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Working together for growth

While there are signs of economic recovery, PwC’s Paul Terrington argues that the local economy still faces significant challenges. He talks to Owen McQuade about the economic outlook and how the business sector can help drive growth particularly through greater collaboration within industry clusters. “Clearly recovery is here. It is consolidating, unemployment has fallen steadily for the last 18 months and business sentiment as measured...[full story]

Issues

A creative society

Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister Carál Ní Chuilín highlights how sport benefits society and discusses the case for government investment in...[full story]

Health complaints on the rise

Ombudsman Tom Frawley is calling for clearer responses when families question the quality of health and care services. Complaints about health and...[full story]

The way ahead in energy

Richard Murphy analyses the European and all-island policy proposals that will affect the future of local energy markets. Energy regulators in Northern...[full story]

Our education performance

Statistics show how large gaps in the performance of schools – often in the same category – are holding back many children. A strong emphasis...[full story]

Legal aid: the way ahead

agendaNi summarises the debate over the Legal Aid and Coroners’ Courts Bill which will set up a new agency responsible for this contentious area....[full story]

Racial equality strategy

Peter Cheney analyses the draft racial equality strategy, which sets out ambitious aims but lacks detail about how they will be achieved. Northern...[full story]

OTR conclusions

Peter Cheney examines the key aspects from Lady Justice Hallett’s report into the on-the-runs scheme. Inquiries Peter Robinson had demanded a...[full story]

The arm’s length reviews

agendaNi analyses the implications of the Consumer Council and Tourist Board reviews. The future of two well-known public bodies has come under...[full story]

Export: make it a reality

Alan Bissett, partner in Arthur Cox Belfast, looks at Northern Ireland’s export potential and the complementary and supportive roles of government...[full story]

Towards social media success

Paul McGarrity explains the elements of a clear strategy that will make the most of a company’s social media presence. Social media presents a...[full story]

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Matters arising

Executive agrees budget cuts

Ministers have agreed to reduce public spending by...[full story]

Shared campuses progress

Education Minister John O’Dowd has announced that...[full story]

Call for more water investment

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has welcomed...[full story]

Local economy stands to lose £13 million

You might have heard that the UK Government introduced...[full story]

Inspiring leaders

Professor Neil Gibson, Director of the Northern Ireland...[full story]

Hamilton appoints reform advisors

A six-strong ministerial advisory council has been...[full story]

Workforce grows by 10,000 jobs

Northern Ireland’s latest Census of Employment has...[full story]

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Economy reports

Expanding air access

George Best City Airport hosted a round table discussion...[full story]

Valuing apprenticeships

Stephen Farry MLA • Minister for Employment and...[full story]

Would you invest in Northern Ireland?

Mark Thompson, Head of office at A&L Goodbody...[full story]

Broad recovery but pressures on the horizon

Neil Gibson, Director of the Northern Ireland Centre...[full story]

Northern Ireland to become the innovation hub for energy storage

Gaelectric Energy Storage is finalising its application...[full story]

Towards a job-rich recovery

During a visit to Belfast, Employment Commissioner...[full story]

An enterprising state

The Nevin Institute’s Paul MacFlynn contends that...[full story]

Construction trends

agendaNi considers the latest construction output...[full story]

Positive trends in planning

Clyde Shanks points to the recent improvements in...[full story]

Engineering’s prospects

Leading engineers are calling for more women in the...[full story]

Apprenticeships deliver growth

The new apprenticeships landscape is helping drive...[full story]

Bringing local quality to ICT solutions

With the Review of Public Administration in Northern...[full story]

Greening the recovery

agendaNi reports on how green issues have become mainstream...[full story]

Innovative product increases recycling by 30 per cent

The Wheelie Box – a local innovation – is improving...[full story]

Mixed prospects for manufacturing

Rising manufacturing output is driving recovery but...[full story]

Recovery on the horizon for construction

CITB-ConstructionSkills NI Chief Executive Barry Neilson...[full story]

Economic inactivity strategy

The forthcoming economic inactivity strategy aims...[full story]

Breaking parity

Victor Hewitt explains the finances of welfare and...[full story]

Measuring well-being

The Carnegie UK Trust’s Measuring Wellbeing in Northern...[full story]

Tourism’s highs and lows

Tourist numbers show growth in visitors coming from...[full story]

Bringing the wind with us

National Economic and Social Council policy analyst...[full story]

Bringing the wind with us

National Economic and Social Council policy analyst...[full story]

CAP deal finalized

Richard Halleron discusses the agreement with Michelle...[full story]

Plan B: How leaving the euro can save Ireland

Financial expert Cormac Lucey argues that Ireland...[full story]

Why rural matters

Mark Conway, Vice-Chair of Rural Housing Association,...[full story]

Housing: a mixed recovery

As house sales recover, agendaNi scrutinises the different...[full story]

Planning for a bright future

As planning reform nears completion, URS offers a unique...[full story]

Free trade across the Atlantic?

agendaNi summarises the main details of the proposed...[full story]

Britain’s uneven recovery

London’s dominance means that other UK regions,...[full story]

The state of exports

Michael McKernan assesses Northern Ireland’s export...[full story]

Recovery reaches local banking

Michael McKernan looks at the turbulent times for...[full story]

Province named as European Entrepreneurial Region

Northern Ireland has jointly won a competition to...[full story]

Lending data now available

Lending data for Northern Ireland have been published...[full story]

Business in brief

Tamboran drill site Energy developer Tamboran Resources...[full story]

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Care for older people report

A care home at work

Peter Cheney visits Adelaide House to find out how...[full story]

Improving care services for older people

OakleeTrinity and Belfast Central Mission are focusing...[full story]

Transforming Your Care update

agendaNi summarises some of the new services being...[full story]

Meeting the challenges of ageing

How Fold services respond to the needs of older people...[full story]

Future trends in care

Four major shifts that will influence how Northern...[full story]

Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) – supporting safe, competent and confident social care practice.

The social care workforce in Northern Ireland encompasses...[full story]

High performance in dementia diagnosis

As David Cameron presses for more action on dementia,...[full story]

Thinking outside the box for care services

Skills for Health’s Ed Tickler considers how to...[full story]

Accountability in care

Peter Cheney summarises how care home facilities are...[full story]

Board responds to homes consultation

The Health and Social Care Board has reaffirmed that...[full story]

Improving support for older carers

The Patient and Client Council has welcomed better...[full story]

Standards of care

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public...[full story]

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People agenda

Careers agenda Louise McCutcheon

George Best Belfast City Airport duty manager Louise...[full story]

Written in stone

Tom Hartley, author of a new book on the history of...[full story]

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Europe report

The European semester

Peter Cheney looks at how the European Commission...[full story]

Agriculture priorities in Europe

Director of the British Agricultural Bureau Maeve...[full story]

A maturing Parliament

Jim Nicholson sees the European Parliament becoming...[full story]

Local views ‘needed in EU debate’

Ireland’s outgoing Europe Minister has called on...[full story]

Italy takes up Council Presidency

Italy has assumed the Presidency of the Council of...[full story]

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Business in brief

Integration plan

MLAs have been presented with a radical plan to reform...[full story]

EirGrid results

Wholesale electricity prices on the island of Ireland...[full story]

Building better futures on the Lagan

A new experience on the River Lagan – ‘water rolling’...[full story]

Hannan Meats drives innovation

Citing the awards that Moira-based Hannan Meats has...[full story]

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Public affairs

Birthday honours mark service

Ninety-five people from Northern Ireland were recognised...[full story]

Republic to regulate lobbying

Michael McKernan reviews how the Registration of Lobbying...[full story]

NSMC nears 15-year mark

As the North/South Ministerial Council approaches...[full story]

This boy: Alan Johnson

Alan Johnson talks to Peter Cheney about how growing...[full story]

Southern barriers for northern students

Michael McKernan reports on how Mary McAleese’s...[full story]

Scotland decides

Peter Cheney analyses the implications of Scottish...[full story]

A war remembered

Recalling the events of August 1914. A century ago,...[full story]

All-island postal tariff

Michael McKernan considers the scope for a standard...[full story]

Regional press regulation

agendaNi analyses the state of play of press regulation...[full story]

Improving road safety law

Fiona McQuade outlines the finer points of The Road...[full story]

John Dallat MLA

John Dallat has been SDLP MLA for East Londonderry...[full story]

Sarah Saunderson

Since taking up the editor’s chair at the Impartial...[full story]

Consultation update

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

Making tourism mainstream

Alan Clarke reviews his time as Chief Executive of...[full story]

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