13 Mar

Revealed: Budgets for every Northern Ireland school

Revealed: Budgets for every Northern Ireland schoolNorthern Ireland schools have been told they will have no extra money to cope with growing pressures and should not assume anymore will come later in the year.

The uncompromising message was sent out to schools from the Department of Education.

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/revealed-budgets-for-every-northern-ireland-school-as-theyre-warned-of-difficult-decisions-ahead-how-much-did-your-school-get-in-201819-36700302.html

9 Mar

What Northern Ireland budget means for health and education

What Northern Ireland budget means for health and educationA new Stormont budget will include £410m of the £1bn package negotiated by the DUP in return for backing the Conservatives at Westminster.

Although next year’s education budget is technically increasing by 4.3% this is only when compared to last year’s baseline budget.

However, last year the education budget received some extra money during monitoring rounds ending up with an extra £80m.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-43337987

23 Feb

Strule campus: Biggest NI school project on hold

Strule campus: Biggest NI school project on holdThe Department of Education (DE) has suspended the procurement process for the biggest school building project in Northern Ireland.

There are fears it could lead to a further delay in the completion of the flagship Strule shared education campus.

The £140m project will eventually see six schools built on the site of the former Lisanelly army base in Omagh.

Work began in 2013 but only one school is currently open.

Arvalee special school and resource centre opened to pupils in September 2016.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-43163079

22 Feb

Has the model of the GFA itself resulted in the impasse?

Has the model of the GFA itself resulted in the impasse?On Monday, David McCann gave his assessment of the political impasse between the former parties of the Executive and made the pertinent point that;

“when debating whether its’ a failure, let’s compare it to the alternatives, not the Almighty.”

Outside the remits of any deity, the GFA is a creation of people. I don’t believe that any system or solution that we create will be perfect and the GFA certainly isn’t. So, I’m taking the approach David advocates. Let’s consider the GFA and compare it to an alternative.

https://sluggerotoole.com/2018/02/21/has-the-model-of-the-gfa-itself-resulted-in-the-impasse/

20 Feb

A new dawn for South Africa, but a false start for Northern Ireland

A new dawn for South Africa, but a false start for Northern Ireland In a strange way the South Africa and Northern Ireland peace processes have always been linked. In the 1990s both were heralded as examples of how deep divisions could be overcome, and co-operation fostered between former enemies. Other connections were more direct, such as the former ANC lead negotiator and now new South African president Cyril Ramaphosa’s role in the decommissioning processes as an inspector on behalf of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning.
Two decades later, however, both peace processes have lost their shine.

https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/a-new-dawn-for-south-africa-but-a-false-start-for-northern-ireland-1.3397778?mode=amp&__twitter_impression=true


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