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The BelTel brings you some of Northern Ireland's top journalists, Allison Morris, Sam McBride and Suzanne Breen to name but a few, giving you the inside stories behind what is in the news. Presented by Ciarán Dunbar, the Bel Tel investigates, debates and informs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
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The BelTel Belfast Telegraph

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    • 4.3 • 55 Ratings

The BelTel brings you some of Northern Ireland's top journalists, Allison Morris, Sam McBride and Suzanne Breen to name but a few, giving you the inside stories behind what is in the news. Presented by Ciarán Dunbar, the Bel Tel investigates, debates and informs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
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    Gusty Spence and the brutal beginnings of the modern UVF

    Gusty Spence and the brutal beginnings of the modern UVF

    Since the UVF’s formation, the paramilitary group has went on to kill over 500 people. Gusty Spence became infamous for leading the organisation and deciding their tactics. The ex-British Army soldier was charged and convicted with the first Catholic victim of the troubles. Aaron Edwards, author of ‘UVF: Behind the mask’ joins Ciarán Dunbar to discuss the origins of the modern UVF, the role of Gusty Spence and the first five years of the organization.
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    • 26 min
    Whitney Hughes jailed – what next for Newry’s ‘Cocaine Queen’?

    Whitney Hughes jailed – what next for Newry’s ‘Cocaine Queen’?

    31-year-old Whitney Hughes has been handed a 4-year sentence for drug offences. The so called ‘Cocaine Queen’ of Newry took over her father, Mark ‘The Chicken’ Lovell’s crime gang after he was gunned down in December 2022. Hughes admitted seven drug offences relating to possessing and supplying cocaine, MDMA and steroids, two counts of trading in counterfeit goods and one of possessing criminal property. Ciarán Dunbar is joined by Belfast Telegraph reporter Brett Campbell. 
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    • 13 min
    "The Falls Road started it, the Village will finish it": Children encouraged to riot in south Belfast disorder

    "The Falls Road started it, the Village will finish it": Children encouraged to riot in south Belfast disorder

    A 38-year-old man has been arrested last night as violence continued in south Belfast. 
    The past two nights have seen disorder in the village area. On Monday over 30 petrol and paint bombs were thrown at police, with footage captured by Belfast Telegraph showing a firework being thrown at a police Land Rover and a masked man encouraging a child to partake in the violence. Olivia Peden is joined by Belfast Telegraph Visuals editor Kevin Scott.


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    • 11 min
    The Border Fox: Allison Morris reports as former INLA gunman Dessie O’Hare walks free

    The Border Fox: Allison Morris reports as former INLA gunman Dessie O’Hare walks free

    The so-called ‘Border Fox’, Dessie O’Hare, has been released from prison.  He is best known for kidnapping a dentist and chopping his fingers off. Originally an IRA man, O’Hare was one of the most notorious gunmen of the Troubles, confessing to being the triggerman in at least 26 murders.  
    Guest: Allison Morris


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    • 20 min
    Denis Bradley: Hume, McGuinness, dissidents just “stone in the shoe” filling jails - but Irish must talk to them

    Denis Bradley: Hume, McGuinness, dissidents just “stone in the shoe” filling jails - but Irish must talk to them

    Former priest Denis Bradley played a key role in the peace process as part of the ‘back-channel’ between the IRA and the British. His decision to become vice-chair of the Northern Ireland Policing Board in 2001 drew the anger – and violence of dissident republicans.  He gives Ciarán Dunbar his assessment of how to deal with dissident republicans today – he says the Irish government must talk to them.  
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    • 28 min
    BONUS: “A dingo’s got my baby” – The story that divided Australia

    BONUS: “A dingo’s got my baby” – The story that divided Australia

    In August 1980, a pastor, his wife and their three children went on a camping holiday that would change their lives forever and become one of the biggest stories in the world. “A dingo’s got my baby” were the words that divided Australia as Lynn Chamberlain was accused of a shocking crime.
    Host: Kevin Doyle                            Guest: Malcolm Brown

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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

Ricky chelimo ,

30 minute minimum

They could be longer. But Very interesting Good work!

Patmartin ,

Professional but too short

Very well produced, great speakers and guests and great content and topics but far too short. I would expect at least 40 mins per episode. Thats about standard these days for political analysis in podcast land.

Also Ursula Savage is hard to listen to. Such a grating voice. Find guests who can speak well.

CiaranSheehan ,

Super podcast

This is a very interesting and varied podcast - offering a range of discussions and respective from topical Northern Ireland news stories to historical events.

I really like Ciaran’s interviewing style and the range of guests he brings to add colour to the discussions.

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