Category Archives: Issues

Deadlock dampens St Patrick’s Day

Visits to the United States for this year’s St Patrick’s Day took place against the backdrop of an unsettled political landscape. Ciarán Galway reports. Customary St Patrick’s Day expeditions to the US...

More than bricks and mortar

Northern Ireland’s largest social enterprise, Fold Housing Association, has highlighted that with an asset value of over £400 million, it is well-placed to help deliver Transforming Your Care and the Executive’s new...

Cross-community Irish

Peter Cheney considers how the Irish language can be promoted as part of culture for both main communities. Debates over language policy often divide opinion on traditional lines but away from the...

NICS voluntary exit scheme

Permanent personnel within the Northern Ireland Civil Service have been offered an opportunity to apply for voluntary redundancy packages. A one-year voluntary exit scheme to reduce the Civil Service’s headcount by around...

Taking gas forward

firmus energy has ambitious growth plans for Northern Ireland under its new owners. The addition of firmus energy to the natural gas market in Northern Ireland a decade ago has been instrumental...

Renewing the Republic

In a wide-ranging interview, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin talks to Owen McQuade about his aims for Irish society and the scope for delivering more North/South co-operation. Republicanism has remained at the...

New urban village projects

Two new urban village projects have been announced by OFMDFM junior ministers Jonathan Bell and Jennifer McCann. The regeneration projects will be based in the Markets, Sandy Row and Donegall Pass in...

Interchange plans unveiled

Plans to solve the traffic congestion at the junction of the M2, M3 and Westlink in Belfast have been announced by Transport Minister Danny Kennedy. The scheme, which is expected to cost...

Language strategies launched

Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has published two strategies to develop the Irish and Ulster-Scots languages and their heritage and culture up to 2035. The strategies cover education, public services, media and...