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New collection of oral histories illuminates our troubled past
The Good Friday Agreement’s 20th anniversary has dominated the news this week – but Reflected Lives, a new oral history project, tells vital stories about where NI has come from and where it finds itself today.
The surreal partnership that reduces hospital pressures
Scope looks at a remarkable partnership between a health authority and a rugby club which supported a 7.2% reduction in local hospital admissions.
Older people: much achieved, so much more to do
Eileen Mullan, outgoing chair of AgeNI reflects on her nine years on the board, and outlines the remaining challenges for older people.
Hearing loss and GPs – missed appointments and misunderstandings
Why does the local health service have some astounding obstacles to helping people with hearing loss?
Major merger announced in NI third sector
War on Want NI has joined together with Self Help Africa, based in the Republic of Ireland, and people from both charities are enthusiastic about the future.
Facebook’s remarkable suicide prevention tool
In a week dominated by controversy about how our social media data is exploited Scope looks at how Facebook also uses data to save lives.
The Punishment Paradox
One of the most damaging public misconceptions in dealing with the perpetrators of crime is the notion that the more severe the punishment, the less likely the criminal is to offend.
The Agony of the artist: shocking report
A report just published into the mental health of people working in the creative sector is truly shocking and needs to be addressed.
Where now for equality?
Equality dominates local headlines and cut through a huge number of contentious issues in NI and throughout the world. But what does it mean, why is it a good thing, and how do we ensure its impact is as positive as possible?
Health: the spending dilemma
Senior health officials will be wrestling with an extremely tricky dilemma this week.
Time to debate our treatment of Travellers
This week saw the publication of a report into discrimination against Travellers published by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
Diabetes is a problem – and emblematic of the challenges in health and care
The NI Audit Office report released this week outlines 15 years of missed opportunities to improve diabetes care. The findings serve as a cautionary tale for the ongoing failures in wider health reform.
The GFA, Brexit and the future
The Good Friday Agreement has come under a barrage of criticism as part of the Brexit arguments. Threatening it wholesale is madness – but nothing should be free from scrutiny.
Is it time to give councils more power?
Nick Garbutt asks if devolving more power to local councils might help provide some of the political stability Northern Ireland so desperately needs.