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Nick Clegg in Belfast

Meadhbh Monahan observed Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg at Queen’s University Belfast. Strolling through the Great Hall in Queen’s University, pointing and remarking on the many portraits of alumni and former chancellors,...

Dangers in the night-time economy

More responsible behaviour is required in the night-time economy in order to save young lives and get rid of the culture of binge-drinking, the SDLP’s John Dallat tells agendaNi. In the week...

The new Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

The changing role of the committee after the devolution of justice. Set up in 1994 to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Northern Ireland Office (NIO), the Northern Ireland Affairs...

Welfare of Animals Bill

Purpose: to bring protection for non-farmed animals into line with standards on farms. One of old Stormont Parliament’s last laws, the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 1972 was designed to prevent...

Justice Bill update

The new Justice Bill has been published but is not as ambitious as some may have wanted, Emma Blee writes. The Assembly’s Justice Bill has been set out by David Ford but...

Voice your choice

John O’Farrell questions why benefit claimants will pay more towards filling the deficit than banks, and notes different approaches to the spending review within the private sector. Better choices, in his view,...

The new Shadow Cabinet

Despite losing out in Labour’s Shadow Cabinet elections, Shaun Woodward has resumed his post as Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary. The Labour leader can select some unsuccessful candidates for his frontbench team. Woodward...

The future of loyalism

Loyalist representatives can see light at the end of the tunnel, after a troubled year so far, but warn that their communities have been left far behind. The murder of Bobby Moffett...

Assembly round-up

MLAs should be well-briefed by the library, according to the Assembly Commission, and are about to start a steep learning curve as the budget approaches. The consequences of current and previous political...

Robert Skidelsky interview: deficit dissent

Leading Keynesian economist Robert Skidelsky spoke to Owen McQuade about cutting out wastage in government and how any savings should be spent on capital investment, “the seed corn of the future.” In...