Category Archives: Public Affairs

Transforming public services

Bill McCluggage looks at the role of technology in transforming public services. Technology and its impact on the public sector has been a roller-coaster ride involving an ever-increasing speed of change over...

Eddie McGrady

MP for South Down 1987–2010 3 June 1935–11 November 2013 Ever a quiet man, Eddie McGrady was held in high esteem throughout a long career and latterly through the many tributes received...

Maze campaign bolsters UUP

Mike Nesbitt addressed an increasingly confident UUP at its party conference in Belfast. The real test for his leadership, though, will come in next spring’s local and European polls. Ulster Unionists were...

NI21 takes to the stage

NI21 is in an upbeat mood but a lot more work – and policy detail – is needed if it wants to catch up with the Executive parties. By attracting 250 delegates...

DUP marks decade on top

The DUP is confident about its prospects and cutting towards its critics. Peter Cheney reports on its conference, which sought to end a difficult year for the party. Ten years as Northern...

TUV’s year of success

For one of Stormont’s smallest parties, the TUV has had a year of substantial success. The party gathered at the Royal Hotel, Cookstown, after seeing its Bill on special advisers being enacted...

Back of the helping hand

Welfare reform will badly affect the working poor, John O’Farrell explains. The debate draws a false picture of people who need benefits. As anyone who has had to deal with a small...