Category Archives: Business and Finance

Defining unemployment

Right now, over 55,000 people in Northern Ireland know the everyday pressures of unemployment but the question of who exactly is unemployed has several answers. Government statistics divide the labour market into...

Manufacturing seeks help

With the manufacturing sector experiencing a further decline in output and continual job losses, it is calling for the Executive to intervene. Meadhbh Monahan reports. Northern Ireland needs a low carbon economic...

Alcohol pricing debate

New legislation to tackle alcohol misuse is “imperative” according to law-makers. Meadhbh Monahan outlines the key proposals. Alcohol misuse costs Northern Ireland approximately £900 million per year and the ministers for social...

Paying our way

2010’s second budget makes a start on cutting the deficit but, as expected, proves unpopular. Supporters see it as a necessity but detractors warn that it will punish the poor. All parties...

Robert Skidelsky

Keynes’ biographer Lord Robert Skidelsky is to address this year’s Northern Ireland Economic Conference. agendaNi profiles the professor of political economy. Lord Skidelsky is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University...

Going for broke

With the emergency Budget looking to cut the deficit, Owen McQuade looks at the risks of such deep cuts in stalling the economic recovery. The UK’s emergency Budget of 22 June aims...