Category Archives: Public Affairs

A taste of Ireland in Paris

The Centre Culturel Irlandais showcases the arts from all parts of the island in the French capital. Director Nora Hickey M’Sichili talks to Peter Cheney about its work. Among the crowded streets...

A century of change

Old and new views are coming together in a new archives project. The passage of time’s effect on some well-known street scenes across the province is being recorded in a new project...

Mark McFeeters

Originally from Newtownards, Mark McFeeters is Youth Initiatives’ area manager for Downpatrick and has worked in the voluntary and community sector since leaving university. The charity carries out detached youth work, runs...

The European Council at work

Peter Cheney explains how decisions by EU leaders translate into policy back home. Four times a year, David Cameron reports to Parliament on the outcomes of the European Council – the gathering...

McLaughlin elected as Speaker

Sinn Féin MLA Mitchel McLaughlin has succeeded William Hay in the Speaker’s chair at Stormont. Sinn Féin MLA Mitchel McLaughlin has been elected as the first nationalist Speaker of the Northern Ireland...

A political brief

Dominic Grieve discusses his time in office as Westminster’s Attorney General with Peter Cheney, including the on-the-runs dispute, and the case for the European Convention on Human Rights. After four years of...

Expenses inquiry under scrutiny

A BBC Spotlight investigation into MLAs’ expenses has led to a police inquiry and calls for reform. A police investigation into expense claims by a number of MLAs is continuing following BBC...

The first committee Bill

The Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsperson Bill will soon become the first piece of legislation to be taken forward by an Assembly committee. agendaNi examines its proposed content. Committees make an important...

Miliband sets out Labour vision

Peter Cheney reports on Labour’s policy agenda for Northern Ireland, articulated during Ed Miliband’s recent visit to Belfast. Any reduction in corporation tax must be matched by action to tackle social inequality,...