Category Archives: Issues

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...

Planning: a high corruption risk

The Department of the Environment needs to build “a strong anti-fraud culture” among planners before planning policy is transferred to the new councils, the Northern Ireland Audit Office has stated. The transfer...

The survival of the Seanad

Voters have chosen to keep the Oireachtas’ second chamber, delivering a setback for the Irish Government. In an unexpected move, the Republic’s voters have chosen to retain Seanad Éireann, the upper house...

Rosemary Bennett

Belfast-born Rosemary Bennett has been The Times’ Social Affairs Correspondent since 2006. She read politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University before working in political journalism with Reuters, The Financial Times and...

Plan to improve fodder supply

An action plan to improve fodder supply for the livestock industry over the next 12 months has been published by Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill. This follows a year of poor weather conditions...

Educational area profiles published

The education and library boards have published profiles of information on schools and the pupil population in each of Northern Ireland’s council districts. The profiles are available on the board websites. “This...

Deliver solutions on division: Ford

Northern Ireland cannot take its progress for granted, Justice Minister David Ford has said, reflecting on the G8 summit and the World Police and Fire Games. He praised the efforts of the...