The Executive goes on the road….to Arlene and Martin’s hometowns.

It was announced today that the new Executive is set to go on the road for the first time and meet outside of Belfast.

First up on the Executive’s road show is Fermanagh (home of the First Minister) and Derry (home of the Deputy First Minister).

These type of things happen in the UK, where the cabinet takes trips outside of London to see the other regions of the UK, yet I am not totally sure what is really achieved by doing this.

Regardless, the Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness said;

This initiative stems from a conversation Arlene and I had around the need to redress the concern that the Executive is perceived is too Belfast-centric.

Of course it is a symbolic move but we are also very focused on actions to redress regional disparities. That is why the monies for the A5 and A6 have been agreed in the budget. That is why Michelle O’Neill is moving her entire department from Belfast to Co. Derry.

There is obviously potential for much more to be done and I am very focused around Magee University for example. However, I am encouraged by the positive discussions I have had with Arlene and I think initiatives such as this demonstrate our shared view that the executive belongs to the people of Brookeborough and the Bogside as much as it does the people of Belfast.

The Northern Ireland Executive coming to town near you….

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  • Kronsteen

    Symbolic move, yep, but sure politics is all about symbolism. This will go down well enough in the west. There certainly is a strong and not unreasonable sense that things are ‘Belfast-centric.’

    The media is at it too. When someone calls, eg, Radio Ulster to talk about, eg, the ‘Whitewell Road’, it’s very rarely ever expected that anyone listening might not know where that is so it’s not stated. The constant assumption is everyone is in, or knows, Belfast. They don’t.

  • Ernekid

    Arlene’s home town is Lisnaskea but they’ll probably have the meeting in Enniskillen. Hopefully these events will give the Belfast centric political establishment an opportunity to realise how poor transport infrastructure is West of the Bann really is and that in order to encourage economic growth in the North West region there needs to be serious investment in improving regional connectivity.

  • Ernekid

    Arlene’s home town is Lisnaskea but they’ll probably have the meeting in Enniskillen. Hopefully these events will give the Belfast centric political establishment an opportunity to realise how poor transport infrastructure is West of the Bann really is and that in order to encourage economic growth in the North West region there needs to be serious investment in improving regional connectivity.

  • Lionel Hutz

    Am i right in thinking that only one of the Ministers int he Executive is from the big smoke? Caral NI Chuilain?

  • Paul

    Another grand, empty gesture. Let’s hope they don’t try to take the train.

  • Sir Rantsalot

    Have all the MPS elected in the west tried to draw investment to the west? Or do you support them not turning up for work?

  • Sir Rantsalot

    It would be interesting to hear local people’s response in each area, after listening to an hour or so of non interrupted speech from each rep to explain what they have actually done for their area.
    I expect a lot of static in my wireless !!

  • SeaanUiNeill

    Has anyone else noticed the similarities to a Tudor Royal Progress? Arlene as Gloriana, perhaps…………

  • whatif1984true

    With Stormont televised what is the point? No one will get an opportunity to speak to the executive. The only thing you can guarantee about this sort of political flag waving is that there will be a financial cost of moving the executive and all their support resources. The politicians will of course will regard it as PUBLIC money well spent.

  • eireanne3

    they’ll be chauffered to the venue.No taking of buses or trains for our marty and arlene!!!
    I still don’t understand if the “Executive meeting” is open to the public or not.
    If so can the populace intervene – ask questions, demand answers sorta thing?
    If not, what’s the point of swopping one meeting room in Stormont for one in Eniskillen – apart from electioneering of course and saying “we’re here, we care” ?