Monday, September 21, 2009

East Belfast Speaks Out - Facing Up To The Future - Wednesday 30 September

The first in what's planned to be an annual community opportunity for local East Belfast people to quiz political representatives and commentators takes place on Wednesday 30 September in Ashfield Boys' School, running between 7.30pm and 9pm.

Conor Bradford will chair the panel, with questions coming from the floor on the theme of Facing Up To The Future. At the moment, the panel consists of

  • Patrick Corrigan - NI Programme Director for Amnesty International
  • Jeffrey Donaldson - DUP MP & MLA for Lagan Valley
  • Gerry Kelly - Sinn Féin MLA for North Belfast & Junior Minister in OFMDFM
  • Naomi Long - Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alliance MLA & Councillor for East Belfast
  • Laurence Robertson Owen Paterson - Conservative MP & Shadow Minister Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

The organisers - Roy Garland's Union Group - hope that the event will provide community access to leading politicians as well as encouraging "active participation in politics from a cross-section of what can only be seen as a silent majority".

Update - blog post about the event now online.

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