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  1. Updates for Tuesday 16 June 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 07:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK


Jayne McCormack


That's all from us here at BBC News NI Live. Before we go, here's a lovely snap of poppies in bloom in Ormeau Park (thanks

Belfast Snapper!)

Belfast Snapper

We'll be back from 07:00 tomorrow with the latest news, sport, weather and travel. Until then stay up-to-date by checking out the

BBC News NI website.

Spotlight tonight:

At 10.35pm - Paul McCauley’s parents talk about their battle to get justice for their son who died after 9yrs trapped in a vegetative state.

PSNI warns of 'organised fight':

Police in Newtownabbey

have warned on their Facebook page of plans for an "organised fight" in Glengormley tonight.

Officers said they "strongly advised against anyone turning up" to Whitewell Road/Valley Park as they'd be giving the area suitable attention.

Balcony students 'severely injured':

BBC News reporter David Willis is in California where six Irish students have died after an apartment balcony collapsed.


He told BBC Newsline that some of the seven other Irish students who were injured have been "severely hurt".

Discussing big banking changes:

Colletta Smith


I've been at the MoneyConf event in Belfast's Titanic Quarter today - where the world's biggest banks and tech firms have been meeting to discuss the changing ways that people are doing their banking.


You can see more on

BBC Newsline at 18:30.

Rainy horizon:

Some rain tonight and tomorrow morning but a much drier afternoon on Wednesday. Muggy start - fresher later
Some rain tonight and tomorrow morning but a much drier afternoon on Wednesday. Muggy start - fresher later
Some rain tonight and tomorrow morning but a much drier afternoon on Wednesday. Muggy start - fresher later
Some rain tonight and tomorrow morning but a much drier afternoon on Wednesday. Muggy start - fresher later

Some rain tonight and tomorrow morning but a much drier afternoon on Wednesday. Muggy start - fresher later

Larkin critical of abortion legal bid:

Marie-Louise Connolly

BBC News NI Health Correspondent

Northern Ireland's Attorney General has been highly critical of

a legal bid by the NI Human Rights Commission to alter the abortion law.

John Larkin QC

John Larkin QC told a judicial review hearing that "the commission simply does not get off the ground as far as this application is concerned".

Bids for contracts:

NI firms are at the Paris Air Show hoping to win new contracts. Julian O'Neill has the latest on @bbcnewsline @1830.

NI firms are at the Paris Air Show hoping to win new contracts. Julian O'Neill has the latest on @bbcnewsline @1830.

Book of condolence for students:

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke, is to open a book of condolence at Mansion House on Thursday for the six students who died after an apartment balcony collapsed in Berkeley, California.


Earlier, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny told Parliament his "heart breaks for the parents who lost children this morning".

Bonus for Ireland hockey team:

BBC Sport NI

In the last few minutes, South Africa drew 0-0 with Germany in the Women's World Hockey Championships, meaning

Ireland have won their qualifying group in the World League.

Ireland will now face China in the quarter-finals on Thursday. If they win they'll be guaranteed a top four finish and could qualify for the Olympics.

Students describe balcony scene:

Two Irish students who lived in

the building where the balcony collapsed in California say they heard a loud bang and lots of shouting and sirens after midnight.


Dan Sullivan and Mark Neville spoke to

American news station KPIX-5 about the incident, which has caused the deaths of six Irish students.

Hockey win 'not complete surprise':

BBC Sport NI

Ireland's women's hockey team say

their first ever win over the USA was "not a complete surprise".

Megan Frazer
Press Eye

The team clinched a 2-0 victory in Valencia. Afterwards, skipper Megan Frazer said: "We had belief from the beginning."

Alliance hit out at race strategy delay:

The Alliance Party has criticised OFMDFM over the delay in implementing the Racial Equality Strategy.

A consultation on the issue was launched a year ago.


MLA Anna Lo said: "There is an urgent need for OFMDFM to finally show some leadership on this issue and implement this strategy to help combat (hate) crimes."

Monaghan GAA player banned:

Monaghan GAA player Thomas Connolly has been banned for 2 years following a positive drugs test. He has the right to appeal. More to follow

Travers 'relieved' son is safe:

Belfast Telegraph

The Belfast Telegraph

reports that victims campaigner Ann Travers is relieved that her son, who was at
the party in California where a balcony collapsed and killed six Irish people, was not injured.

Ann Travers

Suspected waste dump searched:

Conor Macauley

BBC NI Agriculture & Environment Correspondent

Details have emerged of

a joint police and environmental agency operation targeting a suspected illegal landfill site in Dungannon earlier this month.

PSNI Dungannon

The search showed there was controlled waste on the site, mainly plastics, with evidence of tyres and other mixed waste.

Sixth person dies in balcony collapse:

A sixth Irish student has died after a balcony collapsed at an apartment block in Berkeley, California.


Earlier, Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said five people who died in the incident were Irish. Four died at the scene, eight other Irish people were taken to hospitals in the area.

Pair jailed for £59K VAT fraud:

A father and son from Dunmurry have each been jailed for six months after claiming almost £60,000 in VAT using faked invoices for buses for their coach hire firms.

HMRC also discovered Peter Joseph Burke, 49, and Peter Anthony Burke, 25, were both disqualified from driving and were no longer officially trading.

Second budget bill introduced:

Mark Devenport

BBC News NI Political Editor

Finance Minister Arlene Foster has introduced the Budget Number 2 Bill to the assembly chamber. This first stage of the bill is a brief procedure lasting no more than a couple of minutes.


The budget bill will be debated and put to a vote when it reaches its second stage next Monday.

NI 'facing environmental fines':

The Green Party says Northern Ireland is facing potential fines stemming from the Department of the Environment's failure to meet environmental obligations.


Party leader Steven Agnew said some of the complaints from the European Commission relate to sand extraction in Lough Neagh and an illegal landfill site in Londonderry.

Trade mission to Oz:

Invest NI says it's leading a trade mission of 15 ICT, energy, security and engineering companies to Australia, the first to the country in 10 years.

Sydney Harbour

Chairman Mark Ennis said Australia had "numerous flourishing sectors" that offered real opportunities for Northern Ireland companies to export to.

NI house prices rise 'fastest UK pace':


official figures say UK house price growth has slowed, the same can't be said for house prices here.


In the year to April, Northern Ireland saw house prices increase at the fastest pace in the UK, rising 8.8%.

The Office of National Statistics says the average house here now stands at £147,000.

Hundreds of calls to helpline:

100s of calls to DFAT Consular Crisis Helpline. If you are an Irish student in the San Fran area, please contact your family asap. Thank you

Landmark Irish hockey win:

BBC Sport NI

Ireland's women's hockey team has beaten the USA 2-0 in the World League tournament in Valencia - it's the first time ever they have beaten the US.

Megan Frazer celebrates Ireland's World League 2 success

They finished second in their group and will now play in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

Donegal minor players' bans lifted:

BBC Sport NI

Two Donegal minor footballers handed eight-week bans after alleged incidents at the recent Ulster Minor Football game against Armagh

have had their suspensions lifted.

The two unnamed players and two members of the team's backroom staff were given bans by the Ulster Council. The backroom staff have yet to hear about their appeal.

Swimmer gets £25K in damages:

A two-time Olympic swimmer from County Down who failed to qualify for the 2012 London Games after being hurt in a car crash is to get £25,000 in damages.

Andrew Bree said he had been confident of making the qualifying time before the collision on the Ravenhill Road in Belfast in 2010.

Traffic delays:

A broken down lorry in Barrack St, Armagh is causing traffic disruption this afternoon. Motorists should avoid the area & expect delays.

Tonight on Evening Extra:

On @BBCevex, we'll have the latest from Berkeley, California where five Irish people have died after a balcony collapsed.

Students were 'holding birthday party':

It's believed that five Irish students who died and eight others who were injured

after an apartment balcony in California collapsed were holding a birthday party at the time.

It's also understood that they were in the US on temporary working visas.

Ireland 'will share the loss':

Irish comedian Dara O'Briain tweets his condolences to the families of Irish students who have been killed after a fourth floor balcony collapsed in the US.

Desperately sad news from the US, of those Irish students killed or injured. We've all done that J1 trip; we will all share the loss.

Man loses 'wedding ring' debt appeal:

A Belfast man who offered his wedding ring in order to pay alleged mortgage debts has lost a legal battle to stop his home being repossessed.

Court of Appeal in Belfast

Anthony Parker's appeal against Santander was rejected by senior judges, who said he had "made a promise which is without foundation".

Union 'saddened' at balcony deaths:

The Union of Students in Ireland says it's "shocked and deeply saddened" at

the deaths of five young Irish people after a fourth floor balcony collapsed in California.


The USI president Laura Harmon said: "The thoughts and sympathies of the whole student movement in Ireland are today with the families and friends of those young people caught up in this terrible event."

Death 'not suspicious':

Following a post-mortem, police do not believe there were any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a man in #Limavady on Sun.

NI 'must follow spending limits':

Mark Devenport

BBC News NI Political Editor

George Osborne says it's not acceptable for any one devolved administration to breach the spending limits agreed with the UK government.


Answering a question from the DUP's Sammy Wilson, the chancellor said government expected all the Stormont parties, including Sinn Féin, to implement the Stormont House Agreement.

Appeal for Irish student contact:

If you are on a #J1 in #Berkeley, California, please contact your family/friends to let them know you are safe.

Flying the flag:

NI making a show in Paris. Day 2 @ air show. Reporting on local companies aiming for £deals with Airbus, Boeing etc

NI making a show in Paris. Day 2 @ air show. Reporting on local companies aiming for £deals with Airbus, Boeing etc