The DUP has been credited with forcing the government to drop the UK’s one per cent public pay cap, after warning the Tories it would support a Labour motion for the cap’s removal on police and fire officers.
The latest LucidTalk poll (which has been very accurate in its calling of Assembly and Westminster elections in the past few years) makes interesting reading, particularly now, with the parties trying to reach a deal.
Of its time and served a purpose, was how the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition was summed up in the BBC documentary Peacemakers: Wave Goodbye to Dinosaurs, a look at the group of campaigning women who formed a political party and found themselves in the middle of historic peace talks.
Public spending per child in Northern Ireland’s schools is the lowest in the UK and a whopping 46 per cent lower than in Scotland, according to figures obtained by the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY).
The geographical mutilation of the map of Ireland, on display recently on RTE’s Late Late Show, is symptomatic of a deeper psychological malaise that insidiously pervades those institutions and the powerful class of people who run them, in the service of the southern state.
Behind their own doors, what do people here really think about the nature of this state and the prospects of it changing in any major way? In the long-ago when newspapers had money, at a time like this – Brexit bubbling under, a Stormont set-up in dispute - reporters would have had a fortnight at least to find a few dozen views in the two main communities and weigh them.