Category Archives: Issues

Election campaign commences

One of the least predictable UK general elections since 1945 will take place on Thursday, 7 May, with 18 seats to be contested in Northern Ireland. Parliament was dissolved on 30 March...

Education Authority goes live

The five education and library boards and their staff commission have been replaced by an Education Authority. The new body became operational from 1 April and, with an annual budget of £1.5...

New councils take shape

Peter Cheney looks back on the story of local government so far and the way ahead for Northern Ireland’s 11 new councils. Almost 42 years after the last reorganisation of Northern Ireland’s...

Public procurement: a new era

Leading law firm Arthur Cox recently held a seminar on the updated Public Contract Regulations, outlining how they will lead to a more efficient and streamlined approach for contracting authorities. Over 100...

Education budget announced

agendaNi considers the impact of this year’s education budget and gauges reaction from within the teaching sector. A £28 million cut to the Department of Education’s aggregated schools budget is set to...

The case for outsourcing

Outsourcing can cut your IT costs by 30 per cent and improve efficiency. As new technologies continue to emerge, IT remains a key enabler for the transformation of existing public services and...

Optimistic outlook

Danske Bank UK Chief Executive Gerry Mallon talks to Owen McQuade about the bank’s 2014 record profit and the challenges in the personal and business banking sectors. 2014 was a “great year”...