Category Archives: Issues

Derry scientist awarded Nobel Prize

A Derry-born scientist has been awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize for Medicine at a ceremony in Stockholm. Professor William C Campbell (85) was jointly awarded the accolade along with Japanese scientist Satoshi...

Firms hiring rate increases

A recent economic survey suggests that despite a major slump in manufacturing, businesses are hiring at their fastest rate in 14 months. Ulster Bank’s latest purchasing managers index (PMI) for November suggests...

Foster to lead the DUP

Stormont Finance Minister, Arlene Foster looks set to become the third leader of the DUP. Foster is the sole nominee to replace current First Minister and DUP party leader, Peter Robinson when...

Pay stalemate at bombardier

The future of Bombardier’s operations in Northern Ireland have been thrown into doubt after workers rejected proposals to alter wages and working conditions, it has been claimed. The plane-maker has asked its...

The crippling cost of childcare

In November we launched our latest Childcare Cost Survey, the findings of which show that the cost of childcare continues to rise, with a full-time place now costing £8,528 per year.  Of...

Better Healthcare

Dr John D Woods chair of the Northern Ireland council of the British Medical Association (BMA) talks to Owen McQuade about the challenges facing healthcare in Northern Ireland. The aim of the...

Business rates review underway

agendaNi takes a look at the Department of Finance and Personnel’s review of Northern Ireland’s business rates. The Department of Finance and Personnel’s (DFP) Minister, Arlene Foster MLA recently announced the start...

Catching up on public procurement

Almost a year after the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 came into force, what have been their practical experiences? For those whose work is related to public procurement, February 26th, 2015, is a...