Category Archives: Issues

Pay up on corporation tax: Cameron

David Cameron has called for multi-nationals in the Republic of Ireland to pay the full 12.5 per cent rate of corporation tax as he prepares to decide on the devolution of that...

A creative society

Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister Carál Ní Chuilín highlights how sport benefits society and discusses the case for government investment in the arts with Peter Cheney. Three years into her role as...

Health complaints on the rise

Ombudsman Tom Frawley is calling for clearer responses when families question the quality of health and care services. Complaints about health and social care services have almost doubled over the last year...

The way ahead in energy

Richard Murphy analyses the European and all-island policy proposals that will affect the future of local energy markets. Energy regulators in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have published their plans...

Our education performance

Statistics show how large gaps in the performance of schools – often in the same category – are holding back many children. A strong emphasis on improvement is needed to drive up...

Legal aid: the way ahead

agendaNi summarises the debate over the Legal Aid and Coroners’ Courts Bill which will set up a new agency responsible for this contentious area. Lawyers maintain that cutting legal aid can indirectly...

Racial equality strategy

Peter Cheney analyses the draft racial equality strategy, which sets out ambitious aims but lacks detail about how they will be achieved. Northern Ireland’s racial equality strategy has finally been published in...

OTR conclusions

Peter Cheney examines the key aspects from Lady Justice Hallett’s report into the on-the-runs scheme. Inquiries Peter Robinson had demanded a public inquiry but David Cameron granted a judge-led review. A public...

The arm’s length reviews

agendaNi analyses the implications of the Consumer Council and Tourist Board reviews. The future of two well-known public bodies has come under scrutiny as the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI)...

Export: make it a reality

Alan Bissett, partner in Arthur Cox Belfast, looks at Northern Ireland’s export potential and the complementary and supportive roles of government and private sector advisors. If you’re just back from a holiday...