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The GFA, Brexit and the future
The Good Friday Agreement has come under a barrage of criticism as part of the Brexit arguments. Threatening it wholesale is madness – but nothing should be free from scrutiny.
Is it time to give councils more power?
Nick Garbutt asks if devolving more power to local councils might help provide some of the political stability Northern Ireland so desperately needs.
Third sector: “We must remain in the single market and customs union”
NICVA has joined together with partner organisations in Scotland and Wales to compile a list of key aims for the UK’s withdrawal of the EU. Top of the list is membership of the single market and customs union.
The ongoing perils of our year of non-governance
Stormont collapsed 12 months ago leaving Northern Ireland in stasis while Brexit plans are shaped and the health service crumbles. Here we look at NICVA’s response to a Westminster consultation on the crisis.
Brexit, the border and other European contexts
Carys Brown looks at how other European countries manage their borders with the EU and examines the implications for Northern Ireland.
A health check for our health service
When Sir Liam Donaldson reviewed Northern Ireland’s health care system in 2014 he said politicians were incapable of implementing the necessary reforms.
Less uncertainty is a good thing
The Tory-DUP deal at Westminster will remove some of the many layers of uncertainty plaguing local politics and policy – overall, good news for the third sector.
Voting: not a blind ballot for everyone
The secret electoral ballot is a right some exercise zealously and others waive – but a few people don’t have a choice. Joe Kenny explains.
What Theresa May has in store for the Third Sector
Direct Rule in Northern Ireland is a distinct possibility. Scope examines Theresa May’s commitments to Civic Society, and asks what that might mean for the Third Sector.
English Tories and the union
Back in 2006 the then Secretary of State Peter Brooke said that his government had “no selfish strategic or economic interest in Northern Ireland.”
Why the political stalemate is bad for our health
The past few weeks have been challenging for the Sector. In past weeks we have looked at some of the consequences of not having a government in place.
Northern Ireland: Anarchy in the UK
This week also saw the collapse of talks aimed at forming a new Executive, without a budget being agreed.
Is democracy working for Northern Ireland? Not really ....
The publication of a ground-breaking report into the state of democracy in Northern Ireland this week could not have been better timed.
Stormont: why quieter voices need to be heard
It is time that quieter voices were heard in the current political debate.