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Belfast Newsletter article – excellent for assessment on executive performance…

This very public spat between the minister for finance and the education minister illustrates lack of collective government. This can’t be good for executive performance… This article also outlines some of the things the executive has done and some of the things it hasn’t in the 12 months since the PfG. Click the link for … Continue reading

A&E chaos in NI: Who is to blame?

The story below outlines serious problems in the Belfast Trust. Follow the link at the end for the full story. Apparently Edwin Poots (The Minister) is being kept in the dark about the extent of the problems, but as Minister should he ensure he is more aware? Is it the Assembly Committees responsibility to reveal … Continue reading

What has NI Executive done 12 months on from PfG?

The link below summarises the key objectives and targets outlined by the Executive. Try to measure what the government has actually done against these targets 12 months on? http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-15749455

This video is an absolute MUST for NI Politics


SF paralysed by SDLP?

** Sinn Fein ‘paralysed’ by SDLP ** First Minister Peter Robinson launches a scathing attack on Sinn Fein, claiming its “fear” of the SDLP often paralyses its decisions.

DUP & SF differ on economic policy and financial independence.

Sf are pushing for more fiscal power and independence. The DUP don’t think we could sustain ourselves in NI. With £9bn coming straight from British treasury SF are probably being overly ambitious and they also want to raise taxes (perish the thought!). The SDLP take a more pragmatic approach and suggest we continue to get … Continue reading

Assembly & Executive podcast – worth a listen…


A fracking mess…

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster didn’t declare an interest in the ‘fracking‘ process (which is supposed to find new natural gas sources) in Fermanagh despite fifty four acres of the land being in her husband’s name allegedly 🙂 . BBC article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-15873655 “Resign” shouts the Green Party’s Stephen Agnew! “No. It wasn’t my fault. I didn’t make the … Continue reading

It’s here…

PfG is here at last – all hail our amazing leaders! After six months they have managed to agree on a way forward in these tough economic times. However as the FM admits, it is delivery of the programme upon which the Executive & the Assembly will be judged. Wee Alex Attwood (Sdlp environment minister) … Continue reading

On the edge of glory…the edge, the edge

Ok not really, but the NI Executive is going “ga ga” to get a Programme for Government (PfG) produced at all costs this evening. Terrific, they don’t produce one for six months and then cram it into one night – sounds eerily familiar to some of your essay production 🙂 …Speaking of which, the Ministers … Continue reading

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