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.

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  • 17Oct14:Age of Leaving Care

    Fri, 17 Oct 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Available:
    28 days remaining

    There are almost three thousand children in care in Northern Ireland - but what happens to them when they reach the age of 18? We discuss this issue

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    Thu, 16 Oct 14

    Duration:
    21 mins

    Available:
    27 days remaining

    There've been calls for the Welfare Minister Lord Freud to resign for saying that some disabled people aren't worth the minimum wage. What do you think about what Lord Freud said? Is it unacceptable, flat out discrimination? Or isn't it that simple - has he raised an important question?

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  • Mairia Cahill

    Wed, 15 Oct 14

    Duration:
    24 mins

    Available:
    26 days remaining

    A woman has claimed the IRA forced her to confront her alleged rapist before forcing her into silence to protect the republican movement from her claims.

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  • children's heart services in Belfast end

    Tue, 14 Oct 14

    Duration:
    21 mins

    Available:
    25 days remaining

    The Health Minister has announced that children's heart surgery will move from Belfast to Dublin - we heard from him right at the end of the programme, as well as from a campaigner, a parent and our own BBC NI health correspondent, Marie-Louise Connolly.

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  • Another week, another hate crime.

    Mon, 13 Oct 14

    Duration:
    20 mins

    Available:
    24 days remaining

    This weekend, the home of a Pakistani family was attacked, not for the first time. The police have had a specific hate crimes unit since May and we asked them: in five months, how many arrests have they made?

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  • The Borrowers

    Fri, 10 Oct 14

    Duration:
    17 mins

    Available:
    21 days remaining

    They're calling him the Wonga chancellor - George Osborne is lending us £100 million to allow The Executive to allocate extra cash to other departments. It may have given us a bit of breathing space but it looks like our public servants could be in the firing line next to make big budget savings. We spoke to the general secretary of the public sector union NIPSA Brian Campfield, but first our Business and Economic Editor John Campbell put the story in context.

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  • Bullying bosses

    Thu, 9 Oct 14

    Duration:
    11 mins

    Available:
    20 days remaining

    A study has found that employees who felt bullied by their boss were more likely to become lazy and take longer breaks. We spoke to Bro McFerran, the managing director of Allstate NI, Geraldine Alexander from the public sector union NIPSA, and management trainer Fiona Dent.

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  • Gallahers closure reaction

    Wed, 8 Oct 14

    Duration:
    23 mins

    Available:
    19 days remaining

    Staff at Gallaher's cigarette plant in Ballymena have been given three days off to absorb yesterday's news that the factory is to close in 2017 with the loss of almost 900 jobs. We spoke to the DUP MEP Diane Dodds and the chief executive of Manufacturing Northern Ireland, Stephen Kelly.

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  • Paying for parade policing

    Tue, 7 Oct 14

    Duration:
    27 mins

    Available:
    18 days remaining

    One senior police officer told the Belfast Telegraph that the PSNI is considering making organisers foot the bill for policing parades. We spoke to policing board members, Dolores Kelly of the SDLP and the DUP's Jonathan Craig, as well as Dr Dominic Bryan from Queen's University.

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  • Ex-prisoners losing jobs

    Mon, 6 Oct 14

    Duration:
    36 mins

    Available:
    17 days remaining

    Three former life prisoners have been sacked from their jobs at a locksmiths in Belfast after an investigation by the Sunday Life newspaper. They lost their jobs even though their former employer, Timpson, has a history of working with and employing former prisoners. We asked if ex-prisoners, who have served their time, should be entitled to the same job opportunities and employment rights as the rest of us?

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