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Minister John O'Dowd takes education debate to Twitter

The Department of Education will make history when it becomes the first Stormont department to host a live question and answer session on Twitter.

Education Minister John O’Dowd will be quizzed by members of the public on the social media site ( www.twitter.com) tomorrow between 3pm and 4pm.

Tweeters can submit their education-related questions via the Northern Ireland Executive’s Twitter feed @niexecutive ahead of tomorrow’s hour long session. The deadline for receipt of questions is 2pm tomorrow.

But some parents have criticised the timing of the event as it clashes for many with the school run.

However, the Executive has advised that anyone who is unable to participate in the live event will be able to view the queries and responses by logging onto Twitter and following the hashtag #AskDE.

Although the Q&A is being hosted on the Northern Ireland Executive’s Twitter account, Minister O’Dowd — in his capacity as a Sinn Fein MLA — is himself a seasoned tweeter with more than 1,800 followers on the back of his 1,400 tweets.

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