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Tell Us About It: Excitement as Belfast Telegraph roadshow rolls into Ballymoney

The Belfast Telegraph Tell Us About It Roadshow will rev into action tomorrow in the home town of Northern Ireland road-racing legends Joey and Robert Dunlop.

We will be in Ballymoney on Thursday, taking the time to find out the issues that matter most to our communities.

Throughout its history the Belfast Telegraph has prided itself on covering local news as well the national and international stories.

Our Tell Us About It roadshows, which take place as this newspaper celebrates its 140th anniversary, are firmly within that tradition.

Joining us for the inaugural event will be North Antrim MLA Daithi McKay.

The Sinn Fein politician is looking forward to tomorrow night’s event and hoped the people of Ballymoney would take the opportunity to raise their concerns.

“The Belfast Telegraph has to be credited for taking the initiative,” he said.

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Mr McKay is also looking forward to engaging in a bit of debate with fellow panelist Ian Paisley jnr, who is the local MP, and said he would answer any question.

“Obviously there are a number of concerns regarding the economy, public sector jobs and, in terms of Ballymoney, jobs in general.”

Joining him on the panel will be Northern Regional College director Trevor Neilands, who said he was pleased to be part of the Belfast Telegraph Roadshow in Ballymoney.

“Further education colleges provide a community-based service and, like all managers of public services, it is important for me to be aware of, and respond to, local community issues and concerns,” he added.

Ballymoney mayor Bill Kennedy also said he was looking forward to the event.

He said: “I am hoping the people of Ballymoney come out to support this event as it is their chance to have their say.”

Belfast Telegraph news editor Jonny McCambridge, a native of north Antrim, said he was keen to hear views on how we should report on life in Northern Ireland.

“We decided that we owed it to our readers to put our money where our mouths are in these straitened times and hit the streets to hear your views.

“We want everyone from all walks of life, young and old, from all political backgrounds and beliefs, to join in and Tell Us About It.”

Hosting the event in the Shiels Room of Ballymoney Town Hall is broadcaster Lynda Bryans.

The former UTV presenter, who has covered stories throughout Northern Ireland during her long career, will be chairing all of the roadshow meetings.

The issues raised and the opinions aired during the course of each roadshow day will be reported in detail by the Belfast Telegraph the next day.

This will be the same for all our roadshows which will take place on a weekly basis into November.

The next Tell Us About It event will be in Lurgan on September 23, followed by events in Derry/Londonderry (September 29), Portaferry (October 6), Newcastle (October 14), Enniskillen (October 21) and Omagh (October 28).

The final roadshow will be in Belfast in November, including a full question time panel with leading Northern Ireland politicians.

Meet our reporters

Tell us: Belfast Telegraph reporters Lesley-Anne Henry and Claire McNeilly will be in Ballymoney to meet the people and hear their views

Come and meet our reporters Lesley-Anne Henry and Claire McNeilly who will be in the town centre on Main Street, Ballymoney, from 1pm on Thursday.

Claire said: “We are in Ballymoney to hear your views on the Belfast Telegraph as it is, and we would also like to know what stories you think we should be covering so that you can enjoy reading our newspaper even more!”

“This will give us an opportunity to hear what’s important to you,” Lesley-Anne added.

You will have the chance to air your concerns to North Antrim MP Ian Paisley jnr, Sinn Fein MLA Daithi McKay and Belfast Telegraph news editor Jonathan McCambridge during the debate at Shiels Room, Ballymoney Town Hall, from 7pm.

How you can get involved

  • Talk to Belfast Telegraph reporters in your town centre, as they seek out people’s views during the Tell Us About It roadshow days.
  • Go to public meetings that night and put your priorities to local politicians and civil leaders on the panel.
  • Get involved online - use the form below to table questions in advance for the panels

Tell Us About It

Which Tell Us About It roadshow would you like to attend?*
If you are unable to attend, is there a question you would like to ask the panel? Remember to include your preferred roadshow town.

Our reporters will be at every venue

Belfast Telegraph journalists will be hitting the road as part of our Tell Us About It roadshows.

Reporters will be visiting towns throughout Northern Ireland to hear about the issues which are important to you.

During the day our experienced news team will be out and about in town centres learning about stories which you would like to see featured in the Belfast Telegraph.

Then in the evenings they will be joined by more members of the editorial staff at the public meetings which promise to provide a unique insight into the issues which affect you.

The Telegraph team coming to a location near you are:

  • Ballymoney, September 16: Lesley-Anne Henry and Claire McNeilly
  • Lurgan, September 23: Victoria O’Hara and Emily Moulton
  • Londonderry, September 29: Donna Deeney and Lisa Smyth
  • Portaferry, October 6: Adrian Rutherford and Heather McGarrigle
  • Newcastle, October 14: Deborah McAleese and Amanda Poole
  • Enniskillen, October 21: Linda Stewart and Anne Madden
  • Omagh, October 28: Adrian Rutherford and Heather McGarrigle
  • Belfast, date to be confirmed: Victoria O’Hara and Maureen Coleman

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