Category Archives: Economy

Bringing local quality to ICT solutions

With the Review of Public Administration in Northern Ireland under way and new shadow councils already elected, attention is now turning to the tangible transformation of local government services. Public sector organisations...

Greening the recovery

agendaNi reports on how green issues have become mainstream for business representatives, trade unions and government alongside the recovery. A growing economy is resulting in a greater focus on ‘green’ economic activities...

Mixed prospects for manufacturing

Rising manufacturing output is driving recovery but industry leaders are seeking more action on rates and energy costs. Despite experiencing steady decline over recent decades, particularly in the traditional areas of shipbuilding...

Recovery on the horizon for construction

CITB-ConstructionSkills NI Chief Executive Barry Neilson outlines its expectations for the industry over the next five years. The economic downturn has been tough for all industries, particularly construction. Over the last three...

Economic inactivity strategy

The forthcoming economic inactivity strategy aims to bring more people into the workforce. Northern Ireland has had the highest level of economic inactivity in the UK for the past 30 years. Economic...

Breaking parity

Victor Hewitt explains the finances of welfare and the consequences for public expenditure if Northern Ireland moves away from parity with Britain. At the start of 2014 Simon Hamilton, the Minister of...

Measuring well-being

The Carnegie UK Trust’s Measuring Wellbeing in Northern Ireland report looks at how social progress is assessed and lessons from Scotland and Scandinavia. In 2009, the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission found GDP to be...

Tourism’s highs and lows

Tourist numbers show growth in visitors coming from Great Britain but decline in visitors from the Republic. Between March 2013 and March 2014, the number of overnight trips to Northern Ireland stood...

Bringing the wind with us

National Economic and Social Council policy analyst Jeanne Moore explains how genuine consultation with communities can help Ireland’s energy sector to maximise its potential. Ireland faces the extraordinary challenge of transforming its...