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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  • Disability Hate Crime and Pole Dancing

    Mon, 15 Sep 14

    Duration:
    17 mins

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    29 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

    Duration:
    71 mins

    Available:
    27 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

    Duration:
    17 mins

    Available:
    26 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

    Duration:
    16 mins

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    25 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

    Duration:
    35 mins

    Available:
    24 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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  • 08 September 2014 Foster Care in Northern Ireland

    Mon, 8 Sep 14

    Duration:
    15 mins

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    23 days remaining

    We've covered this topic a number of times on Talkback: fostering. But there are some shocking figures emerging today as a new study's revealed more than a third of children who are in foster care here have been separated from their brothers and sisters. The charity Action for Children, who carried out the study, said a shortage of carers was the reason why so many siblings were being separated. We spoke to a foster mum from Ballynahinch, the Director of the Fostering Network NI and heard your views too!

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  • E-cigarettes

    Fri, 5 Sep 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Available:
    20 days remaining

    New research suggests thousands of lives could be saved if smokers switch to e-cigarettes. The findings contradict recent warnings by both the World Health Organisation and the British Medical Association about the dangers of the devices. We spoke to Professor John Ashton, president of the UK Faculty of Public Health and, Clive Bates, a public health commentator and blogger, who runs a website for those interested in the science around e-cigarettes.

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  • Horsemeat scandal report

    Thu, 4 Sep 14

    Duration:
    16 mins

    Available:
    18 days remaining

    We speak to Professor Chris Elliott, the Director of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen's University, about his report into the 2013 horsemeat scandal. We also hear from butcher Michael McCormick.

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  • Ardoyne Fleadh Verdict

    Wed, 3 Sep 14

    Duration:
    8 mins

    Available:
    18 days remaining

    It's caused a storm in recent weeks. During a performance at the Ardoyne Fleadh the band 'the Druids' went on to tell soldiers and Orange Order members to go back to England. Today, the Public Prosecution Service say there are to be no prosecutions after complaints about the performance. The police say they conducted a "full and thorough investigation" and presented their evidence to the Public Prosecution Service, which advised that no criminal offence had been committed. We spoke to the Director of the Public Prosecution Service, Barry McCrory and got reaction from the SDLP's Alban Maginness and DUP councillor Lee Reynolds.

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  • 02 Sept 14: Online Safety

    Tue, 2 Sep 14

    Duration:
    26 mins

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    16 days remaining

    Online safety was our lead story today when we discussed the topic with experts, along with people who have been hacked.

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