Category Archives: Issues

New fine enforcement plans

Justice Minister David Ford has published proposals on improving fine collection and enforcement. A consultation on the topic will run until 6 June and the main thrust is to replace police-led enforcement...

New fine enforcement plans

Justice Minister David Ford has published proposals on improving fine collection and enforcement. A consultation on the topic will run until 6 June and the main thrust is to replace police-led enforcement...

Enterprise zone debate

The first enterprise zone in 30 years has been welcomed by Finance Minister Simon Hamilton following its announcement in the Budget. The site will be adjacent to the University of Ulster at...

Budget reactions

The UK Budget indicates the continued challenge of reducing the deficit. Pension reform was the dominant theme in George Osborne’s Budget although it received little attention from local political commentators. The devolution...

Let’s build a future for everyone

John Armstrong, Managing Director of the Construction Employers Federation, argues that the schools estate should be planned with integration in mind. Recession has been hard on most sectors, but it is common...

Gas to the West opens for bidders

Utility Regulator Jenny Pyper has launched the competition to extend the gas network into the west of Northern Ireland. The long-awaited project will cover Strabane, Omagh, Enniskillen, Derrylin, Dungannon, Coalisland, Cookstown and...

Single planning policy announced

Proposals for a single planning policy statement for Northern Ireland have been published by Environment Minister Mark H Durkan. A consultation on the draft statement will close on 29 April and the...

Extra funds for road maintenance

The Executive’s January monitoring round has released £20 million for road maintenance, including £3 million set aside for cycling projects, improving bus stations and constructing new crash barriers. Welcoming the announcement, Transport...

A choice between childcare and career?

The impact that high childcare costs have on families has been highlighted across the media over recent months. Most recently, attention has turned to how rising costs are affecting parental working patterns....