Category Archives: Issues

Swing to the poles

In both Britain and Northern Ireland alike, the 2017 Westminster election has polarised the electorate to an extent not visible in decades. Ineptitude of May Theresa May’s gamble to secure a sizeable...

The DUP and Brexit

Since the UK general election there has been much media analysis of the DUP and its approach towards Brexit. Owen McQuade unpacks the party’s stance. The DUP has always supported Brexit. It...

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...