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  1. Updates for Thursday 11 June 2015
  2. More updates from 07:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Greg McKevitt and Ciaran Daly

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight!

    That's BBC News NI Live done on what has been the hottest day of the year. We'll leave you with Eoin McCullagh's beautiful picture of Ballintoy Harbour taken last night.

    Ballintoy Harbour

    We'll be back again on Friday at 07:00. Enjoy the evening sunshine and remember, you can keep up-to-date with the latest on the BBC News NI website.

  2. Edged out:

    BBC Sport NI

    Ireland produced a fine display against European champions Germany before succumbing to a 3-1 defeat in their latest World League 3 hockey game in Valencia.

    Anna O'Flanagan

    Ireland face Uruguay on Saturday before their last group game against the USA.

  3. £1m cracks at the MAC

    Robbie Meredith

    BBC News NI Education Correspondent

    The Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC) in Belfast may need up to £1m of public money to carry out repairs to the external stonework on the building.

    Mac cracks

    Problems with the basalt cladding were first noticed at the end of 2014, and consultants are set to be appointed to address the problem.

  4. Public confidence 'not damaged'

    Claims that Northern Ireland's Public Prosecution Service (PPS) has lost public confidence are "sweeping and inaccurate", its director has said.

    Barra McGrory, Northern Ireland's director of Public Prosecutions

    Barra McGrory was appearing before a Stormont committee to answer questions on a review that criticised the PPS's handling of historic rape allegations.

  5. Is Lightbody light on his feet?

    Snow Patrol's lead singer Gary Lightbody got to fulfil a boyhood dream after he trained with the Northern Ireland football squad at Windsor Park earlier today.

    Gary Lightbody

    The singer said he had "one of the best days ever" after taking part. You can watch his full interview here.

  6. Coming up on BBC Evening Extra

  7. Committee clash:

    There was a heated exchange between the Director of Public Prosecutions Barra McGrory and DUP MLA Edwin Poots at Stormont's Justice Committee this afternoon. Mr McGrory objected to Mr Poots' criticism of the PPS.

    Barra McGrory and Edwin Poots

    Mr McGrory said: "I've come here to assist this committee, not to sit here and have to listen to speeches which can be made on the floor of the house of the assembly, or to the gentlemen or gentlewomen of the press. That was a speech, not an interrogation."

  8. Under pressure:

    BBC Sport NI

    Derry City manager Peter Hutton has conceded relegation will be a "reality" for his side if their current slump in form continues.

    Peter Hutton

    The club have won three out of 16 games this year and are only three points above the relegation play-off position.

  9. Illegal imports:

    A 45-year-old man has been convicted at Ballymena Magistrates Court of illegally importing a large quantity of unlicensed erectile dysfunction medicines from Hong Kong.

    Ballymena courthouse

    Robert Clarke, of Brigadie Crescent, Ballymena, was fined £500 plus court costs.

  10. Ulster Derby on BBC

    BBC Sport NI

    BBC Northern Ireland will show live coverage of the Ulster Derby at Down Royal on Saturday 20 June.

    Wexford Town won the 2014 Ulster Derby at Down Royal

    It is the first time since 1994 that BBC Northern Ireland has televised local horse racing's showcase event. Mark Sidebottom will be presenting live coverage of three races including the main event, the Ulster Derby, at 15:45.

  11. Cahill disappointed by justice committee

    Máiría Cahill has said on Twitter she is disappointed that Stormont's justice committee did not inform her that her case was being discussed in detail today.

    Barra McGrory

    The Director of Public Prosecutions Barra McGrory is being questioned by the committee on the Starmer report which dealt with investigations into the handling of allegations of rape and claims of an IRA cover-up. Follow live coverage here.

  12. Express service to go

    Larne Times

    The Larne Times reports that the P&O Ferries Express service on the Larne to Troon route is to be scrapped.


    The company said it was not renewing the hire of its Express ship, billed as the fastest way to cross the Irish Sea, but was looking for an alternative vessel for the route.

  13. Paedophile sentenced next week:

    A paedophile teacher jailed almost 15 years ago for historical sex abuse offences will have to wait until next week to learn if he is to be jailed again for abusing other pupils from the same west Belfast school.

    Belfast Crown Court

    Last month, former primary school teacher Daniel Patrick Eccles, 68, of Granemore Road, Tassagh, near Keady in County Armagh, pleaded guilty to 15 charges dating from April 1976 to July 1977. Sentence will be passed on Tuesday.

  14. Bank staff concerned

    Ulster Bank staff are seeking assurances from the Chancellor and from politicians in Stormont and Dublin about the bank's future after its parent company RBS was returned to private ownership.

    Ulster Bank

    Larry Broderick from the union, IBOA, said that Ulster Bank staff had "made a vital contribution to its recent return to profitability".

  15. Gosford Show travel tips:

  16. Euro qualifier hopes

    BBC Sport NI

    Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill says a win over Romania in Saturday's in Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifier in Belfast will put his team on the brink of the finals.

    Michael O'Neill has been delighted with his team's performances so far in Group F

    A win will move Northern Ireland to 15 points in Group F and above current table-toppers, the Romanians, with four games still to come.

  17. McCartney sisters were witnesses

    It has emerged that the sisters of murder victim Robert McCartney were witnesses in the case of Padraic Wilson and Sean Hughes who were charged with IRA membership. The case collapsed at the start of the month.

    Padraic Wilson and Sean Hughes

    Until today, the media had been unable to report the involvement of the five women.

  18. Man admits damage to footballer's car

    Belfast Telegraph

    The Belfast Telegraph reports that a Londonderry man has admitted causing damage to a Maserati car belonging to footballer James McClean.

    James Mclean

    Aaron Dalton, 28, of Moss Park in the city appeared in court today and admitted the charge which occurred on 10 January this year.

  19. Road closed after Tyrone crash

  20. Scammers 'prey on fear':

    Vicious internet scams have come into sharp focus after Ronan Hughes took his own life. He is believed to have been tricked into posting images online.

    Ronan Hughes

    BBC correspondent, Angus Crawford, says international criminals "prey on fear" to extort money from men around the world.

  21. Memorial attacked:

    Police are treating an attack on a memorial for the McGurk's Bar bombing as a hate crime.

    It has been reported that paint was thrown over the memorial on North Queen Street.

  22. Bishops' call over death

    The Catholic and Church of Ireland bishops of Londonderry have called on anyone with information about the murder of Paul McCauley to come forward and put the "truth on the table".

    Paul McCauley

    Mr McCauley died nine years after he was severely beaten in a sectarian attack in 2006. Among those at his funeral today were Bishop Donal McKeown and Bishop Ken Good.

  23. McGrory before Justice Commitee

  24. Durkan and McGuinness among mourners:

    The funeral of Paul McCauley, who died last weekend nine years after beaten in a sectarian attack, has begun in Londonderry.

    Paul McCauley

    Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Foyle MP Mark Durkan are among those in attendance.

  25. Expanded mine:

  26. Man arrested over Glengormley attack:

    An 18-year-old man has been arrested after three men were injured in Glengormley last night.

    A man, aged 20, suffered a serious cut to his forehead after being attacked with a knife at a house on the Antrim Road at around 23:00. Two other men, aged 51 and 74, suffered cuts to their hands after being chased from the property.

  27. Robbie Keane's cousin killed in sewer accident:

    The workman killed in a sewer accident in County Dublin has been named as Alan Harris, a cousin footballer Robbie Keane.

    Robbie Keane

    It's believed Mr Harris was overcome by fumes while carrying out maintenance work on underground pipes. His brother, Stephen, was seriously injured.

  28. A5 road crash:

    BBC NI Travel

    Beltany Road has been closed between Newtownstewart and Omagh following a two-vehicle crash.

  29. Piercing issue:

  30. Suspected BSE case in Republic:

    The Department of Health in the Republic of Ireland has announced the identification of a suspected BSE case in County Louth.

    A cow suffering from BSE

    The animal was not presented for slaughter and did not enter the food chain.

  31. No vote on 'fantasy budget'

    Mark Devenport

    BBC News NI Political Editor

    Executive Ministers discussed the Finance Minister Arlene Foster's latest budget bill today but took no formal vote on the proposal.

    Arlene Foster

    The measure has been described as a fantasy or phantom budget as it presupposes Stormont politicians have resolved their differences over welfare.

  32. Police appeal:

  33. Four-wheel hive:

    You reckon there's a buzzing noise coming from this car in Greyabbey?


    The owner won't need to take it to a garage though, unless the mechanic specialises in getting a huge swarm of bees off cars - thanks for the photo Paddy Curley.

  34. Roman treasure trove

    Mervyn Jess

    BBC News NI

    Two Roman rings and a silver belt buckle have been declared as treasure trove by a coroner this morning in Belfast.

    Treasure Dundrum

    The three items were discovered by Brian Murray from Newtownards using a metal detector in Murlough near Dundrum in County Down

  35. On BBC Talkback today:

  36. Sun, sea and surf

    It's a beautiful day with temperatures set to reach 22C in places. There are worse places to be than Portrush on the north coast of Antrim, as you can see from Lynne Gardiner's inviting picture.

    Portrush shore

    You can send us your sunny snaps by emailing

  37. Arrest after knife attack

  38. 'Shock and disgust'

    Newtownabbey Times

    The Newtownabbey Times reports of a family's "shock and disgust" after they returned from their mother's funeral to find that her house had been burgled during the service.

    Burglar picking a lock

    The incident at Rathfern near Newtownabbey happened on Tuesday, four days after the house owner died.

  39. Cerberus challenge set for October:

    New York investment fund, Cerberus, paid £1.3bn for the entire Northern Ireland loan portfolio of the Republic of Ireland's "bad bank", Nama. 

  40. There's gold in them hills

    Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced planning approval for an underground extension to an existing open cast mining operation in the Cavanacaw area, west of Omagh in County Tyrone.


    The permission for the mining of gold, silver and lead includes approval for a further 15 years of work at the site.

  41. Coleraine house attacked:

    A 47-year-old man has been arrested after an attack on a house in Coleraine in the early hours of this morning.

    At around 01:20, a group of men attacked a house in Loughanhill Park, smashing windows and then forcing their way in. A woman in her 40s and a teenager boy and girl were in the house at the time.

  42. Life-changing surgery:

    The parents of a toddler who was born without a nose says that ground-breaking surgery will change her life.

    Tessa Evans

    Tessa Evans, two, from Maghera was born with no sense of smell or sinus cavities.

  43. Brady backs McGeady response:

    Robbie Brady says Aiden McGeady can make a major impact this weekend for the Republic of Ireland against Scotland.

    Brady McGeady

    Scottish-born McGeady was booed by home fans last November but Brady is backing the Everton winger to respond on Saturday.

  44. Casement back on Stormont agenda:

    Sir Nigel Hamilton, of the Irish Rugby Football Union, and IFA president Jim Shaw are giving evidence to the Culture Committee as part of its inquiry into issues around emergency exiting plans at the redeveloped Casement Park.

    Sir Nigel Hamilton

    You can follow the committee on Stormont Live.

  45. Planning applications

  46. Grafting for a win:

    BBC Sport NI

    Dungannon rider Ryan Farquhar hopes the hard work he put in over the winter will result in a fourth TT win this Friday.

    Ryan Farquhar
  47. Keane staying with Galaxy:

    BBC Sport NI

    Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane has signed a new deal with MLS club Los Angeles Galaxy.

    Robbie Keane
  48. Crash near Ballymena:

  49. Mourne-ing sunshine

    The sun's already up and shining over the Mournes. Thanks to Gemma Jackson for the picture. You're in for a cracking day, Gemma!

  50. Bloody Sunday nail bombs finding:

    BBC Radio Foyle

    Lord Saville, who chaired the Bloody Sunday inquiry, says he stands by his findings that one of those killed was "probably" carrying nail bombs when he was shot.

    Lord Saville

    Gerald Donaghy was one of one of 13 people shot dead by the Army in Londonderry on 30 January 1972. Another man died five months later.. His family have maintained the bombs were planted by the RUC. Lord Saville says he'd be willing to meet the families of the victims.

  51. 'Support needed for sight loss children':

    A charity says parents of children with visual impairments are struggling to get specialist help.

    Ian Baxter Crawford

    Blind Children UK says that basic support is patchy.

  52. Vandalised gates:

    Vandals have caused more than £2,000 worth of damage at a day centre for vulnerable adults in west Belfast.


    It is the second time that the Mica Day Centre, in the Beechmount area, has been disrupted in the past year. Our reporter Ita Dungan will be reporting live from the school for Good Morning Ulster.

  53. Studio fliers:

    Good Morning Ulster

    We had some special guests winging their way to the studio this morning - moths.


    Catherine Bertrand of Butterfly Conservation was here with some flying friends to tell us about the Beautiful Brocade, one of the rarest moths in Ireland.

  54. Causeway to China:

    The National Trust are promoting the Giant's Causeway and the north coast in four major cities across China this week.

    China's tour operators

    The sales mission to Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Guangzhou is aiming to increase awareness among China's tour operators and travel agents.

  55. RBS sell-off:

    Clodagh Rice

    Business Reporter, BBC News NI

    George Osborne says the government plans to sell its stake in the Royal Bank of Scotland, the parent company of Ulster Bank.


    Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, says the phased sell-off "would promote financial stability" and benefit the wider economy.

  56. Kesh road death:

    A man in his 50s died in a crash in Kesh.

    Kesh crash

    The crash happened on the Manoo Road at about 18:00 last night. A woman was also injured - she's in a stable condition.

  57. Sectarian attack funeral:

    The funeral of Paul McCauley, who died nine years after being beaten in a sectarian attack from which he never regained consciousness, will take place later.

    Paul McCauley
  58. Online safety:

    The mother and father of Ronan Hughes have urged parents to start a conversation with their children about online safety.

    Ronan Hughes

    Ronan, who was 17, took his own life last week. It's believed he was tricked into posting pictures online and police are investigating whether he was being blackmailed.

  59. Good morning:

    Ciaran McCauley

    BBC News NI

    Welcome back to BBC News NI Live, we've more news, travel, sport and weather from now up until 19:00.