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The other Villiers in Ireland: famine, internment, rebellion
Theresa Villiers is not the first of her family to hold high office in Ireland.
It's just a ride - the economic impact of perception
Another 12th of July, more phantasmagorical news footage of screaming, hatred and violence – what now for Brand Northern Ireland?
Inside the Orange Heritage Museum
Scope visits the newly-opened Museum of Orange Heritage on Belfast’s Cregagh Road.
Infirm foundations – underachievement must be addressed
Last week the PUP released a report on education, focused on underachievement by working-class protestants. Scope takes a look at the points made by the paper – and identifies a further conclusion of its own.
Children's book scheme reaches the end of the road
When the Department of Education announced it was to stop funding Northern Ireland’s Bookstart scheme it said it was “working around the clock” to find alternative sources of funding.
NI health trusts ‘able to sideline abuse cases at will’
Scope looks at claims that the joint protocols between health and justice officials over the management of potentially criminal abuse encourage cover ups in local trusts.
Why planners say it is okay to enclose open spaces
The recent Glasmullin dispute has raised questions about Northern Ireland’s planning laws, Scope dissects the issues.
Same sex marriage battle goes to court
The first gay couple to celebrate a civil partnership in Northern Ireland are seeking a judicial review challenging the ban on gay couples getting married here.
The other flag dispute ...
When flag protests were at their height, many observers both here and across the globe, shook their heads and despaired of Northern Ireland.
Human Rights Commission report: Transforming Your Care
The recent HRC inquiry into Emergency Health Care has reinforced that Transforming Your Care has stalled. Scope looks at some of the reasons why.
Closing down our open spaces
The decision by Belfast City Council to grant planning permission for a sports ground on open land in West Belfast creates an uneasy precedent and is out of step with planning policy elsewhere, Scope reports.
The shocking truth about Transforming Your Care
Scope examines further evidence that the government's flagship Transforming Your Care programme is not just stalled but going backwards.
A healthy approach to asylum that will help us all
There won’t be huge political fanfare, but a recent DHSSPS decision to increase access to free healthcare amongst vulnerable groups will save money and improve everyone’s health. Scope looks at why.
Shaking up social policy
Scope provides an update on the recent series of articles on abortion in Northern Ireland, an area of policy that is under extreme scrutiny currently, with developments coming at pace.