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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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  • Denise Welch pays tribute to Lynda Bellingham, and should internet trolls face prosecution? 20th October 2014

    Mon, 20 Oct 14

    32 mins

    30 days remaining

    The Actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham, who had been suffering from cancer, died yesterday "in her husband's arms", her agent Sue Latimer said today. Lynda was well known for her role as a stage and screen actress, as a panelist on Loose Women and of course as the Mother in the Oxo gravy stock advert. Plus, Internet trolls who subject victims to vile abuse online are to be jailed for up to two years under a Government crackdown. The move comes on the back of disgusting rape threats made against Chloe Madeley because her mum Judy Finnigan had made controversial remarks about convicted rapist footballer Ched Evans. Chloe has welcomed this decision by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling and said some of the sickening comments made against her amounted to "online terrorism".

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  • Majella O'Donnell 17th October 2014

    Fri, 17 Oct 14

    26 mins

    27 days remaining

    Our guest today is Majella O'Donnell, who many of us will know as the wife of Irish country music megastar Daniel O'Donnell. She is, of course, a singer in her own right, but Majella found herself thrust in the spotlight last year when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. During her fight against the disease she made the brave decision to have her head shaved live on TV - raising more than half a million euros for charity in the process. She has now written a moving memoir in which she talks about her health fight, her battles with depression, the breakdown of her first marriage and finding happiness again when she met and married Daniel.

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  • Secretary of State Theresa Villiers in studio 16th October 2014

    Thu, 16 Oct 14

    22 mins

    26 days remaining

    New party talks begin at Stormont today, in an atmosphere of crisis. Can the Assembly be saved? Is it worth saving? Those are the big questions we've been tackling on the Nolan Show. David Cameron has called on the Stormont parties to be constructive. But there's not much optimism in the air. The talks will be chaired by secretary of state Theresa Villiers.

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  • Are you over the hill at 50? 15th October 2014

    Wed, 15 Oct 14

    25 mins

    25 days remaining

    At what age are you seen as old? Is 65? 60? How about 50? According to Stormont those in their 50s can be classed as an older person. It comes from a response to the Irish News from the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister when asked what they classed as an older person as Stormont is currently finalising its Active Ageing Strategy.

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  • Assembly Speaker row 14th October 2014

    Tue, 14 Oct 14

    44 mins

    24 days remaining

    We're two days from the start of talks that could save Stormont. But the mood at the house on the hill just keeps festering. Yesterday, the Assembly couldn't even agree on selecting a new Speaker to replace the DUP's William Hay. That's now added to the bulging list of issues for the talks Sinn Fein say the DUP has welshed on a Speaker deal. Three and a half years ago an agreement looked to be in place that would see a Sinn fein MLA replace Mr Hay

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  • The welfare reform sums that don't add up 13th October 2014

    Mon, 13 Oct 14

    56 mins

    23 days remaining

    Is Sinn Fein's fight against welfare reform based on totally inaccurate information? Has the party got its facts wrong? Today on the Nolan Show we look at the Sinn Fein sums that don't add up.

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  • Should convicted rapist be allowed to play football again?

    Fri, 10 Oct 14

    19 mins

    20 days remaining

    Rape. One of the worst crimes a person can commit. But what should happen to a convicted rapist after they've served their sentence? It's a question which has hit the headlines. Professional footballer Ched Evans was jailed for five years for rape in 2012. The Wales striker is due to be released early this month. But should he be allowed to play football again? Yesterday Professional Footballers' Association chief Gordon Taylor yes he should. So the question we're asking this morning is should a professional footballer convicted of rape be allowed to play football again? Lisa McAlister gets the views of commentator Mike Parry and Luke Gittos who is a solicitor and Legal Editor for Spiked Online

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  • Reaction to plans to change NI abortion law Thu 9th Oct

    Thu, 9 Oct 14

    54 mins

    19 days remaining

    Plans to change Northern Ireland's abortion law that dates back over 150 years. A proposal has been tabled by Justice Minister David Ford that abortions would be allowed when doctors agree that the unborn child has no chance of life outside the womb. The move comes a year after Sarah Ewart shared her personal story that a fatal fetal abnormality meant the baby she was carrying had no prospect of surviving. Sarah and her mother Jane told the Nolan TV show last night that they are set to take their case for a law change to the First Minister Peter Robinson himself and are meeting him tomorrow. They are also going to be contacting other party leaders and writing to all 108 MLAs.

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  • Crushing blow for Ballymena as plant marked for closure

    Wed, 8 Oct 14

    53 mins

    18 days remaining

    Ballymena is reeling today with the news that more than 800 jobs are to be lost The Gallahers cigarette plant has been earmarked for closure by its parent company JTI. Workers were informed by management yesterday, with redundancies due to begin in 2016. Joel gets the views of Alan Stewart, president of Ballymena's Chamber of Commerce, MP for the area, the DUPs Ian Paisley, SF MEP Martina Anderson and Deborah Arnott, Chief Executive at Action on Smoking

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  • Money talks - DUP & SF dispute welfare reform cost

    Tue, 7 Oct 14

    42 mins

    17 days remaining

    If you heard yesterday's show, you'll have heard Sinn Fein's Phil Flanagan getting into a bit of a knot about money and statistics. Later on Phil Flanagan was also talking about big issues on welfare reform - the benefit changes Sinn Fein is refusing to support at Stormont. We've heard repeated claims - from Sinn Fein and others - about looming welfare cuts threatening to take £750 million a year out of the Northern Ireland economy. It's the figure used against the proposed welfare reform bill at Stormont. Stephen gets the views of DUP's Sammy Wilson, SF's Alex Maskey, lecturer Goretti Horgan and SDLP's Dolores Kelly

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