Tue, 22 Jul 14
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The BBC slashed its top stars pay by more than 6 million pounds last year. The move followed the continuing licence fee freeze and new commitments given to the BBC such as part-funding the roll-out of superfast broadband. Details of the BBC's so-called "talent pay" was included in its annual report. The corporation has been heavily criticised for the amount it pays its top talent with presenters including Jeremy Clarkson and Graham Norton reportedly among its biggest earners. DUP MP Gregory Campbell, TV critic Toby Earle and callers discuss
Mon, 21 Jul 14
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Rory McIlroy has won the Open title by 2 shots at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club. Rory lead from day one and eventually won by two strokes - ahead of Rickie Fowler of the USA and Spain's Sergio Garcia. Victims of institutional child abuse call on the First Minister, Peter Robinson, to withdraw his statement that wrangling about Stormont's finances could mean an inquiry into the scandal has to be suspended. Is he - as has been claimed - playing politics with people's lives?
Fri, 18 Jul 14
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Flawed but NOT unlawful, under the radar but NOT secret, and NOT a get out of jail free card for republican terror suspects.. The results of Lady Justice Hallett's review into the so called 'On The Run' letters telling scores of republicans they weren't wanted by police have now been published. News of the existence of the letters threatened to bring down Stormont. We now know that 2 more republican terror suspects were mistakenly issued letters. We now know that there were - quote - 'significant systematic failures' in the scheme. And we now know that the scheme was - quote again - 'not designed but evolved' , and didn't have proper lines of accountability, responsibility and safeguards. That's what we know - but there's plenty we don't know. In the podcast we get analysis from security journalist Brian Rowan and Denis Bradley - one of the authors of the Eames/Bradley report on dealing with the past. We also get political reaction and your views.
Thu, 17 Jul 14
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The pressure continues to mount for the Kincora Boys' Home scandal to be brought into the Westminster government's inquiry into historical child sex abuse going back decades. Over the past two days this programme has heard harrowing interviews with victims and calls from leading politicians for claims that MI5 protected paedophiles at the east Belfast home to be included in a wider investigation into abuse. Yesterday, a former RUC assistant chief constable Alan McQuillan told us it was "potentially credible" that intelligence services during the Troubles may have been involved in a cover-up. This morning we heard from the Labour MP Keith Vaz who's the chair of Westminster's powerful Home Affairs Select committee - which is also investigating historical child sex abuse and will consider the findings of of the UK wide inquiry when it reports.
Wed, 16 Jul 14
24 days remaining
Pressure is mounting for the Kincora child sex abuse scandal to be included into a Westminster inquiry into paedophiles in power. Yesterday victim Clint Massey waived his right to anonymity to tell this programme about the horrific suffering caused by William McGrath and others at the Belfast boys home. Now there is cross-party support from all of Northern Ireland's leading parties to have claims that MI5 protected McGrath in return for information during the Troubles investigated further. Almost all say the Westminster inquiry needs to be extended to include Kincora - while Sinn Fein have gone further and called for an international probe. In today's podcast we hear from another Kincora victim, Gary Hoy, and we get the views from Alliance Party MP for East Belfast Naomi Long and the DUP MLA Robin Newton. Also on the podcast former PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Alan McQuillan says that Kincora claims need to eb examined.
Tue, 15 Jul 14
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Victims who suffered at the notorious Kincora Boys' Home in East Belfast have renewed their demands to be included in a government inquiry into child sex abuse. The head of the inquiry - which is charged with investigating allegations of historical abuse going back decades - stood down yesterday. MPs say one of the reasons Lady Butler-Sloss withdrew was because of claims her brother, the former Attorney General Sir Michael Havers, played a part in restricting the scope of a 1984 investigation into Kincora to include only social workers and staff and NOT visitors to the home. Clint Massey, was abused in Kincora. He's waived his right to anonymity to speak about what happened to him. Clint was from Bangor. He ended up in Kincora after his parents split up in 1973. We also hear from journalist Chris Moore, Amnesty International's Patrick Corrigan and UUP leader Mike Nesbitt
Mon, 14 Jul 14
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The Secretary of State has praised the Orange Order and Unionist leaders after one of the most peaceful Twelfth of Julys in years. Despite fears of violence over a ban on a parade returning past the flashpoint Ardoyne shops in North Belfast, there was no repeat of last year's clashes with police. Theresa Villiers said the Orange Order and Unionist leaders were to be commended for the intensive work they'd done to bring that about. She also said Nationalist leaders played their part in working hard to defuse local tensions. In today's podcast we hear from DUP MP Nigel Dodds, Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly, UUP leader Mike Nesbitt, Joe Marley from CARA - Crumlin Ardoyne Residents Association - and we take your calls.
Fri, 11 Jul 14
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As his alter ego May McFettridge he is one of Northern Ireland's best loved celebrities. But success came later in life for comedian John Linehan, whose showbiz career happened almost by accident. From mechanic to drag act at the age of 36, John himself admits that he has lived two lives - but he is all the more grateful after cheating death on more than one occasion. This year will see John play May as the panto dame at Belfast's Grand Opera House for an incredible 25th year in a row.
Thu, 10 Jul 14
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Are free bus passes for pensioners really under threat? Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has said he faces a fight to get the nine million pounds of funding the scheme needs this year. The free public travel scheme applies to all over 60s here. So is it really in danger or is this just a warning shot being fired by our politicians as they haggle over budgets? We hear from Redional Development Minister Danny Kennedy, local businessman Bill Jeffrey and we get your views.
Wed, 9 Jul 14
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It's been called a farce and an embarrassment - and it has left 400,000 fans disappointed. Garth Brooks pulled the plug on his five Dublin shows yesterday and says he doesn't feel loved by Ireland anymore. The fiasco could leave both fans and businesses out of pocket and has been labelled a "disaster for the tourism industry". On the programme we hear from Stephen McNally from the Irish Hotels Federation, Ken Sweeney, the showbiz editor of the Irish Sun, Dublin City Councillor Nial Ring and Belfast City councillor Pat McCarthy, who has been leading calls for this gig to come to Belfast.
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