Talkback with William Crawley

Talkback with William Crawley

A chance to hear the highlights of Talkback. William Crawley and guests discuss the news headlines, chat to the people making them and ask you, the audience, what you think? The full programme is available on BBC iPlayer Radio.

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  • 17 Dec 2014 Buffer zones at family planning clinics?

    Wed, 17 Dec 14

    32 mins

    30 days remaining

    The pro-life campaigner Bernie Smith has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service and fined £2,000 for harassing the director of the Marie Stopes family planning clinic, Dawn Purvis. Dawn joined us on Talkback to tell us about her experiences and to discuss the court case. We also heard from Ruth Rawlins from the pro-life group Abort67 and took your calls.

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  • Talkback 16 Dec 14: Compulsory Voting

    Tue, 16 Dec 14

    30 mins

    29 days remaining

    We're always hearing about the problem of voter apathy, so is it time we made voting in all elections compulsory? Twenty-two different countries have already introduced it... Today we examined why our political parties are opposed to the idea.

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  • Talkback 15 Dec 14: Casement permission "unlawful"

    Mon, 15 Dec 14

    29 mins

    28 days remaining

    A judge ruled today that the Environment Minister Mark H. Durkan acted unlawfully in granting planning permission for the GAA's new stadium at Casement Park in west Belfast. It's a win for those local residents opposed to the development, but where does it now leave the GAA and their £77m redevelopment?

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  • 12 December 2014 Stormont talks

    Fri, 12 Dec 14

    53 mins

    25 days remaining

    The only agreement coming out of Stormont this lunchtime seems to be this: the talks are in trouble. The Prime Minister and Taoiseach have gone home. And there are definite signs that the blame game has already begun. Can a deal still be done? We'll have the latest from Stormont.

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  • Talkback 11 Dec 14: Seven years for pensioner burglars

    Thu, 11 Dec 14

    30 mins

    24 days remaining

    Is it time to get tough on those who burgle pensioners? Today we debated the proposal by DUP MP William McCrea that they should face a minimum prison sentence of seven years.

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  • Talkback 10 Dec 14: Educational apartheid

    Wed, 10 Dec 14

    29 mins

    23 days remaining

    We're very proud of our educational system here in Northern Ireland... This is despite the fact that we educate our children at separate schools and train our teachers at separate faith colleges. So is this "educational apartheid", as it's been described, anything to be proud of?

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  • Talkback 09 Dec 14: Can't cook, won't cook

    Tue, 9 Dec 14

    21 mins

    22 days remaining

    Our top story today: Can't cook, won't cook... The Tory peer who's in trouble for saying "poor people don't know how to cook", but does she have a point?

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  • Talkback 08 Dec 14: Christ on Christmas cards

    Mon, 8 Dec 14

    18 mins

    21 days remaining

    The SDLP chair of Banbridge District Council made headlines today because her Christmas card specifically mentions Christ. We are an increasingly diverse society so should Christmas cards from public bodies be religion-free zones? That was our lead discussion today and it proved very reactive...

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  • Talkback 05 Dec 14: Church breaks adoption agency ties

    Fri, 5 Dec 14

    25 mins

    18 days remaining

    Our top story today was the news that the Catholic Church is to end its relationship with an adoption agency it founded here because the law now requires that adoption agencies must accept applications from gay and unmarried couples. The church says that's inconsistent with its firmly held Christian beliefs and that this is a further marginalisation of the church from public life...

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  • Talkback 04 Dec 14: No surgery for smokers

    Thu, 4 Dec 14

    31 mins

    17 days remaining

    If you're a smoker in Devon hoping to have some routine surgery on the NHS, you're out of luck... The NHS there have announced that they will not be providing that surgery for smokers or people who are obese. We expect our doctors to take care of us, but should they really be telling us how to live our lives?

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