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This is BBC Newsline and these are tonight's headlines.
The police investigate allegations relating to this nursing home
A judge allows heat scheme boiler owners to challenge plans
Arlene Foster says the March election could be the most
The Lord Chief Justice defends his handling of legacy inquests.
A dancer and holocaust survivor is remembered by the city
It is very fitting that a plaque in her memory is here at an arts centre
in Belfast where she worked. All the way from from
Tigers Bay to topping the bill in Las Vegas -
Carl Frampton is just one day away from the biggest
fight of his career. And some long awaited sunshine
is on the way for tomorrow. I'll be back with the full
weekend forecast. The police have confirmed
they are carrying out an investigation into allegations
relating to a nursing home in County Armagh
which closed yesterday. Glenview care home in Portadown
agreed to close after the latest in a series
of critical inspection reports. Here's our south east
reporter Gordon Adair. The problems here at Glenview date
back some two and a half years to September 2014 when an initial
inspection was carried out that raised serious concerns. The home
undertook to correct those issues but it led to a series of follow-up
inspections and in 2016 to failure to comply notices were issued.
Yesterday another alleged inspector -- inspection was carried out as the
owner applied for cancellation of its registration. The home currently
has around 20 residents who will now come under the care of the local
health trust. Today the police told the BBC that allegations were being
directed by the public protection Branch and specially trained social
workers from the public health and social care trust. They did not give
any details of the allegations but said the safeguarding of vulnerable
victims was a priority for the PSNI. Companies with RHI boilers have been
told they can go ahead with a court action against plans
to publish their names. But it's not clear how many
will continue to benefit from a temporary injunction
preventing publication Our agriculture and
environment correspondent Between 500 and 600 border owners
are not party to a group action seeking to stop the publication of
their names. Today they were told it could go to a full hearing. Mr
Justice Dini said I case had been made that a plan to publish could be
in breach of human rights, that protection contract law and should
be protected but there was a twist. Nothing has been straightforward
about this story from the start and The 600 members of the renewable
heat Association who are part of this group action can
challenge the plans to publicly name them at a hearing but we do not
know how many of them will anonymity that was afforded to them
by this court this week. That's because there are three
categories of people in the action - those listed under their own names,
those whose company name would easily identify them and those
trading purely under It was argued that those
with a corporate identity That'll be decided next week ahead
of a full hearing The judge has said he will
hold what is called to ensure that the decision
on whether these boiler owners can be named will be heard
before polling day. The DUP Leader, Arlene Foster,
says the forthcoming Assembly election might be the most important
poll since the 1998 In an interview for the BBC Radio
Ulster Inside Politics programme, Arlene Foster said the election
was not a referendum She also said her former adviser
Dr Andrew Crawford will be cleared by the judicial inquiry due to get
under way in the coming days. Here's our political
correspondent Stephen Walker. The election campaign is now under
way. In an interview for BBC Radio Ulster, Arlene Foster made it clear
how she viewed the forthcoming poll. This is a hugely important election,
maybe the most important since the 1998 agreement because it will
decide the future direction of Northern Ireland. You may find that
strange given we have election eight months ago but a lot of issues have
arisen in relation to the religion ship between Sinn Fein and the DUP.
She claimed her former adviser Doctor Andrew Crawford will be
cleared by the judicial inquiry. He resigned after civil servant Andrew
McCormick said he thought Doctor Crawford was the special adviser who
used his influence to delay the introduction of excessively high
tariffs. When Doctor Crawford resigned, he insisted he had acted
with integrity. Today Sinn Fein accused Arlene Foster of prejudging
the investigation. Arlene Foster is interfering by telling the public
who will be cleared so she is an apparel universe if she does not
realise her standing is not that high. Question about the RHI scheme
remain unanswered. Who knew what and when and what decisions were taken?
The inquiry begins its work next week but there will be no public
hearings until after the Assembly election. And to some, that
timetable places voters in a quandary. Now people are being asked
to cast their judgment on the government that brought us does the
Baikal under secrecy culture around it but at the moment we just have
spin, not facts in the public domain because of the delay of those two
parties in agreeing to a public inquiry. Arlene Foster says that
election is not a referendum on the handling of the RHI scheme but her
opponents disagree. The voters will have to decide without the full
facts but they will look at the facts that this is seven weeks on
and the drip of something possibly corrupt will be a factor and should
be a factor. And others say the poll in March will be about the
performance of Sinn Fein and the DUP. This election is a referendum
of conference in government, which include the inability of the
Executive to produce a budget and deal with issues like RHI and many
others. It is a referendum on the competence of Sinn Fein and the DUP.
This election may not be a referendum on the RHI scheme but the
subject featured today at this DUP photocall.
The Lord Chief Justice has defended his handling of legacy inquests,
and denied suggestions he has given priority to cases involving
Sir Declan Morgan's remarks came in a speech to a victims group.
How do you deal with the past without being accused of bias? That
is one of the questions which has hampered the process, many people
involved had to defend their neutrality. The latest is Northern
Ireland's most senior judge. Lord Declan Morgan issued a statement
hitting back at his handling of the legacy inquest. He said...
It is the second time in two months that he has defended his actions and
insisted he is acting evenhandedly. My commitment has been to try to see
the broader picture and ensure that word the judiciary can contribute to
all those areas of the past which have to be addressed in relation to
all the victims and survivors, that we do what we can to help them. In
today's statement Sir Declan expressed frustration at the lack of
political progress in dealing with the past. He recognised that
everything is now on hold until after the election, and choosing his
words carefully he said we are now in a period of inaction that will
carry through until the end of March at the very least.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency's investigating a diesel
spill after a boat sank in Portaferry harbour.
The Exploris Aquarium at Portaferry and a marine laboratory attached
to Queen's University nearby have both closed their sea
The Regina Caelis has been moored at Portaferry
Despite plans to refurbish it and take it to further shores,
And by this morning, its fate was sealed.
I look out of the bedroom window and saw the mast lying over and I knew
what had happened because it was on the card, it was going to happen.
What kind of shape of this boat been in since it has been in the water
here? It hasn't been in great shape at all. People were trying to work
out to get it to go, but they weren't making much of a shift that
had to get it to go. Up to 1000 litres of fuel on board
is now seeping its way across the water, aided
by the wind and current. Strangford Lough is an important
marine environment with international protection -
not good news for wildlife. The spillage is also
a problem for fishermen, meaning any lobsters in pots are now
inedible - but specialist teams are have been brought
in for the clean-up. If you are going to have a pollutant
diesel is one of the least offensive. We find it breaks down
and evaporates with the action of the sea and waves, it floats on the
surface so it doesn't get into the water far so we're not overly
concerned, this isn't a major disaster. The Regina Caelis one save
again but it could be months before it is gone from this water. Its
final journey to the scrap yard will be a massive undertaking -- the
Regina Caelis will never sail again. Still to come... I can't quite
believe this has all come together and it is a functional boat. We look
at the traditional Irish boat set to make a splash on the Lagan.
A series of events are being staged this week to remember the 354 people
who lost their lives in a major maritime tragedy a century ago.
They were passengers on a liner called the Laurentic which was built
A new exhibition tells the tragic story, as Keiron Tourish reports.
A lament in honour of those who died on the Laurentic,
and in the audience, relatives of those who perished
Survivors and relatives were hosted by the Mayor in the Guildhall
a century ago and a photpgraph was taken for future generations.
Today the current first citizen, Hilary McClintock, welcomed families
from throughout Ireland and Canada - all who'd lost loved ones.
I lost my great uncle and he was on his way home on leave when the ship
went down and his body was never recovered. My grandfather was on the
boat and was lost and never found, so we presume he is on the sea bed
somewhere and it is hugely important to us to date because we have one
photograph only of him in his entire life, from his wedding day.
The Laurentic sank off the coast of Donegal on January 25th 1917.
The liner was carrying 479 passengers who were mostly naval
It hit two explosive mines laid by German U-boats.
Many made it onto lifeboats but due to the extreme cold -
it was -13 degrees - they tragically lost their lives.
The official death toll was 354 with 121 survivors.
Some of them did make it to shore but many froze to death and the ship
went down quite quickly to the bottom of the sea where it lies
today. The SS Laurentic was laiden
with gold bullion to buy The estimated value today
would be ?250 million. Most of that was recovered
by the government. But it's thought around 22 gold bars
still remain on the sea bed. Over the years divers
have tried to find it. It's proved elusive for 85-year-old
Ray Cossum whose family bought However the former Royal Navy member
remains proud the city I'm thrilled to bits, that's enough
treasure to me to see these men who lost their lives remembered. The
exhibition here in the park Museum runs until the 25th of June. --
Tower Museum. Helen Lewis came to Belfast
having survived the Nazi and went on to make a lasting impact
here as a choreographer Today, on Holocaust Memorial Day,
a blue plaque in her honour was unveiled
at the Crescent Arts Centre. Our education and arts correspondent
Robbie Meredith was there. She grew in Czechoslovakia, and,
as a Jew, faced the worst Those who were not fit and well
and healthy enough any longer to work were loaded onto a lorry
and it departed with them into the main camp, straight
into the gas chambers. Helen was a professional
dancer before she survived the concentration camps
where the Nazis killed After the war, she
arrived in Belfast. At a very difficult point in the
concentration camp where she was very ill, she was told she would
never dance again, it was unlikely she would ever survive.
She was too ill and too damaged to ever contemplate
returning to dance or teaching, but over time she did and dance became
It is true also that than saved her life and her enemies in the end did
not defeat. Today a permanent memorial
to her was unveiled. Although her experiences were
injured and had a particular period of time, so Northern Ireland has
gone through it spurious of time and we need to look to the future and
there are definite parallels here, lessons that can be learnt from the
past to build a future. Helen Lewis - survivor, dancer,
teacher, inspiration - Traditional boats are set to return
to the Lagan this weekend, after a group of volunteers built
one from scratch. The currach has been around for two
millennia and it's enjoying Louise Cullen went along
to see the Belfast one A labour of love, for two days a
week for almost a year these volunteers have been bringing the
currach back to life. So much work has gone into it. We expected it to
take less time but it has taken nine months. You start off with a pile of
wood and it goes from there, just slowly the boat started taking
shape. That includes steaming the oak ribs to curve them, they're
airing canvas and tar to waterproof it and then saturating it with oil.
It is a process unchanged in 2000 years and it has taken all hands and
all ages on deck. I brought my kids down and we decided to help. It
skills that children are not being taught anymore and at that stage the
boat was at an early stage and was the other way around so all these
nails, they had the experience of putting the nails in. As well as
building the boat, many of the volunteers will help man it, sharing
their skills with community groups and anyone interested in rowing. I
cannot quite believe this has all come together and it is a functional
boat that has such great possibilities for brilliant
expeditions. Those expeditions include forages to Scotland and
around the coast, but for now the Lagan will be far enough.
Carl Frampton is just a day away from the biggest
Gavin is here with this evening's sport.
The biggest fight of his career and biggest payday.
A journey which started in the Midland Club on Belfast's
Shore Road over two decades ago has taken Carl Frampton to top
In the early hours of Sunday morning the undefeated world champion
puts his title on the line in a rematch with
Thomas Kane is there for BBC Newsline.
Las Vegas is the gambling capital of the world
and while the stakes are high, Carl Frampton believes it is not too
big a risk to face three-weight world champion Leo Santa Cruz
The Belfast boxer wants to go all in for the rest of his career
with potentially a huge contest on the cards.
It is the biggest payday and the biggest challenge so far
for Carl as he aims to become the king of Vegas.
This is the top of the boxing world, top of the bill on the MGM.
Not too many people from the UK and Ireland get to do that.
I'm not too many featherweights get to do it, so me and Leo are both in
a very lucky position. Do you feel you are within touching distance of
becoming a superstar? It's a big deal, I don't like words like
superstar, I think in terms of being a boxer I am very good and we are
doing our thing. I think the fan base I have at the moment, there is
not another fighter in the world that has a fan base like this.
Have you had any chance to interact with fans?
I've done a little bit, I've been walking around shaking
hands and people seem to be enjoying themselves.
And there are more people coming and arriving, so at this point I'm
trying my best to hide but I been doing a little bit and will do some
more with the fans after the fight. He's like a little brother to me,
I'm so proud to see his name in lights in Vegas. We always said over
the years we would love to see crop front and boxy and it's a dream come
true for myself. We got in the taxi from the airport and he was on the
buses and the billboards, and we think, it's just Carl, you can't
believe what he has achieved. The support he's got has done him a
massive favour and they are doing him proud and the noise they make in
the arena will make a big impact for him, he's confident, he's saying all
the right things, for me I think it will be another barnstormer, a tough
fight but he's in no real danger of losing this. He's got eyes in his
blood. He's the most die under pressure, the more pressure the more
cooler and composed he gets. I believe it will be another
blockbuster fight, so exciting. So far in his professional
career Carl Frampton has 23 fights and 23 wins,
but victory number 24 on the biggest stage of all would propel him
to another level within the sport. Another rematch closer to home sees
Bank of Ireland McKenna Cup holders Tyrone take on Derry tomorrow under
lights in Newry. Last year it took extra-time
for Mickey Harte's men to edge out their neighbours and the Tyrone
manager is expecting The sound bites coming out of their
camp are that there are a lot of people there who have decided to
stay and give their lot with Gerry and maybe there are some people gone
that they would have used that they want the people there to be
committed and they seem to be committed to the Jersey and that is
the most difficult thing to beat, not a name for someone with a record
that people who work wearing the jersey and want to fight for it and
we hope we have people of the same opinion and that should make for an
interesting contest. We'll have extended highlights
of that final on the BBC iPlayer and Sport NI website
from Sunday evening. Tomorrow in Dublin history beckons
for Northern Ireland's only Womens' The Ulster Rockets, boosted by a few
imports from the USA, are through to the final
of the All-Ireland Senior Cup. The Ulster rockets and training for
the biggest match in the team's history, the senior women's cup
final in an All-Ireland competition. It's huge, especially this year
because we have two American players and that is a new rule brought in by
basketball Ireland and it has impacted women's basketball, they
are not only great players but they do a lot of coaching so we are
getting great crowds, for the first time we are filling the hole with
young people these girls are coaching. And the visitors are
enjoying the experience. It's different from the states, it's not
like a first sport here so you get a different feel but it's also fun
because you have to teach the girls and can make some of them loved and
that makes it worth that. We coach here with the girls under 14 is and
at Lisburn, we coach a lot of girls, anything to keep them out of
trouble. A win this weekend would be a massive boost to the team and the
sport in Northern Ireland. It would be amazing, it would spread more
awareness of girls basketball, especially in Northern Ireland. We
have greeted more awareness, even with my family everyone has been
more engaged now. There are rockets take on the Marble city hawks of
Kilkenny in the final this Sunday. Our weekend BBC Newsline
bulletins will bring Carl Frampton's fight is live
on BBC Radio Ulster and 5live And good luck to him. Cecilia is
here with the weekend weather forecast.
We've got to the last weekend of January, some mixed weather to come,
we will see some blue sky like here in Portstewart but it will be chilly
in places tonight, a touch of frost and eyes, most of the patchy rain
clearing away soon, a few showers moving in from the West but clearing
skies and temperatures will drop close to freezing in the countryside
said there is a risk of frost and ice and one or two mist and fog
patches. For the weekend, a bright day on Saturday, cloudier on Sunday,
still some doubt as to how much rain we will see on Sunday so stay tuned
to the forecast if you have plans and both nights will see bad bit of
frost and ice. Tomorrow looks like the drier and brighter day, a lot of
sunshine in most places, it will start misty and murky in places with
fog patches lifting and a bit chilly but lots of dry weather in the
morning, any showers largely confined to Donegal and the far
north-west. Temperatures are banked on where they should be for January,
any showers mainly over parts of the North West into parts of Tyrone and
Fermanagh and much of the day will be dry and bright, so pretty good
for any sporting activities, but later the showers will come south
and east, so there will be some sharp around tomorrow evening,
temperatures could fall close to freezing which will give us a risk
of frost and eyes. On Sunday the system comes in across the Republic
of Ireland, bringing rain, then slides East, and it looks like the
further north you are the drier and brighter it will be. Temperatures
around average on Monday but there is milder weather on the way back
next week. Thanks for watching, and have a
great weekend. Goodbye.