Category Archives: Issues

Welfare reform: the highest impact?

A NICVA-commissioned report suggests that cuts to some welfare budgets will affect local households more than those in Britain. Northern Ireland will be the region most affected by welfare reform, according to...

We are all stakeholders

Marie Cowan, Chair of the Integrated Education Fund, contends that the future of education must be planned to meet the needs of society as a whole rather than of vested interests. The...

Teachers are the future of education

Dr Carmel Gallagher, recently appointed Registrar of the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland, reflects on her first year leading GTCNI’s campaign to promote greater understanding and respect for teaching as a...

Single telecoms market proposed

Europe is moving towards a single telecoms market which is likely to result in lower charges. The European Commission has adopted a new legislative package on building a single telecoms market. The...

Antrim customers on ‘cloud’ 9

When Antrim Borough Council transformed itself into a customer centric organisation, ICT was the key enabler. The customers of Antrim Borough Council are on ‘cloud’ 9 as Antrim has put local people...

Broadband success in Northern Ireland

Michael McKernan sums up the local performance, which leads several national league tables. Relative to the ups and downs of some other economic sectors, broadband development in Northern Ireland has been a...

Europe’s greenest capital

Copenhagen’s European Green Capital project manager Anne-Marie Larsen outlined the city’s progress at the Northern Ireland Environment Forum. Copenhagen – a city of 550,000 people – will be the European Green Capital...

PUP seeks unionist unity

Progressive Unionist Party leader Billy Hutchinson has called for more “unionist unity” at his party conference in Lurgan. “Unionism remains divided and one of the key tactics of Irish republicanism has been...