When Smirnoff got involved with Pride, it was not to complete acclaim. Balancing positive marketing and discussing difficult issues, generating funding and acting in the purest interests of the community - this can be a real tangle.
A minority government – as Dublin is set to find out – is different from one in control of its own destiny. This has knock-on effects for anyone wanting to engage, especially those interested in new legislation or policy.
Proposals for new electoral boundaries in Northern Ireland are out for consultation. So far, so calm - but expect more fiery opposition, and support, when the effects on party representation in Stormont are seen more clearly.
In Northern Ireland, many people have not made a will, increasing the risk of intestacy to individuals and their families - while the lack of discussion about this issue also affects charities' funding.
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