Category Archives: Politics

DUP conference: a new direction?

Traditional DUP conference rhetoric stood in stark contrast to Robinson’s appeal to moderate voters. Meadhbh Monahan reports. “There can be no greater guarantee of our long-term security in the union than the...

UUP conference: looking forward

  Ulster Unionists are weighing up their place in the political system and considering how to reverse a long decline. Peter Cheney reports on the conference. ‘Common Sense Government’ seemed the right...

Green Party conference

The Green New Deal needs more than £12 million from 2011-2014 but it does act as a roadmap to a “social economy with green values at its core,” Green Party leader, Steven...

Brussels to Belfast

EU budget up 1.86% for 2012 After pressure from national governments, the EU’s 2012 Budget has been limited to a 1.86 per cent increase in payments, effectively a freeze when inflation is...

Programme for Timidity

John O’Farrell finds the Executive’s plans falling short. You wait months for some news of government action on the economy and then three arrive almost at once. The Northern Ireland Executive finally...

Westminster Notes

Winter fuel cut challenged A DUP motion calling on the Government to review its plans to cut winter fuel payment was defeated, with 205 MPs voting for and 280 against. The annual...

MLAs’ books of the year

As thoughts turn to Christmas reading, Assembly members share their favourite reads of 2011. Conall McDevitt Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs is an epic tome. It chronicles and dissects with brutal...

Assembly round-up

Slow progress on the Programme for Government is accompanied by a lack of legislation, as the year ends. Several MLAs have backed striking public sector workers but ministers face criticism for agreeing...

Justice Minister’s sunset clause

The Assembly must decide whether to keep or change the system for justice devolution by next May. Peter Cheney considers the options. Northern Ireland’s troubled history made the appointment of the Executive’s...