Best of Talkback

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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  • Fracking in Fermanagh

    Tue, 30 Sep 14

    25 mins

    30 days remaining

    Fracking has dominated the headlines over recent months and as Minister Arlene Foster is due to make her decision on whether or not to extend Tamboran's licence for exploration we ask if you would accept money to allowing fracking in your area.

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  • Meningitis warning

    Mon, 29 Sep 14

    10 mins

    29 days remaining

    The Department of Health has warned freshers to get vaccinated against meningitis. Kathleen Hawkins told us how the disease led to both her legs being amputated, when she was in her first year of university. Noel Thompson was in the presenter's chair.

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  • Talkback 26 Sept 14: Wendy's last day on Talkback

    Fri, 26 Sep 14

    5 mins

    26 days remaining

    There wasn't a dry eye in the studio as Wendy presented her last Talkback. This was our tribute...

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  • Talkback 25 Sept 14: Taxi firm in condom giveaway

    Thu, 25 Sep 14

    38 mins

    25 days remaining

    Two very different stories on the podcast today: A Belfast taxi firm is giving away condoms as students return after the summer holidays, and the mystery owner of an old army trunk full of photographs, clothes, books and letters...

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  • Wasp nest drama

    Wed, 24 Sep 14

    9 mins

    24 days remaining

    Imagine this - you are collecting your children from primary school when all of you are attacked by a nest of wasps. You get stung, but you manage to get the family into the car and drive away, only to collapse behind the wheel on Belfast's Upper Newtownards Road. That's what happened to John Funston. We heard from John and our reporter Mervyn Jess spoke to the two heros of the day, his children Ruby, 9 and six year-old Jake who saved his life.

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  • Talkback 23 Sept 14: Voting age

    Tue, 23 Sep 14

    1 min

    23 days remaining

    Give 16-year-olds the vote... That's what Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, is calling for in all future elections. Sixteen and 17-year-olds in Scotland had a vote in the recent independence referendum, but is there any appetite among teenagers in NI to engage in politics? Would reducing the voting age from 18 to 16 make a difference here?

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  • 22/9/15 Politics & Tennis

    Mon, 22 Sep 14

    23 mins

    22 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

    19 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

    18 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

    17 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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