Category Archives: Issues

The Stormont House deal

Peter Cheney analyses the Stormont House Agreement. The main features include conditional loans from Westminster and a potential way to resolve the legacy of the Troubles. The Stormont House Agreement is effectively...

Budget secured for 2015-2016

Peter Cheney analyses the Executive’s new financial plans and their implications for public services. The Budget will mark the start of a period of austerity as pressure on the block grant grows....

Seeking asylum

Life for Northern Ireland’s asylum seekers is characterised by a long wait on a low income. Three people who have experienced the system talk to Peter Cheney and share their hopes for...

Call to reduce hospital numbers

Liam Donaldson’s governance review calls for a radical change in how Northern Ireland delivers health services, in order to improve quality and safety for patients. agendaNi reports on his findings. Northern Ireland...

Balancing speaking up with speaking out

PwC Partner Ian McConnell reflects on the changing nature of whistle-blowing and the increasing requirement on organisations to ensure that wrongdoing is reported. When Paul Kimmage’s book, Rough Ride, exposed the widespread...

Improving local services

The new councils must provide the best possible service to residents, Mark H Durkan contends, despite the financial challenges ahead. The Environment Minister discusses the final steps in local government reform with...

Rewarding environmental success

Phoenix has once again received the top accolade for its green credentials. Phoenix Natural Gas has been recognised for its significant impact in the area of environmental responsibility by achieving platinum status...

Economic Strategy: a progress report

Northern Ireland moved from recession to recovery over the course of 2013-2014. The Executive’s Economic Strategy has achieved high levels of inward investment but export performance has been lower than anticipated. agendaNi...

NI Water dispute ends

After weeks of negotiations and industrial action which at its worst point saw around 9,000 homes throughout Northern Ireland without running water, it appears that a deal has finally been reached between...

Developing public service leadership

The new MSc in Public Policy at Queen’s is developing a new generation of public service leaders. Queen’s University Belfast has announced the launch of an exciting new cross-disciplinary and part-time executive...