Northern Ireland

  • Public Finance
    19 Dec 02
    Belfast City Council is launching an investigation into why a £175 Christmas tree it paid for was decorated with lights reading 'Merry Christmas C Company', a reference to a brigade of Loyalist...
  • Public Finance
    24 Oct 02
    The independent review into the fire service will not be rushed into reporting early, its chair told Public Finance this week as ministers and the TUC scrambled for a solution to halt the impending...
  • Public Finance
    17 Oct 02
    The widely anticipated suspension of the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly on October 14 was preceded by a flurry of important announcements by ministers before they left their jobs.
  • Public Finance
    12 Sep 02
    A former chair of the Low Pay Commission is to head the government's independent review into firefighters' pay and conditions as the Fire Brigades Union presses ahead with a ballot for strike action...
  • Public Finance
    5 Sep 02
    Worsening sectarian violence in north and east Belfast is contributing to homelessness in Northern Ireland. More than 14,000 households presented themselves as homeless last year, compared with fewer...
  • Public Finance
    9 May 02
    The Northern Ireland Executive's financial crisis has been alleviated by a £200m settlement from the Treasury, along with the gift of defunct security installations and new borrowing powers that...
  • Public Finance
    21 Feb 02
    Fraud on petrol and diesel taxes may have cost the Treasury almost £1bn in revenue in 2000, according to the National Audit Office.
  • Public Finance
    10 Jan 02
    Northern Ireland's ambulance workers held an emergency meeting this week to consider strike action in protest at continuing attacks after a brick was thrown into an ambulance, injuring two paramedics.
  • Public Finance
    22 Nov 01
    Northern Ireland's health service has been thrown into crisis by a cash shortage, according to Dr Joe Hendron, chair of the Assembly's health committee.
  • Public Finance
    6 Sep 01
    Paramilitary intimidation made 1,900 Northern Ireland families homeless last year, according to the annual report of the Housing Executive published last week.
  • Public Finance
    5 Jul 01
    The Northern Ireland Assembly's finance and personnel committee gave a surprise endorsement to the Private Finance Initiative and other forms of public-private partnerships in a report published this...
  • Public Finance
    28 Jun 01
    Ulster Unionist MP Jeffrey Donaldson has claimed that unionists will lose out to nationalists as a result of proposals from the Hayes Review of health and social services in Northern Ireland.
  • Public Finance
    24 May 01
    Northern Ireland's pro-Good Friday Agreement parties are predicting that June 7's general election will provide a significant boost at the simultaneous local polls.
  • Public Finance
    19 Oct 00
    Northern Ireland's first home-grown budget in 29 years proffers a substantial increase in spending on the health service in the province and a boost for agriculture and rural development.
  • Public Finance
    8 Jun 00
    Sinn Fein captured its first mayorship in Northern Ireland this week when former IRA prisoner Cathal Crumley became mayor of the City of Derry Council.
  • Public Finance
    11 May 00
    With the Northern Ireland peace process teetering back from the precipice, Sinn Fein looks set to achieve an unprecedented double by winning the post of mayor in the province's two cities, Belfast...
  • Public Finance
    22 Oct 98
    Northern Ireland secretary Mo Mowlam has put pressure on health and social services chief executives to take only modest pay rises this year. The total pay bill for the province's health service...
  • Public Finance
    16 Jul 98
    The show of defiance by the Lords over Scottish tuition fees has ended in compromise, with the government promising to establish an independent commission to monitor the effects of the so-called...

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