Category Archives: Issues

Population projections updated

Northern Ireland’s population is projected to reach 1.9 million by 2020, according to new projections released by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA). The region was home to 1.81 million...

Greg Lloyd: why planning matters

Land is a finite resource which needs to be used for the common good, writes Greg Lloyd. Planning is the process that allows for society to debate and decide what is in...

Simple maths: the costs of division

We cannot afford to be seen as a divided society, says Ben Collins, Director of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors for Northern Ireland and Wales. In today’s globalised economy, Northern Ireland...

Leaving the bail-out

Michael McKernan shares his perspective as the Republic prepares to regain its economic independence. It’s official. Ireland has decided to leave the ‘bail-out’ as and from 15 December 2013. It is a...

There’s more to life than GDP

The measure of a city is not just about GDP, Stephen Smyth and Esmond Birnie write. Other social factors attract both people and investors and by these measures Belfast is in the...

Japan visit promotes investment

Following on from the G8 summit, the First and deputy First Ministers have visited Japan on a four-day trade mission. The trip took place alongside an Irish Government mission led by Enda...

Plan to tackle economic inactivity

Employment Minister Stephen Farry and Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster have announced a draft strategy for tackling economic inactivity in Northern Ireland. Farry explained that his overarching goal is a “stable and competitive...

Work-life balance

The concept of work-life balance, whereby employees achieve a healthy balance between their work and personal life, is not a new phenomenon. Rather the importance of enabling employees to reach a suitable...