John O'Dowd is a Sinn Fein politiican in Northern Ireland
An investigation into the procurement of road resurfacing contracts by the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) will not be published until later this year - despite the former minister telling MLAs it would be published on April 4.
The cost-of-living crisis, housing and an emergency fuel payment scheme: these are just some of the most pressing issues covered in the first written Assembly questions for Stormont’s caretaker ministers.
The untimely death of Christopher Stalford, aged just 39, is a profound tragedy that will irrevocably change the lives of his widow, Laura, and four children. Long after the headlines fade, their loss will be immense, enduring, keenly felt.
Over the last two years, the Department of Education has faced much criticism for last-minute decisions, but this time a late rush to push through legislation on a flexible school starting age has almost achieved the impossible: agreement across the Assembly.
Seven in 10 people may believe that integrated schools should be the main model for our education system, but Stormont insiders predict that an Alliance bill proposing that is likely to be “killed by amendment” at committee stage.
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