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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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  • MLAs' expenses row 26th November 2014

    Wed, 26 Nov 14

    Duration:
    82 mins

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    It's not a good day for Stormont and the reputation of our politicians. MLA expenses are back in the headlines, after the second part of a special investigation by BBC's Spotlight team. Last night's programme reported that Sinn Féin MLAs claimed £700,000 in expenses over 10 years for research from a company run by the party's finance managers. Spotlight was not able to find any evidence of research by that company. There were also revelations about other parties - including DUP expenses for thousands of stamps, as well as i-pads, heating oil, MLAs employing relatives and office rental costs.

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  • Adams' Unionist swearing controversy 25th November 2014

    Tue, 25 Nov 14

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    81 mins

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    Gerry Adams and a foul mouthed attack on unionists. The Sinn Fein leader is under fire for this use of bad language. Is that how Sinn Fein sees unionists? Is 'breaking the bs' how they'll build a shared future, a new Ireland?

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  • Gregory Campbell sparks another row after ‘toilet paper’ remarks 24th Novemeber 2014

    Mon, 24 Nov 14

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    35 mins

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    The DUP's Gregory Campbell has sparked another huge row over the Irish language. Earlier this month he was accused of disrespect with his "curry my yoghurt" remarks in the Assembly. At his party conference at the weekend he walked on stage with a yoghurt pot and said the DUP will never agree to an Irish Language Act, calling Sinn Fein's wish list "toilet paper". We get the views of Sinn Fein's John O'Dowd

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  • Should Ched Evans be given a second chance?

    Fri, 21 Nov 14

    Duration:
    31 mins

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    The pressure has got too much for Sheffield united. They've told convicted rapist Ched Evans he can't now use their training facilities. The football club had been heavily criticised for agreeing to allow Evans to train at the club after his release from prison. Support for Evans is in short supply. Some of Sheffield United's patrons have resigned. And Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill says she wants her name removed from one of the Bramall Lane stands should he play for the club again. So where does that leave Evans who wants to resume his professional football career? Luke Gittos who is a solicitor and Legal Editor for Spiked Online and commentator and feminist Kate Smurthwaite.

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  • Tina Calder & Lee Kane discuss anti-bullying week

    Thu, 20 Nov 14

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    17 mins

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    Last nights 'Journey of a Lifetime' on BBC 1 saw Stephen spend time with local actor Charlie Lawson. In the programme he admitted he had bullied others during his time in boarding school. Well this week is Anti-bullying week - but what is your experience of bullying? We hear from commentator and journalist Tina Calder and Lee Kane from the NI Anti-bullying Forum

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  • Distressed mother's plea over delay in 'urgent' MRI scan

    Wed, 19 Nov 14

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    15 mins

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    A distressed mother contacted the Nolan Show this week. Carlene Curran was at her wits end.... Her 14 month old daughter, Sadie, had a minor fall at the family home in Portadown earlier this month but following a trip to Craigavon Area Hospital she was told the toddler may have a bone infection and needed an urgent MRI scan. However, nearly two weeks on and numerous calls to the Royal Victoria Hospital, the family is still waiting for that urgent appointment. Our reporter, Nicola Weir, spoke to Carlene about their ordeal and the torturous wait for answers. We also get reaction from DUP Upper Bann MP David Simpson

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  • Adam Gilmour's grieving mother speaks about tragic death

    Tue, 18 Nov 14

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    15 mins

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    Exactly a week ago today Sarah Gilmour's life was changed forever when she and her children were struck by a car on their morning walk to school in Cloughmills. Sarah's eight-year-old son Adam was tragically killed in the accident that has left her in a wheelchair and facing months of intensive physiotherapy in the hope that she will walk again. Little Adam was laid to rest on Sunday and his devastated mum says this should never had happened - just weeks ago she warned her education board her family would be wiped out if her kids could not get picked up by a school bus instead of the dangerous walk along a rural road with no footpath.

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  • Protest over Dalriada hospital closure Mon 17th Nov

    Mon, 17 Nov 14

    Duration:
    53 mins

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    A protest at Stormont this morning over the closure of Dalriada Hospital will be joined by Sinn Fein. Daithi McKay will join community groups calling on DUP Health Minister Jim Wells to save the hospital. But the SDLP say it was Sinn Fein and DUP who agreed the budget that sounded the death knell for Dalriada in the first place. And last week the DUP's Alex Easton pledged to find the money to save Bangor Hospital which is also facing closure due to cuts. Also on the podcast... Dalriada and Bangor hospitals are victims of the cuts, there are others and could be more - so should we pay more ourselves to reduce the impact on vital public services? Would you be prepared to pay water charges and higher rates bills if it meant shorter hospital waiting times and more police officers on patrol? What about bringing back prescription charges, hiking student tuition fees or increasing rents charged by Housing Executive and housing associations?

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  • Alan Cumming 14th November 2014

    Fri, 14 Nov 14

    Duration:
    17 mins

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    Today's Big Friday Interview guest is the multi-award winning star of stage and screen, Alan Cumming. To his many fans he is a strong and confident actor who has been called 'one of the most fun people in show business'. But his larger than life persona is a world apart from his upbringing. Alan had a troubled childhood and suffered at the hands of his violent and abusive dad. He opens up about the anguish in his memoir Not My Father's Son and he joins me on the line live right now.

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  • Student fees and Christmas ads 13th November 2014

    Thu, 13 Nov 14

    Duration:
    38 mins

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    Should Stormont hike up student fees to help with the financial burden from budget cuts? Finance Minister Simon Hamilton has said he would consider an 'increase in student fees that would go to support the higher education sector, through some of the difficulties it is going to have in the next financial year.' Should we protect the workforce of tomorrow? Or is it right that those who decide they want further education - pay for it? What have penguins, nurses and war got in common? They all feature in this year's big Christmas TV adverts. Do you have a favourite? Or is it all getting a bit out of hand?

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