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.


  1. Updates for Tuesday 17 May 2016
  2. Bomb-making material is found in a forest in County Antrim
  3. Man is arrested in connection with the murder of Dan Murray in Belfast
  4. County Fermanagh woman meets sister after 64 years apart
  5. Picture: Downhill Beach, County Londonderry (by Philip Thompson)

Live Reporting

By Fiona Murray and Nuala McCann

All times stated are UK

Get involved


Ciaran McCauley


That's all from us at BBC News NI Live for Tuesday, have a great evening and we'll see you again from tomorrow for more news updates from 07:00. 

Weather: Rainy, unsettled few days coming up

The rain is here and it's sticking around for a while says Cecilia Daly - although the full forecast shows that tomorrow may have the best weather of the lot.


Pro-Brexit group: EU exit would allow more grants to farmers and businesses

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics and Business Editor

Leaving the EU would allow Stormont to pay more grants to farmers and businesses, a pro-Brexit group says.  

EU referendum

Leave.EU makes the assertion in a report published on Tuesday.

Student housing schemes approved by Belfast City Council

John Campbell

BBC News NI Economics and Business Editor

Belfast City Council has given planning permission to a further two student housing schemes in the city.

Athletic Stores building

They are a 317-unit development in the Athletic Stores building on Queen Street (pictured) and an 11-storey development on Little Patrick Street.  

Analysis: Arms dump find points towards dissident republicans

Vincent Kearney

BBC News NI Home Affairs Correspondent

The discovery of what appears to be a second dissident republican arms dump near Larne within three months has police baffled.  

Capanagh Forest

Based on location, the analysis would be the items found most likely belonged to loyalist paramilitaries. But, the nature of what was found suggests otherwise

Traffic: Lights not working on Upper Newtownards Road

Man arrested after damage to car

Drugs seized in east Belfast

Talkback: would a 'Brexit' lead to a united Ireland?

Conditional discharge for 'failing to ensure the needs of her animals'

Failure to look after her dog and three cats led a woman being given a conditional discharge at Belfast Magistrates' Court this morning.

Laganside Courts in Belfast

Alison Forsythe, of Shore Road, was ordered to pay costs and £500 towards kenneling and veterinary fees.

Leave.Eu get their sums wrong

Aer Lingus cutting jobs in Belfast

Aer Lingus is cutting most of its Belfast staff but says there will be no change to its flight schedule from the city airport. About 70 jobs are to go however staff will be offered redeployment.

Aer Lingus aircraft

Alliance sets out key issues before they'll consider taking Justice

Police release pictures of arms found near Larne

Police have released images of the arms found near Larne yesterday, a find described as one of the 'most significant in years'.

Ammunition fine

The items found included an armour-piercing improvised rocket, two anti-personnel mines and ammunition.

Metal fence shields Carrickfergus oil well

Larne weapons find "belonged to dissidents"

Larne weapons find includes pipe bombs

Anti-personnel mines among weapons found near Larne

Arms find "one of most significant in recent years"

Nesbitt defends tweet quoting Nazi chief

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt says a tweet he posted quoting Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels was making the point that "on social media it is very easy to spin a lie, the way the Nazis did".

Mike Nesbitt

The Alliance Party has accused Mr Nesbitt of a "severe lack of judgement" over the tweet.

Garda commissioner coming under pressure over whistleblower

Shane Harrison

BBC NI Dublin correspondent

The Garda Commissioner, Noírín O'Sullivan, is coming under pressure over her views towards a whistleblower.

Noírín O'Sullivan

She's been asked to explain apparent contradictions between her public support for Sgt Maurice McCabe and reports that her legal team were under instructions to "attack" his character.

Farmer fined for polluting waterway

A Co. Down farmer pleaded guilty at Lisburn Magistrates' Court today to causing a polluting discharge to enter a waterway.

Lisburn Magistrates Court

 Robert Poots from Edentrillick Hill, Hillsborough was fined £500.  

No discussion of Lidl planning application?

Watch: Mike Nesbitt responds to tweet criticism

Mike Nesbitt said he was responding to those who "tell lies on social media".

Warning of wide load between Belfast and Coleraine

Cllr : Refusing Lidl expansion "flawed"

UUP Cllr Graham Craig says refusing permission for Lidl to expand E. Belfast store is "most flawed piece of advice to have come before BCC"

Plans to cut hours at 14 busiest libraries

Robbie Meredith

BBC News NI Arts and Education Correspondent

Opening hours at the 14 busiest libraries here are set to be cut under new plans revealed by Libraries NI.

Irene Knox

Under the proposals, some libraries will be closed for an extra day every week.

UUP leader criticised over Nazi quote tweet

The Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt has been criticised for a tweet he posted quoting the Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.

Mike Nesbitt Twitter

Mr Nesbitt was answering allegations that he had sought public money to build a mosque in Belfast.  

Enniskillen and Omagh libraries opening hours reduced

BBC News NI's Julian Fowler tweets that libraries in Enniskillen and Omagh are set to cut opening hours.

View more on twitter

Putting up with Parkinsons

For two 40-year-olds from Derry, Parkinsons Disease is a daily reality. But, according to Michael Stewart and Kieran Whoriskey, the early diagnosis didn't mean struggling on alone.

Kieran Whoriskey Michael Stewart

The pair spoke to BBC News NI's Elaine McGee about the reality of living with the condition - something that Kieran describes as "like a 12-round boxing fight with Mike Tyson, you don't stay down".

Police warning over modelling posts

Police have issued a warning young people to be wary over an online scam that advertised modelling opportunities for women.

Online scam

They said they have received reports of young people being contacted via Facebook to take part in such auditions.  

Family's challenge into loyalist supergrass investigation rejected

Lawyers for the family of Peter McTasney, a Catholic shot dead by the UVF 25 years ago, have had a legal challenge into the police investigation of Gary Haggarty rejected. 

View more on twitter
View more on twitter

Dry weather sparks gorse fire warning

The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) is warning against deliberately starting fires in the countryside. 

A gorse fire in April 2016 destroyed a large area of Slieve Brack in south Armagh.

Mark Smyth, the NIFRS Lead Officer for Wild Fires, explains: "The current spell of dry, sunny weather combined with a long and fairly mild winter has provided a tinderbox landscape with conditions becoming ripe for gorse fires to take hold."

BBC Talkback: Does the BBC need more religious diversity?

'I found a letter when I was a little girl'

Joan Murray said her parents never actually told her she was adopted, but she found a letter when she was a little girl.

Dublin Gazette Newspapers

It was her daughter who told her about her long lost sister, Lesley Fagan. "I was in tears, but then she said 'wait mum there is more, did you know you have a sister?' It was very emotional."

Swimming: McMahon last in breaststroke heat at European Championships

BBC Sport NI

Rio Olympics hopeful Sycerika McMahon has finished last in her 100m breaststroke heat at the European Championships in London.

Sycerika McMahon

The Portaferry swimmer will now focus on her main event, the 200m individual medley, in order to qualify for the Olympics. 

EU Leave group stages Belfast event

BBC Talkback: Get your calls in now