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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  • Health cuts

    Thu, 30 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

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    30 days remaining

    Fewer hospital beds, ward closures and minor injury units shutting - just a few of the cuts being imposed on health provision across Northern Ireland. Minor injury units are to close in Armagh, Whiteabbey and Bangor while the use of temporary staff such as agency and bank nurses is to be scaled right back. In spite of the cuts, the new Chief Executive of the Health board, Valerie Watts says patient safety remains a priority. We heard from our health correspondent Marie-Louise Connolly, and spoke to Bumper Graham (NIPSA), Anne Speed (UNISON), and received lots of audience reaction.

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  • Resident Parking

    Wed, 29 Oct 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

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    29 days remaining

    Parking in and around Belfast city centre has long been an emotive issue - workers and residents often clashing over who can park where - is it legal- and is it safe? The Transport Minister Danny Kennedy has announced a consultation on two resident parking schemes in south Belfast - one in the Lower Malone area and the other at College Park Avenue and Rugby Road. We sent our reporter Colletta Smith to find out more. We also spoke to Gerard Davidson, chair of the Markets Development Association.

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  • Taxi driving tests

    Tue, 28 Oct 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

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    28 days remaining

    From Friday of this week new taxi drivers will be required to pass a taxi driver theory and practical test. Those who have been working for years will have to take part in periodic training from September 2015. We spoke to chief driving examiner Brian Morrison, taxi driver Robert Mateer, William McCausland from Fonacab and caller John, an HGV driver from Dungannon.

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  • Flight to Canada

    Mon, 27 Oct 14

    Duration:
    32 mins

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    27 days remaining

    Imagine this scenario...you book your children to fly unaccompanied on a long-haul flight - pay extra for the solo service the airline provides. BUT then you receive a call that they haven't been put on the flight and it's a few hours before you know where they are or who they're with. Well that's what happened to two children- ten year old Ben and seven year old Shelby Hewitt who were due to fly from London to Canada. Their grandmother Irene, who's from Londonderry, had initially contacted the BBC's On Your Behalf programme. We heard from Irene, as well as child protection expert Jim Gamble and travel journalist Simon Calder.

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  • 24 10 Time to scrap the bus lanes?

    Fri, 24 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

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    24 days remaining

    Liverpool City Council have announced they are to axe their bus lanes after a year long trial without them. On Talkback today, Enda McClafferty asked guests if it was time for Belfast to do the same.

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  • 23 Oct 14 The Orangemen who meet in a GAA hall

    Thu, 23 Oct 14

    Duration:
    9 mins

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    23 days remaining

    A GAA club in Donegal has offered its premises to the local Orange lodge after its hall was destroyed in a fire. Orangemen in Newtowncunningham say they are delighted with the offer and have pledged to invite the local GAA club to the opening of their new hall once its built. Enda McClafferty speaks to treasurer of the local lodge, Stewart McClean.

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  • 22 Oct 14: Students to vote on united Ireland

    Wed, 22 Oct 14

    Duration:
    21 mins

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    Today on the programme we had a heated debate about a poll at Queen's University on a united Ireland.

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  • 21 Oct 14 Breakthrough in Paralysis treatment

    Tue, 21 Oct 14

    Duration:
    28 mins

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    21 days remaining

    It's being described as a "miracle" - a Bulgarian man whose spinal cord was sliced in a stabbing attack is able to walk again after undergoing pioneering stem-cell surgery in Poland. He is believed to be the first person in the world to recover from complete severing of the spinal nerves. The surgery came about as a result of years of fundraising by David Nicholls whose son Dan was left paralysed at 18

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  • 20 Oct 14: Living with and dealing with cancer

    Mon, 20 Oct 14

    Duration:
    38 mins

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    20 days remaining

    Today on "Talkback" we talked about living with and dealing with cancer diagnosis. It follows the death of actress Lynda Bellingham.

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  • 17Oct14:Age of Leaving Care

    Fri, 17 Oct 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

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    17 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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