Category Archives: Issues

Naming the new councils

A settlement has now been reached for the names of the 11 councils. The preliminary titles of the 11 new councils were first unveiled in a report made by the Local Government...

A Google worldview

Google’s Peter Barron discusses mobile search, privacy and doing business in Ireland with Peter Cheney. “It’s all about mobile,” Peter Barron says of the digital world’s over-riding trend. The Belfast-born man, now...

Joining up journeys

Translink explain why Park and Ride is the smart move for keeping Northern Ireland connected. Park and Ride is key to unlocking greater connectivity and journey choice for commuters across Northern Ireland....

NCA takes on full powers

National Crime Agency officers are now able to fully support the PSNI, subject to detailed oversight arrangements. The National Crime Agency (NCA) has become fully operational in Northern Ireland after extensive negotiations...

Focus on the future at the Balmoral Show

Richard Halleron reports on how two live issues for the future of agriculture – EU membership and the role of young farmers – sparked discussion at this year’s Balmoral Show. Agriculture Minister...

DUP reshuffles ministers

The DUP has made new appointments to its ministerial posts following the Health Minister’s resignation and the general election. Following the resignation of Health Minister Jim Wells, the DUP has reshuffled four...

Education’s new structures

Major change is under way in the education system. Gráinne McCarry summarises the newly established Education Authority, and the region’s sectoral organisations. The Education Authority began its work on 1 April, with...

A view from the chair

Assembly Speaker Mitchel McLaughlin is keen to see more tolerance in society and a more respectful atmosphere at Stormont.  He discusses his unique political role with Peter Cheney. As the Assembly’s first...