For all the legitimate concerns around the development of relations on these islands, north south relations take another step forward with a North South Inter-Parliamentary Association. That’s ought to give a decent space to the Assembly members who are effectively bit part players in the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly.
Gerry Moriarty explains:
The first co-chairs of the association are the Ceann Comhairle, Seán Barrett, and the Speaker of the Assembly, William Hay, it was announced at Stormont following a joint meetings of Assembly and Leinster House working groups which set up the association.
The association will have 48 members, with membership drawn in equal numbers from the Assembly and the Dáil and Seanad. It will meet twice annually on a rotational basis.
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