Democracy and Government

A photograph of the Houses of Parliament
EU exit regulations and Northern Ireland

Reading Time: 4 minutes A high profile consequence of the continuing failure to establish an Executive and fully functioning Assembly was the legislative passage this week of the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Bill 2018.  A

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Is coercive control a crime?

Reading Time: 4 minutes In 2016 a man called Lance Hart shot his wife Claire and daughter Charlotte outside a swimming pool in Lincolnshire, England, before turning his shotgun on himself. Some of the media coverage of the murder

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An aerial view of the Peace Bridge in Derry/Londonderry
COVID-19 and planning measures

Reading Time: 7 minutes This article explores the temporary planning measures introduced as a response to COVID-19 across the UK and Republic of Ireland (ROI). Some of these measures have, and will, require urgent legislative change, while other aspects

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Image of a planned urban landscape: Local development planning is now with local councils
Planning in a new environment

Reading Time: 3 minutes The planning system has undergone much change recently, so what are the new structures and how has the balance of responsibility shifted between central and local government?

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Statistics & GIS

A map showing an analysis of West Strand in Portrush
Is it possible to socially distance on our beaches?

Reading Time: 2 minutes With many international travel restrictions still in place, more people than ever will be opting for ‘staycations’ in Northern Ireland. This article provides the results of a spatial analysis looking at whether social distancing is

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Image of a bar graph showing the rise in domestic abuse incidents reported during the COVID-19 lockdown
The impact of COVID-19 on Northern Ireland

Reading Time: < 1 minute By Keara McKay & Thomas Procter Our new visualisation based on figures and analysis published in the public domain by Ulster Bank, Danske Bank, NISRA, PSNI and Google Mobility Reports, looks at the potential impact

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