Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 24 September 2014

Northern Ireland Assembly to go on tour

The Northern Ireland Assembly is hitting the highway this spring in its efforts to engage with local people.

Hosted by Speaker William Hay, the roadshow destinations include Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, Londonderry, Armagh and Newry, Co Down. Events feature the chance to discuss local issues with MLAs.

Political journalist Eamonn Mallie will host a discussion panel during next month's outreach.

DUP Assembly member for East Antrim Alastair Ross said: "Over the past 18 months I have sensed a curiosity amongst the public about the workings of Stormont, and have met with hundreds of individuals and groups who regularly visit Parliament Buildings.

It is particularly pleasing to see so many young people from schools, Further Education colleges and universities who take a keen interest in political issues coming up to Stormont and engaging with their political representatives."

The first date is March 18 in Coleraine, Co Londonderry, and the last in the Grand Opera House in Belfast on April 7.

Mr Ross said he wanted to improve the connection between members of the public and Stormont.

"The 'Your Assembly, Your Say' road shows are particularly welcome therefore, will strengthen democracy and encourage members of the public to more actively engage with decision makers," he added.

"I would hope that the events are well attended and allow those in society who do not regularly engage with politicians the opportunity to do so."

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