The Assembly Road Shows are hitting the road

The Northern Ireland Assembly is taking to the road for a series of community Road Shows.  Starting in East Belfast and concluding in Downpatrick, the Road Shows will take in 11 venues across Northern Ireland. They will provide a real opportunity for people to talk about their concerns and put their questions directly to a panel of local MLAs.

Speaker of the Assembly, Mr William Hay MLA said: “These Road Shows give MLAs another chance to get out of Parliament Buildings and visit local communities. They provide the public with an opportunity to speak directly to MLAs about the issues that concern them most.

“The Northern Ireland Assembly is committed to increasing interaction between MLAs and the people who elect them. The Assembly is a young institution and we are still learning and evolving. Helping people to understand our unique political process is central to my role, both as Speaker and as an MLA.

“Earlier this year, we held our first series of road shows and the response that we received was tremendous. The events were lively and thought-provoking and we are expecting an even greater response this time.

“I want to see as many people coming to the road shows as possible. I am encouraging everyone to come along, put your questions to MLAs and debate the issues that matter to you—whether it’s the state of your local hospital, the future of education or your thoughts on how devolution and the political process are working.”

The focus of the events is a ‘Lets Talk’ style debate with a panel of MLAs fielding questions from the audience. Local political journalists Eamonn Mallie and Fearghal McKinney will be helping the Speaker to ensure that people get to ask as many questions as time allows.

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