Category Archives: Issues

The leaders: Dawn Purvis interview

In the last of our series on party leaders, the PUP’s Dawn Purvis answers Peter Cheney’s questions on loyalism and her campaign for cleaner politics, along with telling why she thinks hers...

Saving & spending

Finance Minister Sammy Wilson talks straight with Peter Cheney about the fiscal challenges ahead for Northern Ireland, cutting the number of public bodies and his views on EU membership. A gentle learning...

The leaders: Gerry Adams interview

The Sinn Féin President discusses his roots, mentors and republicanism’s future direction with Owen McQuade in the latest in our series of interviews with party leaders. Adams remembers clearly the first time...

The leaders: Peter Robinson interview

The DUP leader restates the case for devolution and emphasises his party’s independent thinking, as he discusses his role with Owen McQuade and Peter Cheney in the latest in our series of...

Frank Mitchell

Splitting his time now between U105 radio, his weather updates and filming ‘Ultimate Ulster’, Frank Mitchell is familiar with both forms of broadcast media but still enjoys its simple pleasures. How did...

Delivering effective child maintenance

Mary Quinn leads the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Division within the Department for Social Development. She discusses the complex issues within its remit with Owen McQuade and how the organisation has turned...

Big picture policing and justice

Barry Gilligan talks through his priorities for law and order with agendaNi as he takes up the Policing Board chair. As he starts to lead Northern Ireland’s police oversight body, Barry Gilligan...

Gregory Campbell interview

Sport, languages, museums and libraries fall within the varied Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure portfolio. Peter Cheney and Ryan Jennings discuss the key issues with Minister Gregory Campbell. While most ministerial...

Selling science

Seán Hogan, Chairperson of Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), discusses the origins of the organisation and the work it carries out with Owen McQuade. “The department commissions the science and then AFBI...

Empey

A native of Newcastle, Willie has been a Down District councillor for the area since 2001 and was elected to the Assembly for South Down in 2003. He takes a keen interest...