Category Archives: Issues

No return for nationalism?

The Westminster election results of 2017 could well be remembered as the moment in which the SDLP reached the point of no return. Chris Donnelly writes. Nationalist and unionist voters resolved themselves...

UUP survival: nothing else matters

On the back of a third major election in just over 12 months, Alex Kane analyses the fortunes of the UUP amidst successively worsening electoral results. It’s the ‘yet again’ phrase, which...

How can government bridge the digital skills gap?

Civica Digital Managing Director, Chris Doutney explores the challenges and opportunities ahead for delivering better government services. In a recent report, the National Audit Office warned that government departments face the risk...

The Northern Ireland House Price Index

In May 2012, Land & Property Services (in association with the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency) launched its first official House Price Index which charted the change in house prices since...

BMAP: back to the drawing board

Following a ruling by the Court of Appeal that “impermissible” steps were taken in securing an amendment to the Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan (BMAP), the planning blueprint reverts to its draft form...

Martin McGuinness: death of a statesman

Martin McGuinness, an eminent icon of Irish political life, has died in his native Derry. From the terraced streets of the Bogside to the salubrious surroundings of Stormont, the once undisputed bastion...

Caring for our older population

There is a real need to have a clear plan about how we provide social care in Northern Ireland in the future, particularly for our older people, says the Patient and Client...

Caring for carers

The Caring for Carers strategy first published in 2006 recognised the need for support carers to have access to a social life, training, education, availability of information and support services. Carers are...