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Human Rights in NI – sleepwalking towards disaster
The Human Rights Commission published its Annual Statement this week. We have plenty of problems, too few solutions, and the problems stemming from our lack of a government only ever grow in number.
Charities and gagging clauses
Beleaguered Prime Minister Theresa has taken time off from her Brexit travails to intervene in the growing controversy over charities being forced to sign gagging clauses in public contracts.
Report released into alleged housing charity impropriety
The Charity Commission says Victoria Housing Estates Ltd, under the stewardship of Co Down solicitor Derek Tughan, lost £12m in questionable loans and suffered a £21m underspend on its properties.
Climate Change: Northern Ireland and the rising sea
This week saw the start of a series of meetings which will have even more profound consequences for all of us than Brexit.
Time to celebrate bad behaviour
What if we stopped rewarding people in civil society for following the rules and celebrated those who break them instead?
Christmas is the busiest time of year for foodbanks
Another Christmas, another busy month for foodbanks. For most people, they are an abstract concept – that’s because most people never have to use them.
The future face of democracy? NI's Citizen's Assembly
Earlier this week an important experiment in the exercise of democracy took place in Northern Ireland.
The justice system needs to change – like it has many times before
Key principles of our justice system could be bent or broken in cases of sexual violence. Perhaps they need to be – and, really, that’s nothing new.
Charities: running out of cash
Loose change is the lifeblood of charitable giving. So how will charities adapt to a cashless society?
Justice is rare for victims of rape
The criminal justice system is failing rape victims in Northern Ireland. The third sector provides good support for anyone affected – but structural reform is necessary. Scope speaks with Victim Support NI.
Northern Ireland government: time to fix the system
The crisis in Northern Ireland has spread from frustration at the political impasse to disillusionment and anger at the entire system of government.
Public transport is about access – we need to measure it that way
NI’s official annual transport statistics were refined earlier this year. However, from the public perspective, they do not tell us enough.
How bringing back the wilderness can save the planet
There was widespread shock at a World Wildlife Fund report published this week that revealed that mankind had wiped out 60% of all the animals on the planet since 1970.
Improving mental health outcomes will tell us a lot about society
This could prove to be a good week for mental health provision in Northern Ireland. Maybe. Not just because of more money for services - the City Deal could help, too. And it might have to.