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Money might be tight, but Northern Ireland has to treat vulnerable children better
The High Court this week declared that the rights of two children with sight loss were breached when authorities failed to help get them to school. This grim story points to a bigger problem facing NI.
Why The Windsor Framework makes sense
At its heart, the debate about membership of the EU and the subsequent falling out over the protocol was a clash caused by different visions, both of which are now impossible to achieve.
You won’t address economic inactivity if you misdiagnose the problem
The Chancellor has flagged up economic inactivity as an urgent issue. If he looks at this complex challenge and attempts a simple fix, he won’t get the results he wants.
Into the void
Have you ever wondered what happens to the reports, insights and research commissioned by interest groups and delivered to government at a time when we have no functioning government in place?
Dangerous, undignified, costing lives: hospital logjams
It has been a grim and desperately hard winter for hospital Emergency Departments (EDs).
Are we comfortable with continuing to fail children with SEN?
For years, mental health provision was described as Northern Ireland’s ‘Cinderella Service’. What words would best describe services for special educational needs?
Peace: look back to see how far we've come
It is only when you pause to look back at how things were in Northern Ireland that you can see just how far we have come since the days of mayhem and carnage.
The growing role of charities in society must be embraced
A huge new report, years in the making, says that the community and voluntary sector’s increasing importance needs to be fully embraced. The private, public and third sectors all need to work together to build the best-possible future.
Seamus McAleavey looks back at his time at NICVA
Modesty is such a rare quality among leaders in these days of “influencers” and social media braggarts that it can be disconcerting to come across it.
The third sector in a digital world: room for improvement
Research from late last year shows that organisations in Northern Ireland are not all fully comfortable in the modern digital age – but, with a bit of support, the right improvements are achievable.
Celine McStravick: taking the reins at NICVA
Celine McStravick’s appointment as chief executive of NICVA seems the logical next chapter for a woman who has been deeply influenced by the sector she now represents.
Tough times can bring out the best in people
Two new pieces of research lay out two sides of the cost-of-living crisis: poor mental health, and communities rising to meet the problems we all face.
Stemming the tide of plastic pollution
One of the biggest problems with addressing climate change is the sheer scale of the challenge.
Poverty isn’t just for Christmas
Distribution of the £600 home energy payment has begun. However, for some older people in Northern Ireland, huge challenges remain as they struggle both with the cost of living and the risk of loneliness.