Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Tell Us About It roadshow - tonight's your chance to challenge five top Belfast politicians

This is your last chance to quiz local politicians and air your views at the final Belfast Telegraph roadshow debate.

The grand venue of Belfast City Hall is a fitting location for the Tell Us About It roadshow finale.

The hour-long Question Time-style debate will be held in Belfast City Hall at 7pm tonight. Hosting the event is one of Northern Ireland's most familiar faces and best-known broadcasters, Lynda Bryans.

Tonight’s panel includes DUP MLA Nelson McCausland, Alliance MLA Stephen Farry, the SDLP’s Alban Maginness, Basil McCrea of the UUP and Sinn Fein MLA Alex Maskey.

Belfast Telegraph editor Mike Gilson said: “This is the final event of a hugely successful roadshow which was aimed at reaching the heart of communities throughout Northern Ireland and listening.

“We have a panel of leading Northern Ireland politicians for our final Question Time debate in Belfast City Hall.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for the public to not only put the hard questions to the decision makers but also to talk to us and let the Belfast Telegraph team know what we should be reporting on — the issues that matter to them.”

Lord Mayor of Belfast Pat Convery said: “I look forward to hearing the views of the people of our great city.”

Senior reporters Maureen Coleman and Victoria O’Hara were out around the city centre last Thursday talking to Belfast residents about the issues that matter to them. They will join tonight’s debate to sum up the subjects that were raised on the streets.

Many people spoke of how they felt a pride in the city that had now moved on from years of violence.

Bread-and-butter issues appear to have largely replaced terrorist atrocities as the major concern of Belfast citizens.

Among the issues raised were anti-social behaviour, public transport and unemployment.

Similar concerns were raised by people right across Northern Ireland who stopped in the streets over the past two months to speak to the Belfast Telegraph’s team of news reporters.

Tonight’s debate brings to a conclusion our interactive community initiative.

The roadshow began on September 16 in Ballymoney, Co Antrim. It travelled to Lurgan, Co Armagh, Londonderry, Portaferry, Co Down, Newcastle, Co Down, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, and then Omagh, Co Tyrone.

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