Assembly Extra

Assembly Extra is our 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.

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In Assembly Extra Programme 7:

  • Find out what is involved in the role of a Committee Chairperson and why it is so important;
  • We take a look at the work of the Assembly Research and Information Service (commonly known as RaISe) and how it helps Members and Committees and;
  • With the holidays just around the corner, we go behind the scenes to find out how Parliament Buildings prepares for Christmas..

Don’t miss our first programme of 2013 when we when we will bring you lots more news and features from here on the hill. Until then, keep up with what’s happening at the Assembly on our website, Facebook and Twitter.

Programme 1

Join us behind the scenes with Assembly Broadcasting as we go live on air for the first Plenary session following the election, meet James from our Education Service and find out everything you wanted to know about how a Bill becomes law.

Programme 2

In programme two we meet the Speaker of the Assembly, William Hay and find out about his many responsibilities and what his role involves. We also take a look at why and how Assembly Committees hold inquiries plus a quick look back at what’s been happening here on the hill.

Programme 3

In this episode we go behind the scenes of the Official Report and find out how and why it’s put together. We showcase Parliament Buildings and the Stormont Estate, outlining the many reasons to visit. And enjoy a musical collage from Commonwealth Day and St Patrick’s Day - a feast of traditional dress, songs, dance and drama.

Programme 4

In programme four we head to the Balmoral Show and outline why it’s so important for Committees and MLAs to meet stakeholders and hear their views; we show you how to find out who your local MLAs are, and how to contact them; and we give you a glimpse into some of the fabulous artwork on display in the Great Hall in Parliament Buildings.

Programme 5

In programme 5 we cover all the work that’s been happening in Parliament Buildings during the summer months; find out how and why it’s important for Committees to take evidence from stakeholders; and show you a range of ways young people engage with the Assembly.

Programme 6

In programme 6 we take a look back at the Parliament Buildings 80th anniversary Open Day celebrations. This very successful event saw almost 5000 people visit the building to mark the special occasion; and

  • Although it’s 80 years old we look at some recent improvements that make this a very modern building for all; and
  • We also go behind the scenes of Question Time – one of the most important ways for the Assembly to hold Ministers to account. We find out why and how it happens.
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