Category Archives: Public Affairs

Careers agenda Louise McCutcheon

George Best Belfast City Airport duty manager Louise McCutcheon discusses her busy front-line job and the satisfaction of serving passengers. Please outline your career path to date. I had been working in...

Written in stone

Tom Hartley, author of a new book on the history of Milltown Cemetery, talks to Owen McQuade about Belfast’s chequered past and how our history is much more complex and layered than...

Tax transfer: the final steps

The goal of devolving corporation tax is in sight, Michael Smyth writes. It is highly likely that soon after the results of the Scottish referendum are known, the UK Government will begin...

The gunrunning centenaries

Peter Cheney looks back over the Larne and Howth gunrunnings, which marked the high point of the home rule crisis. In the spring and summer of 1914, Irish unionists and nationalists alike...

Scroungers: the false stereotype

ICTU’s John O’Farrell critiques the narrative put forward by the Coalition Government and conservative newspapers. It was just a throwaway line in a half-hearted editorial about care homes in the Daily Express....

The politicisation of agriculture

Richard Halleron sums up Stormont’s dispute over CAP reform. The week before Christmas last saw Stormont Finance Minister Simon Hamilton seek a judicial review following a decision taken by agriculture counterpart Michelle...

Sir John Gorman

1 February 1923 – 26 May 2014 The life of Sir John Gorman could best be described as full, active and varied. Known in more recent times as the sole Catholic unionist...

David McClarty MLA

23 February 1951 – 18 April 2014 David McClarty may have had one of the lower profiles at Stormont but also the widest level of respect for his integrity and good humour....

Assembly round-up

While Stormont was quieter than usual during the election campaign, the disputes over Gerry Adams’ arrest and respect for racial minorities caused deep division at the start and the end of the...