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20100920

Breaking news and hard hitting talk - Stephen Nolan gets you talking about the big stories of the day. Including News.

Stephen Nolan gets you talking about the big stories of the day.

20100921

Breaking news and hard hitting talk - Stephen Nolan gets you talking about the big stories of the day. Including News.

Stephen Nolan gets you talking about the big stories of the day.

20100922

Breaking news and hard hitting talk - Stephen Nolan gets you talking about the big stories of the day. Including News.

Stephen Nolan gets you talking about the big stories of the day.

20100923

Breaking news and hard hitting talk - Stephen Nolan gets you talking about the big stories of the day. Including News.

Stephen Nolan gets you talking about the big stories of the day.

20100924

Breaking news and hard hitting talk - Stephen Nolan gets you talking about the big stories of the day. Including News.

Stephen Nolan gets you talking about the big stories of the day.

20101011

Breaking news and hard hitting talk - Stephen Nolan gets you talking about the big stories of the day.

Including News.

Stephen Nolan gets you talking about the big stories of the day.

20101014

Breaking news and hard hitting talk - Stephen Nolan gets you talking about the big stories of the day.

Including News.

Stephen Nolan gets you talking about the big stories of the day.

20101018

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20101022

20171030

Stephen Nolan with hard-hitting talk about the big stories of the day.

20171031
20171101

Stephen Nolan with hard-hitting talk about the big stories of the day.

20171102

Stephen Nolan with hard-hitting talk about the big stories of the day.

The prime minister and Taoiseach have agreed there should be no return to direct rule. Both leaders expressed the view that it is still possible to form an Executive. Also on the programme, PSNI fury at dissident rocket in Poleglass and Simon Walls' advice on how to tackle potential rogue traders.

This programme has been edited since transmission.

20171103

Stephen Nolan with hard-hitting talk about the big stories of the day.

Following the failure of talks to restore an executive at Stormont, is it time for Westminster to start legislating for Northern Ireland? Amnesty International has called on the government to extend same sex marriage rights to couples here.

And the Irish Language campaign group, Conradh na Gaeilge says it's time for the British government to implement an Irish language Act in Northern Ireland.

Also on the programme, another day and more revelations about sexual harassment in the corridors of power at Westminster and Co Tyrone pensioner says her life is a misery following flooding outside her home.

Is It Time To Stop The Spending At Stormont?20171026

Is it time to stop the spending at Stormont?

Parliament Buildings sits silent on the hill. The business of government limps on in the buildings surrounding it on the Stormont estate. But with pressures on health, education, infrastructure and all the other budgets, is it time to look at the cash being spent on Stormont itself. Yesterday it was announced that 150 people are being temporarily redeployed. But the canteen continues to be subsidised... MLAs are still being paid. And this morning it's been revealed that civil servants are using chauffeur-driven ministerial cars - sometimes just to get them from one building to another. In other cases for trips in top-of-the range cars to Derry and Dublin. With all of the concerns about cash is it time to take action? Is it time to simply mothball Stormont and stop the spending in the absence of a deal? Is the façade of government - without actual power sharing - really worth hundreds of thousands, if not millions of pounds? Chris got the views of Bumper Graham from the trade union NIPSA and Colin McGrath from the SDLP.

Also on the programme, Bombardier, the aerospace firm, is planning to cut another 280 jobs at its Northern Ireland operations, the Unite union has said. Last year Bombardier cut 1,000 jobs in Northern Ireland, which was about 20 per cent of its local workforce. Meanwhile the oil field services firm Schlumberger is proposing to close its Newtownabbey plant next year putting more than 200 jobs at risk. Chris got reaction from Davy Thompson from Unite Union.

And, his scowl and withering remarks were things to be feared in Lord Sugar's boardroom. Now Nick Hewer appears as a slightly friendlier face as he puts the nation to the test on Channel Four's Countdown. He spoke to Chris in our big interview today.

Ni Abortion Law Under Scrutiny By Supreme Court In London As Appeal By Ni Human Rights Commission Begins20171024

NI abortion law under scrutiny by Supreme Court in London.

The Supreme Court in London is to begin hearing an appeal which argues that abortion law in Northern Ireland is incompatible with international human rights. The case brought by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission will consider whether the law breaches women's rights by not allowing abortions in cases of sexual crime and fatal foetal abnormalities. Meanwhile, yesterday it was announced that a government offer to help Northern Ireland women access free abortions in England is being extended to cover travel costs in some "hardship" cases. Stephen was joined by Grainne Teggart from Amnesty International, Bernie Smyth from Precious Life and Les Allamby, chief commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

Also on the programme, more questions about former Sinn Fein MLA Catriona Ruane this morning. Last week Ms Ruane resigned from her role as deputy speaker of the Assembly. The former education minister did not stand in the March Assembly election. However, she retained her role as principal deputy speaker, which pays a salary of £55,000, even though the Assembly has not been sitting since January. Last Thursday evening, Ms Ruane said she had resigned "with immediate effect" as principal deputy speaker and that she had given any money paid to charity. The TUV leader Jim Allister says he submitted questions to the Assembly in an attempt to get more information about what has gone on. Stephen spoke to him this morning and got reaction from former assistant chief constable Alan McQuillan who sat on the independent review panel who set MLA pay.

Psni Plan To Recruit More Lgbt Officers Condemned20171025

PSNI plan to recruit more LGBT officers condemned.

For the first time ever, the PSNI is to hold a number of recruitment events for members of the LGBT community. Three information evenings will be held early next month. The aim is to employ 300 new officers by the end of March next year. The move has been welcomed by gay, lesbian and trans support groups. Stephen discusses with Sammy Morrison from the TUV and Gavin Boyd from the Rainbow Project.

Also on the programme, do your kids love Fireman Sam? Does it bother you that the cartoon character is called "fire-MAN" and not "fire-FIGHTER"? Well, it bothers the UK's most high-profile female fire chief, Dany Cotton, who runs the London Fire Brigade. She has written to the programme makers asking them to change the title. What do you think? Stephen got the views of commentators Emma Woolf and Lynette Burrows.

And, PSNI chief constable George Hamilton appeared in front of the NI Affairs Committee at Westminster this morning. Kate Hoey MP asked the chief constable about the PSNI seizing historical flags associated with loyalist paramilitary groups and whether it was rational. Loyalist commentator Jamie Bryson and journalist Malachi O'Doherty discuss.

Row As Uup Mla Hits Out At Sinn Fein Over Their Demands For Equality And An Irish Language Act20171023

Would an Irish Language Act cause deeper divisions between communities in NI?

Would an Irish Language Act cause deeper divisions between communities in Northern Ireland? Ulster Unionist leader Robin Swann thinks it would - and he told his party conference at the weekend that while he had no problem with the Irish language, he would not support legislation. Sinn Fein hit out at the UUP, accusing them of being anti-agreement and also slamming their MLA Doug Beattie for branding them "political scavengers" in an article in the Belfast Telegraph. So, is the UUP lurching to the right in a bid to regain lost support? Stephen spoke to UUP MLA Doug Beattie just before we came on air and asked him if his article about Sinn Fein was disrespectful?

Also on the programme, a series of arson attacks on cars in south and east Belfast in the Ravenhill and Castlreagh Road areas, over the weekend, are being treated as racially motivated hate crimes. A parked car in Florida Street was set alight in the early hours of yesterday morning, damaging several other cars nearby. The bonnet and windscreen of a car in Wayland Street were damaged in a separate attack and a short time later a car parked in Carlingford Street was also set on fire. Stephen got reaction from Alliance MLA Paula Bradshaw.

And, remember that big surge in applications for Irish passports from Northern Ireland residents after the Brexit vote last year? Maybe you applied for one - Stephen did and he just used it for the first time last week. Now the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is under fire for claiming that the majority of people in Northern Ireland - including unionists - will want to become Irish after Brexit. Stephen got reaction from former UKIP MLA David McNarry and the SDLP MLA Claire Hanna.

Would You Support A Visit By The Pope To Northern Ireland?20171027

There's increasing speculation that Pope Francis will come here next August.

Comments by the DUP's Sir Jeffrey Donaldson seem to suggest a further softening of the party's previously hardline position on the visit of the Pope to Northern Ireland. There's increasing speculation that Pope Francis will come here next August as part of his visit to the island of Ireland. This would seem to signal a significant shift in the DUP's view of a possible Papal visit. It was the former leader Ian Paisley who called the pope the anti-christ in the European Parliament.

Also on the programme, another deadline in the Stormont talks process - Monday is D day - or is it? What will the Secretary of State do if there's no agreement between Sinn Fein and the DUP on restoring the institutions at Stormont?

Please note this material has been edited since transmission.