Cover story

Defining digital

Matt McCloskey, Sales Director with eircom Business Solutions NI, discusses Northern Ireland’s progress on using digital to transform public services and its future prospects with Owen McQuade. The region can become an effective pioneer if organisations capture the benefits of digital and reassure customers about privacy. The changing shape of IT and telecoms is opening up the potential to connect citizens to public services in a more...[full story]

Issues

The Stormont House deal

Peter Cheney analyses the Stormont House Agreement. The main features include conditional loans from Westminster and a potential way to resolve...[full story]

Budget secured for 2015-2016

Peter Cheney analyses the Executive’s new financial plans and their implications for public services. The Budget will mark the start of a period...[full story]

Seeking asylum

Life for Northern Ireland’s asylum seekers is characterised by a long wait on a low income. Three people who have experienced the system talk...[full story]

Call to reduce hospital numbers

Liam Donaldson’s governance review calls for a radical change in how Northern Ireland delivers health services, in order to improve quality and...[full story]

Balancing speaking up with speaking out

PwC Partner Ian McConnell reflects on the changing nature of whistle-blowing and the increasing requirement on organisations to ensure that wrongdoing...[full story]

Improving local services

The new councils must provide the best possible service to residents, Mark H Durkan contends, despite the financial challenges ahead. The Environment...[full story]

Rewarding environmental success

Phoenix has once again received the top accolade for its green credentials. Phoenix Natural Gas has been recognised for its significant impact in...[full story]

Economic Strategy: a progress report

Northern Ireland moved from recession to recovery over the course of 2013-2014. The Executive’s Economic Strategy has achieved high levels of...[full story]

NI Water dispute ends

After weeks of negotiations and industrial action which at its worst point saw around 9,000 homes throughout Northern Ireland without running water,...[full story]

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Matters arising

New urban village projects

Two new urban village projects have been announced...[full story]

Interchange plans unveiled

Plans to solve the traffic congestion at the junction...[full story]

Language strategies launched

Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has published...[full story]

More than a mortgage: The rising costs of childcare

In January, we launched our fifth annual Childcare...[full story]

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Business in brief

Gavaghan to lead CBI

Titanic Quarter Chief Executive David Gavaghan has...[full story]

New jobs for Derry

Seven Derry-based businesses have announced plans to...[full story]

Possible airport rail link

Rail passengers from Northern Ireland who regularly...[full story]

Businesses prepare for election

As political parties prepare for the general election...[full story]

Randox announces expansion plans

Global medical diagnostics provider Randox Laboratories...[full story]

New UFU CEO

Wesley Aston, a livestock farmer from Markethill,...[full story]

Corporation Tax Bill

Legislation to devolve corporation tax powers to Northern...[full story]

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Children in Northern Ireland report

How well do we safeguard children?

The Safeguarding Board asks “are we doing the right...[full story]

Fighting exploitation

Kathleen Marshall’s report into child sexual exploitation...[full story]

Children: a statistical picture

The 2011 Census’ findings about children and young...[full story]

Local Government Reforms: grasping the opportunities

Whilst 2013 ended with political parties reaching...[full story]

Cross-border children’s policy

North/South co-operation on child protection is supported...[full story]

Children’s strategy drafted

Junior ministers Jonathan Bell and Jennifer McCann...[full story]

PlayBoard: driving the play agenda

PlayBoard is an independent charity which promotes...[full story]

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Policing and justice report

Delivering justice: challenges and innovations

In a wide-ranging interview, David Ford discusses...[full story]

Pressures on policing

agendaNi summarises the PSNI’s financial situation...[full story]

Policing for the future

Police forces worldwide are struggling to meet rising...[full story]

Crime in numbers

agendaNi examines the trends for offending in Northern...[full story]

Prison population growing

Northern Ireland’s prison numbers are growing but...[full story]

The court caseloads

agendaNi examines the main recent trends in court...[full story]

Causes of crime

Andrew Percy discusses the factors which can lead...[full story]

Justice Bill under scrutiny

agendaNi considers the main proposals within the current...[full story]

Criminal records changes

The Department of Justice plans to make the criminal...[full story]

Hate crime rising

agendaNi examines how increased intolerance is resulting...[full story]

Fresh focus on civil legal aid

The cost of criminal legal aid is falling and attention...[full story]

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Corporate social responsibility report

The best commitment to the community

A comprehensive outline of George Best Belfast City...[full story]

CSR in practice

agendaNi looks at how Northern Ireland companies and...[full story]

Serving communities: Civil Service CSR

agendaNi reports on central government’s commitment...[full story]

Leading the way in CSR

Arthur Cox is not only one of Northern Ireland’s...[full story]

Defining standards in CSR

The ISO 26000 standard defines activities which can...[full story]

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Agri-food report

Bright future for agri-food sector

Richard Halleron looks at the bright prospects ahead...[full story]

Standing up for the dairy industry

Margaret Ritchie calls for action to protect dairy...[full story]

Skills for Growth

Mike Mullan is HR Director for Europe at Moy Park,...[full story]

Going for Growth in agri-food

Richard Halleron reports on the Agri Food Strategy...[full story]

Time to go public

Goodbody Stockbrokers’ Head of Research, Joe Gill,...[full story]

Giving consumers a voice

Maria Jennings, Director of the Food Standards Agency...[full story]

Diverging North/South prospects for beef industry

Richard Halleron reports on how Northern Ireland appears...[full story]

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Learning and skills report

The skills gap challenge

agendaNi considers the key trends and data for skills...[full story]

Further Education: Supporting the economy

Further Education is central to rebuilding and rebalancing...[full story]

The future of youth training

Peter Cheney examines the key changes proposed in...[full story]

Student trends

agendaNi looks at the trends and prospects for local...[full story]

Developing construction skills and training

Well-trained employees are safer, better skilled,...[full story]

Steady reform for qualifications

agendaNi assesses the direction of travel for local...[full story]

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Public sector reform report

Reform: the next phase

Peter Cheney examines the Executive’s plans for...[full story]

A one-stop shop for insurance

RSA Insurance, with its local offices in Law Society...[full story]

Governance in OECD spotlight

Northern Ireland has become the first region to have...[full story]

Learning when to share

Although sharing is a laudable exercise, in this article...[full story]

Tourist Board set for name change

It’s all change for the tourism body as recommendations...[full story]

New focus on innovation

agendaNi considers the practical results from Simon...[full story]

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People agenda

A taste of Ireland in Paris

The Centre Culturel Irlandais showcases the arts from...[full story]

A century of change

Old and new views are coming together in a new archives...[full story]

Mark McFeeters

Originally from Newtownards, Mark McFeeters is Youth...[full story]

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Public affairs

The European Council at work

Peter Cheney explains how decisions by EU leaders...[full story]

McLaughlin elected as Speaker

Sinn Féin MLA Mitchel McLaughlin has succeeded William...[full story]

A political brief

Dominic Grieve discusses his time in office as Westminster’s...[full story]

Expenses inquiry under scrutiny

A BBC Spotlight investigation into MLAs’ expenses...[full story]

No to Stormont House economy

ICTU’s John O’Farrell sets out the trade union...[full story]

The first committee Bill

The Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsperson...[full story]

Miliband sets out Labour vision

Peter Cheney reports on Labour’s policy agenda for...[full story]

Assembly round-up

Inter-party tensions have settled after the Stormont...[full story]

Claire Sugden MLA

Claire Sugden was co-opted as the independent unionist...[full story]

David Young

David Young is the Press Association’s chief reporter...[full story]

Consultation update

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

Progress in prison reform

Sue McAllister explains how the Northern Ireland Prison...[full story]

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