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Better together: the case for government reform
The Northern Ireland government is divided into nine departments, each with clear responsibilities, separate budgets and ministerial leadership.
NI Health Survey points to difficult conversations
If we save our health service, one key strut will be more personal responsibility for individuals. The latest annual Health Survey shows why encouraging healthier lifestyles can be tricky.
Stormont: Better outcomes demand better government
If the revived Executive and Assembly is to be a success how it works will be just as important as what it does.
Stormont’s back – and everyone’s inbox is full
The Assembly’s return is a big deal and surely better than the past three years. However, the list of issues MLAs face is enormous. Scope looks at human rights in NI.
More than a good start
Sure Start is two decades old but still going strong. Scope takes a look at a long-running programme that has managed to stay fresh.
Suicides in NI: causes and prevention
Scope examines the suicide crisis in Northern Ireland and looks at causes and solutions.
Northern Ireland: more Tallinn than Finchley
We are often told that the UK is a powerful western economy. But that is profoundly misleading.
Reductive politics is on collision course with reality
It wasn’t just election week, it was Brexit election week. Or was it? And what about the Stormont talks? Voters are more subtle than politicians and we stand at a policy crossroads. Without fixes there could be enormous public anger.
Boris and the Northern Ireland problem
Now that the General Election is over we can only hope that Boris Johnson’s new government is better than the last one. But at least there will be one, which is more than can be said for Northern Ireland.
The importance of self-efficacy
Self-efficacy is a person’s belief in their ability to succeed at tasks they take on. We should all know more about it, and its effects.
Schools: the price of segregation
The troubled history of the Northern Irish state is full of “if only” moments.
Hunger is an issue this Christmas and New Year
Food banks, Universal Credit and holiday hunger are different issues, but all are interlinked. That relationship comes into sharper focus at this time of year.
Media failings make resuscitating Stormont harder
Local journalism didn’t bring down the Executive but its shortcomings perhaps greased the wheels of collapse and are helping to manage its ongoing non-existence.
Religion and the Troubles
The conflict in Northern Ireland was not a religious war in the classic sense of the phrase.