this, it's hard to tell the difference, as Chris Bingham's picture of Carrickfergus in the sunshine shows.

Costa del Carrickfergus - not a bad ole place when the sun shines @barrabest @WeatherCee @newslineweather

Costa del Carrickfergus - not a bad ole place when the sun shines @barrabest @WeatherCee @newslineweather

Workers Rights campaign

Unite the Union says it's starting ‘Workers Rights’ campaign at QBRC/ Quinn Industrial citing 'intransigence' on pay & treatment of members

Summer in the city

We can't all be at the seaside on this beautiful summer's day. But Belfast's looking pretty good in the sunshine, as you can see from this pic sent to us by Michael Getty.

@newslineweather looking nice over belfast

@newslineweather looking nice over belfast

Buying a council seat:

Derry Journal

Former councillors have been offered the chance to buy their seats - literally - as part of a sell-off by the new Derry-Strabane Council,

the Derry Journal reports.

The council is planning to auction off the large, red leather Eames style chairs if there are no takers from councillors.

35 jobs to go in NI says Caterpillar

Statement from Caterpillar says that 35 jobs (including agency staff) to go in NI - about half as much as the union feared.

Caterpillar jobs warning:

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

Up to 70 jobs could go at the local operations of US engineering firm Caterpillar, a trade union says.

Caterpillar
BBC

Unite says it understands that "between sixty and seventy jobs" are likely to go across staff and agency workers.

Big match build-up:

This is who we'll be hearing from @bbcnewsline this week ahead of NI v Romania starting tonight with Aaron Hughes.
This is who we'll be hearing from @bbcnewsline this week ahead of NI v Romania starting tonight with Aaron Hughes.
This is who we'll be hearing from @bbcnewsline this week ahead of NI v Romania starting tonight with Aaron Hughes.

This is who we'll be hearing from @bbcnewsline this week ahead of NI v Romania starting tonight with Aaron Hughes.

Caterpillar job losses:

Unite the union says 60 - 70 jobs likely to go at Caterpillar's NI operations as result of a restructuring.

James Last and the sound of the GAA:

Big band leader James Last has died aged 86, but for GAA fanatics he'll always be best known as the creator of the Sunday Game theme tune.

The current title sequence for "The Sunday Game" still uses the original song composed by James Last
BBC

Read about how the theme has become synonymous with Gaelic games and
remind yourself of its iconic sound (prepare to be humming it for the rest of the day mind).

Casement project could 'fall apart':

The chair of Stormont's Culture, Arts and Leisure committee says attempts to

redevelop Casement Park have been "shambolic and dysfunctional".

Nelson McCausland
BBC

"Already £6 million has been spent on design and planning, yet the entire project has the potential to fall apart," says the DUP's Nelson McCausland.

Radio Foyle off medium wave:

Just in case you're having difficulty tuning-in to Radio Foyle, it's medium wave service is off-air. 

Info: @BBCRadioFoyle's 792 medium wave is currently off air because of essential maintenance. It will be off until 7pm. We are still on FM.

No questions for FAI boss:

Members of an Irish parliamentary committee have

voted against bringing the FAI's chief executive in to answer questions over a controversial 5m euros payment from Fifa.

John Delaney wrote to TDs to disclose details of the payment. It follows the revelation that Fifa paid the FAI 5m euros (£3.6m) after France beat Ireland in a World Cup play-off.

Fire victim was a "jolly man"

Andy West

BBC News NI

The 52-year-old man killed in fire at home in Dungannon will be remembered as a "jolly man...who was a grand neighbour" say friends and relatives.

House fire
BBC

The fire was at a terraced house at Eastvale Avenue in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Stockman's lane delays

South Belfast: Broken down car blocking a lane on A55 Stockmans Lane at jcn with Balmoral Ave. Long delays from M1 roundabout.

Hughes looks abroad:

BBC Sport NI

Northern Ireland defender

Aaron Hughes has declared an interest in playing abroad as he seeks to extend his club and international football career.

Northern Ireland defender Aaron Hughes is interested in a move abroad
Press Eye

The 35-year-old is on the lookout for a new club after being released by Brighton at the end of last season.

Firearms charges

A pensioner from County Down

has admitted historic firearms offences dating back four decades.

Laganside Court
BBC

Samuel Tweed, 73, from Mark Street in Newtownards, appeared at Belfast Crown Court where he was due to stand trial on charges linked to an arms and ammunition cache in the city in 1974. He was released on bail with sentencing due on 28 August.

Agriculture payments

The figures for Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) payments for Northern Ireland have been released.

There were 159 CAP payments of over £100,000 in NI last year. Most of the biggest awards were rural development grants to councils.

Single biggest CAP payment in NI last year was £1.98m to Countryside Services, the commercial subsidiary of the UFU.

Cautious about Calais

A County Down lorry driver has been speaking about how he and his colleagues feel about

taking on the role of amateur immigration officers as they drive back to the UK through northern France.

Euan Fleming
BBC

Euan Fleming tells the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme: "Most of these guys [those trying to get to the UK] are armed with Stanley knives because they usually cut their way into the trailers."

Delaney reprieve

Politicians in the Republic of Ireland have decided not to question the country's football chief executive about a 5m euros (£3.6m) pay-off from Fifa for a Thierry Henry handball in 2009 that cost the Republic a World Cup place.

FAI chief executive John Delaney
©INPHO/Donall Farmer

John Delaney has avoided the prospect of being questioned by a parliamentary committee over his handling of the secret deal, even though the FAI is not regulated by the government.

Revamped arena

The Odyssey Arena is to get a £3m makeover that will include new seating and upgraded technology.

Odyssey Arena
Press Eye

Refurbishment work will begin in July and finish in September. The 2015 BBC

Sports Personality of the Year will be held at the venue on 20 December.

Early exit for Dunlop

BBC Sport NI

Michael Dunlop retires after one lap of the Supersport Race 2 on the Isle of Man.

Michael Dunlop
Matt Mackey

Drugs crackdown

A major Irish police drugs operation has resulted in the arrest of 60 people in Dublin, Cork and Wexford.

Garda
BBC

It follows a six-month covert operation aimed at finding people supplying heroin, cocaine and other controlled drugs.

August deadline for redundancies

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

The head of the NI Civil Service has set an August deadline for deciding if the first tranche of voluntary redundancies will go ahead.

civil service graphic
BBC

The first 1,200 civil servants are due to leave on 30 September but that is now uncertain due to the Executive's disagreement on welfare reform and the budget.

Man dies in Dungannon fire:

A man has died in a fire in Dungannon. The fire happened on Eastvale Avenue in the early hours of this morning.

The fire service says the man was found dead when it arrived at the scene.

Victims hierarchy:

BBC Talkback

Is there still a hierarchy of victims here - those who are protected by the state and those who aren't?

Does Freddie Scappaticci fall into that category?

Freddie Scappaticci
BBC

That and more on today's Talkback, give us a call on 08459555678 to have your say.

Mercury rising:

At 11am stubborn patches of cloud cling to coastal counties in the north otherwise temps rising nicely. Spot high 20C

At 11am stubborn patches of cloud cling to coastal counties in the north otherwise temps rising nicely. Spot high 20C