Category Archives: Issues

Budget dispute in numbers

The Department of Finance and Personnel maintains that refusing to implement welfare reform will result in £604 million in spending cuts in 2015-2016.  This refers to funding which the Executive would have...

O’Dowd calls for collaboration

Education Minister John O’Dowd is calling for more collaboration to meet the challenges facing Northern Ireland’s schools. He said that a good education is “central to the success of any society”. Addressing...

Environmental crime review

The findings of an independent review into the performance of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency’s crime unit have been welcomed by Environment Minister Mark H Durkan.  The review was carried out by...

New NILGA President

Armagh, Banbridge and Craivavon Alderman Carla Lockhart has been appointed as President of NILGA for 2015-2016. The DUP representative described her role as “a privilege and a challenge” at a time of...

Reform key to improving health and care

Continued reform, transformation and innovation are needed to deliver a world class health service for Northern Ireland, according to new Health Minister Simon Hamilton. He admitted that the challenges faced by the...

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The five education and library boards and their staff commission have been replaced by an Education Authority.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...