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West Tyrone

As part of their campaign to install high profile candidates in predominantly nationalist constituencies, the SDLP has opted for party Chairman Joe Byrne for the West Tyrone seat. With his successor, Strabane...

Catholic grammars to go in education shake-up

In a move likely to face opposition from parents and teachers, the policy makers for Northern Ireland’s Catholic schools have launched a consultation detailing various options for a complete remodelling of the...

A culture of participation

Participation in sport in the province is much lower than the Programme for Government target of 53 per cent but the Assembly’s Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee wants to change that. In...

An opportune visit

The annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Washington conveniently came on the back of the devolution of policing and justice thus giving the province’s leaders a bargaining mechanism to entice prospective US...

Back to normal

As Stormont prepares to control law and order, as was originally intended, agendaNi analyses justice devolution and the surrounding dispute. One of the early intelligence reports about Northern Ireland’s Troubles reportedly noted...

Campaign spending

A pre-election UK Budget offers more good news than bad but the deficit still looms in the background. Give-aways were in short supply as Alasdair Darling took to the despatch box on...

Spilt fortunes

Sinn Féin came to its annual conference confident in government but less so in opposition, writes Peter Cheney. The prospect of devolving policing and justice could not have come at a better...

Social commentator

During her “annual vacation,” Texan country and folk musician Nanci Griffith took time out to tell Meadhbh Monahan why she enjoys the Belfast Nashville song-writers’ festival so much and reveals where she...

Not just good relations

Relations between the two communities have improved but sectarianism remains ingrained in Northern Ireland, the Community Relations Council’s Duncan Morrow tells Ryan Jennings. Naivety, he has been accused of. But naive he...

Health checks

Jim Wells updates Peter Cheney on the Health Committee’s role, one which the Chair thinks puts it above its Assembly counterparts. “We are the most important committee” is Jim Wells’ contention as...