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Trashing the environment

Just five miles from Derry’s city centre, on the suburban edge of the Waterside, is the site of one of the worst environmental crimes in UK history. It has been descri...

Human Rights

Human rights are under threat in the UK, warns the Northern Ireland Human Rights Chief Commissioner Alyson Kilpatrick. While the immediate question is whether the Brit...

Funding the North West - Levelling Up and Shared Prosperity Fund

Anger in the voluntary sector There was anger across Northern Ireland when the government’s funding allocations from the replacement for the European Social Fund were ...

Belfast Good Friday Agreement - An Explainer

Belfast/Good Friday Agreement analysis opens new Holywell Trust Conversations series Conversations with key players in the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement negotiations o...

Series 3 - Episode 18 - Peter Hain

Boris Johnson, Theresa May and David Cameron must accept part of the responsibility for the continuing “gridlock” of politics in Northern Ireland, through their failur...

Series 3 - Episode 17 - Jeffrey Donaldson

Political legacy of distrust cannot be wished away, says Donaldson The distrust between Northern Ireland’s political parties remains a legacy of the conflict and ...

Series 3 - Episode 16 - Michelle O'Neill

Legacy is being discussed at length at present, following the British government’s proposals to abandon prosecutions and investigations into Troubles’ events. But ther...

Series 3 - Episode 15 - Colum Eastwood

Truth and honesty must be at the heart of how we deal with the legacy of the past and in how politicians in Northern Ireland govern today, says Colum Eastwood, leader ...

Series 3 - Episode 14 - Naomi Long

If we are to make progress in Northern Ireland’s society, we need to reflect carefully on our core values and ensure that these are reflected in the way government wor...

Series 3 - Episode 13 - Steve Aiken

The third series of Holywell Trust’s Forward Together podcasts has heard from experts in a range of areas – including the economy, skills, education, young people’s ex...

Series 3 - Episode 12 - Ann Watt

Northern Ireland’s economy has a number of weaknesses. At the heart of these is the shortage of skills – higher levels of skills moves an economy up the value chain, l...

Series 3 - Episode 11 - John Restakis

Social care provision is in crisis across much of the world. How can the quality of care be maintained or improved? How can it be made available to those who need it? ...

Series 3 - Episode 10 - Paddy Gray

For all the focus on integrated education, if communities continue to live separately then little progress will be made towards integrating our society. So developing ...

Series 3 - Episode 9 - Neil McInroy

Concentration of the retail and consumer services sectors in the hands of a limited number of multinational corporations sucks wealth out of local communities and into...

Series 3 - Episode 8 - Prof. Fred Freundlich

The Mondragon federation of co-operatives has been the foundation of the economy in Spain's Basque country for decades. It was founded back in 1956 by a priest - José ...

Series 3 - Episode 7 - Koulla Yaisouma

While it is frequently claimed that Northern Ireland has an excellent schools system, it is clear that it is also a divided system. That division is not just based on ...

Series 3 - Episode 6 - Jane Suiter

In all the dozens of podcast interviews broadcast by the Holywell Trust, one idea to strengthen our society has been put forward repeatedly – citizens’ assemblies. The...

Series 3 - Episode 5 - Lillian Senoi-Barr

Northern Ireland is a different place today, than when the Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998. It is not just that many more people here today do not feel aligne...

Series 3 - Episode 4 - Seamus McGuinness

Never mind Bill Clinton saying, ‘it’s the economy, stupid’, the answers to Northern Ireland’s difficulties are instead perhaps Tony Blair’s mantra, ‘education, educati...

Series 3 - Episode 3 - Tony Gallagher

Education is the key to progress Education is the key to moving our society forward, says Tony Gallagher in the latest Forward Together podcast interview. But that...

Series 3 - Episode 2 - Duncan Morrow

The GFA brought peace - but paramilitaries haven’t gone away The Good Friday Agreement ended the bitter conflict, but failed to eliminate the poison of paramilitari...

Series 3 - Episode 1 - Simon Hoare MP

Holywell Trust’s third series of Forward Together podcasts is now live! As with the previous series, the focus is on how to make progress in Northern Ireland and heal ...

Series 2 - Summary Session

Eighteen podcasts and Slugger blogs were produced in the second series of the Holywell Trust’s Forward Together programme. With the completion of that programme, the H...

S2 - Episode 18 - Ann Watt

'I'm talking about a culture change in government in Northern Ireland: I mean the civil service and politicians' Evidence-based policy-making is largely absent from...

S2 - Episode 17 - Seamus McGuinness

‘It is absolutely crazy to think that constitutional change in Ireland would happen overnight’ Consideration of Irish unity needs careful preparation, argues Seamus...

S2 - Episode 16 - Ian Marshall

’The unity conversation needs to be open, transparent, and let's keep open minds, because we need to flesh out what Irish unity would look like and what the UK union w...

S2 - Episode 15 - Will Glendinning

EPISODE SUMMARY ‘A united Ireland that is socially liberally, tolerant, European and economically successful is attractive’ Irish unity could be an attractive o...

S2 - Episode 14 - Julie-Anne Corr-Johnston

EPISODE SUMMARY TO FOLLOW “You can’t rely on a political culture of respect when one doesn’t actually exist” Unionists should engage in the conversation around ...

S2 - Episode 13 - Colin Harvey

EPISODE SUMMARY Colin Harvey professor of Human Rights at Queen's University, Belfast. He was talking in the latest Forward Together podcast from the Holywell Tr...

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