Category Archives: Public Affairs

Political Platform

Recently elected to replace David Ford as the Alliance MLA for South Antrim, long-serving councillor on Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, John Blair, is the first openly gay MLA and has a...

No VAT cuts without proper pay

Northern Ireland’s hospitality industry has benefited greatly from tax subsidies and the allocation of public funding. It is time for that to be reciprocated with improved wages, writes 
John O’Farrell of the...

‘Father of the house’ opts out

Two decades after being elected to Stormont, former Justice Minister David Ford has stepped down as an MLA. The English-born politician and the Alliance Party’s longest serving leader stepped down from his...

Peanuts and productivity

“The gig economy is a real-time admission of our generation’s mass failure of the young. It belongs in the same embarrassing corner as marriage bans and workhouses,” argues the Irish Congress of...

Meet the Media, Clodagh Rice

Business journalist at BBC NI, Clodagh Rice, discusses getting a break in the industry, working across multi-platforms and the value of learning from colleagues on a daily basis. How did you get...

‘Players and crap-hats’

The deployment of militarily aggressive British Army units to Northern Ireland – bristling with experience of colonial counter-insurgency tours in Aden, Cyprus, Kenya and Malaya – coupled with an unwillingness of the...

Donations and public funds

Over £250,000 in donations and public funds were accepted by Northern Ireland’s main political parties in the first quarter of 2018. Six political parties in Northern Ireland reported donations and public funds...

Party conferences

Media focus at Sinn Féin’s 2018 Ard Fheis was primarily concerned with two key junctures: the first was the party’s debate on abortion and the second was Mary Lou McDonald’s first televised...

Ulster Protestant identities

Unionism has come under renewed scrutiny amid the Tory-DUP confidence and supply arrangement. However, in the face of simplistic interpretations, the nuances and historical legacy of Protestant identities in Northern Ireland are...