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The headlines on BBC Newsline this Thursday evening.
The Stormont parties are getting more time to reach a deal,
as the talks deadline is to be extended beyond
The SDLP leader rules out any election pacts with Sinn Fein.
We are not interested in sick kiddie impacts. We do not involve ourselves
with that. They had one, then another, then
another. She was visibly shaken. Concerns over a proposed tidal
energy scheme on the Antrim coast. The pictures that show the extent
of the vandalism on the as Ulsterbus celebrates
its 50th birthday. And just as you thought
it was time to pack away the There is a blast of cold weather
coming our way early next week. I will have more later
in the programme. Politicians at Stormont are to be
given more time to reach a deal to restore a power-sharing
Executive. The Secretary of State had set
early May as the deadline But the BBC understands that will be
pushed back until the end of June. Our Political Correspondent Enda
McClafferty has more. This has come as no real surprise,
because the feeling was it was unrealistic to expect anything to be
decided before the Westminster election. We understand that the
provisions have no been alone for, to enable the parties to set up a
executive in the three weeks following the Westminster election.
They will have to find their way to try and resolve the differences. No
great surprise that the state has been taken. A draft bill will be
published tomorrow. Most people seem to agree that this
is the correct decision. It gives everyone a little more breathing
space. They also have the other thing undermined that they have two
focus on the party political side of the election. But people are saying
that this should not be used either as an excuse for the parties not to
have come any settlement. It has simply stretched the amount of time
given for us to stretch to form a new executive.
Will the current talks process be parked until after
No decision has been taken on that. We know that room table discussions
are due to be done once again on Monday. But we expect that this will
be put off until after the Westminster election. A decision
that will probably come before the end of this month. But Sinn Fein
believe the case - a crisis that we know all facing is because of the
decision of the Prime Minister to call the general election. There is
a wader belief amongst the nationalist community is that the
British commenting or quantity power-sharing executive working
here. We do not want that because they are working towards leaving the
European Union and the know that most people in Northern Ireland did
not vote for that. I will come back to you
again shortly, Enda. But we can hear from the SDLP
leader, Colm Eastwood. This afternoon, I asked him
about the purpose of his meeting yesterday with Sinn Fein's Michelle
O'Neill. The meeting was officially scheduled
one. Obviously, the issue of the election came up. But we're not
going to form any sort of panicked. We do not form sectarian practice.
-- pacts. But we want to put across the message very strongly that, for
all the United Kingdom is looking to leave the European Union, the people
in Northern Ireland voted against that and we want to send that
message loud and clear. You talk about an alliance but how would that
actually work? How would that work without an electoral pact? I want
people to think this over. I am disappointed that Naomi has already
rejected the chance of the conversation. I was hoping we could
talk about this. It is an empty Brexit headcount? I have said that
again. We will not do an electoral pact with one party to keep another
party owed from another part of the community. Other parties may wish to
do that, we do not want to do that. This election is all about Brexit
and we need the Prime Minister to know exactly how the people of
Northern Ireland feel. We can talk about the election. How vulnerable
are some of these constituencies that you currently hold? We have
fantastic, hard-working MPs. The good of the two Westminster and
faked the case for Northern Ireland. The argue against Brexit. The do all
of that on our behalf. Of course, the only party representing the 56%
of people who voted against Brexit. Much pleasure are you under to
secure these seats again? Ever leader of our party is always under
pressure secure seats. We are used to having these eight battles. I
have been involved in many of the campaigns myself running or how hard
we will faked. There is talk of restoring power-sharing. The
Unionists are seeing the talks are dead in the water. How do you view
them, with the background of the general election? I have talked very
clearly that what I think of the Prime Minister calling an election
in the middle of the talks process. We understand that the British
government do not care about Northern Ireland. That has been made
clear in the last couple of days. The onus is on all of us that we
have the power sharing executive here. We are committed to doing
that. Doesn't look likely that any sort of deal will be secured any
time soon? I think the Prime Minister has made them very
difficult. And how would you sum
up today, Enda? It is pretty clear from that
interview is that the real challenge for any sort of alliance to be
formed between the parties get into the nitty-gritty. But the focus will
move to the election campaign. Then beyond that, we are looking at this
period afterwards. Who knows, we may even have a new Secretary of State
for Northern Ireland. The Prime Minister may even, if she wins, DC
to reshuffle the Cabinet. The Shadow Secretary of State, the Labour Party
representative, is not going to run in the election. The foundation has
confirmed that he is stepping away from politics for personal and
family reasons. He took up the position last year. He held the
portfolio here, but he had the same job in Scotland, as well. After
doing both of these jobs, say by same long overdue arrest. --A rest.
A five-year-old girl whose home was targeted in a gun attack is said
A cousin who was with her told this programme that the child stopped
Martin Cassidy reports from west Belfast.
About 10pm last night, shots were fired at a terraced house
here in the Crescent and there were two people
in the house at the time - one a young woman and also
They have done fine. I just thought someone had put the fest and banged
on the window. But then there was another one, then another one. I
just stood in the room and my cousin was terrified. Only escaped injury,
the little girl was traumatised by the attack. They were beating on the
heart of the five-year-old. She had stopped breathing. She was shaking.
The attack has been condemned by Sinn Fein.
It is clear the attackers who fired through the windows of the house
did not care who the target was, there was a young woman
with a five-year-old and we're grateful none of them were harmed.
People in this area and the family are asking why this attack
happened, because no-one has explained to them why it occurred
How has the young woman and child responded?
The young women, I didn't speak to the child, she is being cared
for, but the young women is concerned for herself and her
family circle, because she is unaware why this happened.
Four bullet holes through the window of the living room,
right beside the city. If anybody had been sitting
there, they would have been injured or killed.
The people who carried out this attack must come
Guus Hiddink police enquiries are continuing.
The survey that says most 15-year-olds in Northern Ireland
People living near a picturesque bay in County Antrim are opposing plans
to land power cables from an proposed tidal
The company says Murlough Bay is just one option and there will be
planning conditions attached to any approval.
Here is our Agriculture and Environment Correspondent,
it is one of the most picturesque places along the coastline. A
designated place of scientific interest. The final design for the
tidal energy scheme has not been put forward, but I believe to include
certain elements which would stick above the sea. Given that this is
such a breathtaking part of the countryside, there are reservations
about how the power cables gate onto the land and get hooked up into the
good. And that is with the problems start. Patrick is worried about the
cables coming ashore here and a new power station having to be built on
the cliffs. It would be deeply intrusive. It would create a massive
scar on the landscape. It would also take many years to achieve. If that
is the really thinking about this proposal, there are certain to be a
lot of objections. It is one of two options. The other would be a much
longer and more expensive undersea cable going elsewhere. If this gets
ahead, there will be a range of conditions we would comply with. We
hope we work with the various residence and licensing authorities
with regard to that. The energy company has always -- only apply for
permission for what it wants to build at sea. A plan for a
substation is expected to be submitted in the coming months.
We have heard about teenage moods and angst.
But most 15-year-olds in Northern Ireland are said to
That is the key finding of a large-scale international study
of students' well-being by the Organisation for Economic
Our education correspondent Robbie Meredith has more.
There are 700 teenagers preparing for their GCSEs
at the Easter School run by the West Belfast
They're obviously hard-working, but are they happy?
The OECD asked half a million pupils in 70 countries
to score how satisfied with their lives they were.
From a zero, which meant they were very unhappy,
to a ten, which meant they were very happy indeed.
The average life satisfaction score in Northern Ireland
was 7.24 out of ten, around the European average
but higher than England, Scotland and Wales.
But what about young people in West Belfast?
I am working hard and I have support.
School was going good. I play a lot of sport. Have good relationships
with my friends. My teachers are always behind me. When you test
yourself and get the results you want, that also gives you
motivation. The study also found
pupils performed best when they talked regularly
with their parents about school. He says you should go and get
help with your GCSEs. School can only help the children
for so long of a day and then they go home. The strategy at school is
one we hope will be carried through to the home. That is what we are
attempting to do. It wasn't all plain sailing,
there are still worries about exams and bullying remains a problem
but what this study suggests is that contrary to some of the stereotypes,
the majority of our teenagers are happy, ambitious
and highly motivated. Yesterday on the programme,
we revealed that more than a third of the Belfast Bikes
are out of action because Since then, photos have emerged
of some of the bikes dumped Such crime has cast doubt
on the development of the scheme. It is not good news for something
which is proved very popular in the city over the past couple of years.
But it is images of these which will upset the people learnt the City
Council. We do not know how many of them are clear. More than one third
are no off the streets. That is 210 breaks either stolen or vandalised
in Belfast over the past couple of years. Dublin bakes launched in
2009. The council leader seat damages sought rear of a similar do
not have statistics for it. The future expansion of the service
appeal will be in doubt of this sort of vandalism or theft continues. The
police are appealing for any information to stop bicycles ending
up like this. Still to come, the new piece of public created by
schoolchildren in dedicated to two of the island 's most famous poets.
A courthouse, once a stage for judges, lawyers and criminals,
could soon be home to performances in the world of theatre,
A plan to transform Bangor courthouse has been submitted
If successful the group behind it hopes to have the building up
and running by 2020. Dan Stanton reports.
This is how many people will remember the building. It operated
here for decades. Today, it is crumbling. It is empty and unused
since been taken out of service. The last person charged with a serious
offence was taken through the store in 2013. If the application is
successful, these structures will disappear. What would remain as the
holding cells. The organisation behind the bid want to use for a
variety of events. We want to restore the building back to the
former glories. Within it, we could have a lot of different pop-up arts
events we want to restore the listed building but also keep a permanent
performance venue. Artists working in the nearby points at the seafront
are hoping they will be able to operate in some of the pop-ups if
the project is successful. As an absolutely amazing building. It
lends itself so will to do an arts base and multipurpose base. I am an
artist here, I have been here over the years, as for the redevelopment
of the area, it would be nice to get a space somewhere else which was
still based in the town. They will know if they have secured funding
for the next development of the fees in a couple of months' time. If
successful, the building could be completed by the end of 2020.
From a possible future place for the arts
to a new piece of public artwork that has been
It is dedicated to the poets John Hewitt and Seamus Heaney
and was created by school children who have been learning
Our North-East reporter Sara Girvin reports.
Reflecting on his own school days, John Hewitt once wrote. No, his
life's work and that of Seamus Heaney our being celebrated in the
classroom. Children from floor schools unveiled the artwork. The
family of Seamus Heaney said he would have been absolutely
delighted. I just wish he could of been here. He would've been
overwhelmed. Many of the artists involved for learning about the
poets for the first time. I cannot rate very well, but the poetry was
fun to read. It was fun because we got to Colin a lot of pictures
instead of doing work! Poetry is a map of the face and everybody is
different. The man behind the project was a friend of Seamus
Heaney and says he would've approved. He a great poet and a man
of letters, but he was a shy and humble person. He had great ability
and talent which will last for generations. These artworks support
that. The work of these poets has already cemented the legacy, but it
is this art installation will inspire the next to come.
Ulsterbus is celebrating its 50th birthday this week.
Over the decades of the Troubles, the company lost some
of its staff, amid hijackings, bombings and firebombings.
Of course, the modern fleet of buses is completely different.
The drove onto this in 50 years ago. The changes in the buses have
reflected the change of society. Like ticket collectors. We do the
same job as the men, so we should get equal pay. And then Becky Scott
became a bus driver. There have been cases of a driver
stopping and people getting off the bus coming onto once. But more than
1500 vehicles were destroyed during the course of the troubles,
hijacked, set on fire and stolen. It could not have happened with the
cooperation and goodwill of the stuff. They were willing to serve
the public. When buses were on the road, it represented normality.
Norman remember walking on a bus and walking off holding a suspect
package. W Kelly suspect packages offer boss of the need arises? Up
until midnight, it is my problem. After that, it is someone else's.
This week, back in 1967, Ulsterbus was brand-new. Some of the he called
the kid back to the 1940s. Passengers are having the chance to
relive these days by having a look around some of these classic
vehicles. The next fight for the Belfast boxer
Michael Conlan will be in Chicago and he's confirmed that his second
professional bout will The name of his opponent
has yet to be released, although he is likely to be a step
up in class from Tim Ibarra who Conlan comfortably defeated
in his pro debut in New York It has been a mixed day
on the weather front. Mostly dry, but quite cloudy so far.
But it is going to get much more cold. Temperatures are going to fall
significantly. Next week, we're looking at a drop in temperatures
for quite a few days. Overnight in Ream pitching in from the West
during the course of the night. Most places being up in double figures.
Tomorrow, a decent start. Patches of green. Many places, particularly in
the East will dry out from the mid-morning. But another area coming
down from the North, bringing with it some more rain. Temperatures
slightly down on today. 12-15dC. Down Seen the best chance of
sunshine tomorrow. Becoming damp later in the afternoon. Tomorrow is
the perfect is the for the mortar bake racing. Saturday looking as if
it will be reasonably dry. A few showers around in the West
throughout Saturday. Temperatures just getting up in two double
figures. Recently, high pressure has dominated the weather. That is
moving away and this low-pressure will become this controlling feature
into the start of next week. It will bring a big drop in temperature. Any
showers that come along could contain some rain and sleet and it
could even be some snow on the high ground. Significantly colder next
week. But it will bring some clear sky. Good news for stargazers. A
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