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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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  • Controversial Pastor, James McConnell, retires & Ashya King debate continues 2nd Septmeber 2014

    Tue, 2 Sep 14

    49 mins

    30 days remaining

    Controversial Pastor James McConnell is to step down from the Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle. DUP MP Sammy Wilson has strongly defended him saying he suffered a media witch hunt. Earlier this year Pastor McConnell hit the headlines when he called Islam "heathen" and "satanic". Plus, the Spanish lawyer representing the parents of Ashya King has told the BBC they will be taking legal action against Southampton General Hospital. Brett and Naghemeh King are currently being held by police in Spain after taking their five year old son out of the hospital where he was being treated for a brain tumour. The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg joined mounting calls for the family to be reunited. He said it doesn't seem appropriate for the "full force of the law" to be thrown at them.

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  • IRA ceasefire remembered 1st Septmeber 2014

    Mon, 1 Sep 14

    54 mins

    29 days remaining

    It's twenty years since the IRA announced its first major ceasefire. The announcement was greeted by republican celebrations - and deep suspicions among unionists. Two decades on and Stormont has returned, with the DUP and Sinn Fein heading a power sharing executive. But how should the 1994 ceasefire be judged? Defeat dressed up as victory for the IRA? Or a major step forward for republicans?

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  • Health crisis gets deeper Fri 29th July

    Fri, 29 Aug 14

    81 mins

    26 days remaining

    Potential cuts to the health service could be "catastrophic" to patient care. That's the stark warning from one of Northern Ireland's leading GPs. Doctor Tom Black, who is chair of the GP committee in the British Medical Association, says he has "never seen anything as threatening for the health service". He was speaking after details of a letter from the Health Minister Edwin Poots were revealed.

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  • Just what is the law on speed camera detectors? Thu 28 Aug

    Thu, 28 Aug 14

    50 mins

    25 days remaining

    Danny got in touch with us about the police removing a device from his car which detects speed cameras as well as informing you what the speed limit should be. This is an incredible story, have a listen and tell us what you make of this. It brought huge reaction on the show. Stephen began by asking Danny what happened to him. In the podcast we also hear from PSNI Superintendent Gerry Murray, Head of Road Policing and we get your reaction to Danny's experience.

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  • Storm over health cuts continues Wed 27th Aug

    Wed, 27 Aug 14

    49 mins

    24 days remaining

    Where next for the cutbacks crisis facing our health service? Last week Health Minister Edwin Poots dropped the bombshell news on this programme that he is at least £ 60 million short, putting vital services at risk - but that he was refusing to implement cuts that would "destroy our health service". This show also revealed the Chief Medical Officer had "profound concerns at the serious consequences for the wider population and the quality of health and social care services". Other Stormont parties rounded on Edwin Poots after his warnings. The DUP Health Minister joins us again today in the studio, and the Education Minister, Sinn Fein's John O'Dowd. Also on the podcast - imagine you are in such discomfort & pain that you feel like you're 'dying from the inside out'. They're the words of Cathy who is waiting for an endoscopy. Despite this, she's been told the wait is 9 weeks for an appointment.

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  • Ardoyne Fleadh outburst row Tues 26th Aug

    Tue, 26 Aug 14

    41 mins

    23 days remaining

    The north Belfast festival row. A nationalist band says Orangemen should clear off back to England. What does this mean for the Ardoyne Fleadh? Police are investigating a complaint that this outburst at a north Belfast festival amounts to a hate crime. The remarks were made on stage by the band The Druids at the Ardoyne Fleadh on Sunday night. The DUP are calling for action. We get the views of DUP Belfast City Councillor Guy Spence, SDLP MLA Alban Maginness, Alliance Councillor Nuala McAllister and we take your calls

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  • Monthly black bin collections & bus workers strike

    Mon, 25 Aug 14

    56 mins

    22 days remaining

    Once a month bin collections. There was a massive reaction when we brought you that story last Friday. Banbridge Council are starting a once every four week collection to encourage rate payers to recycle more. And we can reveal this morning that Coleraine council are also considering a move to monthly bin collections. Now the Environment Minister, Mark Durkan, has given the idea his blessing. In a statement to the Nolan show he said "The Department welcomes any initiative aimed at reducing the amount of waste we send to landfill and at increasing the proportion we recycle." We hear from Barry Patience, the Head of Technical Services at the council and SDLP councillor Seamus Doyle. Also on the podcast... Bus workers have said they have run out of road after pay talks with Translink collapsed - and will now be "forced" to take strike action. An initial offer of a one per cent pay rise was turned down, but now that offer has been withdrawn anyway because of budget cuts.

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  • An interview with the late Gerry Anderson 22nd August 2014

    Fri, 22 Aug 14

    30 mins

    19 days remaining

    Today's Friday interview is with Gerry Anderson from 2011. Gerry had popped into the Nolan studio just before Christmas in 2011.

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  • Tributes to Gerry Anderson 21st August 2014

    Thu, 21 Aug 14

    37 mins

    18 days remaining

    Today we are woke up to the sad news that Gerry Anderson passed away last night after a long illness. He was 69. This podcast pays tribute to Gerry , a friend, a colleague and one of the best, most original broadcasters this part of the world has ever produced. Our thoughts and sympathies today are with his family and close friends. I'll remember Gerry as a really supportive friend. He'd come on the air at 10.30 every morning and make a fool out of me And he made my jaw drop all the time by how good he was, how clever, cheeky, irreverent. One of a kind.

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  • Alleged child sex assault in east Belfast 20th August 2014

    Wed, 20 Aug 14

    29 mins

    17 days remaining

    WARNING - GRAPHIC CONTENT A father has contacted the Nolan show to say the police have totally let him down after he says his daughter was sexually assualted. His daughter was 6. He says a paedophile is still at large and the police are not doing enough about it. claims that it took police more than an hour to respond to a sex assault on his six year old daughter and her two friends. The incident took place in East Belfast on Monday 4th August. The angry father says that despite three 999 calls being made,police were slow to respond. Just to warn you there are some sexual descriptions in this interview that some people may find upsetting. We have re-voiced the interview, to protect the identities of those involved.

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