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Journey times cut

Travelling throughout Ireland is becoming much easier thanks to modern roads that cut journey times drastically and make previously unconsidered trips more realistic. Gone are the days of police check-points which were...

Churches make fair banking call

Northern Ireland’s banks will meet church leaders after their claim that financial institutions were profiteering at the expense of small businesses. Poor lending, increased charges and unfair treatment of customers were among...

Esmond Birnie Q&A

How hard were the hard choices? On 22 June 2010, just 90 days after Alistair Darling warned in his final Budget speech that “there are tough choices ahead”, his successor, George Osborne,...

Businesses on the Budget

Businesses have been largely welcoming of George Osborne’s Budget, particularly the paper into rebalancing Northern Ireland’s economy. The reduction of corporation tax to 24 per cent over the next three years is...

In practice

As part of its well-being report, agendaNi looks at workplace initiatives taken across the UK to protect employees’ mental health. Anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, self- harm and dementia are some of the mental...

Roundtable discussion

With the rise in mental health difficulties and stress problems in the workplace, HSENI brings together key professionals in occupational health to discuss how managers should respond. As well as its intrinsic...

Coalition skills plans

Reversing the over-importance placed on higher education is emerging as the coalition’s main theme as it gears its skills policy around the economic recovery. Skills policy is a devolved matter except for...

A right to training

A new Assembly law aims to make training for employees easier but plans are on hold until the economic pressure on business eases. Northern Ireland’s employees will have the right to ask...

Programme update

agendaNi tracks the Programme for Government’s main commitments on skills and checks what has been achieved or not to date. A highly skilled and flexible workforce is one of the ingredients for...

Skills for the future

A follow up to the 2006 skills strategy, Success through Skills 2 prepares for a future where 90 per cent of jobs will require formal qualifications and a highly skilled workforce. This...