Media Operational Notice

Youth Assembly Members to vote on the issues they will focus on during this mandate

Session: Session currently unavailable

Date: 23 February 2024

The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Edwin Poots MLA, will chair the second sitting of the new (2023 -2025) Youth Assembly in Parliament Buildings on Saturday 24 February 2024.

Members of the 90-strong Youth Assembly were appointed in October 2023 after a randomised selection process to ensure all constituencies, Section 75 groups and other communities were represented.  At Saturday’s event, they will take part in a public speaking workshop and group discussions, the day will culminate in a plenary in the Assembly Chamber, chaired by the Speaker.

During the plenary, Members will discuss and debate the top issues affecting children and young people, as identified by over 1,800 young people who responded to the Youth Assembly’s recent Big Youth Survey. Members will then vote to select the three issues that will form the basis for the establishment of the Youth Assembly’s Committees.

Media Opportunities:

  • Media are welcome to attend the event and filming, photography and interview opportunities with new Members will be available in the Long Gallery strictly between 1pm -2pm. All filming and interview requests must be submitted in advance and no later than 4pm on Friday 23 February.
  • A press release and photographs from the event will be issued on Saturday afternoon.

For media inquiries and to arrange filming/interview opportunities, please contact:

Sinead Murphy

Communications Office

Northern Ireland Assembly

Mobile: 07899864368


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