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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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Recent episodes (10)

  • MLA pay freeze until 2021? Fri 27th Mar

    Fri, 27 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

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    29 days remaining

    Should our MLAs get a pay rise after next year's election? A public consultation starts today asking that very question. The last boost to our politicians pay was in 2013. Then they got a whooping 11 % increase. Although they hadn't had an increase for over a decade before that. At the moment an ordinary Assembly member gets £48,000 a year. That's twice the average wage. Should they get more between 2016 and 2021? Should they get the same? Or should they get less? Nicola hears from Pat McCartan, Chairman of the Independent Financial Review Panel - they set the pay, allowances and pensions of MLAs and she gets the views of former MLA Seamus Close and Former Lib Dem MP Lembit Opik. Also on the podcast... Poor Stephen coughed and spluttered his way through yesterday's broadcast so we've sent him home to his mummy, who's probably feeding him chicken soup while he reclines in satin sheets and silk pyjamas - so Nicola Weir took over today, country girl extraodinaire.

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  • End of the road for Clarkson Thurs 26th Mar

    Thu, 26 Mar 15

    Duration:
    36 mins

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    28 days remaining

    After weeks of speculation it was announced yesterday that the, "Top Gear" presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been axed by the BBC. The Director-general Tony Hall said the decision had been taken with "great regret" but that Clarkson's attack on show producer Oisin Tymon meant "a line has been crossed". He went on to say the BBC must now look to renew Top Gear for 2016. So was it the right decision by the BBC? Can the Top Gear brand survive without Clarkson? Stephen was joined by Perry McCarthy who was the original Stig on the show, broadcaster Eamon Keane and commentator Heidi McAlpin. Also on the podcast... A Nolan Show investigation has revealed staggering figures of wages being paid to locum doctors - in the last year £32.3million was spent. Why is so much being spent on locum doctors and can the NHS afford figures like this? Stephen was joined by Shehnaz Somjee chair of the Locum Doctors Association, SDLP MLA Fearghal McKinney and the PUP's Dr John Kyle who is a GP

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  • Should taxpayers foot bill for tattoo removals? Wed 25th Mar

    Wed, 25 Mar 15

    Duration:
    29 mins

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    27 days remaining

    Should the health service ever pay for people to have their tattoos removed? A Nolan Show investigation has revealed that 1,233 people in Northern Ireland have had tattoos removed since 2010 at a cost of thousands. So you pay for a permanent picture or name or slogan on your skin. Sometime down the line you think, I don't like that anymore. Should other taxpayers foot the bill to have it removed? Is Northern Ireland different because maybe people got paramilitary tattoos when they were young and regretted it when they were older? Stephen gets the views of commentators Andrea McVeigh and Bishop Stephen Lowe. Also on the podcast.... Nolan listener Steven got in touch with us, he is a landlord and isn't happy with the PSNI as he was landed with a £1,500 bill after police raid on one of his properties.

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  • Chalk-gate Day Two & On The Run Letters Tues 24th Mar

    Tue, 24 Mar 15

    Duration:
    53 mins

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    26 days remaining

    On yesterdays show you called in your hundreds to talk about Christoff - the local artist fined £80 by Belfast City Council for drawing the word LOVE on the footpath. We went to the Belfast City council again. Guess what - Christoff was the only one to receive a fine last year. Stephen talks to Christoff again and we hear from Belfast City Cllr Jim Rodgers and took your calls. Also on the podcast... They were described by Peter Robinson as get out of jail free cards. The controversial On the Runs Scheme saw more than 180 republicans sent letters telling them they weren't wanted by the police. The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee launched an inquiry after one of the letters led to the collapse of a trial into the IRA's Hyde Park bombings. The findings were just published this morning. Stephen was joined in studio by BBC Ireland Correspondent Chris Buckler and we heard from DUP's Gregory Campbell and Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly

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  • Chalk-gate - man fined for writing on pavement Mon 23rd Mar

    Mon, 23 Mar 15

    Duration:
    40 mins

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    A local man has been fined for 'defacement' by Belfast City Council after he drew the word 'love' in chalk on footpaths around the city. Christoff Gillen - is an artist and he joined Stephen this morning to tell him what happened. We also heard from Belfast City Councillor Jim Rodgers and we took your calls

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  • Contraceptive implant for 11 year old 20th March 2015

    Fri, 20 Mar 15

    Duration:
    25 mins

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    22 days remaining

    A girl as young as 11 has been given a contraceptive implant in Northern Ireland, a Nolan Show investigation can reveal. In all there have been 600 young girls under the age of 16 - that is under the legal age of consent - who have had the implants in the past five years. So what does this say about our attitudes to sex here in Northern Ireland? Are young people beginning sexual relationships too early - and even if they are, is taking precautions against teenage pregnancies not a wise move? Finola Meredith and Peter Lynas from the Evangelical Alliance

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  • Pension for severely injured in Troubles 19th March 2015

    Thu, 19 Mar 15

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    21 days remaining

    Stormont pension plans for people severely injured during the Troubles are in the headlines. But how far should they go to include former paramilitaries who were left disabled by violence themselves? The Belfast telegraph is reporting that ex terrorists could be in line for one hundred and fifty pounds a week if they were paralysed or lost a limb

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  • Historic pact or sectarian carve up? 18th March 2015

    Wed, 18 Mar 15

    Duration:
    28 mins

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    Chris Buckler stands in for Stephen Nolan. Historic unionist pact or a sectarian carve up? The DUP and UUP announced yesterday they are to field agreed candidates in four general election constituencies. The move is seen as one of the most significant electoral pacts in years. The DUP will step aside for the UUP in Fermanagh and South Tyrone and Newry and Armagh. The UUP will return the compliment in East Belfast and North Belfast. Sinn Féin has now called on the SDLP to form a similar arrangement. But that's been turned down already. East Belfast Alliance MP Naomi Long, DUP's Gregory Campbell and Gerry Kelly from Sinn Fein discuss

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  • DUP partnership warning 17 March 2015

    Tue, 17 Mar 15

    Duration:
    32 mins

    Available:
    19 days remaining

    The DUP are hoping to hold the keys to Downing Street after the General Election. Opinion polls are predicting a hung parliament, and Peter Robinson's party will be up for a deal if this happens. But Labour and the Tories have been warned against any post election agreement with the DUP. An article in the political magazine the New Statesman claims "the DUP hold some views which if in government would be embarrassing to any partner." But would the DUP be acceptable to the big beast Westminster parties if it meant they got into power? Conservative MP Crispin Blunt and DUP MP Sammy Wilson

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  • The Stormont House Disagreement? Mon 16th Mar

    Mon, 16 Mar 15

    Duration:
    25 mins

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    18 days remaining

    It's a week since Sinn Fein rocked Stormont by dropping its support for welfare reform legislation. Talks are ongoing to resolve the welfare stalemate, which threatens the Assembly's future. Critics claim Sinn Fein is concentrating on the Republic, where other parties are accusing it of double standards. It denies being anti-cuts in the Republic while imposing cuts north of the border at the same time. Stephen gets the views of Thomas Byrne, a Fianna Fail Senator in the Republic, Sinn Fein Dublin councillor Eoin Ó Broin and we get analysis from BBC News NI Economics & Business Editor John Campbell

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