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All Party Group on Co-operatives and Mutuals


To provide a platform for MLAs and others with an interest in co-operation and mutuality to increase awareness of the co-operative model and its contribution to Northern Ireland’s social and economic development, promote co-operation as a vital component of Northern Ireland’s future, and to work with the Northern Ireland Assembly, the Co-operative Forum (N.I) and the sector to identify how best to sustain existing co-operatives and mutual groups and to encourage an increase in co-operative working in Northern Ireland.

Forthcoming Meetings

The next All Party Group event will be held on the 27th February 2013 in the Members Dining Room from 1.30 to 3.30pm. The guest speaker at the event entitled  “Water – the Welsh Experience” is Mr Nigel Annett, Managing Director of Welsh Water. For more details contact .

Officers of the Group

Chairperson: Steven Agnew MLA
Vice-Chairperson: Jim Wells MLA
Secretary: Sandra Overend MLA
Treasurer: John Dallat MLA

Group Members

Anna Lo, Alliance
Alban Maginness, SDLP
John Dallat, SDLP
Jonathan Craig, DUP
Basil McCrea, NI21
Sue Ramsey, Sinn Féin
Michael Copeland, UUP
Sammy Douglas, DUP
Stewart Dickson, Alliance
Mike Nesbitt, UUP
Steven Agnew, Green
Jim Wells, DUP
Sandra Overend, UUP
William Irwin, DUP
Colum Eastwood, SDLP

Contact Details

Tiziana O’Hara
NI Co-operative Forum
88 Clifton Street
BT13 1AB


Telephone: 07858317634

Financial or other benefits received

The Northern Ireland Co-operative Forum provides secretarial and administrative support for meetings held in Stormont Buildings as well as hospitality and any other related costs for meetings/events outside Stormont buildings.

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