Breastfeeding in public is often a topic for debate. Although a very personal decision for parents, breastfeeding in public spaces is viewed as a social issue with divided opinions. This article looks at the benefits of breastfeeding for mothers and babies versus the influence social attitudes can have, and asks if attitudes towards breastfeeding in public places in Northern Ireland are changing.
By Eóin Murphy, Michael Scholes, and Aidan Stennett
The Northern Ireland Executive is currently revising its Economic Strategy. What are the key factors it should take into consideration when carrying out this revision?
Tomorrow is International Day of Persons with Disability. Coordinated by the United Nations, this event has been celebrated since 1992. Many different groups, organisations and individuals will be holding events to mark the occasion, and the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Charity of the Year is the Cedar Foundation, which delivers a range of services for people with disabilities. There are many different aspects to the issue of disability, and here are some of the resources which RaISe has produced in this mandate and the previous one in support of Assembly scrutiny of disability policy and legislation.
Has the Chancellor’s statement had the mountainous impact on the Executive’s budget that was expected?
In the 2011-16 Assembly Mandate, MLAs debated, scrutinised and passed a range of legislation across a number of policy areas – from Mental Capacity to Licensing of Pavement Cafes, from Tobacco Retail to Rural Needs. When a Bill is introduced in the Assembly, it is accompanied by an Explanatory and Financial Memorandum (EFM). The EFM is essentially a guide to understanding the policy intentions and the cost of a proposed measure. But how useful are these EFMs?
It is difficult to grasp the full extent of what is portrayed by road traffic collision statistics. Each statistic represents a human being and, in the case of those killed or seriously injured, is an untold story of heartbreak and despair, wreaking devastating havoc on families across Northern Ireland. Identifying the factors that contribute to these collisions can inform public education, new technologies and enforcement with the aim of reducing the number and impact of road traffic collisions.
The draft Programme for Government contains a commitment to running a pilot family drug and alcohol court in Northern Ireland. Such courts have been used in England for some time, but what are they and how effective have they been?