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Parliament Buildings celebrates its 80th Birthday

On Saturday 17 November Parliament Buildings will celebrate its 80th anniversary and the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr William Hay, is inviting everyone to the party:

Assembly celebrates European Day of Languages

The Education Service with Conall McDevitt MLA will host an event in Parliament Buildings on 26 September to mark European Day of Languages 2012. The event will involve around 75 Year 14 students from Aquinas Grammar School, Methodist College, Rathmore Grammar School, RBAI and Wellington College.

This will be an interactive day in Spanish with students comparing the Irish, Spanish and UK Governments, discussing environmental issues and suggesting recommendations for politicians.

Politics Conference for A Level Teachers

On Monday 8 Oct 2012, the Education Service will host a Politics Conference for A Level teachers in the Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings. The one-day programme will include a lecture by Prof. R. Wilford, a question and answer session with MLAs, as well as sessions on Committees, the Executive and Legislation.

Invitations have been sent to all schools – please contact the Education Service for further information.

Give your views on how to improve the operation of the NI Assembly

The Northern Ireland Office is currently seeking views on how to improve the operation of the Northern Ireland Assembly.The consultation highlights four key areas about which there has been debate in recent years in Northern Ireland:

Check out our new videos!

We have worked with Assembly Broadcasting to create a selection of new videos giving an insight into the work of the Assembly.

Spending the Northern Ireland Budget


European Parliament Calendar Competition

The European Parliament Information Office (EPIO) in Scotland has launched their annual calendar competition for primary school pupils. This year's theme is 'Europe's rich animal kingdom'.

The best drawings will be published in the EPIO Scotland's 2013 calendar and the winning drawing will feature in a calendar made up of drawings from all over Europe. An exhibition of the best pictures will take place in the EPIO office in December this year.

New Orienteering Trails on Stormont Estate

Orienteering is a challenging outdoor adventure sport that exercises both the mind and the body. The aim is to navigate in sequence between control points marked on a unique orienteering map and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. It does not matter how young, old or fit you are, as you can run, walk or jog the course and progress at your own pace.

Students act to save our seas

Students act to save our Seas

Students from schools in Northern Ireland made history last week (24 May 2012), when they appeared before the Environment Committee to give their views on the Marine Bill.

The Marine Bill is a proposal for a new law to protect the seas around our coast.  It was introduced to the Assembly by the Environment Minister, Alex Attwood MLA, and the Assembly must pass it before it can become law.

Olympic Torch comes to Stormont

The Olympic Torch relay began on Saturday 19th May at Land’s End, Cornwall and finishes at the Olympic Opening Ceremony in London on Friday 27th July.

The flame arrives in Belfast on Saturday 2nd June, with relay runners carrying it through more than 60 towns and villages as well as visiting a number of beauty spots over five days.

Assembly gets creative

Creative Industries are just that – creative. Think architecture, advertising, art, antiques, crafts, fashion and design, video, film, photography, music, performing arts, radio, TV, software development, and computer games/design. From scriptwriters and jewellery designers, to software developers and architects, it is estimated that the Creative Industries in Northern Ireland employ around 31,000 people. Maximising the potential of these industries and how they could be better supported is the subject of the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure’s first inquiry.


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