Category Archives: Politics

Right to roam: Paul Maskey

Mobile phone roaming charges within Ireland are an “unfair taxation” for customers and should be abolished, according to Paul Maskey. Emma Blee talks to the Sinn Féin MLA. People in Northern Ireland...

Cyclists (Protective Headgear) Bill

Purpose: To require cyclists to wear helmets. All cyclists would be required to wear helmets on any road or open space, if the Cyclists (Protective Headgear) Bill is enacted. It passed its...

High Sheriff’s ceremonial role

Around 1,000 years ago a High Sheriff ran the military and looked after tax collection but the role is now much more honorary. Emma Blee writes. The office of High Sheriff is...

Assembly round-up

The Assembly completes its first full term, as political change gathers pace south of the border. 4 February 1969 is not a typical milestone in Northern Ireland’s history but it’s now a...

Danny Kennedy interview: finding a way

Tuition fees and the Budget are dominating Danny Kennedy’s workload four months into his term as Employment and Learning Minister. Peter Cheney asks the Minister about his plans. “All that I ask...

Draft Budget

 An overview of the draft Budget’s main points. It was an “invidious task”, according to Sammy Wilson, to manage a “significant real terms decrease” in funding. However, a “slash and burn” policy...

Planning power for councils

Edwin Poots has released details of the “most sweeping reforms to the planning system for 30 years” but other MLAs question its timing. Emma Blee analyses the plans. Councillors across Northern Ireland...

Hunting Bill debate

A private member’s Bill stalls after intense opposition from rural MLAs, but the Green Party plans to continue its campaign. An attempt to ban hunting with dogs has fallen in the Assembly...