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Citizens’ assemblies are a guide to change, not a cure for all our ills

Jon Tonge


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Changing times: People react at Dublin Castle after the Republic’s abortion laws are changed. Credit: Brian Lawless/PA

Changing times: People react at Dublin Castle after the Republic’s abortion laws are changed. Credit: Brian Lawless/PA

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Changing times: People react at Dublin Castle after the Republic’s abortion laws are changed. Credit: Brian Lawless/PA

Anyone for a citizens’ assembly? It seems like they are proposed for most things these days. It almost makes me wistful for the days of commissions. That way, issues like flags, identity, culture and tradition could be deliberated safe in the knowledge that nothing will actually happen.

Northern Ireland ought to have a citizens’ assembly by now. Last year’s New Decade New Approach (NDNA) deal promised the establishment of at least one. Then again, NDNA promised all sorts of things still invisible. The Alliance Party has called for a virtual assembly to help meet NDNA commitments. Could sit for a while, that one. Sinn Fein has proposed people’s assemblies on Irish unity. Labour recently called for an assembly on integration.


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