12 May 2010

What’s on at the Balmoral Show?

Six Northern Ireland Assembly Committees will be at the Balmoral Show across the three days. You can view the schedule of activities and events here and view a map of where we are.

Committee for Regional Development
Public transport and access to transport in rural areas are high on this Committee’s agenda. Visit the Committee at the Show and share your views on these important issues – we will include it in our report on Sustainable Transport.

Committee for the Environment
The Committee for the Environment is currently looking at road safety here. The Department of Environment is consulting on a draft plan to address the number of accidents on Northern Ireland’s roads and the Committee is reviewing this plan. The Committee wants to hear your views on some of the Department’s ideas. Come along on Wednesday 12 May at 10.00 and hear from the PSNI about the problems on our rural roads, view a ‘souped up’ car and hear how to go about it safely.


Committee for Employment and Learning
The Committee for Employment and Learning is currently carrying out a inquiry into young people not in education, employment or training (the so-called NEETs). The Commitee’s event at the Show will focus on access to further education and training, and will highlight the importance of regional colleges to provide innovative training schemes. There will be a chance to speak to the Committee Members and discuss your concerns.


Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure

Do you know what townland you belong to? The Committee is hosting a special exhibition to help you find out more about your heritage and the townland you belong to. There will also be an exhibition of crafts by local artisans and a special performance by All Ireland Talent Show winner Chloe Coyle.


Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development
Focusing on the concerns of farm businesses and the rural community the Committee for Agriculture will be holding its regular meeting at the Show. This will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions and air your concerns to members of the Committee.


Public Accounts Committee
The Public Accounts Committee works on your behalf to ensure taxpayers’ money is spent wisely and well. Find out how your MLAs examine Government spending to get value for money on your behalf.



Assembly Youth Panel
The Northern Ireland Assembly is working towards establishing a youth assembly. Our youth panel will be at the Balmoral Show to hear your views on how the youth assembly should work, how its members should be elected, and what its role should be. This is a great opportunity for you to help shape this important and exciting initiative.

Northern Ireland Assembly and Business Trust
The Business Trust, in conjunction with the Federation of Small Businesses is holding a seminar for small businesses on engaging in Europe. The FSB will share their experiences on making representations to MEPs to how you make your voice heard in Europe.