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NI Direct: a digital transformation journey

NI Direct is taking online public services to the next level and, in doing so, saving money and improving the quality of service to customers. BT is the world’s oldest and one of the largest communications companies. Today we are a global innovator making amazing things happen – launching new television channels, delivering one of the fastest fibre broadband roll-outs in the UK, investing in new 4G mobile capabilities, and connecting...[full story]

Issues

Record year for Bryson

T he social enterprise model is paying a strong dividend and also achieving progress on some of Northern Ireland’s major social issues. Northern...[full story]

How welfare works

As the welfare reform debate continues, agendaNi outlines the key facts and trends for social security in Northern Ireland. % Working age adults...[full story]

The life of Ian Paisley

In his eighty-eight years, Ian Richard Kyle Paisley sharply divided opinion – within unionism and Protestantism and between the two communities...[full story]

Fresh focus on mental health and hearing

The World Congress on Mental Health and Deafness came to Belfast for the first time last month and highlighted the often silent experiences of people...[full story]

ICPs: Scope for improvement

Integrated care partnerships risk becoming an additional layer of bureaucracy, Deirdre Heenan and Derek Birrell write. The model must have a strong...[full story]

Budget pressures

agendaNi summarises the Executive’s difficult financial situation. Northern Ireland’s draft Budget must be drafted by 31 October in order for...[full story]

Cloud: a crisis of confidence?

Capita’s Ed Brown rebuts some common fears and explains how its solutions can help to deliver cloud services more effectively. The benefits of...[full story]

Labour’s economy commission

agendaNi sums up the remit of the Heenan-Anderson commission on the local economy. Labour has announced an independent commission on the Northern...[full story]

Towards a 20mph speed limit?

The story so far The Road Traffic (Speed Limits) Bill aims to set a maximum speed limit of 20 miles per hour on minor residential roads. It was...[full story]

Recalling 1985

Peter Cheney reviews the 1985 archives, which detailed opinions on Peter Robinson and John Hume, and assessed the prospects for gas from the fields...[full story]

Social listening

Microsoft Dynamics CRM from Equiniti helps customers to combine a social media strategy with high quality services. It’s noisy out there in social...[full story]

Charities: the leadership challenge

RSM McClure Watters recently conducted a survey of the charity sector. The results, launched at the firm’s Belfast offices on 16 October 2014,...[full story]

Security intelligence

IBM hosted a round table discussion on IT security intelligence with participants from across a number of sectors. The discussion focused on the...[full story]

The end of ESA

Peter Cheney analyses the decision that closes the last chapter of the Review of Public Administration. Almost nine years after the Education and...[full story]

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Matters arising

BMAP faces judicial review

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has announced her...[full story]

Northern Ireland third in GCSE results

Northern Ireland is not the best performing region...[full story]

Wells and Storey join Executive

First Minister Peter Robinson has appointed Jim Wells...[full story]

Counting the cost of kids

It was recently reported that the cost of raising...[full story]

Devolution in flux

agendaNi considers the consequences for devolved government...[full story]

The importance of a strong brand

Phoenix Natural Gas’ Marketing Manager Nicola Faulkner...[full story]

Rising confidence for SMEs

The Federation of Small Businesses has reported record...[full story]

Jim Fitzpatrick returns

Former BBC Business Editor Jim Fitzpatrick has launched...[full story]

JTI announces Gallaher closure

The closure of the Gallaher tobacco packaging plant...[full story]

New innovation strategy

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster has encouraged more...[full story]

Boost for inward investment

A total of 957 new jobs were announced over the course...[full story]

Northside development

Belfast city centre’s skyline is to be transformed...[full story]

Skills Commissioner re-appointed

Northern Ireland Commissioner for Employment and Skills...[full story]

New Islandmagee Director

Islandmagee Storage has announced that Anita Gardiner...[full story]

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Shaping education reports

Delivering results from education spending

Education Minister John O’Dowd puts forward the...[full story]

The reconciliation priority

Twenty years after the ceasefires, deep sectarian...[full story]

Skills: the devolution difference

Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry talks...[full story]

Exam results trends

A summary of the 2013 GCSE, AS and A-level results. GCSE The...[full story]

Further education: cuts are unsustainable

Colleges NI outlines the impact of cuts to the further...[full story]

Inner city innovation

Scoil an Droichid in South Belfast is working creatively...[full story]

Acting Together To End Bullying

The Northern Ireland Anti-Bullying Forum (NIABF) is...[full story]

Learning by iPad

Peter Cheney visits St Colman’s College, Newry,...[full story]

Transforming students into work-ready employees

After years spent in the wilderness, apprenticeships...[full story]

A journey of improvement

Andy McMorran, former principal of Ashfield Boys High...[full story]

Meeting the challenge of revising GCSEs and A-levels

GCSEs and A-levels are changing and differences are...[full story]

Analysing assessment: the OECD report

A good foundation for evaluation and assessment is...[full story]

Shared campuses planned

agendaNi previews the first three new projects under...[full story]

Time to end segregation

Encouraging schools to seek integrated status, backed...[full story]

Planning the school estate

agendaNi sums up the trends for school numbers and...[full story]

A STEM snapshot

agendaNi analyses the latest GCSE trends for science,...[full story]

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Transport report

Driving forward a culture change

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy talks...[full story]

The Belfast Hub: a new heart in the city

Translink is setting high ambitions in its plans for...[full story]

Transport in statistics

Key figures on the performance of Northern Ireland’s...[full story]

Keeping Europe moving

A summary of the EU’s priorities for each transport...[full story]

Levying HGVs

Northern Irish hauliers claim that the new HGV levy...[full story]

All change in licensing

agendaNi reviews the changes that led to the centralisation...[full story]

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Infrastructure & utilities report

Delivering UK infrastructure

Infrastructure UK Chief Executive Geoffrey Spence...[full story]

Delivering UK infrastructure

Infrastructure UK Chief Executive Geoffrey Spence...[full story]

Leading on infrastructure locally and globally

Pinsent Masons Partner Adrian Eakin explains how the...[full story]

New thinking needed for health finance

Speaking at agendaNi’s infrastructure seminar, Mark...[full story]

Building public trust

Independent technical advice is key in helping to...[full story]

Gas to the West moves forward

An update on the process for awarding the licence...[full story]

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Telecoms report

Communicating the future

Insights into a changing market and the way ahead...[full story]

Future visions for digital

agendaNi looks at the potential way ahead for digital...[full story]

Three years to 5G trials

A trial 5G network is due to be set up in South Korea...[full story]

mGovernment develops in Croatia

Mobile government is already widely available here...[full story]

Leading the way

Chatting with Sentel’s CEO, recently, we got the...[full story]

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Rural report

Defining rural

The dividing line between town and country is not...[full story]

Rural Development: the next steps

Promoting social inclusion, poverty reduction and...[full story]

Rural proofing

Government departments and agencies are required to...[full story]

Measuring rural poverty

agendaNi sums up the extent of rural poverty and how...[full story]

Tackling rural crime

Peter Cheney assesses the trends for and the particular...[full story]

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People agenda

Heaney remembered

An Post’s tribute to Seamus Heaney is adding to...[full story]

Winning against the world’s best

Ireland rugby players Alison Miller and Grace Davitt...[full story]

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Public affairs

Leading Europe

agendaNi summarises the personalities and priorities...[full story]

Assembly round-up

The increasingly tense atmosphere at Stormont was...[full story]

Overcoming the North/South impasse

Northern division and southern indifference explains...[full story]

A pay rise for all

John O’Farrell explains the rationale behind the...[full story]

Speaker Hay steps down

William Hay has stepped down from Assembly Speaker...[full story]

Obituary: George Savage

A quiet farmer from Donaghcloney, near Banbridge,...[full story]

Obituary: Albert Reynolds

3 November 1932 – 21 August 2014 An Taoiseach 1992...[full story]

Tories gear up for 2015

Tory morale rose during their annual conference in...[full story]

Obituary: Sam Foster

7 December 1931 – 19 August 2014 Environment Minister...[full story]

Political Platform: David McIlveen MLA

First elected in 2011, David McIlveen is a DUP MLA...[full story]

Meet the media: John Campbell

BBC Northern Ireland’s Economics and Business Editor,...[full story]

Consultation update

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

A new opportunity

Amid the tensions at Stormont, NILGA Chief Executive...[full story]

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