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Staycations, beaches – and millions of pieces of plastic
Northern Ireland’s coastlines are beautiful. They are also strewn with litter. We all need to think about plastic waste.
On Kindness: rediscovering human nature
What if the spontaneous outbreaks of kindness which have been such a feature of the pandemic were shown to be a true reflection of the human condition, not just a response to a crisis?
Should Northern Irish children sit transfer tests this year?
Covid-19 has left children out of school. Parents are petitioning for academic selection to be significantly delayed - or simply cancelled - for the coming year.
Facemasks: the facts
The controversy over facemasks is emblematic of the dangerously shambolic government response to Covid-19. And it's not just public health that’s at stake.
Audit Office publishes new guidance on whistle blowing
New guidelines on how public sector bodies should deal with concerns raised by staff and the public have just been published.
Northern Ireland is failing children with special educational needs
The Covid-19 pandemic has drawn attention away from the ongoing crisis of SEN provision in the education system. There is no easy fix.
Childcare is infrastructure - investment is essential
The Executive has plenty on its plate but now is the time to look at childcare in Northern Ireland.
Will the pandemic lead to a greener world?
This week 57 charities, including NI Environment Link wrote to the Prime Minister demanding all elements of any recovery package be consistent with reaching net zero emissions by 2050.
Now is the time to take on loneliness
Covid-19 risks an increase in loneliness. It also makes loneliness much more difficult to tackle. We have to think of ways to work against these problems – especially with Northern Ireland at risk of a coronavirus second wave.
Poverty makes us sick: time to tackle health inequality
If we’ve learned anything from the pandemic, surely it is that there is nothing more important than our health and wellbeing.
Tough decisions ahead for both the Communities Minister and the third sector
Many NI charities are struggling financially The Covid-19 Charities Fund will help some but not all. Scope speaks with the Willowfield Parish Community Association, whose experience is emblematic of wider worries.