Category Archives: Issues

Schools and sizes

Hundreds of schools in Northern Ireland could be under threat of closure due to low pupil numbers. agendaNi looks at the debate around school viability. A map, based on Department of Education...

Care beyond buildings

The Health Service must end “almost an obsession” with buildings as most care can take place outside hospitals, the RCN’s Garrett Martin tells Peter Cheney. Health is everyone’s responsibility and all government...

Leaving the care system

Research shows that children in long-term residential care need a smoother transition into adulthood. Meadhbh Monahan reports. “High need” young people from Northern Ireland who have been in residential care most of...

Inside the Social Economy Strategy

agendaNi reviews DETI’s plan for the sector. “An enterprise environment which encourages greater social entrepreneurial activity and is supportive of those SEEs [social economy enterprises] that want to grow” is DETI’s stated...

A Big Society economy

Peter Cheney tracks David Cameron’s interest in social enterprise. Nurses seem an unlikely example of social enterprise but when four of them walked up Downing Street in November, they showed how the...

Party policy summary

The social economy accounts for between 5-8 per cent of economic activity in Northern Ireland, according to the Social Economy Network and the main political parties have stated their support for the...

Lisa Smyth

Lisa Smyth, the Belfast Telegraph’s Health Correspondent, has moved from reporting the courts to covering the wide range of topics that make up the health news. The hope and courage of people...

Time to speed up rail

Reg McCabe puts the case for a faster Belfast-Dublin railway, with two stops, and predicts that a continental-style rail link is possible. The current service fails to compete with quicker road journeys....