Category Archives: Public Affairs

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...

UUP regains confidence

Peter Cheney found an increasing mood of optimism at the UUP conference. Mike Nesbitt put forward a positive message as the party sought to continue its recovery. Ulster Unionists appeared to be...

Human rights and surveillance

Birgit Schippers examines how aerial and electronic surveillance are altering the balance between security and privacy, and the potential impact on other freedoms in society. ‘Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?’ The question of...

The Iris Robinson report

An Assembly investigation into Iris Robinson’s conduct has found a serious breach of the code for failing to declare £50,000 in payments. Almost five years after the BBC Spotlight programme on Iris...

Education Bill approved

While the Education Authority is less ambitious than ESA, political agreement on the reform represents a positive step. Michael McKernan reports. In September of this year, Education Minister John O’Dowd – recognising...

A society, if you can keep it

John O’Farrell warns that austerity will permanently end some public services and highlights how funding the arts links into other policy aims. Cut by cut across department by department: the reduction in...

Assembly round-up

Health became an increasingly high priority at Stormont during November. However, progress on many other issues will depend on a positive outcome to the cross-party talks. The Assembly’s proceedings in November were...

Meet the Media: Ian Greer

As editor of the Tyrone Courier, Ian Greer’s circulation area covers Dungannon, Cookstown and Magherafelt. Here, he discusses his career to date, the workings of the paper and the highlights of covering...

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...