Category Archives: Public Affairs

Assembly round-up

Inter-party tensions have settled after the Stormont House Agreement and MLAs have approved a Budget for 2015-2016. In an historic step, the Assembly has also appointed its first nationalist Speaker. After a...

Claire Sugden MLA

Claire Sugden was co-opted as the independent unionist MLA for East Londonderry last May and sits on the Assembly’s Employment and Learning Committee. She succeeded the late David McClarty for whom she...

David Young

David Young is the Press Association’s chief reporter in Ireland. Originally from Enniskillen, he attended Portora Royal, the University of Edinburgh and Napier University, and worked for the News Letter before joining...

Consultation update

Details of significant consultation exercises currently being carried out by government departments and other public sector bodies in Northern Ireland. Queries on individual consultations should be referred to the organisation concerned, as...

Progress in prison reform

Sue McAllister explains how the Northern Ireland Prison Service is changing its focus and helping to reduce reoffending. The Northern Ireland Prison Service reform programme is about to be completed. March 2015...

Boxing builds bridges

Sport is helping to connect young people across the community divide in Belfast and across the Atlantic as well. Peter Cheney reports on the Belfast Beltway Boxing Classic. Twice a year, the...

A force for change

Artist Rita Duffy talks to Owen McQuade about her work and her belief that art can be a force for change. Political art I did a project in Texas, in a place...

Careers agenda: Alan Stout

Alan Stout has worked in general practice in East Belfast over the last 12 years and is also involved in the area’s out-of-hours service. He tells agendaNi about the pressures of serving...

DUP aims for national power

The DUP set out ambitious aims for Westminster at its annual conference and also warned of much tougher times ahead in public spending. Peter Cheney reports. All eyes were on the general...

SDLP prepares for poll test

SDLP members are gearing up for a tough election campaign and are keen to tap into the public’s dissatisfaction with the DUP and Sinn Féin. Peter Cheney sums up their conference. The...