Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Tell Us About It roadshow takes to Omagh streets

The Belfast Telegraph Tell Us About It roadshow stops in the Co Tyrone town of Omagh this week.

For the past six weeks we have been all over Northern Ireland and this Thursday we arrive on Omagh’s streets to find out about the issues that matter to the people of the town.

These are likely to include the Omagh hospital proposals and the Lisanelly shared education programme.

Celebrating our 140th anniversary, the Belfast Telegraph prides itself on covering local stories, as well as national and international news, and the Tell Us About It roadshows follow this proud tradition.

Our reporters Heather McGarrigle and Adrian Rutherford will be in the Main Street area from 1pm to listen to the issues that are concerning the public.

Heather and Adrian are keen to hear what matters to people in the town and how these news stories should be informing our newspaper coverage.

Our journalists will wear Belfast Telegraph-branded T-shirts and will be asking you for your views.

Heather said: “I am really looking forward to visiting Omagh and finding out what is going on in the town.

“It’s a great chance for people to challenge decision makers and learn what issues other residents have.”

TV presenter Lynda Bryans will chair a public meeting at the lecture theatre in Strule Arts Centre at 7pm on Thursday with a panel of local politicians and business leaders, who will be braced for a Question Time-style debate.

Among others, the panel will include the Belfast Telegraph group editorial executive Martin Hill, Barry McElduff MLA and west Tyrone councillor Glenn Campbell.

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

“I will be representing council chairman Declan McAleer and, as a relatively new councillor, I look forward to hearing the views of the public and the business community.

“I’m expecting a lively debate and no doubt a major issue will be the recent cuts and the impact these will have on the private and public sector.”

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.

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