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Debate of the Week: Question Time with Arlene Foster
Our Stormont snapshot takes its first foray into oral questions; we look at an aspect of Fresh Start that aims to reduce paramilitary influence.
Inappropriate language: what is going on in modern politics?
The establishment is taking a kicking at the polls and many people struggle to understand why. One reason the point is being missed is because political discussion is hamstrung by outdated slogans.
Fostering goodwill with another unionist defection
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Party-hopping councillor Aaron Callan has stepped on a rake and smacked himself in the face – but it won’t really matter.
BBC Newsline: headlines and deadlines
Every night at the top of the Six O’Clock national news BBC NI’s Newsline has 10 seconds to sell itself.
Promising start for prison college
At last some good news for the beleaguered Northern Ireland Prison Service.
Debate of the week: meet the new plan, same as the old plan
The new Health Minister brought her 10-year plan for health reform to the floor on Tuesday.
Health reform, part two – stubborn opposition
Scope looks at media shortcomings and the spectre of a populist threat to health reform that just won’t go away.
Health reform, part one – here we don’t go again?
The Bengoa report has been been published and the Health Minister has released parallel plans for reform. We’ve been here before.
Weir gears up for battle over rural schools
When Education Minister Peter Weir launched the latest consultation on the future of schools he was setting himself for a severe examination which will test him to the limit.
Winter warner: increasing pressure on local health services
Last December the Royal College of Nursing said the independent sector is struggling with staffing levels. Scope looks concerns for care of older people as we head into winter.
Debate of the Week: sustainable schools and area planning
This week’s look at Stormont plenary sessions focuses on Education Minister Peter Weir’s statement on future plans for the schools estate.
Civil Service Head says there is no plan B
Early this week Sir Malcolm McKibbin the Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service made a rare public speaking appearance in Belfast. Scope reports.
Missing link – promoting mental wellbeing in primary schools
It is World Mental Health Week and, in the second article in our education series on education, we look at younger children’s mental health and the lack of provision for people of this age