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Is 20 plenty?

Most ideas for laws (Bills) are introduced to the Assembly by Ministers in the Executive but sometimes individual MLAs feel strongly enough about a particular issue to propose a Bill.

MLA, Conall McDevitt, is campaigning to reduce the speed limit on residential and urban roads from 30mph to 20mph and is planning to introduce a Private Member’s Bill to the Assembly. If the Bill is passed then many streets will have their speed limits reduced to 20mph. 

Latest On School Council Enquiry

Pupils’ views on School Councils are presented to the Education Committee.

Key Stage 2 Teachers' Conference, Friday 15th June 2012

The Northern Ireland Assembly is hosting a Key Stage 2 Teachers' Conference in Parliament Buildings on Friday 15th June 2012. This is a FREE teacher training opportunity for Key Stage 2 teachers of Personal Development and Mutual Understanding.

This training is open to any teacher who would like to broaden their general knowledge about the work of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the UK Parliament.

Fracking in Fermanagh

Sources of natural gas have been found deep beneath the ground in Fermanagh. Fracking is a process used to extract gas so that it can be used as a supply of energy. Permission to extract the gas by fracking has yet to be granted - so what’s the debate?

New videos on the work of an MLA

MLAs tell you about their working week in these new videos.




Pudsey Bear Launches Family Fun Day at Parliament Buildings

Parliament Buildings was the venue today for the arrival of Pudsey Bear who launched the popular Family Fun Day which will this year take place on Bank Holiday Monday (4 June 2012).

Now entering its fifth year, the all-day event organised by the Department of Finance and Personnel promises to be a fun packed day of games, amusements and entertainment for the entire family.

Parliament Buildings to host the Mock Council of the European Union

This prestigious event is being organised by the British Council and the European Commission Office in Northern Ireland and will take place in Parliament Buildings on Friday 19 October 2012.

Young Artists Shine at Assembly Awards Event

Back in January the Assembly called on local primary school pupils to get out their paints and brushes, show off their artistic talents and submit a piece of original art work for a new and exciting competition led by the Education Service. Young people were given the choice between two themes - ‘Remembering the Titanic’ and ‘My World’ - the response was overwhelming.

Assembly Extra

Assembly Extra is our new web-based programme about the Northern Ireland Assembly. It will give you an insight into how the Assembly works with a mix of informative features, interviews and behind-the-scenes pieces.

Join us behind the scenes with Assembly Broadcasting as we go live on air for the first Plenary session following the election – and things get a little frantic! We also meet James from our Education Service to find out what school groups can expect from a visit to Parliament Buildings. Plus everything you wanted to know about how a Bill becomes law.

Speaker grilled by Bangor Grammar students

Bangor Grammar school students Lewis and Jack had the very unusual opportunity to interview the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly last week. The Speaker, who is usually seen keeping order in the Chamber in Parliament Buildings, took time out of his very busy schedule to talk to the boys as part of BBC News School Report project.

In 1998 Mr. Hay was chosen to be part of the Northern Ireland Assembly and subsequently became a member of various boards including the Northern Ireland Housing Council and the Northern Ireland Policing Board.


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