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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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  • Jim Wells' gay abuse storm Fri 24th April

    Fri, 24 Apr 15

    54 mins

    29 days remaining

    A huge political storm today over comments by DUP Health Minister Jim Wells last night about gay marriage - linking it to children being at risk of abuse. In his apology this morning, Mr Wells says "The last few weeks have been extremely difficult for me personally. I had just come from a hospital visit and my focus was not on the debate. Indeed, during the event I received several messages from the hospital. He also says: "I accept that one line of what I said caused offence and deep concern amongst members of the audience and beyond. I regret having wrongly made that remark about abuse and I'm sorry those words were uttered. The comment did not reflect my view nor that of my party." Mr Wells was not available this morning. And the DUP was not putting anyone else up. We got reaction from SF's Chris Hazard, SDLP's Fearghal McKinney, UUP's Mike Nesbitt, Conservative's Felicity Buchan, Alliance Party's Stephen Farry, commentator Owen Jones and Rainbow Project's John O'Doherty

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  • TUV's Jim Allister Thur 23rd April

    Thu, 23 Apr 15

    40 mins

    28 days remaining

    A fortnight to go to the General Election. The parties are making their pitches for your votes and the Nolan Show is putting them on the spot about their promises to you. Today, it's the turn of the TUV. Its leader Jim Allister joined Stephen in the studio

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  • SDLP's Alban Maginness Wed 22nd April

    Wed, 22 Apr 15

    42 mins

    27 days remaining

    It's just over two weeks to the General Election. We're putting the parties and their promises under the microscope. The SDLP were with us today - Alban McGuinness joined Stephen in the studio.

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  • Strikes against Stormont back on agenda Tue 21st Apr

    Tue, 21 Apr 15

    27 mins

    26 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

    25 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

    22 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

    21 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

    20 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

    19 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

    18 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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