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  1. Updates for Thursday 18 June 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 07:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight:

    Ciaran McCauley

    BBC News NI

    That's us for today - we'll be back with more from 07:00 tomorrow morning. It's looking like a nice evening, as shown in this shot from Islandmagee (thanks Richard Yarr) so enjoy it whatever you're up to.


    In the meantime, you can keep up to day with the latest news on our website or if you're keen on the US Open, keep across the leaderboard here.

  2. Mostly dry tonight:

    It's going to stay mostly dry tonight and tomorrow, though the full forecast shows a bit more cloud about tomorrow.

    Weather Thursday
  3. Cannabis seized:

    A man and woman have been bailed after being questioned about £15,000 worth of cannabis found in a house in west Belfast yesterday.


    Police discovered resin and herbal cannabis after a search in Slieveban Drive.

  4. Selection 'drives mobility'

    Broad support for much of the PUP's report into educational underachievement amongst Protestant working-class children from the DUP's Peter Weir but not for the abolition of academic selection.

    Peter Weir

    "Selection on merit has been a driver of social mobility its removal will do little to improve educational attainment."

  5. Pork price threat:

    Conor Macauley

    BBC NI Agriculture & Environment Correspondent

    A European stockpile of pork could lower the price paid to local farmers this summer, it has been claimed.


    The Ulster Farmers' Union says the volume of meat in storage in Europe now equates to almost 800,000 pigs.

  6. All square at US Open:

    BBC Sport NI

    Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell were going in different directions, but now they're both on +1 at the US Open.

    Rory McIlroy

    There hasn't been much high scoring so far, with the lead shared by seven players on two under.

  7. Tandragee GBH by driving charge:

    An 18-year-old man is charged by police in connection with an incident in Tandragee on Wednesday night in which a 19-year-old man was injured. Among the charges are causing GBH by driving.

    The man is due to appear at Armagh Magistrates Court on 7 July. Three other men, aged 37, 45 and 50, were also arrested in connection with the incident.

  8. M1 reopened:

  9. M1 car fire:

    BBC News NI reporter Laura Trueman tweets this photo of the fire on the M1. The fire is causing long tailbacks leaving Belfast.

    M1 car fire
  10. Ronan Hughes family meet police:

    The family of Tyrone teenager Ronan Hughes have been meeting with police.

    Ronan Hughes

    Ronan took his own life after a gang blackmailed him over intimate photographs. His family had been critical of what they claimed was police "inaction" after the 17-year-old revealed what was going on.

  11. Arrests over 'loyalist activity':

    Police arrest two men, aged 28 and 47, in Bushmills in connection with "violent loyalist paramilitary activity".

    Two houses were searched as part of the operation.

  12. Up and down the leaderboard:

    BBC Sport NI

    It's been a mixed start for Northern Ireland's golfers at the US Open.

    Rory McIlroy

    Rory McIlroy has an early birdie to move to -1 after three holes, while Graeme McDowell had a double bogey at the opening hole to fall to +2.

  13. PM urges Stormont House progress:

    David Cameron says it's vital that political leaders find a way to deliver the Stormont House Agreement.

    David Cameron Enda Kenny

    He was speaking after holding talks with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny at Downing Street.

  14. M1 delays:

  15. Donegal searches over Eglinton bomb:

    Irish police carry out searches in Killygordon, County Donegal, where three men were earlier arrested in connection with the bomb left under a police man's car in Eglinton, County Londonderry.

    Garda search
  16. Minister on university cuts:

    Evening Extra

    Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry will be joining us at about 17:10 to talk about job and student place cuts at Ulster University.

    Stephen Farry
  17. University cuts jobs, student places:

    Ulster University is cutting 210 jobs this year and 1,200 student places over the next three years due to a reduction in its funding.

    Ulster University

    The move is in response to an £8.6m cut in the subsidy received from the Department of Employment and Learning (DEL).

  18. School place misery:

    Tyrone Times

    A lack of places at popular local primary schools and nurseries is causing misery and chaos for hundreds of families in south Tyrone, the Tyrone Times reports.

    School places
  19. Boyne musket became peace symbol:

    BBC NI Archive

    It's the gun that made headlines around the world and came to symbolise the peace process and now the 17th Century Boyne musket, presented by the late first minister Ian Paisley to the former Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, has fetched £20,000 at auction.


    Ross' Auctions sold it this afternoon. Our archive footage shows the historic day in 2007 when the gift was presented to Mr Ahern at the St Andrews Agreement talks.

  20. Pork prices 'ruining farmers':

    The Ulster Farmers' Union is warning that a 20% drop in pork prices across Europe over the past year is forcing farmers in Northern Ireland out of business.

    Pigs (Photo: VT Freeze Frame)

    UFU chairman Jonny Cuddy says the industry had also been severely affected by Russia's decision to ban EU food imports last August.

  21. US Open tee times:

    BBC Sport NI

    The US Open has teed off and it won't be long until some of the local contenders take to the Chambers Bay course.

    US Open

    Gareme McDowell is first, he tees off at 16:06, with Rory McIlroy following not long after at 16:28. Darren Clarke and Shane Lowry have longer waits though, teeing off at 21:55 and 22:39 respectively.

  22. Bomb incident 'despicable':

    Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness describes the incident in Eglinton in which a bomb was left under a police officer's car as "despicable, futile, something from another era".

    Martin McGuinness
  23. Rail delay

  24. Robinson condemns bomb bid:

    First Minister Peter Robinson has condemned those behind a bomb discovered under the car of a police officer in Eglinton.

    Peter Robinson

    Mr Robinson said: "This was a clear attempt to murder a police officer who is working for the good of everyone in our community. It was only through vigilance that this device was discovered and a potential tragedy averted."

  25. Giro weather:

  26. New NI air routes fund?

  27. Football star's tribute to balcony victim:

    German international footballer Bastian Schweinsteiger has paid tribute to one of the victims of the Berkeley balcony collapse.

    Bastian Schweinsteiger

    Schweinsteiger wrote on his Facebook page that he "wished much strength for this difficult time" to the friends and family of Niccolai Schuster, and offered sympathy to all the victims. Mr Schuster was a Bayern Munich fan.

  28. New social homes:

  29. Bargain Hunt at Belfast auction:

    BBC News NI reporter Sara Girvin tweets that the Bargain Hunt team are at the auction everyone's talking about today - the Boyne musket that has just sold for £20,000.

  30. Second balcony inspected:

    RTÉ is reporting that officials inspecting a second balcony at the apartment complex in Berkeley, California, where Irish students died earlier this week, say it's "structurally unsafe" and at risk of collapsing.

    Damage is seen at the scene of a 4th-story apartment building balcony collapse in Berkeley, California

    Initial reports suggests rot in wooden support beams may have caused the top structure to give way.

  31. Boyne musket sells for £20K:

    A musket used in the Battle of the Boyne and which was given to the former Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern by the late first minister Ian Paisley after the St Andrews Agreement talks in 2007, sells for £20,000 at auction.


    Belfast-based Ross' Auctions said the 17th Century gun had "made headlines around the world for its role in the peace process".

  32. Alert at Dublin LGBT org:

    Reports have emerged of an alert at the offices of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network in Dublin.

  33. £340m housing scheme announced:

    Northern Ireland's largest housing association, Choice Housing, announces plans to build 2,500 new homes in a £340m investment.

    Builders on construction site

    The project's expected to create about 1,200 jobs over the next five years.

  34. Asbestos school exams 'not affected':

    Students at Cross and Passion College in Ballycastle, which has been closed after asbestos was found in the building, are told they'll still be able to take their summer exams.

    The Council for Catholic Maintained Schools said students are being accommodated at other schools in the area.

  35. Asbestos closes Ballycastle school:

    The Council for Catholic Maintained Schools says Cross and Passion College in Ballycastle has been closed after asbestos was found in the building.


    It says the school will remain closed for the rest of the academic term, and that work will be carried out immediately so it can reopen in September.

  36. Three men arrested over Derry bomb:

    The PSNI says Irish police have arrested three men for questioning about the planting of a bomb under a police officer's car in Eglinton overnight.

    Officer at bomb scene

    The bomb was discovered in the early hours of this morning at Glenrandel, sparking a major security alert.

  37. Cannabis in pizza cheese lorry:

    Cannabis with an estimated value of £3.8m is found smuggled in a lorry containing loads of pizza cheese.

    Border Force officers made the discovery at Dover's Eastern Docks on Tuesday morning. A 46-year-old Ballymoney man arrested in connection with the seizure has been released on bail.

  38. When Enda met David:

  39. Ireland defeated by China:

    Ireland's women hockey team have lost to China at the World League games in Valencia, after a very dramatic penalty shoot-out.

  40. Church leaders condemn 'despicable' attack:

    The four main church leaders in Londonderry issue a joint condemnation of the bomb placed under the car of a police officer in Eglinton this morning.


    The statement, from Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop Ken Good, Dr Robert Buick and Rev Peter Murray, calls the bomb "despicable" and says that the "attempted murder was an assault on us, too, and on our aspiration for a better society".

  41. Penalty shoot out:

    Ireland's women hockey team are currently in a penalty shoot out with China at the World League in Valencia. Here's the latest result:

  42. Clarke up for US Open challenge:

    BBC Sport NI

    Darren Clarke says he's looking forward to the challenge of a links-style course at Chambers Bay in the US Open.

    Darren Clarke

    He says patience will be the key for whoever is to win the second major championship of the year.

  43. Belfast knife attack:

    Police say a man was slashed in the face with a knife in a robbery at a house in Cawnpore Street, west Belfast, last night.

    Two men entered the house just after 22:00 and attacked a man with a pocket knife. Another man who was in the house at the time was not injured. Two mobile phones were stolen.

  44. Scores on the doors:

  45. Phase out grammar schools?

  46. Dissidents suspected over bomb:

    Supt Mark McEwan says that the focus of the investigation into a bomb placed under a police officer's car in Eglinton is "violent dissident republicans".

    Mark McEwan

    He also confirmed that the officer's wife is also a police officer and both were in the house at the time. "We could have been dealing with a tragedy this morning, what we are dealing with is the attempted murder of a police officer," he says.

  47. Derry bomb residents 'very upset':

    The daughter of an elderly couple who had to leave their home after a security alert in Londonderry this morning says her parents are "very frightened and upset".

    Donna Deeney

    Fifteen homes have been evacuated and the area remains closed. Donna Deeney said it had caused "huge disruption to the lives of innocent people" living in Glenrandel.

  48. Game day:

    BBC Sport NI's Nigel Ringland is in Valencia to report on Ireland's women hockey team taking on China at the World League Cup.

  49. Dry and bright:

  50. Tee-off times:

    BBC Sport NI

    Keen to keep an eye across the tee-off times for the US Open in Washington later today?


    BBC Sport has compiled a full list of Thursday and Friday's times, just for all you golf enthusiasts.

  51. NI Three mobile network down:

    The mobile phone network Three says some of its customers in Northern Ireland are continuing to experience problems getting signal today, after there were outages across many areas overnight.

    It said staff are "working hard to get the remaining sites back up and running as soon as we can".

  52. Derry bomb 'act of madness':

    The Police Federation for Northern Ireland says a bomb placed under a serving PSNI officer's car in Londonderry was an "act of madness".

    Chairman Mark Lindsay said: "No political objective will be furthered by any attempt to murder the men and women who protect us from those who have nothing to offer society.

  53. Travel woes:

    Good Morning Ulster

    How's your commute going today? We've been speaking to someone who spends £1,200 a year on trains - and was 40 minutes late for work yesterday!

    Tunnel on Derry to Coleraine line

    You can listen to the programme on the BBC iplayer.

  54. McKellen calls for NI gay marriage:

    Hollywood film star Sir Ian McKellen has told the BBC he hopes Northern Ireland will "catch up with the rest of the UK" and bring in laws legalising same-sex marriage.

    Ian McKellen

    He told BBC Breakfast he welcomed the Republic of Ireland's referendum vote on the issue last month, and said it was "rather unseemly" that Northern Ireland had yet to bring in laws in line with its counterparts in England and Scotland.

  55. Galliagh housing scheme:

    BBC Radio Foyle

    The largest social housing scheme in over a decade in Northern Ireland has been unveiled in the Galliagh in Londonderry. 197 new family homes will be developed on the Skeoge Link Road.

    It'll be completed by Spring 2017.

  56. Man shot in paramilitary-style attack:


    A 26-year-old man's being treated in hospital after he was shot in both ankles in a paramilitary-style attack in west Belfast last night.

    It happened in Downfine Gardens at about 20:40. The man's injuries aren't thought to be life-threatening.

  57. Here comes the sun:

    Looks like it might be a good day in Toomebridge, where Suzanne Chesney took this picture of the sunrise.

  58. Derry bomb 'wrong and futile':

    Sinn Féin Derry councillor Paul Fleming says those responsible for putting a bomb under a serving PSNI officer's car "want to drag us back to the past".

    He said the security alert, which has left a number of people out of their homes while police investigate the area, was "wrong and futile".

  59. Cloudy but warm:

  60. New York Times 'shameful' article:

    The former President of Ireland Mary McAleese says the New York Times "should be hanging its head in shame" over an article it wrote about the Irish students who died after a balcony collapse in the US.

    Mary McAleese

    The article said the work-visa programme some of the victims were on was a "source of embarrassment to Ireland". In a letter published by the Irish Times, Ms McAleese said the New York Times had "heaped deliberate injustice on top of the most awful grief".

  61. Derry MLA 'disgusted':

  62. Kenny meeting Cameron:

    The Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny is meeting David Cameron later as he continues to make the case for the UK to overhaul its relationship with the EU.


    Irish ministers say they want the UK to stay in the EU and won't stay neutral in the forthcoming referendum.

  63. Police remain at Derry alert:

    The police remain at the scene of a security alert in Glenrandel in Londonderry, where a bomb was found under a PSNI officer's car.

    Officers were alerted to suspicious activity in the area at about 02:45 and said about 15 houses in the area have been evacuated. Glenrandel is also closed to traffic while investigations continue.

  64. Bomb found under officer's car:

    The PSNI says those responsible for a bomb found under a police officer's car in Londonderry were "intent on murder and mayhem".


    Supt Mark McEwan said: "Those involved have shown a blatant disregard for human life. This is yet another example of the cowardly elements in our society who show no regard for the safety of local residents and the police officers who serve their community."

  65. Viable device:

  66. City centre delays:

  67. Derry relief team:

  68. Dry and bright:

  69. Derry residents shocked:

  70. Derry security alert:

    A number of homes in Londonderry have been evacuated because of a security alert.


    An army bomb disposal team is examining a suspicious object at Glenrandel in Eglinton. BBC Good Morning Ulster will have the latest developments on this throughout the programme.

  71. Balcony victims remembered:

    The families and friends of Irish students who died and were injured when a balcony fell in California have gathered to pray.


    A special Mass was held at 19:00 local time in the Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, to remember all those affected by the tragedy.

  72. 'Water damage' investigated:

    Engineers investigating a balcony collapse in California that killed six people and injured seven others say water damage may have caused the structure to give way.


    An initial investigation has found that the balcony support's wooden beams may not have been sealed properly at the time of construction.

  73. Foyle security alert:

  74. Good morning!

    Jayne McCormack

    BBC News NI

    Hello and welcome to BBC News NI Live on Thursday 18 June. We'll be bringing you all of the latest news, sport, weather and travel from now until 19:00. Hope you can stay with us!