An image showing the border control entrance to Gibraltar from La Línea in Spain (image by Guy Percival, from Public Domain Picture)
Update – the Gibraltar Protocol

Reading Time: 5 minutes This article updates a previous article on the negotiations around the Gibraltar Protocol. Gibraltar provides an interesting point of comparison with Northern Ireland in terms of arrangements following the UK’s exit from the EU. The

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Democracy and Government


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Abortion and safe access zones

Reading Time: 5 minutes In September 2021, Clare Bailey MLA introduced the Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) Bill to the Assembly. The Bill passed Second Stage on 12 October 2021 and would require the Department of Health to create

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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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Statistics & GIS

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Visualisation of COVID-19 in Northern Ireland

Reading Time: < 1 minute By Aaron McMurray & James Bamford This dashboard has been prepared by the Assembly Research and Information Service (RaISe) to visualise data describing the spread of COVID-19 in Northern Ireland. This dashboard is intended to

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Alcohol-specific deaths in Northern Ireland

Reading Time: 5 minutes Overview The latest figures published by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (February 2021) show that the number of alcohol-specific deaths in 2019 was the highest ever recorded, with 336 registered deaths linked

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Foodbank distribution in Northern Ireland

Reading Time: < 1 minute Foodbanks are an increasingly useful resource for many in Northern Ireland. They provide a valuable service to communities and are continually helping to feed those in need. An interactive mapping application has been developed which

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