Category Archives: Economy

Summer 2018 economic analysis

‘Some good news, but challenging times ahead,’ writes Gareth Hetherington, Director of the Ulster University Economic Policy Centre, an independent economic research unit based in the Ulster University Business School. The local...

Enabling the wealth creators

A thriving economy is at the heart of every vibrant, harmonious society. And a thriving society is at the heart of every vibrant, harmonious economy, writes Anne Donaghy, Chief Executive of Mid...

Reversing the race to the bottom

Northern Ireland’s productivity doesn’t only rely on resources and investment. It also requires a skilled, stable and motivated workforce, writes economist Paul Mac Flynn. Productivity has become one of the most concerning...

The lost decade

Economic output in Northern Ireland declined sharply with the financial crisis and since then it has flatlined with output in real terms [GVA] failing to recover to pre-crash levels, writes Owen McQuade....

A transformative impact in communities

Gillian Somerville, Director of HR and Corporate Services at Radius Housing Association discusses the organisation’s first 18 months in operation and Radius’ approach to successfully delivering the merger. Radius Housing Association, formed...

Structural problems

Former Minister for Employment and Learning Stephen Farry tells David Whelan that Northern Ireland’s economic performance is being hindered by a legacy of structural problems which have yet to be addressed. “There...

Towards a £1 billion market

The tourism economy in Northern Ireland is expected to build on a record-breaking year in 2017. Early indicators for tourism performance from the first three month of 2018 suggest that Northern Ireland...