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  1. Updates for Tuesday 24 November 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel from 07:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

By Ciaran McCauley and Fiona Murray

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight!

    Ciaran McCauley

    BBC News NI

    That's all from us at BBC News NI Live - we'll be back from 07:00 on Tuesday morning. Until then, have a great evening.

  2. Portraits at Stormont

    Portraits of Seamus Heaney and CS Lewis have been unveiled at Stormont.

    Seamus Heaney and CS Lewis

    The paintings, created by artist Ross Wilson, also bear quotes from the writers. Marie Heaney unveiled the painting of her late husband. "I think it's a wonderful portrait," she says.

  3. Soldier gives evidence to shooting inquiry

    Will Leitch

    BBC News NI

    An ex-soldier who witnessed the Army's fatal shooting of an unarmed man in Belfast in 1971 has told an inquest he believed he was under fire at the time.

    Henry Thornton, 29, was shot after the van he was driving passed Springfield Road police station in west Belfast.

  4. Police launch Cork murder inquiry

    A murder investigation is under way after a 60-year-old woman was stabbed at her home in Cork city.

    Cork murder

    The woman has been named locally as Marian Horgan. Her husband suffered several stab wounds in the attack. A 25-year-old man has been arrested.

  5. Organ donation 'opt-out' bill

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    The Banbridge Chronicle noted this from Stormont earlier - if the bill passes, then it would allow people to "opt-out" of organ donation

  6. MLAs call for care homes action

    Politicians have been reacting to the news that seven care homes are to close - Ulster Unionist MLA Robin Swann says that a ban on state care homes admitting new residents should be lifted.

    Robin Swann and Fearghal McKinney

    He says the "reprieve" on statutory homes given by Simon Hamilton should be welcomed but "for as long as the ban on new admissions remains in place these homes will never have a future".

    SDLP deputy leader Fearghal McKinney says that the health minister must "immediately come up with new arrangements to protect these vulnerable people".

  7. Union hits out at care homes closure

    Trade union Unison says that it has begun urgent negotiations with Four Seasons over the closure of seven care homes.


    The union says the closures will cause "trauma" for residents with "over 300 staff now facing job losses".

  8. Illegal dumps in Tyrone

    The NIEA (Northern Ireland Environment Agency) says it conducted two separate operations on illegal dumps in the Galbally area of east Tyrone.

    Illegal dumps

    It says it found commercial, household and some medical waste at the sites and is now working to find out where the waste came from and who dumped it there.

  9. Queen's confirms redundancy numbers

    Robbie Meredith

    BBC News NI Education Correspondent

    Just over 140 staff are to leave Queen's University, Belfast under a voluntary redundancy process in the coming year - moves that will save £13m in wages.

    Queens University

    Of the 370 staff who applied for voluntary redundancy or early retirement in the current academic year, 215 had their applications refused.

  10. Bank card scammer jailed

    A man who scammed elderly shoppers in several supermarkets has been jailed for 15 months.


    Catalin Sandhu, with an address in Wolverhampton, England, targeted seven pensioners last summer - the scam involved looking over victims' shoulders while they entered their pin and then getting a hold of their bank cards.

  11. Inquest into 1971 shooting

    An inquest is under way into the death of Henry Thornton, who was shot dead by the British Army in Belfast in 1971.

    Henry Thornton

    The 29-year-old was shot in the head after the van he was driving backfired outside the Springfield Road police station. His death sparked serious rioting.

  12. Hamilton halts care home consultations

    Health Minister Simon Hamilton has responded to the news that seven care homes are to close here by instructing the Health and Social Care Board to "halt and review the proposed closures" of statutory homes.

    Simon Hamilton

    Mr Hamilton says he's been "increasingly concerned" about pressure on the independent care home sector.

    "Given that many of the proposals are predicated on spare local capacity in the independent sector, it's only right and proper to pause, reflect and give careful consideration to issues arising in the independent sector," he says.

  13. O'Flaherty set for Belfast Cross Country

    BBC Sport NI

    Newcastle's Kerry O'Flaherty will race in Belfast on Saturday after booking her place at the European Cross Country Championship in France next month.

    Kerry O'Flaherty

    O'Flaherty, who has also qualified for the Olympics next year, will defend her Seeley Cup title in Ormeau Park after finishing fourth at Sunday's Irish Cross Country Championships.

  14. Shotgun killers' sentence unchanged

    A bid to increase the sentences of three men convicted over the murder of Philip Strickland has failed.

    Philip Strickland

    The Court of Appeal rejected an attempt by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to increase the jail terms of Stephen McCaughey and brothers Ian and Jason Weir.

  15. Union 'shocked' at care home closures

    The move to close seven care homes in Northern Ireland has come "as a complete shock" - that's according to the regional officer of the GMB union, that represents many of the staff affected.

    Care home

    "We and the staff had no prior warning ahead of the announcement," Alan Perry says. "We only found out at 09:45 GMT and they were making the announcement in the homes at 10am."

  16. Missing man's family 'overwhelmed'

    Derry Journal

    The family of missing Londonderry man John Concannon have expressed gratitude to the hundreds of people who have turned out to search for him, according to the Derry Journal.

    John Concannon

    It is two weeks today since John (71) went missing. He suffers from dementia and is anaemic and deaf.

  17. Care home worker 'disgusted'

    Andy Graham, who works at one of the Northern Ireland care homes due to close, has told the BBC he is "disgusted" with the news.

    Elderly woman

    He said: "It is not nice at any time of the year but especially with Christmas just around the corner." A spokesperson for the company has called the situation "difficult but unavoidable".

  18. Delivery driver to the rescue

    Newtownabbey Times

    A young motorist has thanked a supermarket home shopping driver from Ballyclare who helped him to safety after he was injured in a road accident.

    John Rodger was on his way to make a delivery when he came across the accident involving 19-year-old Curtis McCullough. Mr Rodger contacted the emergency services after spotting the teenager's car upside down in a ditch.

  19. DUP members to meet with PM

    Mark Devenport

    BBC News NI Political Editor

    DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds and Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson are due to meet David Cameron tomorrow to discuss the government's plans for air strikes against the so-called Islamic State in Syria.

    Jeffrey Donaldson and Nigel Dodds

    In 2013 the DUP voted against air strikes that would have targeted President Assad. But today Nigel Dodds wrote in the News Letter that if Mr Cameron makes a convincing case for action which will enhance the security of the British people, he will have the DUP's wholehearted support.

  20. 'Dissidents could be behind attack'

    Ch Insp Tony Callaghan tells the BBC that police think dissident republicans might be behind a "savage" shooting in Londonderry last night.

    Brandywell Road area of Londonderry

    "Early indications are that this man has sustained particularly severe wounds with potentially life-changing injuries," he says.

  21. Four Seasons statement

    A spokesperson for Four Seasons Health Care says the main reason for the closure of seven elderly care homes was that the homes were operating at a loss and were being subsidised by the firm.

    Four Seasons closures graphic

    The company confirmed 393 staff would be affected by the closures, but it wants to retain as many workers as possible.

  22. 'Never seen blood like it'

    A mother, whose 23-year-old son was shot several times in both legs in Londonderry, has described the scene she found in her home after finding out he had been attacked.

    Louise Simpson

    "They shot him in the living room and dragged him to the hall and then outside the front door," says Louise Simpson. "I can't even explain it. I've never seen blood like it."

  23. List of care homes to close

    Four Seasons Health Care says it is "reluctantly" closing seven of its elderly care homes in Northern Ireland.

    Elderly woman

    The homes are: Victoria Park Care Home and Stormont Care Home in Belfast; Antrim Care Home; Garvagh Care Home; Donaghcloney Care Home, near Banbridge; Oakridge Care Home in Ballynahinch; and Hamilton Court in Armagh.

  24. Seven Northern Ireland care homes to close

    Seven privately owned care homes in Northern Ireland are set to be closed.

    The facilities are owned by Four Seasons - the UK's largest private care home operator.

  25. Doherty re-signs for Derry City

    BBC Sport NI

    Derry City goalkeeper Gerard Doherty has extended his stay at the club by signing a new two-year contract.

    Gerard Doherty

    The 34-year-old's contract expired at the end of the season, and speculation had linked him with a move to Cliftonville.

  26. UUP MLA off work with 'stress'

    Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA Neil Somerville is currently off work with "stress and wellbeing issues", his party, the UUP, says.

    Neil Somerville

    "The party both locally and at leadership level is fully committed to doing what it can to support Neil at this time and would ask that everyone respect his privacy," the party says.

  27. Ferry staff face wage cuts

    Belfast Telegraph

    Staff working for Stena Line could face pay cuts as the company tries to make savings of £120m, the Belfast Telegraph has reported.

    Stena Line ferry

    As well as cutting the pay of those on zero-hour contracts, Stena Line told the Belfast Telegraph it was reducing the "rate of pay on offer for future new employees if we're to remain competitive".

  28. Inequality report

    Life expectancy has increased in Northern Ireland over the last five years for both men and women, according to a new report by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.

    Woman holding head in hadsn

    The report looks at inequality and notes large discrepancies between the most and least deprived areas when it comes to things like smoking, suicide and mental health problems.

  29. Ferry cancelled

    The morning sailings on the Rathlin Ferry have been cancelled due to poor weather.

    Anyone wishing to travel is advised to check the website for updates on afternoon sailings.

  30. Ammunition images

    Collage of items found

    These are the pictures released by police of the items found at an address in Broom Close in Twinbrook, west Belfast, on Sunday.

    A 57-year-old woman and 44-year-old man were arrested.

  31. Bomb making components found

    Police have revealed details of suspicious items found at a house in Broom Close in Twinbrook, west Belfast, on Sunday morning.

    Police at a house in Broom Close in west Belfast

    Items recovered included: 700 rounds of assorted ammunition, seven mercury tilt switches, a detonation cord, firework powder and an assault rifle magazine. Det Insp Philip Montgomery called it a "significant seizure of munitions and bomb-making components". A man and woman remain in custody in connection with the find.

  32. JW Anderson does the double at awards

    Belfast Telegraph

    JW Anderson, the son of former Ireland rugby captain Willie Anderson, won best women's and best men's designer at the British Fashion Awards last night in London.

    JW Anderson

    It is first time a designer has won both awards. Last night's ceremony took place at the London Coliseum, with Jack Whitehall as compere and guests including David and Victoria Beckham, Liv Tyler, Samantha Cameron, Alexa Chung and Poppy Delevingne.

  33. Shooting victim moved

    The 23-year-old man who was shot several times in Londonderry last night has been moved to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.

    Brandywell Road

    The shooting happened in the living room of a house on the Brandywell Road area at about 23:00 GMT on Monday.

  34. Dan Kneen signs for NI team

    BBC Sport NI

    Isle of Man rider Dan Kneen has signed for the Lisburn-based Mar-Train team for the 2016 road racing season.

    Dan Kneen

    Kneen, 28, will race for the team at the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix meetings.

  35. Portstewart strand this morning

    A very dramatic-looking Portstewart strand, County Antrim, as it weathered the wind this morning.

    Portstewart strand

    Picture sent to us by Paul Killeen - thanks Paul, we hope you're somewhere much cosier now.

  36. Family 'heartbroken'

    Irish News

    The father of a County Armagh man who died in a road crash in Australia just weeks after making the move there has said the family are "heartbroken" by their loss.

    Alan Haughey, 28, from Craigavon, was killed when the car he was a passenger in left a road on the outskirts of Perth.

  37. Mum 'relieved' to get date for son's brain scan

    Dean McLaughlin

    BBC News NI

    A Coleraine mum has told BBC Radio Foyle she is "very very relieved" to finally get a date for her son's brain scan - after two years of waiting.

    Kerrie and Ewan MacKerracher

    She says she got a call from a surgeon asking to book a date for next week after giving an interview to the BBC yesterday. Click here to hear Ewan MacKerracher's mum Kerrie speaking this morning.

  38. 'Savage attack'

    Police say a man shot several times in both legs in Londonderry sustained severe wounds in a "particularly savage attack".

    PSNI car

    The 23-year-old was shot in both legs at about 11pm and taken to Altnagelvin Hospital where he is said to be suffering from potentially life-changing injuries. Police are appealing for information.

  39. Sneak peek

    Clodagh Rice

    Business Reporter, BBC News NI

    I've been down to see the Google Lab at PwC in Belfast which opens its doors later today.

    Inside Google lab

    It's their first location in Europe - putting Belfast alongside the likes of Sydney and NYC.

  40. 'Step in the right direction'

    The daughter of a woman murdered by an IRA unit, allegedly including the British double agent codenamed Stakeknife, says she welcomes the expected appointment of a team of external detectives.

    Shauna Moreland

    Shauna Moreland, whose mother Caroline was abducted and murdered in 1994, says "it's a step in the right direction".

  41. Benefits fraud and error total

    Julian O'Neill

    BBC News NI Business Correspondent

    Benefit payments due to fraud and error in Northern Ireland increased by £9m in 2014 - the total is now at its highest since 2007 and stands at £81m.


    The figures were revealed in a report by the Audit Office.

  42. Alert over

    A security alert on the Point Road at Magilligan, County Londonderry, has ended.

    PSNI logo

    A PSNI spokesperson said army bomb experts were at the scene last night examining a suspicious object near Magilligan Prison, but it was found to be nothing untoward. The cordon was lifted at about 22:00 yesterday.

  43. Welfare reform bill passed

    MPs have passed a bill giving the government the power to introduce its UK-wide welfare reforms in Northern Ireland.

    Fresh Start Agreement

    It was given accelerated passage through the House of Commons last night, despite objections from SDLP and Ulster Unionist Party MPs. The bill comes as part of the Fresh Start Agreement.

  44. IT firms seek European graduates

    John Campbell

    BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor

    Northern Ireland technology employers are launching a recruitment drive across Europe to tackle skills shortages in Northern Ireland.

    Hands on a computer keyboard

    Firms like Deloitte and Citi will continue to grow their technology operations in Belfast. But employers say there are shortages of people with more than five years' experience.

  45. Stakeknife investigation

    Vincent Kearney

    BBC News NI Home Affairs Correspondent

    A team of detectives from police forces outside Northern Ireland is expected to investigate the activities of the army's most high-ranking agent within the IRA.

    Freddie Scappaticci

    The agent, codenamed Stakeknife, stands accused of involvement in up to 50 murders. He has been named by the media as former west Belfast man Freddie Scappaticci. He has denied the allegations.

  46. Good morning

    Erinn Kerr

    BBC News NI

    Good morning and welcome back to BBC News NI Live. It's a lot milder out there than it was this time yesterday. We hope you'll be able to stay with us until 19:00 for all the latest news, sport, weather and travel.