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              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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              • Damning collusion allegations broadcast by BBC Panorama

                Fri, 29 May 15

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                69 mins

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                Security forces in the dock. Damning collusion allegations broadcast by BBC Panorama. Former police ombudsman Baroness Nuala O'Loan said state agents were allowed to get away with murder. One of the cases featured on the programme last night was the LVF killing of Sunday World journalist Martin O'Hagan in 2001. Panorama revealed that the O'Hagan family have now put up a £50,000 reward for information on the murder. Martin's brother Fintan joined Nolan. Commentator and former Sinn Fein publicity chief Danny Morrison and former detective superintendent and crime advisor Alan Mains MLA and former policing board member Basil McCrea and Mark Thompson, Director of relatives for Justice also join the discussion.

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              • Special interview with Chief Constable George Hamilton.

                Thu, 28 May 15

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                Special interview with Chief Constable George Hamilton.

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              • Stormont welfare stalemate

                Wed, 27 May 15

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                Stormont on the brink. As expected, the controversial Welfare Reform Bill has been defeated. We're told that means a massive black hole in the budget. And there's political stalemate on what to do next. Will a civil servant have to take charge and impose massive cuts. Or will London step in, strip welfare powers from Stormont and impose the controversial benefit reforms over the heads of MLAs? Sinn Fein MLA John O'Dowd and Commentator Seamus Close join Nolan.

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              • Welfare and the marathon man

                Tue, 26 May 15

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                It's decision day at Stormont. MLAs are due to vote on the welfare reform bill today.It seems the crunch vote will go ahead, despite Peter Robinson's admission to hospital with a suspected heart attack.The DUP says the welfare reform legislation has to be passed, to avoid a massive budget black hole crisis. But Sinn Fein and the SDLP have vowed to block it. So has the crisis finally arrived. And Sometimes in life, remarkable things come from devastating events. In November 2014 Philip Anderson buired his mother, Brigid and wife, Mary, within days of each other. Mary was just 40 years old and had been diagnosed with brain cancer in 2002. Philip has decided to take on a remarkable challenge in order to keep his wife's memory alive, he's running a marathon every week this year. Our reporter, Nicola Weir, went to meet Philip and his 10 year old son, Peter, at their home in Coalisland. And a warning that some listeners might find this interview upsetting.

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              • Ireland says yes to gay marriage. Is Northern Ireland being left behind? Mon 25th May

                Mon, 25 May 15

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                The Republic of Ireland has made history by becoming the first country in the world to introduce gay marriage by popular vote, with 62.1% of voters backing the reform giving same-sex couples the right to marry. A total of 1,201,607 votes were cast in favour, while 734,300 votes were cast against. And the Taoiseach Enda Kennedy hailed the result as "a piece of history" after the Yes campaign secured a resounding victory to enshrine the right in the country's constitution.

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              • Welfare reform & gay cake row Fri 22nd May

                Fri, 22 May 15

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                Who blinks first in the the Stormont welfare crisis? Yesterday this show revealed the warning from Finance Minister Arlene Foster of a potential £2.8 billion budget black hole. That's if the Assembly rejects the welfare reform bill next Tuesday. Strip away all the technical talk - a £2.8 billion black hole means a meltdown - Ministers resigning, government falling. Writing in the Belfast Telegraph today, DUP First Minister Peter Robinson says the stakes could not be higher. Stephen talks to SDLP MLA Fearghal McKinney, Sinn Fein's Conor Murphy and the DUP's Sammy Wilson. Also on the podcast... Earlier this week the Ashers gay cake row came to a head when a judge ruled the Christian-run bakery discriminated against a gay customer. Now some of those who were critical of Ashers have started an online campaign urging Tesco not to sell the bakery's products. Stephen talks to commentator Krix Nixon and Peter Lynas from the Evangelical Alliance

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              • Finance Minister warns of £2.8bn black hole Thu 21st May

                Thu, 21 May 15

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                Breaking story on the Nolan Show this morning... DUP Finance Minister Arlene Foster has circulated a really stark document to Ministerial colleagues . It's all about the massive fall-out if Stormont can't agree on welfare reform. Tuesday is the deadline for that. This memo - we're calling it the doomsday document - paints a nightmare scenario of a senior civil servant imposing a budget with a £2.8 billion shortfall. What would that mean? That would be our devolved government falling apart. It just wouldn't be sustainable. We had plenty of reaction this morning. Stephen spoke to commentator Seamus Close, political editor of the Belfast Telegraph Liam Clarke BBC NI economics and business editor, John Campbell, Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson, NI21's Basil McCrea and we took your calls

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              • Stormont crisis over welfare reform Thurs 20th May

                Wed, 20 May 15

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                Yet more warnings of the Assembly collapsing over welfare reform. We've been hearing similar threats for sometime. First Minister Peter Robinson is now saying Stormont could fall next week if a solution can't be found. So Peter Robinson says if the Welfare bill isn't passed he will ask the government to take back welfare powers. Stephen talks to DUP MP Sammy Wilson, Sinn Fein's Conor Murphy, Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry from the Alliance party, BBC's Economics and Business editor John Campbell and we took your calls

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              • Prince Charles meets Gerry Adams Tues 19th May

                Tue, 19 May 15

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                Later today Prince Charles will meet Gerry Adams during his visit to Ireland. It's being seen as another huge milestone in the road to peace and reconciliation here. The meeting will be the first in the Republic between the Sinn Féin leadership and a member of the Royal Family. It comes after the Queen shook hands with Martin McGuinness in Belfast three years ago. Some republicans have objected to the meeting because Prince Charles is Colonel-in-Chief of the parachute regiment. Members of it shot dead 14 people in Bloody Sunday and were involved in the Ballymurphy shootings in 1971. There's also hurt on the Royal family's side as the IRA murdered Prince charles great-uncle, Lord Mountbatten in 1979. Stephen gets the views of John Teggart, his father Daniel was one of those killed by the parachute regiment in Ballymurphy, TUV leader Jim Allister, commentators Ruth Dudley Edwards and Jude Collins and we took your calls

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              • Deaf sisters hit out at concert promoter Mon 18th May

                Mon, 18 May 15

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                A storm is brewing over the upcoming One Direction concert at the Odyssey Arena. Sisters Sara and Lisa Kelly are deaf and - after booking tickets for the event, asked the promoter to provide a signer on the stage. Aiken - the concerts promoter - said no. Stephen spoke to Sarah and her sister Lisa before we came on air, via an interpreter.

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