Category Archives: Public Affairs

The new Northern Ireland Bill

The Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill is Theresa Villiers’ first major piece of legislation as Secretary of State. agendaNi summarises the planned changes in the law on political donations, elections and the...

Westminster Lobbying Bill

Owen McQuade looks at the UK Government’s Lobbying Bill which has been branded as ineffective and unworkable. As the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill gets its second...

A North/South focus in the Oireachtas

The Oireachtas’ Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement focuses on the mutual interests of Northern Ireland and the Republic. Its Chairman, Joe McHugh, outlines how the committee contributes...

The last conflict generation?

Naomi Long believes that dealing with the past comprehensively will reduce sectarian tension. The Alliance MP discusses a potential way forward with Peter Cheney and reviews her time in Parliament to date....

Colletta Smith

Colletta Smith is BBC Northern Ireland’s Business Reporter. Originally from York, she presents the business news on Good Morning Ulster on Radio Ulster and has been with the station for the last...

Brussels to Belfast

Robinson backs EU membership Signalling a policy split in the DUP, First Minister Peter Robinson has indicated his support for the UK’s continued membership of the EU. Robinson told the Financial Times...

Conall McDevitt MLA

Conall McDevitt has been an SDLP MLA for South Belfast since January 2010 and is the party’s spokesman on policing and health. A Dubliner by birth, he has worked as an SDLP...

Transforming mental health

Consistent, well-funded services are needed to make Transforming Your Care’s plans a reality, BBC Health Correspondent Marie-Louise Connolly writes. Comedian Ruby Wax has it. So did the poet Sylvia Plath. Even the...

Welcoming the sporting world

The World Police and Fire Games broke the record for the largest sporting event in Northern Ireland’s history. Peter Cheney sums up another successful international event for the province. For ten days...

Westminster notes

Committee focuses on banking This autumn, the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee will look at local banking in its latest inquiry. The deadline for written submissions was 2 September and the committee sought...