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Budget predictions

Ahead of the spring Budget and the general election, which is expected in May, four major business organisations in Northern Ireland were asked these two pertinent questions. If you were Alistair Darling,...

Trans-Atlantic transactions

Peter Cheney asks US Economic Envoy Declan Kelly about his work so far and questions why justice devolution matters for investment. Devolving policing and justice shows investors that Northern Ireland is safe...

Nearing good health

After coping with outbreaks of C.difficile in 2008, the Northern Ireland Health Service is getting better, but there is still some way to go. With an increasingly ageing population and the cost...

Living together?

The housing selection scheme could increase division, according to Housing Minister Margaret Ritchie. Ryan Jennings looks at how integrated housing could be encouraged. When the Housing Executive was set up in 1971...

Faith forum

Church-based work gets extra government support. Voluntary work by Christian and other religious groups will be recognised in a new forum, the Assembly has been told. Eighty-six per cent of people identified...

Risk and rapid change

Scenario planner Gill Ringland talks about the key risks facing organisations in today’s world and why ideas need to be tested, not just dreamed up. Making robust decisions in uncertain times was...

Testing times

Since 2008, when primary school pupils sat the last official transfer test, the education sector has increasingly become embroiled in turmoil. Caitríona Ruane has insisted the exam was “out-dated and unfair” and...

Projecting population

Why does counting people up matter to governments? Peter Cheney looks at how Northern Ireland’s future population is estimated and some uses for the statistics. Since Babylonian times, countries have counted their...

Recounting the cash

A review of a spending review, as a tight new financial year approaches. Money is on the mind of most MLAs as inevitable budget cuts loom. In draft form, the Executive has...

The deal unpacked

agendaNi unpacks the Hillsborough Agreement and the early steps after its launch. Launched with less hype than its predecessors, the Hillsborough Agreement is the product of two weeks of gruelling negotiations in...