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Best of Talkback

Talkback was Northern Ireland's first news phone-in programme and has been on air for more than 20 years. For many years it was a sounding board for the public to react and comment on the sectarian violence of the troubles and the development of the peace process. Today the agenda reflects the changing shape of Northern Ireland - topics like anti-social behaviour, hospital cleanliness and devolution issues are now high on the agenda. It is presented by Wendy Austin, one of NI's best known broadcasters.

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Recent episodes (10)

  • 22/9/15 Politics & Tennis

    Mon, 22 Sep 14

    23 mins

    30 days remaining

    The fall-out from the Scottish Referendum continues with a Conservative backbencher saying England needs its own parliament in Westminster if further powers are devolved to Scotland. We speak to historian, author and Labour peer Kenneth Morgan & Mark Durkan MP. Also the Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club, or Fitz as it's known, turns 100 and we talk to 2 of its graduates Cecil Pedlow and Catriona Ruane

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  • 19/9/2014

    Fri, 19 Sep 14

    54 mins

    27 days remaining

    So it was a no....that amazing exercise in democracy that was the Scottish referendum is over - but what happens next? David Camerom's promised a tight timetable for sweeping changes. Seamus McKee was live from Glasgow. We had local reaction - and of course the most important - your views.

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  • Talkback 18 Sept 14: The end of the tax disc

    Thu, 18 Sep 14

    26 mins

    26 days remaining

    They have adorned our car windscreens for generations but as of the start of next month, motorists will no longer be required to display a tax disc. A new system of automatic number plate detection is being introduced by the DVLA, however, it has been met with some criticism from those in the car industry...

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  • Talkback 17 Sept 14: Referendum countdown

    Wed, 17 Sep 14

    27 mins

    25 days remaining

    Talkback listeners may not have a vote, but this was your chance to have your say on the Scottish independence referendum...

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  • Talkback 16 Sept 14: Lorries in Hillsborough

    Tue, 16 Sep 14

    18 mins

    24 days remaining

    Residents in Hillsborough have called for a ban on heavy lorries driving through their streets. There are plans, within the next year, to place a weight restriction on vehicles entering the village. This was undoubtedly our most reactive story today...

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  • Disability Hate Crime and Pole Dancing

    Mon, 15 Sep 14

    17 mins

    23 days remaining

    We hear a lot about hate crime on Talkback - what about crimes against disabled people? It often goes unreported but it is happening here and a new disability hate crime advocacy service has been set up. It's the first in the UK and is run by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability NI. We spoke to Eilish Mulholland from the charity along with Michael Bailey who's used the advocacy service. Also on the programme, we hear from two pole dancing experts about the All Ireland Pole Dancing Championships which took place at Queen's University last night.

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  • Ian Paisley Tributes

    Fri, 12 Sep 14

    71 mins

    20 days remaining

    The former First Minister and ex-leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, the Reverend Ian Paisley, has died. A statement from his wife, Baroness Eileen Paisley, said her husband passed away this morning. The family said his funeral will be private and details of a public memorial for him will be given later. Lots of people contacted the Talkback programme to pay tribute to the former First Minister Ian Paisley.

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  • 11 September 2014 Scottish Referendum

    Thu, 11 Sep 14

    17 mins

    19 days remaining

    With only one week to go until the Scots go to the polls, we're taking a look at both the for and against arguments for Scottish independence. A new poll from Survation has suggested the "No" campaign holds a narrow lead - two previous polls suggested the race was neck and neck. We got the opposing sides from the former Scottish political editor of the Herald MURRAY RITCHIE and the author of The Scots Crisis of Confidence CAROL CRAIG.

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  • 10 September 14 Blood cancer awareness

    Wed, 10 Sep 14

    16 mins

    18 days remaining

    Blood cancer is one of those diseases we don't hear an awful lot about but today Leukaemia and Lymphoma NI, Northern Ireland's only dedicated charity for research into the diseases is introducing Blood Cancer Awareness Month. Every day, three people are diagnosed with a blood cancer here and the charity aims to raise awareness to help support research into the causes and possible cures. They also have a new patron, Professor Jim Dornan, who told us about the disease and is in remission from it himself.

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  • 09 September 2014 Stormont 'not fit for purpose'

    Tue, 9 Sep 14

    35 mins

    17 days remaining

    Welfare reform, the transfer test, the future of the Maze/Long Kesh site and crisis in the Health Budget - just some of the major issues which have yet to be resolved by our Government. But today we hear from our first Minister that the arrangements for devolved government are in his words "no longer fit for purpose" Peter Robinson says "weight of the issues to be resolved is such that it must be tackled in a St Andrews 2 setting with government involvement". So is Stormont really in crisis or is it just the style of government we have that leads to these stalemates? Would you welcome an election? What would it change if anything? How do you rate our system of government?

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