Democracy and Government

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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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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

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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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