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Does Stormont need to end designations?
Reforming Assembly and Executive structures has been suggested several times as a way to end the current impasse. Will that work, in theory or practice? Scope looks at one suggestion: weighted majority voting.
Data is growing. How it grows is up to us.
Does big data provide an opportunity to improve the world? Can our personal info be used for nefarious ends? The answer to both is yes, potentially. Everyone should have an educated say in how we, as a society, use data.
The cost and consequences of second homes
Not everyone is feeling the effects of the cost of living crisis. As foodbanks get overwhelmed by demand, so too are estate agents under siege from people who already have a home and want another one.
Eating disorders in Northern Ireland: a problem of unknown scale
Eating disorders can devastate lives – but, here in NI, treatment services are not comprehensive and we simply don’t know how many people need help.
A bleak midwinter beckons
New research shows how the cost of living crisis is beginning to impact people in Northern Ireland.
Academic selection is under the microscope again
Another year’s transfer tests have just finished – will there be many more? Or, with the Independent Review of Education due to wrap up in the Spring, could academic selection at age 11 be headed for the scrapheap?
Immigration: time for a calm, rational debate
One of the most toxic debates of recent times is that around immigration. It was a central issue in the Brexit referendum. And it still rages today. It is time for a calmer, informed, honest discussion governed by facts.
Who should pay for digital services?
The pandemic served to emphasise the full potential of digital connectivity.
The link between loneliness and caring
In Northern Ireland, carers are over four times more likely to be chronically lonely than people in general. Loneliness can be devastating - carers need more support.
The shocking treatment of people with sight loss
Just one in four blind and partially sighted people of working age are in employment, according to a new report which explores how that shocking statistic can be rectified.
Childcare needs support, and right now – for everyone’s benefit
For too long, childcare in Northern Ireland has been treated as an afterthought. As inflation hits its highest rate for over four decades, the pressure on both providers and parents is coming to a head.
How climate change will affect our health in Ireland
Later this month hundreds of delegates will gather for the all-Ireland Healthy Planet Healthy People conference.
Bullying is a nightmare for parents – how do they help their kids?
The idea that your child could face bullying is quite terrifying. Surveys show lots of children experience bullying. However, there are ways adults can help.
The Famine in Belfast: time the forgotten story was told
Ireland is a place where the past and the present are entwined. In the north grievance and counter-grievance dominate politics and many of those grievances go back centuries.