Tag: The Executive Office
about 1 month ago
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UUP pondering fiscal anarchy to avoid life-threatening cuts to health — and no one knows how this...

What looms ahead of Northern Ireland’s health system is potential carnage — but what was once the most staid of polit...

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3 months ago
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Former head of NI Civil Service did delete messages from two phones – despite telling Covid Inqui...

A former head of the civil service told the Covid inquiry she hadn't deleted any relevant messages from her phone - w...

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3 months ago
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Stormont emergency plans only kick-started when Covid arrived... too late to have any impact

Stormont only started updating its arrangements for handling a major emergency when that emergency arrived, the forme...

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7 months ago
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Half of fuel sold in NI from 1992-2000 was smuggled across the border, files reveal

About half of all fuel sold in Northern Ireland was being smuggled from the Republic, according to declassified paper...

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10 months ago
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Derry’s historic Ebrington military site future-proofed with full fibre broadband cover

Ebrington Square, a public space and tourist attraction in Derry/Londonderry, has recently been upgraded to ultrafast...

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about 2 years ago
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Sam McBride: PM’s recklessness in moderation may be the worst of both worlds

If what Boris Johnson is doing on the Northern Ireland Protocol is reckless, then it seems to be recklessness in mode...

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about 2 years ago
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Sam McBride: Green manifesto strong on grand plans, but not on paying for them

From the first words in the Green Party manifesto — “we are in Code Red for humanity” – this is a document suffused w...

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about 2 years ago
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Whistleblower scandal: head of Civil Service won’t intervene in vet row

The head of the Civil Service has refused to intervene in the scandal over an official who forced another civil serva...

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over 2 years ago
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Rising energy prices are ‘heartbreaking’ for public

The head of the organisation which scrutinises prices set by utility companies has said parishioners in his church ar...

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over 2 years ago
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Sam McBride: It’s no surprise that Stormont’s lost... it can’t even agree a roadmap for ruling

As anyone who has started a diet or made a New Year’s resolution will know, deciding what you want to do is no guaran...

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over 2 years ago
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Aodhan Connolly to hang his hat in Brussels as our man at EU

He’s spent the last few years greeting the EU’s Maros Sefcovic in his native Slovak to break the ice at yet another v...

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over 2 years ago
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Sam McBride: Michelle O’Neill’s priority shifting from a border poll is highly revealing

Michelle O’Neill’s response to a question on Irish unity on Tuesday was verging on the Augustinian: give me a border ...

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over 2 years ago
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10 key questions to ask Northern Ireland Assembly election candidates looking for your vote

When a prospective MLA knocks on your front door, you're holding more power than them, but what should you ask?

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over 2 years ago
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Ulster Unionist Party’s all things to all people manifesto involves ambition as well as populism

The UUP manifesto has enough meat to show that the party is starting to think seriously about being a major player in...

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over 2 years ago
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Sam McBride: Why we all may be paying more for electricity thanks to Stormont failures and a litt...

At a monopoly company few people have even heard of, something very odd is going on. It has been happening for years ...

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over 2 years ago
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Department refuses to release information after Tamara Bronckaers tribunal case

After being asked five times for a copy of a civil servant’s register of interests, a Stormont department has refused...

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over 2 years ago
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‘Nowhere near good enough...’ Rishi Sunak's spring statement gets cool reception from Conor Murph...

Finance Minister Conor Murphy has joined business groups to accuse Chancellor Rishi Sunak of falling to do enough to ...

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over 2 years ago
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Sam McBride: Secretive and defensive, Northern Ireland Civil Service remains profoundly flawed in...

If there’s one thing civil servants love, it’s bureaucracy: reports, strategies, committees, consultations, organisat...

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over 2 years ago
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Northern Ireland Protocol ‘front of mind’ in Washington

The NI Protocol was “front of mind” for many in discussions about the province as St Patrick’s Day was marked in Wash...

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over 2 years ago
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Up to £660m of RHI money may go unspent by Stormont

Stormont is on course to waste at least £420m — and perhaps as much as £660m — over the next 20 years due to its fail...

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over 2 years ago
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New Civil Service chief silent over whistleblower case

The new head of the Civil Service has declined to say whether it is acceptable for a Stormont department to attempt t...

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over 2 years ago
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The hidden RHI scandal of how Stormont wasted £90m in green energy subsidies

The Renewable Heat Incentive shut to new entrants six years ago, yet still it hangs unwelcomely over Stormont’s effor...

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over 2 years ago
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Investment in Northern Ireland ‘will suffer’ with no Executive, says former Economy Minister Simo...

Former DUP Economy Minister Simon Hamilton has said it’s “deeply troubling” that the lack of an Executive is hamperin...

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over 2 years ago
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Margaret Canning: Frustration for Invest NI as it deals with budget uncertainty

Invest NI, which supports economic development here through grants to companies, is in a frustrating predicament wher...

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over 2 years ago
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US firms axing plans to invest in NI because of Stormont crisis

Foreign investors who were keen to set up in Northern Ireland are going elsewhere because the fall of the Executive m...

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over 2 years ago
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‘Poor’ rating for Stormont from 80% of accountants

Nearly 80% of business bosses here regard the performance of the Executive and Assembly as poor, a survey has suggested.

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over 2 years ago
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Poll’s negative comments on bonfires and flags in north Down criticised

A community relations survey that received just 145 responses from the public has been criticised for misrepresenting...

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over 2 years ago
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Poll’s negative comments on bonfires and flags criticised

A community relations survey that received just 145 responses from the public has been criticised for misrepresenting...

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over 2 years ago
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Stormont parties could agree apology for historical institutional abuse victims in lieu of Execut...

An apology to victims of historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland in the absence of an Executive could be g...

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over 2 years ago
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DUP'S Edwin Poots halted Northern Ireland port checks after legal advice from ex-Attorney General...

Edwin Poots acted to halt Irish Sea border checks after receiving legal advice from former Attorney General John Lark...

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over 2 years ago
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UK won’t step in if DUP orders halt to Brexit checks at ports, says Foreign Secretary Liz Truss

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has said it’s a “matter for the Executive” if officials are ordered by Edwin Poots to sto...

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over 2 years ago
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NI high street voucher: Full benefits of £145m scheme ‘lost by extension of deadline’

The full benefits of the £145m Spend Local scheme may have been lost for reasons that include its extension until Chr...

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over 2 years ago
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Sam McBride: Paisleyism in the DUP has outlasted its founder, but it is now all but dead

When one of Ian Paisley’s most astute biographers was attempting to convey the novelty of how the cleric had melded t...

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over 2 years ago
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Omicron cases are likely to be confirmed in Northern Ireland ‘in coming days’

The new Omicron variant of Covid-19 is likely to be confirmed in Northern Ireland within days, the Executive Office h...

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over 2 years ago
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FICT report chair’s insight on recommendations: The NI ‘civic flag’, bonfire enforcement and parades

A long-delayed report on flags and culture in Northern Ireland has recommended having a new civic flag or emblem for ...

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over 2 years ago
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New flag for Northern Ireland and bonfire enforcement among FICT report recommendations

A long-delayed report on flags and culture in Northern Ireland has recommended having a new civic flag or emblem for ...

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over 2 years ago
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Shake off shackles of the past, Executive urged

Northern Ireland must free itself from “the dead hand of political division” if its economy is to thrive, a business ...

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over 2 years ago
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DUP Spad Emma Little-Pengelly was paid £20k when her role ended after Arlene Foster exit

A departing DUP special adviser received a severance payment running to thousands of pounds after her role ended this...

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over 2 years ago
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DUP Spad Emma Little-Pengelly paid £20k when role ended after Arlene Foster exit

A departing DUP special adviser received a severance payment running to thousands of pounds after her role ended this...

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