Tag Archives: Matters arising

Environmental crime review

The findings of an independent review into the performance of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency’s crime unit have been welcomed by Environment Minister Mark H Durkan.  The review was carried out by...

Reform key to improving health and care

Continued reform, transformation and innovation are needed to deliver a world class health service for Northern Ireland, according to new Health Minister Simon Hamilton. He admitted that the challenges faced by the...

Election campaign commences

One of the least predictable UK general elections since 1945 will take place on Thursday, 7 May, with 18 seats to be contested in Northern Ireland. Parliament was dissolved on 30 March...

Education Authority goes live

The five education and library boards and their staff commission have been replaced by an Education Authority. The new body became operational from 1 April and, with an annual budget of £1.5...

Social Value Act needed for social action

At Employers For Childcare Charitable Group, we don’t just recognise the value of trading for a social purpose: it underpins absolutely everything we do. We are proud to have established two social...

New urban village projects

Two new urban village projects have been announced by OFMDFM junior ministers Jonathan Bell and Jennifer McCann. The regeneration projects will be based in the Markets, Sandy Row and Donegall Pass in...

Interchange plans unveiled

Plans to solve the traffic congestion at the junction of the M2, M3 and Westlink in Belfast have been announced by Transport Minister Danny Kennedy. The scheme, which is expected to cost...

Language strategies launched

Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has published two strategies to develop the Irish and Ulster-Scots languages and their heritage and culture up to 2035. The strategies cover education, public services, media and...

Rugby World Cup bid

The Irish Rugby Football Union has announced its intention to submit a bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. The announcement was made with the support of the Irish Government and...