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14/04/2014

Breaking news and hard-hitting talk as Joel Taggart gets you talking about the big stories of the day.

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Attracting Catholics to unionism. Is that a realistic goal? And is the union at risk if it doesn't happen?

Attracting Catholics to unionism. Is that a realistic goal? And is the union at risk if it doesn't happen?

The First Minister Peter Robinson has told members of the DUP they need to seek out converts to unionism.

He was speaking at the party's spring conference in Newcastle on Saturday.

Mr Robinson said demographic changes could not be wished away and ignoring them would be, what he termed, "constitutionally dangerous".

The DUP leader said the test of success for unionist parties would be in stopping to look for Lundies and starting to look for converts.

Attracting Catholics to Unionism - Realistic goal or mission impossible?

Roy Garland says unionists need to do more to build a shared future

 

A sit-in protest at a West Belfast GAA club. We have the latest from the bid to halt a demolition.

A sit-in protest at a West Belfast GAA club. We have the latest from the bid to halt a demolition.

Members of the Casement Park social club at the GAA stadium in West Belfast are occupying the building in an attempt to stop its demolition.

The social club members had been heading for the courts over its proposed demolition - until a last-minute deal was struck.

But the members began a sit in at the weekend after receiving a letter from the Antrim GAA board on Friday telling them to vacate the premises by today. They say they will maintain a 24 hour a day presence until the situation is resolved.

 

Should defendants in sexual offence cases have their identities protected until they are found guilty?

Should defendants in sexual offence cases have their identities protected until they are found guilty?

Last week former Commons deputy speaker, Nigel Evans, was cleared of a string of sexual offences against men, including one count of rape. The MP broke down in tears when the not guilty verdicts were read out. He described the past eleven months as 'hell' and said he wanted to return to his parliamentary work.

He has called for a review of anonymity rules which allowed his seven accusers to keep their identities secret.

But should defendants in sexual offence cases have their identities protected until they are found guilty? Does the stigma stay with them regardless of the outcome? Or could anonymity in some cases - prevent further victims coming forward?

Former head of the UK's Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, Jim Gamble and commentator Christine Hamilton discuss

And are Belfast's surging house prices good news? Is there a risk of the rest of NI being left behind?

And are Belfast's surging house prices good news? Is there a risk of the rest of NI being left behind?

House prices in Northern Ireland have risen for the 10th consecutive month according to the latest survey from the Royal Institute of Charted Surveyors. But the figures would also suggest that there is a two tier housing market emerging as house prices in Belfast are rising faster than those in other areas.

Commentator John Manley and Estate Agent John Minnis

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