Best of Nolan

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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  • Strikes against Stormont back on agenda Tue 21st Apr

    Tue, 21 Apr 15

    27 mins

    30 days remaining

    Strike action against cuts is back in the headlines. A teachers union here has accused Stormont of behaving like 'ostriches' over cutbacks. It has fired a warning about fresh industrial action. Meanwhile, Midwives in Northern Ireland have voted for strike for the first time ever. Members of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) will carry out a 4 hour stoppage on the 30th April. The RCM said this would be followed by other forms of industrial action from the 1st to the 7th May. Stephen talks to the RCM's Breedagh Hughes, former Conservative Health Minister Edwina Currie and Tony Carlin from the Irish National Teachers' Organisation

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  • Alliance Party's Naomi Long Mon 20th April

    Mon, 20 Apr 15

    39 mins

    29 days remaining

    It's the Alliance Party's turn today in the Nolan Show General Election hotseat. We're putting the parties and their manifesto promises under the spotlight. Stephen was joined by Alliance deputy leader Naomi Long

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  • Green Party's Ross Brown 17th April 2015

    Fri, 17 Apr 15

    26 mins

    26 days remaining

    Now the next in our series of general election specials. We're putting the focus on the parties and their manifestos. The next in the hot seat is the Green Party in Northern Ireland and their Belfast councillor Ross Brown. Good morning. The Green Party is running five candidates.

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  • UKIP's David McNarry 16th April 2015

    Thu, 16 Apr 15

    28 mins

    25 days remaining

    Today marks the start of the Nolan Show's general election coverage. We're putting the parties through their paces, grilling them on their manifestos, their promises to you. First up is UKIP. They have now published their N Ireland and Uk-wide manifestos UKIP's only MLA David McNarry in the studio

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  • University cutbacks challenge 15th April 2015

    Wed, 15 Apr 15

    42 mins

    24 days remaining

    Queen's University is axing jobs and student places because of Stormont budget cuts. Up to 1,000 student places will be lost over three years as well as 236 staff jobs. Ulster University is also working out how cuts will affect them and say it is inevitable that student places will be lost there also. So is it time Stormont raised the cost of tuition fees in order to bring in more funding? Jeffrey Peel and student and commentator Sarah Wright

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  • "Why weren't we told?" - Parents of a baby born with heart defect 14th April 2015

    Tue, 14 Apr 15

    20 mins

    23 days remaining

    Our top story this morning concerns the welfare of new born babies. If your child was born with a heart murmur and blockage would you want to know? Mother of two Lauren McAvoy's son, Cian, was discharged from the Ulster hospital despite having a major heart defect. The hospital says doctors have to make a decision between "giving information when it is necessary, and not scaring parents when it is not." But should parents not have a right to know?

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  • Grand National and whistling at work 13th April 2015

    Mon, 13 Apr 15

    36 mins

    22 days remaining

    The biggest date in the horse racing calendar. But is the sport actually on its last legs? We're debating the Grand National today and whether it should be banned on animal cruelty grounds. And could the days of whistling at work be coming to an end?

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  • Police burglary response & Living Wage Fri 10th April

    Fri, 10 Apr 15

    30 mins

    19 days remaining

    The PSNI have come under fire for their response to a burglary. The incident, which was caught on camera happened at an apartment in South Belfast. The Belfast Telegraph reports today that despite the fact that police were offered photographs taken by an eye witness it took a week for them to pick them up Stephen was joined by journalist and commentator Malachi O'Doherty who happened to be at the scene and took pictures of the suspect leaving the scene. Also on the podcast.... What should be done about low pay in N Ireland? A new survey says incomes here had the biggest fall out of anywhere in the UK last year. Typical household incomes were down 4% (£860), according to the research by the think-tank Resolution Foundation. It's been claimed there is a persistent problem of low pay in Northern Ireland. Can anything be done to tackle this? Stephen was joined by businessman and commentator Irwin Armstrong and Bumper Graham from the trade union NIPSA

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  • Monthly bin collections & actor slags off Belfast Thur 9th Apr

    Thu, 9 Apr 15

    51 mins

    18 days remaining

    Bin collection tends to be a controversial topic and that was the case when this show covered Banbridge Council switching to a monthly bin collection. The trial period is now over and the council is now the ABC supercouncil - that covers Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon who currently have no plans to introduce it. But an MLA for the area John McCalllister has hailed the trial as a success.... So should it come back and extended across other parts of N Ireland? Stephen was joined by John McCallister and DUP councillor for the area Carla Lockhart. Also on the podcast... Did you hear actor Kit Harrington's digs against Belfast on American TV? The actor who plays Jon Snow in Game of Thrones was on a chat show Late Night with Seth Meyer. He was asked about staying in Belfast when filiming here. What do you think - does he have a point? How would you promote Belfast? Brendan Mulgrew and businesswoman Emma Bricknell discuss

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  • Time to ease up on parking tickets? Wed 8th April

    Wed, 8 Apr 15

    53 mins

    17 days remaining

    Good news for people like Stephen - Government Ministers in England want more leniency over parking tickets. They've told traffic wardens to hand out more verbal warnings instead of fines for people who overstay parking! Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, claimed the move was part of a 'common sense approach to parking enforcement'. Would you like to see this here too or would it increase congestion in town and city centres? Are parking tickets a necessary evil? Stephen was joined by businessman Bill Jeffrey and commentator Andrea McVeigh. Also on the podcast... Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has been under fire after he described the kidnap and murder of Jean McConville as something that "happens in war". The Sinn Féin President made his comments in a US television programme a few days ago. Stephen gets the views of commentators Ruth Dudley Edwards and Jude Collins.

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