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The hardest word
There was a minute of silence. Then, one by one, four ministers spoke. It was a profoundly moving occasion.
Children with additional needs struggle to find a place to play
All children should be able to use play parks. However, new research shows that many children with additional needs still struggle to find places that allow them to pursue this fundamental part of childhood.
Dentistry: a service in decay
Those who want to see what the future is likely to hold for health services do not have far to look, because it is already happening in dentistry.
The justice system needs more sympathy for victims of child sexual abuse
Children and young people who report abuse are left isolated by a justice system that is not adjusted to their needs. The Children’s Commissioner wants that to change. This could mean huge reform of how criminal trials work.
Education reform: a close look at costs might concentrate minds ...
Every now and again our politicians display the capacity to render the rest of us speechless.
The accidental greatness of Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Decency, bravery and the keenest sense of personal responsibility have turned a successful actor and comedian into a man of legend.
What charities exist for ...
One of the more disturbing aspects of government over the past few years has been the tendency at Westminster to regard charities as subjects for hostility, rather than co-operation.
Can children make their parents care about climate change?
A survey of NI parents found, for the first time, that climate change is an emerging worry. This could change attitudes across all of society – and lead to action.
Putting our money where our mouth is...
Jennifer Wallace, Director, Carnegie UK argues that we all need to be involved in how and why we spend money in Northern Ireland.
Criminalising kids: time to grow up
In Northern Ireland children are not allowed to get a tattoo until they are 18 but can be convicted of crimes whilst at primary school.
Should we expect our politicians to be smarter?
Elected representatives are tasked with huge decisions affecting all our lives. Public policy is awash with numbers - but a lot of politicians struggle with basic maths.
Loneliness at the end of life
Loneliness and its impacts on our wellbeing is a relatively new frontier in our understanding of health.
What’s the point of Stormont?
It’s election season in NI, which means wondering not just who will top the polls – but also if an Executive can be formed afterwards, and whether there’s any point having a government anyway.
Partygate - what's really at stake
Many politicians appear to be oblivious as to what is really at stake in the crisis gripping the Prime Minister.