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Some good news, at last
There has been one piece of very good news for Northern Ireland in an otherwise gloomy, Brexit dominated week.
No news is bad news - the death of the press
Newspapers are dying. This is not just a tragedy for journalism, it is also a threat to democracy. There is a need for a public policy response before it is too late.
How to feed the world
This week the great and the good gathered at Davos for the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting.
Teach your children well: the science of lasting peace
Experts from Northern Ireland have helped write a landmark paper which could help to build a more peaceful world.
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.
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.
Give Stormont more powers to fix economy, says think tank
A landmark report into the economy by an influential think tank argues that more devolution is a key element in boosting prosperity.
How to prepare for climate change
A glorious summer has been soured by recent apocalyptic headlines about multiple future deaths as summer temperatures rise.
Wellbeing - sounds great but what does it mean?
The Carnegie Trust has recently announced a £350,000 fund for “embedding wellbeing” in Northern Ireland. This sounds great. But what does it mean?
Older people: much achieved, so much more to do
Eileen Mullan, outgoing chair of AgeNI reflects on her nine years on the board, and outlines the remaining challenges for older people.
The Punishment Paradox
One of the most damaging public misconceptions in dealing with the perpetrators of crime is the notion that the more severe the punishment, the less likely the criminal is to offend.
Time to debate our treatment of Travellers
This week saw the publication of a report into discrimination against Travellers published by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
The rudderless ship heading for the rocks
Most pundits are concerned about the political fall-out from the failed talks process. But what does it mean for government itself, and civil society?
Belfast's city deal explained
It was widely predicted by commentators that there would be no extra money for Northern Ireland in the budget. For once, and thankfully, they were wrong.