Category Archives: Public Affairs

Winning against the world’s best

Ireland rugby players Alison Miller and Grace Davitt talk to Peter Cheney about victory over New Zealand in this summer’s World Cup and the satisfaction of seeing women’s sport recognised. While rugby...

Careers agenda: Ruth Jardine

Ruth Jardine teaches maths at Dundonald High School. Here, she tells agendaNi about the successful campaign to save the school and how she seeks to help pupils achieve their potential. What first...

Leading Europe

agendaNi summarises the personalities and priorities of the new EU leadership. Jean-Claude Juncker Seen as the ultimate insider, the Commission President entered politics straight after studying law. Juncker became Luxembourg’s Prime Minister...

Assembly round-up

The increasingly tense atmosphere at Stormont was tempered by tributes to Ian Paisley and other former members. Members made little progress on legislation or the Budget. Business at the Assembly in September...

Overcoming the North/South impasse

Northern division and southern indifference explains slow progress on cross-border co-operation, Andy Pollak writes. However, all-island tourism and business links stand out as success stories. It can be argued that people’s expectations...

A pay rise for all

John O’Farrell explains the rationale behind the unions’ Britain Needs a Pay Rise campaign. October marks the occasion for the poorest quarter of workers when they get a pay rise. The national...

Speaker Hay steps down

William Hay has stepped down from Assembly Speaker as part of an arrangement to share the position between the DUP and Sinn Féin. Hay’s retirement was brought forward by ill health and...

Obituary: George Savage

A quiet farmer from Donaghcloney, near Banbridge, George Savage represented Upper Bann in the Assembly between 1998 and 2003 and again from 2007 to 2011 and was also a longstanding member of...

Obituary: Albert Reynolds

3 November 1932 – 21 August 2014 An Taoiseach 1992 – 1994 Albert Reynolds’ upbringing was a humble and hard-working one. A self-made problem-solver, to whom the trappings of office meant little,...

Tories gear up for 2015

Tory morale rose during their annual conference in Birmingham but UKIP remains an electoral risk and some members are thinking about a post-Cameron leadership. Peter Cheney reports. It was as if a...