Category Archives: Public Affairs

Online registration

   A move by the Electoral Office to align Northern Ireland with the rest of Britain and facilitate online voter registration has been met with some opposition over concerns for jobs and...

Changing the conversation

As a critical feature of democracy, the public’s ability to shape debate within the Northern Ireland Assembly has been given a boost by the announcement that an official online petition facility is...

Meet the media

Evan Short is a journalist with the Belfast Media Group’s North Belfast News and Ireland Correspondent for the New York-based Irish Echo. His previous roles include five years spent working in the...

Political Platform

Clare Bailey MLA   Clare Bailey is the Deputy Leader of the Green Party and newly elected MLA for South Belfast. After becoming the party’s first ever Assembly member in Belfast she...

Female leaders inspiring change

In an era when global positions of power including the British Prime Minister, German Chancellor, Scottish and Northern Irish First Ministers and potentially the US President are occupied by women, Belfast Deputy...

From MLA hopeful to Seanad

When Belfast’s youngest ever former Lord Mayor Niall Ó Donnghaile submitted his nomination papers to challenge for a seat at Stormont in his native constituency of East Belfast he had no idea...

NI Assembly Election 2016

The votes have been cast, the numbers have been tallied and the winners and losers have been announced. Following an unremarkable general election in terms of upsets or major changes, the outcomes...

Assembly committees

The make-up and membership of the Assembly’s nine statutory committees and five standing committees have been revealed. Statutory committees Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Chairperson: Linda Dillon (SF) Deputy Chairperson:...

Bleak outlook for agriculture

Ulster Unionist MEP Jim Nicholson put it very succinctly when he said that the Irish border automatically becomes the formal frontier between the UK and the European Union the instant that Brexit...

New permanent secretaries appointed

Permanent secretaries are the most senior civil servants in each department and work to ensure that the Northern Ireland Civil Service supports the Assembly, the Executive and the institutions of government. Politically...