The “tweet-up” had been arranged by the Assembly’s Engagement team to encourage photographers, facebookers, tweeters, bloggers et al to come and explore the delights of Stormont – a legislative first in the UK or Ireland.
In an annex to the main library, a small room with colourful bookshelves holds copies of papers from previous NI parliaments. Turns out that in 1973, there was a cheeky attempt to move meetings of the Assembly from Stormont to Armagh!
PLACE OF AND ARRANGEMENTS FOR FUTURE MEETINGS OF THE ASSEMBLY
Moved, That future meetings of the Assembly be held in Parliament Buildings, Stormont. (Mr. Stronge).
Amendment proposed, To leave out “Parliament Buildings, Stormont” and insert “the city of Armagh”. (Mr. Cooper).
If I’m reading the Ark website correctly, then the proposer was Ivan Cooper (SDLP, Mid-Ulster) supported by Austin Currie (SDLP, Fermanagh & South Tyrone) while the local Armagh member James Stronge (UUP) voted against the move to his home city! Dr Paisley wasn’t convinced either.
One wonders what other gems of parliamentary shenanigans are contained in the colourful green and red tomes in the Assembly Library?
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