Category Archives: Issues

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”...

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...