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Sunday 20 April 2014

Belfast Telegraph roadshow rolls into Omagh

The Belfast Telegraph's Tell Us About It roadshows will be taking in venues across the province

The penultimate event in Northern Ireland’s most interactive community roadshow will arrive in Omagh today.

During the last six weeks The Belfast Telegraph’s Tell Us About It roadshow has been touring the province and today it’s Omagh’s turn to tell us about the issues that matter to the people of the Tyrone town.

From 1pm today, our reporters Heather McGarrigle and Adrian Rutherford will be in Omagh town centre to listen to issues concerning the public and to find out what stories should be informing our newspaper coverage.

Our reporters will be wearing Belfast Telegraph branded T-shirts and stopping to ask for your views on the issues big and small.

Issues of concern that are likely to come up today include the future of the Omagh hospital proposals and the Lisanelly shared education programme. Acute medical services have been removed from the town causing considerable upset to residents and there is concern about what services will now be provided for the people of Omagh in the wake of the nation wide finance cuts.

The development of Lisanelly military barracks, vacated by the Ministry of Defence, has been approved, but to date stands empty. There has been much cross-community support for the innovative project, which would see 3,500 pupils from various schools in the area retain their own ethos while sharing state-of-the-art education facilities.

At 7pm, Lynda Bryans will chair a public meeting at the lecture theatre in Strule Art Centre, with a panel of local politicians and business leaders who are gearing themselves up for a Question-Time-style debate.

Lynda is one of Northern Ireland's best known broadcasters, bringing a wealth of experience to her role as chair. She will be keeping the panel in line and facilitating questions from the floor.

The panel includes Michael Cunningham, managing director of Recyco, Loraine Griffin, president of Omagh’s Chamber of Commerce, the Belfast Telegraph’s group editorial executive Martin Hill, and west Tyrone councillors Glenn Campbell and Patrick McGowan.

Mr Campbell said the roadshow is a “great opportunity for the public to challenge elected representatives and put their ideas forward.”

The opinions aired during the course of the roadshow will then be reported in detail by the Belfast Telegraph in the days that follow the event. The final Tell Us About It Roadshow will be in Belfast next month. For further details: www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/tellus.

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