What’s that you say? Civic Forum? What on earth is that? It’s easier to say what its not. It’s not a Seanad for Northern Ireland. It would be a bit embarrassing building an upper story to Stormont’s Parliamentary architecture just as Dublin is considering getting rid of theirs…
His piece in yesterday’s Irish News begs two questions:
– What will actually do? (ie, will it be of any use?)
– Who’s going to be on it, and by what (undemocratic) means will they be appointed?
And then perhaps provokes a third, how will its membership change and evolve over time?
There’s not been a Civic Forum for nearly eleven years, though there has been a consultation by OFMdFM… As the RCN submission notes:
We are concerned that not a lot of reflection on the learning from the original Civic Forum has been provided by OFMDFM to inform this consultation process.
So what do you think?