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Best of Nolan

Stephen Nolan's no nonsense approach to confronting the biggest issues of the day has made it the biggest show in the country. An unmissable mixture of news, phone ins and entertainment.

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  • Sinn Fein accused of 'rolling over' on welfare reform

    Fri, 30 Jan 15

    Duration:
    35 mins

    Available:
    29 days remaining

    Sinn Fein have rolled over on welfare reform. That's the controversial claim from Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt. The BBC understands the much delayed welfare bill will come before the Assembly on the 10th of February. Sinn Fein's refusal to implement the changes passed by Westminster has cost the Executive more than £200 million in fines. But, speaking on BBC Newsline last night, Mike Nesbitt claimed Sinn Fein finally "rolled over" on the issue because it had backed itself into a corner. In today's podcast we hear from UUP leader Mike Nesbitt, commentator Goretti Horgan and Belfast Telegraph political editor Liam Clarke

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  • A rubbish podcast Thurs 29th Jan

    Thu, 29 Jan 15

    Duration:
    20 mins

    Available:
    28 days remaining

    We're talking about litter a lot on the show. It makes many of you really angry. Alex got in touch with us. She was outraged when she saw 4 people in a shiny BMW throw their rubbish out of their car. Alex thought she would give the litter lout some rubbish revenge... in the podcast you'll hear what Alex did and the reaction it generated on the show this morning.

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  • Will Stormont parties introduce Tory benefit cap plan?

    Wed, 28 Jan 15

    Duration:
    46 mins

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    It's one of the most contentious changes in the recent welfare reforms. A cap on benefits for those who receive handouts from the government. At first it was suggested people should get no more than £26,000 a year but David Cameron has just defended Tory plans to further reduce the cap in England. The Prime Minister says if the Conservatives win the next election they will move quickly to introduce a cap of £23,000. Should that happen here? And just remember that's what claimants get in their hand. You would have to earn around £29,000 to get £23,000 home.

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  • Row after sleeping shelter removed by city council

    Tue, 27 Jan 15

    Duration:
    38 mins

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    Belfast City Council has come under fire for removing an emergency sleeping shelter from Victoria Street. The box, which offered temporary shelter for those who sleep rough, comes equipped with a mobile phone charger and a radio. A spokesperson for Belfast City Council said it had removed the box on the basis that it was there without permission and to ensure the health and safety of people using it, but many people have criticised the decision to take it away. What do you think - can you see where Belfast City council are coming from OR do you think the box should have stayed put? Stephen gets the views of businessman Bill Jeffrey is on the line, commentator Seamus Close and we take your calls.

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  • Distraught family’s housing plea for disabled child

    Mon, 26 Jan 15

    Duration:
    36 mins

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    A ten year old boy with the debilitating disability muscular dystrophy is peeing in a bottle because he can't get up stairs to use the toilet. That's the shocking situation faced by one young boy called Adam living in Belfast. His parents are desperate to get a home more suitable to their sons specific needs. The charity, the Children's Law Centre, have gone as far as to say Adam is losing his right to privacy and dignity. Stephen has been speaking to Adam's mum beverley. She began by telling him about her son's condition. Also on the podcast... The row over the televised general election debate may now be heading for the courts. The DUP, Sinn Féin, UUP and the SDLP have now all said they would want to take part, alongside the parties across the water.

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  • Recycling and general election TV debate 23rd Jan 2015

    Fri, 23 Jan 15

    Duration:
    46 mins

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    Is the recycling message failing to hit home? New figures suggest household recycling rates have failed to show any increase And should the DUP take part in the big general election TV debates? It thinks so

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  • Disabled child Panto controversy 22nd Jan 2015

    Thu, 22 Jan 15

    Duration:
    36 mins

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    A devastated mother has contacted the Nolan show after her profoundly disabled daughter was told she could not stay in the panto at the Grand Opera house. JoAnn and her daughter Aimee were at the theatre last week for the family show. But twenty minutes into the performance a member of staff asked to speak to them. JoAnn was told other members of the audience had complained about the noise Aimee was making.

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  • Water misery continues 21st Jan 2015

    Wed, 21 Jan 15

    Duration:
    23 mins

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    Thousands of people with no water as the dispute over workers' pensions continues. Talks between management and unions broke up last night. NI Water say a final offer has been made on the pension changes and will be put to staff later. In the middle of all this, the political blame game has been in full swing Is that really helping those who can't heat their homes? Wash themselves? And Flush their toilets? Our reporter Nicola Weir is in Kesh, one of the areas affected by the problem.

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  • Finance Minister confirms plans for 20k job public sector job cuts 20th January 2014

    Tue, 20 Jan 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

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    19 days remaining

    It's official. Stormont plans to axe 20,000 public sector jobs over four years. DUP Finance Minister Simon Hamilton confirmed the target in his budget statement to the Assembly. The plan is to cut the jobs through voluntary redundancies and a recruitment freeze. But what about Sinn Fein? Last week on this show, Sinn Fein Minister John O'Dowd moved to distance his party from comments by the DUP's Jeffrey Donaldson on job cuts

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  • NI Water dispute 19th January 2014

    Mon, 19 Jan 15

    Duration:
    26 mins

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    Water chaos for thousands of people over the weekend as the dispute between Northern Ireland Water and its staff continued. About 1,300 properties were left without water across Northern Ireland. Households and businesses across Fermanagh, Tyrone, and Londonderry were cut off from supplies. Normal out-of-hours repairs are not being carried out because of a dispute over pensions. As a result, Northern Ireland Water staff are not working over time.

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