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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.
Northern Ireland’s education system lets deaf children fall behind
Deaf children should perform just as well as their peers. Right now, this isn’t happening. Better support would allow children to thrive.
Why our social security system is not fit for purpose
Our economy faces a period of unprecedented change over the next decade as we grapple with the implications of the Covid-19 epidemic, Brexit, decarbonisation and rapid technological transformation.
Not all inflation is bad. Current inflation is terrible.
Inflation is complicated and its effect on people is dependent on several other factors. UK inflation has risen to 5.4% but it’s the specific price rises behind this figure that are extremely concerning.
Why early education is an investment, not a cost
When the Fair Start report into educational disadvantage was published last year it was widely praised. The then education minister Peter Weir described it as: "One of the most important reports I have overseen in my time".