In light of the public health situation, Parliament Buildings is closed to the public. No public tours, events or visitor activities will take place, until further notice. 

However, Assembly business continues. Check the business diary for Plenary and Committee meetings.

Office of the Speaker

Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Alex MaskeyAlex Maskey MLA was elected as the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly on 11 January 2020.

As Speaker he performs three main roles: procedural, corporate and representational.

 

Procedural Role

In this role he chairs plenary sessions of the Assembly, calling Members to speak on debates, maintaining order in the Chamber and replying to areas of dispute raised by Members. As Speaker, he is politically impartial and does not participate in any debates in the Assembly. In this work he is assisted by Deputy Speakers Christopher Stalford (DUP), Patsy McGlone (SDLP), and Roy Beggs (UUP). He chairs meetings of the Business Committee which is responsible for determining the business to be discussed in plenary sessions.

Corporate Role

In this role he chairs the Assembly Commission which is responsible under legislation to ensure that the Assembly is provided with the property, staff and services it requires to carry out its work.

Representational Role

As Speaker he also performs an important representational role which includes: receiving VIP visitors to the Assembly, such as Heads of State, Ambassadors and senior political figures; attending external events to promote the work of the Northern Ireland Assembly, such as officially opening the Assembly marquee at the Balmoral Show; and hosting events at Parliament Buildings to widen public access to their locally devolved institution.


Speaker's Videos

Take a look back at the Parliament Buildings 80th Anniversary Open Day celebrations. This very successful event saw almost 5000 people visit Parliament Buildings to mark the special occasion.

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