Cover story

Standing at the crossroads now

Age NI Chief Executive Linda Robinson discusses how we are standing at a crossroads of the ageing agenda in Northern Ireland with Owen McQuade, and why the choices we make on the proposed Active Ageing Strategy, tackling age discrimination, early intervention and prevention are key to all our futures. “We certainly believe that we’ve had a significant impact upon the ageing agenda,” Linda Robinson reflects as she assesses Age NI’s...[full story]

Issues

New councils take shape

Peter Cheney looks back on the story of local government so far and the way ahead for Northern Ireland’s 11 new councils. Almost 42 years after...[full story]

Local government reform: delivering services or facilitating outcomes

James Gray takes stock of the shift in how councils in Great Britain are approaching their responsibilities, which sets the scene for further reform...[full story]

Public procurement: a new era

Leading law firm Arthur Cox recently held a seminar on the updated Public Contract Regulations, outlining how they will lead to a more efficient...[full story]

Education budget announced

agendaNi considers the impact of this year’s education budget and gauges reaction from within the teaching sector. A £28 million cut to the Department...[full story]

The case for outsourcing

Outsourcing can cut your IT costs by 30 per cent and improve efficiency. As new technologies continue to emerge, IT remains a key enabler for the...[full story]

Optimistic outlook

Danske Bank UK Chief Executive Gerry Mallon talks to Owen McQuade about the bank’s 2014 record profit and the challenges in the personal and business...[full story]

From exclusion to inclusion: creating positive futures

Extern is one of the largest all-Ireland charities with a turnover of £17 million and a staff team of 450. Group Chief Executive Charlie Mack talks...[full story]

Deadlock dampens St Patrick’s Day

Visits to the United States for this year’s St Patrick’s Day took place against the backdrop of an unsettled political landscape. Ciarán Galway...[full story]

More than bricks and mortar

Northern Ireland’s largest social enterprise, Fold Housing Association, has highlighted that with an asset value of over £400 million, it is...[full story]

Cross-community Irish

Peter Cheney considers how the Irish language can be promoted as part of culture for both main communities. Debates over language policy often divide...[full story]

NICS voluntary exit scheme

Permanent personnel within the Northern Ireland Civil Service have been offered an opportunity to apply for voluntary redundancy packages. A one-year...[full story]

Taking gas forward

firmus energy has ambitious growth plans for Northern Ireland under its new owners. The addition of firmus energy to the natural gas market in Northern...[full story]

Renewing the Republic

In a wide-ranging interview, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin talks to Owen McQuade about his aims for Irish society and the scope for delivering...[full story]

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Matters arising

Election campaign commences

One of the least predictable UK general elections...[full story]

Education Authority goes live

The five education and library boards and their staff...[full story]

Social Value Act needed for social action

At Employers For Childcare Charitable Group, we don’t...[full story]

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Housing report

Building Great Homes and Thriving Communities

NIFHA Chief Executive Cameron Watt outlines the vital...[full story]

Northern Ireland housing policy: the backdrop

agendaNi examines the current approach to housing...[full story]

Funding housing from Europe

THFC’s Piers Williamson wants housing associations...[full story]

Funding housing from Europe

THFC’s Piers Williamson wants housing associations...[full story]

Leading the way in regeneration

Communities in inner city Belfast are becoming safer...[full story]

Promoting financial inclusion for tenants

Almost half of social tenants worry about their finances....[full story]

Forging ahead with new homes

With growing numbers of people in need of housing,...[full story]

Private rented sector: emerging challenges

agendaNi looks at the changing perception of the private...[full story]

A journey to excellence

The Housing Executive is moving on from a testing...[full story]

Homelessness: a bigger problem than you might think

Jim Dennison, Chief Executive of Simon Community NI,...[full story]

Reforming social housing

The reform programme has set out a new regulatory...[full story]

Positive credit rating means better deals

An A+ rating will enable Apex to deliver better deals...[full story]

Investing in communities

A significant merger in 2011 opened up the opportunity...[full story]

Service and savings: the ALMO model

Eamon McGoldrick and Tracey Lees discuss the benefits...[full story]

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Infrastructure report

Weighing up the case for PFI

A&L Goodbody Partner Mark Thompson examines the...[full story]

Investment Strategy update

The current Investment Strategy covers 2011-2021 and...[full story]

Gas goes west

The ambitious project to bring natural gas to homes...[full story]

Planning reformed

Turley’s Michael Gordon examines the implications...[full story]

Building Belfast’s future

A range of projects will underpin growth in Northern...[full story]

Best practice for projects

Official guidance on project management explains how...[full story]

Time to act on infrastructure

The CBI is calling for difficult decisions to be made...[full story]

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Care for older people report

Valuing and supporting older people

An ageing population is an achievement for society...[full story]

Making Later Life Better

Age NI’s vision for older people envisages more...[full story]

TYC: caring for older people

Four years on from the Transforming Your Care (TYC)...[full story]

A helping hand in later years

Peter Cheney visits Harryville Men’s Shed to find...[full story]

Innovation in services

agendaNi summarises how new thinking is helping to...[full story]

Improving quality in acute care

The health regulator’s report highlights room for...[full story]

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Telecoms and digital government report

Digital public services

Thomas Jakobsen, Copenhagen’s Chief Operating Officer...[full story]

Rationalising communications and integrated billing

Ger Connery discusses Sentel’s mobile management...[full story]

Digital single market can deliver for Europe

The European Commission contends that Europe has a...[full story]

Version 1 powers ahead in Belfast

Lorna McAdoo, Head of Delivery with Version 1, outlines...[full story]

M2M: the emerging potential

Networked communication between everyday items is...[full story]

Map sales go online

Land and Property Services has launched an online...[full story]

Government as a platform

The next phase of digital transformation will see...[full story]

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Social economy report

Defining the ‘ask’

Juliet Cornford, Director of Social Enterprise NI,...[full story]

Community asset transfer

agendaNi looks at how former government properties...[full story]

Social finance for social impact

Isabelle de Grave speaks to Patrick Minne about Charity...[full story]

Social enterprise hubs back entrepreneurs

Government policy has placed renewed emphasis on social...[full story]

Support for social enterprise

agendaNi explores the UK Government’s approach to...[full story]

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People agenda

Careers agenda: Glynn Kelso

Glynn Kelso has worked for the Public Record Office...[full story]

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Europe agenda

Time to decide on Europe

Diane Dodds discusses the varied work of an MEP with...[full story]

Greece’s election aftermath

Alex Tsipras’ election on an anti-austerity platform...[full story]

Energy union proposals unveiled

European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič...[full story]

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Public affairs

There is an alternative

Brian Campfield sets out the trade union movement’s...[full story]

There is an alternative

Brian Campfield sets out the trade union movement’s...[full story]

All change for departments

agendaNi examines how a smaller number of departments...[full story]

Sinn Féin challenges for government in the South

Ahead of an ambitious year for Sinn Féin, Derry became...[full story]

The lasting power of print

Raymond Snoddy talks to Peter Cheney about how newspapers...[full story]

The essence of the crisis

Alex Kane contends that a basic lack of trust is reversing...[full story]

Alliance prepares for election fight

East Belfast was the focus for all delegates at the...[full story]

Obituary: James Molyneaux

27 August 1920 – 9 March 2015 Among the quietest...[full story]

Getting the best from corporation tax

Patsy McGlone, Chair of the Assembly’s Enterprise...[full story]

Assembly round-up

The welfare reform dispute resulted in a tense political...[full story]

Meet the media: Chris Buckler

Chris Buckler is a BBC Ireland correspondent and presenter...[full story]

Political platform: Robin Swann MLA

Robin Swann is the UUP’s MLA for North Antrim, having...[full story]

Consultation update

Details of significant consultation exercises currently...[full story]

The student places debate

Richard Barnett calls for Northern Ireland to consider...[full story]

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