Category Archives: Public Affairs

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...

Obituary: Sam Foster

7 December 1931 – 19 August 2014 Environment Minister 1999 – 2002 From all tributes to Sam Foster, it is clear that he never abandoned his humble roots even when serving in...

Meet the media: John Campbell

BBC Northern Ireland’s Economics and Business Editor, John Campbell, discusses the state of the economy and the changing nature of media work. John studied journalism at Sheffield University before working on the...

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...

A new opportunity

Amid the tensions at Stormont, NILGA Chief Executive Derek McCallan looks forward to how the new councils will improve local democracy. Austerity, government reform and discord mean tension in the political sphere....

Birthday honours mark service

Ninety-five people from Northern Ireland were recognised for their service to society through this year’s Queen’s birthday honours list. Of these, 52 joined the Order of the British Empire, 38 received the...

Republic to regulate lobbying

Michael McKernan reviews how the Registration of Lobbying Bill will affect the policy process in the South. After three years of detailed policy formulation and widespread public consultation, the Irish Government’s lobbying...

NSMC nears 15-year mark

As the North/South Ministerial Council approaches its 15th anniversary, Michael McKernan assesses the reasons for its limited progress. The decision by unionists to pull out of the plenary session of the North/South...

This boy: Alan Johnson

Alan Johnson talks to Peter Cheney about how growing up in a deprived area influenced his political outlook. Labour needs to be more confident about its achievements, he emphasises, but the deficit...