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Stephen Nolan’s no nonsense approach to confronting the biggest issues of the day has made it the biggest show in the country. An unmissable mixture of news, phone ins and entertainment.




New hard hitting ad campaign aims to stop paramilitary style attacks. But are the police doing enough?

Plus, would you supply alcohol for your underage teenager’s party?


DUP issue a direct threat to Theresa May - they will paralyse her domestic agenda if she undermines NI's position within the UK

DUP MP Nigel Dodds insists his party would stop short of triggering a general election.


How much do Tory MP's know about the Irish border issue?

Brexiteer Andrew Bridgen reckons all English people are entitled to Irish passports


Battles lines drawn as DUP tell PM they don't trust her over Brexit

It all started out so well. Two years ago Theresa May and Arlene Foster watched on as a one billion pounds deal was struck between their two parties in London. Fast forward to yesterday and things started to unravel. The DUP wasn't happy as details of the EU backstop plans started to emerge in Brussels. The front pages of the local papers say it all today. The News Letter goes with "DUP not bluffing in Brexit threat to May". The Belfast Telegraph headline "we don't trust you, DUP tells PM...


DUP warn Government they will not prop them up if it gives in to EU border demands

A warning shot across the government bows. That's how DUP sources have described a decision by their MPs to abstain on a Westminster vote last night. Earlier senior DUP sources warned that they were prepared to vote against the budget later this month if the Prime Minister breaks their red lines over Brexit. It seems we're edging to a point where there might be a deal on Brexit. But what will it entail? And can Theresa May sell it to the DUP and other Tory rebels? Stephen spoke to BBC NI...


Legacy of the Troubles, and what is it like to live with a dementia diagnosis?

Draw a line under the past. That's the message from a cross-party group of Westminster politicians to secretary of state Karen Bradley. She is currently considering a £150 million plan to deal with the past. Lord Peter Hain and seven other signatories have advised prioritising compensation for victims over investigation. So, is financial support for victims for the Troubles a better way to spend £150 million set aside to deal with legacy issues rather than fresh investigations? Vinny spoke...


A series of ugly brawls at GAA matches - is violence getting out of hand in Gaelic football?

Is violence at Gaelic football getting out of control? Brawls at a string of recent GAA matches have led to concerns the game's reputation is being tarnished by violence. One former GAA star has described some of the recent fights as thuggery in the Irish News this week. Recently there were scenes of fighting just off the pitch between players and others at Sunday's match between Downpatrick Russell Gaelic Union and Ballyholland Harps. This followed an on pitch brawl on Thursday between...


UFC mass brawl, and will be ever see a female Bond?

It should have been a showcase of mixed martial arts excellence but UFC 229 in Las Vegas went from being a spectacular night of MMA to one of the most controversial events in the sport's history. Violent skirmishes broke out following Khabib Nurmagomedov's victory over Conor McGregor. This isn't the first time that there have been ugly scenes that have involved Conor McGregor, earlier this year he was involved in a backstage melee at a New York City arena in which he was caught on camera...


50 years on – The Nolan Show looks back at the Civil Rights march in Duke Street, Londonderry - Derry

Plus, Can your brain cure your body? Vinny talks to Dr Michael Mosley.


Arlene Foster insists there can't be any new regulatory checks down the Irish Sea because the Union is too important

Plus, Stephen gets a call from a listener who wants The Nolan Show to be in Ulster Scots


What do Conservative MPs understand about the Irish border and Brexit? Nolan tested two Tory MPs

The Conservative Party conference has been taking place over the last few days. Stephen has been speaking to Conservative MPs Ben Bradley and Paul Scully about Brexit and the border issue here and what exactly is their understanding of issues surrounding it. He began by speaking to Ben Bradley.


PM announces plans for a Festival of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to celebrate the 'creativity and innovation of the UK'

But is it a good idea that will bring people together and protect the union?


A BUMPER Nolan Show podcast today with RHI, DUP councillor praised by gay rights campaigners and Christmas cancelled

Another huge day at the RHI inquiry. Timothy Johnston, the man described as the second most powerful person in the DUP, gives his evidence. A DUP councillor is praised by gay rights campaigners for breaking ranks over LGBT issues. And it may only be September but Christmas could ALREADY be cancelled for one County Antrim town. Vinny Hurrell presents


Pride lights plan for Ards council building blocked

Plans to light up Ards town hall in rainbow colours to mark all future Pride days have been blocked by a majority of councillors, at the DUP led Ards and North Down Borough Council last night. The motion was put forward by Alliance councillors Gavin Walker and Andrew Muir to promote equality for all.


A young mother with cancer has been denied the new disability allowance - why?

Disability Living Allowance is changing to Personal Independence Payment or PIP. As a result, more than 100,000 people in Northern Ireland are being reassessed, and new applicants assessed for the first time - including 28 year old mum Roisin McWilliams. Roisin was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer on Christmas Day. She underwent a PIP assessment but, despite having Hodgkin Lymphoma, was been turned down. Stephen spoke with her father, Tom.


RHI Inquiry: DUP leader Arlene Foster and key former SpAds face Inquiry panel

It's the start of a long week for the DUP with a succession of senior figures lined up to give evidence on their role in the failed scheme. It starts with a big day for Arlene Foster today. We'll hear the DUP leader being questioned about what she knew about the role of her former Special Adviser Andrew Crawford, and allegations that he delayed cost controls on the order of the party. Stephen talks to Newsletter political editor Sam McBride.


Would you support a second chance to vote on Europe?

Could another vote on our future with the European Union be a step closer? Jeremy Corbyn has said at the Labour Party conference that members will be given the final say on whether the party supports calls for another referendum. A vote is lined up for tomorrow. Mr Corbyn said he accepted he would be "bound" by the opinions of conference delegates - but he again insisted that he would prefer a general election if Theresa May failed to secure a Brexit deal that was backed by parliament. Here...


"When I rang for help there was no answer" - Nolan listener Catherine tells Vinny how her 999 call was on hold for 12 minutes

How long would you expect to wait if you dialled 999 for someone to answer? 10 seconds? 1 minute? 10 minutes? Nolan listener Catherine contacted the show to tell us she was on the line listening to a recorded message for 12 minutes before anyone answered. Catherine told Vinny what happened.


A class ceiling?

We all know about the glass ceiling and the gender pay gap - it's been a big story here at the BBC, of course. But what about the class ceiling? Research shows that someone from a working class background in a professional job - like law or accountancy - is typically paid £7,000 less than a colleague who's had a more privileged upbringing. The biggest pay gap is in finance where a working class professional could earn £13,700 less than someone from a well off background. The discrepancy in...