Category Archives: Public Affairs

AP McCoy: winner all right

Champion jockey AP McCoy talks to  Stephen Dineen about winning over 3,700 races, changes to the sport, and life after racing. It’s been a long, hot, successful day for AP McCoy. Up...

Brussels to Belfast

New Sinn Féin MEP co-opted Martina Anderson replaced Bairbre de Brún as Sinn Féin’s MEP for Northern Ireland on 12 June; de Brún had been unwell for some time and stepped down...

Policy-based evidence-making

The Leveson inquiry shows how influential opinions rather than solid facts are often used to back up policy change, John O’Farrell writes. The Department for Employment and Learning is presently engaged in...

Westminster notes

Northern Ireland keeps time in Commons Politicians are well-known for long-winded statements but three time-pieces presented as gifts from Northern Ireland keep MPs’ contributions in check. The Commons chamber was destroyed by...

Assembly round-up

Members welcomed a NEETs strategy and discussed a possible review of sentencing guidelines for the murder of PSNI officers, but no legislative programme appeared, despite the looming summer recess. A reshuffle began...

Stewart Dickson MLA

Stewart Dickson is the Alliance Party’s East Antrim MLA and Chief Whip, and was elected to the Assembly last May. He served for 31 years on Carrickfergus Borough Council (1977-1981 and since...

Bryan Hooks

Banbridge Chronicle editor Bryan Hooks reflects on his career in print and sums up the place of a local campaigning newspaper in its community. How did you get started in journalism? I...