Category Archives: Issues

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...

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...