Category Archives: Public Affairs

Education Bill undermines system: UUP

The Ulster Unionists are the Bill’s strongest critics, saying that it will centralise power and undermine grammar schools. Education is one of Stormont’s most contentious policy areas due to the academic selection...

Assembly round-up

Members were updated on the First and deputy First ministers’ Chinese visit and the potential disruption from Parliament Buildings’ roof renovations. Smaller parties are also warning of a ‘mission creep’ in OFMDFM’s...

Paul Girvan MLA

Paul Girvan was elected DUP MLA for South Antrim in 2003 and served until 2007. He was then co-opted to the Assembly in July 2010, succeeding William McCrea. Before entering elected politics,...

Jim Flanagan

Ballymena Guardian editor Jim Flanagan shares his perspective on the newspaper industry, the need for real commitment to the community in the local media, and the risks that the internet poses to...

Local hopes for G8 summit

For two days in June, world leaders will gather near Enniskillen for the G8 summit. agendaNi sums up the potential benefits for Northern Ireland and the wider economy. Northern Ireland will have...

Changed tone from Sinn Féin

Tensions at Stormont contributed to strong rhetoric from Sinn Féin at this year’s ard fheis. Peter Cheney analyses the party’s main messages. Sinn Féin’s 2013 ard fheis saw the party uniting in...

Winning the global race

Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna shares his views on the economy, education and the state of society with Peter Cheney. The senior Labour MP, with Irish roots, is seen as ‘one to...