Category Archives: Business and Finance

Resourceful policing

Dominic Bradley, who chairs the Policing Board’s Resources and Improvement Committee, discusses its work with agendaNi and outlines the case for ring-fencing the police budget. The PSNI’s budget must be ring-fenced to...

Overcoming child poverty

Statistics show that the number of children in poverty in Northern Ireland has fallen slightly but targets are unlikely to be met. Emma Blee reports. A report published in November suggests that...

Northern Ireland’s health options

Allowing clinicians to invest surpluses and strong political leadership can help the Health Service cope with austerity, Gordon Marnoch writes. Northern Ireland faces extremely challenging times in meeting its commitments to maintain...

Planning for recovery: Edwin Poots

Following a number of high-profile planning controversies, Environment Minister Edwin Poots has outlined his proposals for a reformed, efficient and streamlined planning sector that will contribute to the economic recovery. agendaNi reports....

Many firsts: Mark Ennis

SSE Ireland’s Chairman, Mark Ennis, talks to Owen McQuade about the development of Airtricity from Iocal wind developer to a “full-blown” Irish energy utility. Airtricity has had many firsts in the energy...

Beyond PFI: Mark Hellowell

Edinburgh University’s Mark Hellowell considers what the future holds for the Private Finance Initiative after the financial crisis and spending review. What is driving the change away from PFI? There are a...

Anti-social networks

Tax is not ‘theft’ but serves a social purpose, John O’Farrell contends. The proportion of cuts to taxes by which the UK Coalition plans to address the deficit is three to one....