Category Archives: Business and Finance

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....

Research in the marketplace

Research Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn talks to Meadhbh Monahan about the need for more integration between researchers and business and the benefits of an EU patent. Europe’s Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner is...

New economics of computing

Barry McLean talks to Owen McQuade about Microsoft’s work in Northern Ireland, 10 years since its arrival, and cloud computing’s potential for the public sector. Microsoft started its operations in Northern Ireland...

‘No extra pain’ from NAMA

Peter Stewart, who chairs the Northern Ireland NAMA Advisory Committee speaks to Meadhbh Monahan about the agency’s outlook for the region. Selling off the commercial investments and undeveloped land acquired by NAMA...