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Ian Paisley’s Sri Lankan adventures

North Antrim representative and DUP MP Ian Paisley Jr faces the prospect of becoming the first politician to lose his seat under parliamentary expenses legislation. agendaNi assesses the incoming recall petition, Paisley’s...

Media materialism

How might reality television influence your concerns for the less fortunate? Rodolfo Leyva from the Department of Media and Communications in the London School of Economics writes. At first glance, the question...

EU fines Google €4.3 billion

As the regulatory battle with global corporations continues to rage in Europe, the European Commission has fined search engine giant Google €4.3 billion in a landmark judgement against the breaching of competition...

Political Platform

Recently elected to replace David Ford as the Alliance MLA for South Antrim, long-serving councillor on Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, John Blair, is the first openly gay MLA and has a...

No VAT cuts without proper pay

Northern Ireland’s hospitality industry has benefited greatly from tax subsidies and the allocation of public funding. It is time for that to be reciprocated with improved wages, writes 
John O’Farrell of the...

‘Father of the house’ opts out

Two decades after being elected to Stormont, former Justice Minister David Ford has stepped down as an MLA. The English-born politician and the Alliance Party’s longest serving leader stepped down from his...

Summer 2018 economic analysis

‘Some good news, but challenging times ahead,’ writes Gareth Hetherington, Director of the Ulster University Economic Policy Centre, an independent economic research unit based in the Ulster University Business School. The local...

Enabling the wealth creators

A thriving economy is at the heart of every vibrant, harmonious society. And a thriving society is at the heart of every vibrant, harmonious economy, writes Anne Donaghy, Chief Executive of Mid...

Reversing the race to the bottom

Northern Ireland’s productivity doesn’t only rely on resources and investment. It also requires a skilled, stable and motivated workforce, writes economist Paul Mac Flynn. Productivity has become one of the most concerning...