Category Archives: Public Affairs

SDLP: ‘Soldiers of destiny’?

Fianna Fáil and the SDLP are currently engaged in intensive political talks about closer cooperation and a possible merger. Two months ago, they were dismayed that the substance of their private talks...

Waiting for justice

Latest statistics from the Department of Justice show that the median time for completion of court cases where the main offence was in the sexual offences category is 622 days. These statistics...

Legislating for legacy

The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) has published a consultation paper which explores means by which Northern Ireland can address the legacy of its divided past. agendaNi assesses and evaluates the contents of...

Trade Union Desk

ICTU’s John O’Farrell outlines the necessity for policy makers to appreciate the economic and societal impact of supporting working parents with affordable childcare. Last month, the Toddle In 2 childcare facility, based...

Rev Robert Coulter remembered

Former UUP MLA Reverend Robert Coulter was a stalwart for Ulster Unionism in North Antrim. However his first loves were for road racing and then the pulpit; not to the political chamber....

Political Platform

Elected as an MLA in 2017 for East Antrim, John Stewart, who serves as a Reserve Army Soldier with the North Irish Horse was drawn into political life by his passion for...

Conservative Party Conference

Political party conferences are invariably described either as ‘upbeat’ or ‘subdued’, though often the reality is more complicated. This is often true of the Conservative Party conference and the mood this year,...

Know your boundaries

An overall plan to reduce the number of MPs in Westminster from 650 to 600 has seen several proposals which would see Northern Ireland’s current number of electoral constituencies reduced from 18...