Category Archives: Public Affairs

Contentious, so to speak

Following the use of a petition of concern to protect the Speaker of the Assembly from a backlash in the aftermath of his recent performance in the role, agendaNi analyses the potential...

Paul Bew: building agreement

Renowned historian Paul Bew, ennobled for his role in facilitating the Good Friday Agreement, speaks to agendaNi about the power-sharing mechanism and the implications of a collapse of the institutions. The extent...

EIB says no to Northern Ireland

Plans to create a Northern Ireland Infrastructure Fund to attract investment for large-scale improvement projects have been dealt a major blow by the European Investment Bank’s (EIB) decision to step back from...

In defence of special advisers

Former Stormont special adviser Michael McKernan thinks the current criticism of ‘SPADs’ is somewhat excessive. The Renewable Heat Incentive controversy which has collapsed the Stormont Executive has unleashed a whirlwind of public...

Intricacies of inquiry

Public inquiries are a core component of modern democracies. agendaNi explores the intricacies of what is often an oversimplified and misread process of investigation. Often in the immediate aftermath of a controversial...

State papers

The latest tranche of state papers released by PRONI, spanning across three decades, reveal a myriad of comtemporary concerns and complexities for the British Government’s Northern Ireland Office and the Irish Government’s...

Trades Union desk

“Things got out of hand.” Whenever I hear government ministers exclaim their admiration for Singapore as a model for a UK unfettered by the rules of the EU Single Market, I reach...

Meet the Media

Journalist at the Belfast Telegraph Rebecca Black discusses her passion for the job, admiration for the late Liam Clarke and the pros and cons of social media in shaping modern news coverage....

Political Platform

Emma Little Pengelly Formerly a Special Adviser in the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister, Emma Little Pengelly was co-opted into the Assembly in 2015 and assumed position as...