Category Archives: Economy

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...

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...

CAP deal finalized

Richard Halleron discusses the agreement with Michelle O’Neill. Agri-food representatives have expressed relief as a strict EU deadline was approaching in August. Farm Minister Michelle O’Neill has succeeded in securing a CAP...

Why rural matters

Mark Conway, Vice-Chair of Rural Housing Association, discusses the merits of Rural Housing Association’s new Rural Design Guide. Quite often in life it’s important to state the obvious. So here goes. In...

Housing: a mixed recovery

As house sales recover, agendaNi scrutinises the different trends for the volume and prices of transactions. Northern Ireland’s housing recovery, in terms of properties sold, is well under way with more than...

Planning for a bright future

As planning reform nears completion, URS offers a unique blend of experience for those seeking to engage with a changing system. URS’ planning team in Belfast is looking forward to a challenging...

Free trade across the Atlantic?

agendaNi summarises the main details of the proposed EU-US trade deal. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a potential free trade agreement covering the EU and USA. Talks were officially...